My Word for 2018 // Center

I’ve been choosing a word for the year for quite some time. Check out here, & here.

Generally my word for the next year starts to emerge in my world in October or November. What I mean by that is it’s something that keeps coming up in conversations or books or podcasts or anything I am listening to or reading. I definitely let my word choose me versus my trying to pick it.

I didn’t (or so I thought) have this happen last year and was mostly resigned to stick with my same word (expression) from 2017. I felt I wasn’t yet done with it and I would continue with that and the same sub-words (which I’ve had a couple of years now): focus & light. I wanted to move focus a little more towards the center where I thought it needed to be.

During December Reflections on Instagram with Susannah Conway, I even declared my same word for 2018 and wrote out my feelings on that.

December 31 Insta post

In the beginning of the calendar year I always pull back a bit, practicing silence, signing off and out of social media apps. I read, slowly get back to my routine and mostly rest. This time of year always has a way to get me back to my center.

I was listening to the audio book The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, and he was discussing the journey to transcendence and made a statement about centering or being centered and something else about releasing. Aha! Centering. Or center. It was there all along. In my Instagram post about my word expression. In the meditation mantra I’ve been using this year of “I am”. In the idea of moving focus more to the center. It hit me just like that. My word for 2018: Center

Ok, so now I have a word, what does it mean?

Once this happened, I was working in Susannah Conway’s workbook Unravel and was able to go a bit deeper into what center would mean for me. For one, it is about focus as well. It’s about awareness, self-awareness. Centering ties into other virtues I try to adhere to, like with contentment (niyama: Santosha).

So what do I do with this word?

Well for one, I want to be aware of my center. I talk a lot about duality. Darkness & light, ebbs & flows. And I work at being aware of emotions & thoughts, and keeping a balance. I try to find myself in that center. So being aware of extreme emotions, not being overly celebratory or egocentric, and yet not melodramatic or sinking into the lows. For me awareness & recognition always lead to a change in habits & growth.

And how exactly do I put this into practice?

Awareness is another word for meditation or practice for me. A consistent yoga practice helps, asana practice (or postures) is very centering for me. Meditation gives me a chance to recognize what is going on in my head, heart & body. Only with recognizing what is happening, can I then see where adjustments need to be made. All of these practices contribute to centering.

Keeping my word visible helps. Even a simple sticky note in my general eye line at work helps.

I’ve also felt a desire to focus more on the heart chakra (anahata) which is the center of the 7 chakra energy centers.

It’s energizing when the universe leaves these breadcrumbs and even more miraculous when I actually am aware & start to collect them!

Have you chosen a word for 2018? How will you practice your word? Do you do any sort of scrapbook projects with?

I am planning to make a page about my word.

Roller Stamp Storage – Magnetic Solution

Roller stamp storage, magnetic

I recently revamped my studio a bit. I had to get rid of some furniture that just wasn’t working. Even though it was good storage, my old computer chest was taking up too much room. Getting rid of that helped me purge a lot of supplies. I replaced it was a wall cabinet. I will do a studio tour soon.

But as I was moving things around, I needed somewhere new for my roller stamps. I have too many to keep them in my Harbor Freight revolving tray.

I read somewhere that they are magnetic, so I thought I would try to find some heavy duty magnets to attach them to the side of my drawers. My drawers are actually a rustic (think industrial farmhouse) sideboard I purchased from World Market that is no longer available.

I ordered some magnets from Amazon that were small and round. Then on Zulily one day I saw the square cube magnets and order them as well. It ended up working better with the cube magnets and I didn’t need to glue them or anything. They are strong enough to adhere the stamps to the sideboard just by the positioning of the cube.

Magnet roller stamp

Roller stamp

The cube magnets can be found at alaboard.com and I’ve also seen them in Paper Source.

I have a few extra I am using on the fridge.

Roller stamp storage

Happy Stamping!

Traveler’s Notebook with Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 Smartphone Printer

I received the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 Smartphone Printer as a Christmas gift. I had been looking at since the first model came out, wondering if I would like it, use it, etc. I am so glad I waited and went with the SP-2 version.

It is very simple to use and so convenient. My favorite part is bringing it to get-togethers and events and being able to quickly reprint photos to share with others.

I started this traveler’s notebook of my Hawaii trip while on vacation. I just brought a few supplies that I kept in a Websters Pages planner book. The mini sheets of washi paper tape from Simple Stories work great for traveling on the go.

At a recent crop I worked on finishing it up by adding in some memorabilia from the trip. I realize the bits & pieces I collect in my adventures are what I really like to see added to my albums. Sometimes that’s all I have if I was too swept away to remember to take a photo. I love the texture and dimension it adds.

Instax TN Hawaii

For this page I made a little pocket with the flower paper and Tiny Attacher to hold the brochure. Sometimes there are items I don’t want to cut up and this is a great solution.

Instax Hawaii 2

One of our favorite spots on the trip was Maui Brewing Co. Sampling different drafts with a flight, live music, outdoor patio, food truck, it was so awesome! I used some double sided adhesive tape to adhere the coaster down. The skinny washi is a neon set from Recollections.

I will add a youtube flip thru of this album soon!