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Christine Kane (founder of Uplevel You)  introduced me to the practice of choosing a word to guide your year. Instead of New Year's Resolutions which focus on Doing something, the word of the year focuses on how you want to Be. I've been choosing a word of the year for several years now. I also write intentions for what I want to be, do, and have for the coming year. For example, I want to be productive. (my 2018 word for the year) I want to do a lot of painting and marketing as well as eating well and exercising. I want to have good health, energy, motivation, and optimism.


Initially, my 2018 word was discipline. This past year, things would interrupt my flow of work and it would be hard to get back on track. So, I thought I need discipline. I thought if I were disciplined, I'd be able to get back on track easier. I discussed this with my marketing/life coach, Aletta de Wal. She suggested the word discipline was a bit harsh and suggested productive was a softer word but would accomplish the same thing. Yes, I want to be productive in all areas of my life.


I have started 2017 more productive than last year. I've been exercising more regularly and painting more regularly. I've written a newsletter and this is my 2nd blog post for January. I feel I am off to a good start.


Now the key is to maintain this momentum. I hope you will join me as I continue on my 2018 blog journey. Most posts will deal directly with art related topics. I'll include posts like this one if I think it might be inspiring to others.


How have you been doing with your 2018 resolutions, goals, or intentions? I hope you have been able to keep up your momentum now that we are two weeks into the year. Your comments are welcomed. 


The painting above was based on a photo reference taken on a plein air painting trip to Bluff, Utah. I used UART sanded paper in 320 grit. I started with a watercolor underpainting as a demo for my pastel class. Bluff Cliffs and River was entered into Pastel Society of New Mexico's Small Works show this  past fall and was awarded 3rd place.

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