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Thursday, January 31, 2013

My 2013 Word for the Year! Breathe!

Hi Everyone!

Well another year! And another "Word"!

This year my word is "Breathe"...for many different reasons. I find myself  holding my breath many times through out the day. Do you ever do that?
I recently participated in a class for patients dealing with chronic pain, and the one thing they kept stressing is to "Breathe", so many of us don't!
And you don't have to be a chronic pain patient to find yourself forgetting to! ;D

So in our "Monday Nights Live with Tracy Weinzpfel" mixed media forum she issued has a creative challenge of using our "Word" on a journal page or canvas.

And this is what I came up with!

I used Faber Castell Gellato's in Blues and a purple,along with white. I was trying to keep it light and airy, the wind or ...air! haha..
 And this was a reminder to myself to keep repeating it! The chipboard letters are from Tim Holtz,black rhinestones from Kaiser Craft.
The heart and wings are chipboard from Maya Road.
 I painted the wings  with pearlized paint from Ranger and added the distress crackle paint from Tim Holtz to the heart, then added picket fence stickles to the heart to lighten and give a little is hard to see in the photo,but there is a sparkle to it, I promise! lol
The Alphabet stamp set is from Technique Tuesday,stamped with Archival Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The paper Roses are from Making Memories.
We were taught in class to breathe in deeply and slowly to the count of 5 and exhale slowly to the count of 6,pausing just a moment before the next breathe. It is amazing how that relaxes you,clears your mind and can totally change your mood and outlook on the things around you.
I guess it is a reminder to pause and look at things from a different angle. To take in all that is around you and realize how Blessed we really are! You can handle so much more in that frame of mind!
We all have our struggles in life, if we didn't we wouldn't appreciate it!
I know that I am Blessed to have found this group on Monday nights! Without a doubt!
I am Blessed by my Family and Friends!
And by the Friends that I have meet along my journey on this creative adventure!
Now I just have to remind myself to Breathe it all in, reflect on it and.....
"Do it Again!"
Thank you for stopping by, it means the world to me!
Blessings and Hugs,


  1. I'll have to practice the breathing exercise, in the meantime I'll just enjoy looking at your pretty journal page, it is light and airy, loving the subliminal thought behind your word for the year! Excellent job! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

    1. Waving Hi back Sandee! Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comment!

  2. I love your word for 2013, Mary. A good reminder for us all! Taking (stealing) moments from our everyday lives is more important than we know, I believe. In the end, it is a good investment and everyone benefits when we *renew* ourselves within those stolen moments! Brilliant page!