"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My word for 2011

I often see that other artists have chosen a word for the year...for some reason, a single word has ever hit me to make me want to make it my word for the year.  Well, this year, a word jumped at me as I was sitting in my mess of a studio working on multiple things but not getting a single thing accomplished. 

My word for 2011 is FOCUS. 

EEK!  That's going to be a tough one for me...I have always been one to have too many irons in the fire...too many ideas at once...I've always been good at multi-tasking.  Had to in all my retail planning/management jobs.  Juggling way too many balls at once, yet somehow being able to prioritize & get the most important ones done.

Fast forward to now...with no one even wanting to talk to me here about employment, it seems I've lost my ability to juggle & accomplish things.  So...for 2011 I'm going to attempt to...

FOCUS on my goals & figure out new ways to make money & contribute to our expenses.
FOCUS on the art that satisfies my soul.
FOCUS on learning new things and completing projects, not just starting things that sit around.
FOCUS on getting healthy & staying healthy.
FOCUS on relationships & friendships.
FOCUS on organizing my studio...and the rest of this place.
FOCUS on selling many of my vintage collectibles.
FOCUS on purging the rest of this stuff through freecycle & more donations to charity.
FOCUS on attempting to be happy here in Ohio...although I don't hold much hope for that one!

Thankfully, Phil makes me very happy...and Sophie the Cat has both of our hearts...I'd be going insane here without them & my other best friends.  Now if I could only find a gay boyfriend here...this is the first place I've lived since college where I haven't had a gay boyfriend or 2.  Even in Dallas...at a macho building supply company...I had a gay boyfriend.  Guess they're too smart to live in Parma, OH. 

Do YOU have a word for 2011?  I'd love to hear what it is.  Add your blog address to your comments, too...maybe you'll get lots of new friends visiting your blog.

BTW...the wonderful eye & see the artist within image is from Red Lead Paperworks.  If you haven't visited there, you should.  The alphabet images are both from Stampington


  1. Kitten,
    Love your FOCUS art work. I like playing with a word and started last year. Courage was last years and this year, I have chosen HOPE.

  2. Debbie,,
    Great word....where is Phil and the cats????? I love the post! You make me laugh! Parma seems like such a ugly place now.....I only have childhood memories of the town and I hope I never have to see it as an adult!

  3. Hey Darlene...HOPE is a great word...thanks for the link to your blog. And Sandy...Phil & Sophie Cat are still here...well, he's at work right now, but she's snoring away in back of me in one of her many beds. If you ever think of moving back to Parma, PLEASE call me first so I can talk you out of it!

  4. Hi Debbie~
    I certainly do wish you luck with your word this year..the graphic you put together is very eye-catching! The year I picked focus was the first year I participated and I must say I kept forgetting my word so the focus thing didn't work so well for me. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you...you have a good plan!
    Happy Focused New Year!

  5. This is a really interesting idea...shutter sisters was talking about it too, but I didn't pay any attention until your post. I'll have to give this some thought. In the meantime, yay for focused thinking and doing!

  6. my word for 2011 is JOURNEY.

    inner journey, artistic journey, life journey...a fitting word for me this year.

  7. Hi Debbie,

    Thank you for your awesome inspiration...I ran a copy of your FOCUS post cause it's so good. I'm sorry that about the challenge of Ohio...it's always going to be 'something' they say.

    My word is Freedom. To be set free of worry that truly robs me of the strength of the day if I allow it to.

    Thank you for sharing and inspiring me! May God bless you.

  8. Lots of great words here...I've always loved "journey"...and "freedom" is awesome, too. Thanks for sharing, y'all!

  9. I'm a bit behind this year, but I love this piece! Your work, generosity, and honesty will always inspire me!


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