(Image is of some of the fire installations placed on the Royal Mile and around St Giles Cathedral the night before Hogmanay. Slightly strange, but very striking and created by the French street theatre group Carabosse)
January – month of new brooms , clean sweeps and fresh plans. I used to dislike January , as it seemed to symbolise all the things I hadn’t managed to get done during the last year. Since I’ve managed to reframe things and look at it as a whole fresh year, I like the month a lot more. Even the extra long snowy period we’ve had , and are still having , seems to symbolise fresh starts and a clean slate.
Of course, it helps to have a few tricks up your sleeve, to get things moving. Along with a lot of other people, I’ve shifted my idea of new year resolutions, opting instead to choose a word for the year. Christine Kane has written a lot about this , and even created a tool for helping to decide what your word could be. I swithered a lot about my word for 2010 but have gone back to my initial choice which was “Bold”. It feels a little out of my comfort zone, so that means it is probably about right ! Have you chosen a word for the year ?
For years I’ve done what I simply called collages, but that are now more often called “Vision Boards” – but a new idea has been to join in with creating collages in line with the phases of the moon . From the new moon onwards collecting images that appeal and then making up a collage on the full moon. As there was a full moon on New Year’s Eve this all tied together very nicely.
And in the spirit of cleaning up store cupboards and refreshing inventories I’m going to do a few giveaways over the next little while, as I change some of the focus in my Etsy shop. First up I have one Polaroid Calendar and one mini 12 City calendar to give away. To be in with a chance just leave a comment telling me which is your favourite item in my Etsy shop ( and which calendar you’d prefer if you’re a winner).
I will also ( finally) be launching my ezine this month, so if you’d like to be in the know, from the start , you can sign up from the link on the right or from here – and receive two downloadable postcards* )