Monday, January 3, 2011

The Word Chose Me


The end of 2010 has come and gone and we're into 2011. I'm happy 2010 is over. Not so much because it was a bad year. It wasn't. But the number kind of bothers me. 20 minus 10 is 10, 10 plus 10 is 20, that sort of thing. 2010 is kind of freakish number. I'm just weird that way.

We've been home for a week now and we've both had the worst colds we've had in years. Lots of naps, not much done, a lot of time for introspection. Soul searching even, and to me that means looking inside your heart.



A while back Erin at Treasures Found, talked about chosing a word for the year as an alternative to a New Year resolution. A word that could give you direction for the year. I like that idea. I don't like resolutions. They often do not feel like they come from the heart for me. But I do like the idea of having direction. Something like a star to guide your navigation.

Which got me to thinking did I have a word? Did I have one last year? I didn't actively choose a word last year but one chose me. Healing. Behind the scenes here at Summers Studio an intense year of healing occured. It was an ever present theme in my life. Old memories, old wounds to my heart, the core of my being  were excavated, dusted off, examined.


And along the way, my heart began to open in ways that I never dreamed possible. I feel good. I feel in control despite the fact that their are many uncertainties facing us this next year. Now if this nasty cold would leave, I might even feel powerful!

But it seems another word has chosen me. Transformation. Not in the Websters definition of 'change in appearance, altering the composition, etc.' But a deeper more spiritual inner change. One that can't be seen but can really only be felt in your heart.  It feels good.

I don't know how it will effect my art. I know that healing already has. I can look and see the emotional hurdles I've leapt across and see how it is expressed in what I make. I'm ready to hitch my navigation this next year to the star of transformation. And I trust my heart will follow.



I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my world with you and getting a peek into yours. You've all been such an important part of my life over the last year. I really can't thank you enough.

Wishing the very best for this new bright shiny year!

13 comments:

Joella said...

what a great post and beautiful pendants... all the best for you this 2011!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I am with Joella, beautiful.
Here's to the New Year!

Laura Twiford said...

Wishing the same wishes for you LeAnn! I LOVE your heart pendants, just beautiful. Glad to have "met" you this year!

windrock studio said...

Hey LeAnn, I'm happy that your word found you for this coming year, and I agree, for other reasons, that 2010 has come to a close! and I am really loving these gorgeous hearts that you are making. Hope you are feeling better now and hope you have a great, fun year. All the best,
Susan

mairedodd said...

do feel better soon! sorry you got so run down...
i am a word girl too (no, really?!)... last year's was nascent... this year's is open... yours are lovely and meaningful...

sundownbeaddesigns said...

Never really thought about the 10 10 20 thing...but it is kinda creepy...Yikes!

Such a lovely post. It is amazing what happens to our hearts, bodies, and minds...our whole inner being can change during trying times. Best wishes to you in the New Year and I hope you feel better soon.

sharon said...

I am afraid that one word is never enough for me, and my favorite word since I started blogging is "within", and I feel comfortable with that...it is a constant for me.

I am so sorry to hear that you are sick, and I am sending healing words your way, and thoughts of transformation.

maryharding said...

Happy New Year LeAnn. Love your hearts and your reflections on how you came to have a word for 2011. I am sure it will guide you well.

stregata said...

Wishing you transformation in the very best way! May your year be full of health, happiness and creative inspiration. And thank you for your friendship - I think you are quite incredible, LeAnn, and I so appreciate you.

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

LeAnn, I wish for you a fabulous, creative and blessed 2011!

These pendants are wonderful!

Cindy said...

LeAnn, I'm sorry you're feeling under the weather with that awful cold. I hope you're on the mend! I just LOVE your new hearts - so sweet! Happy New Year to you!

Judy said...

You've got me thinking I need a word too....although this year will be difficult for us. I do not looking at the new year with sadness but unfortunately that is in our future. I think my word would be"LIVE"...live each day, make it count,enjoy and love each day.

Your hearts are just wonderful! I love the texture and glazes.

The Joy of Nesting said...

How wonderful it will be to watch you transform from the tightly closed of the caterpiller in it's cocoon to the open, beautiful free flying butterfly over this year!! I think this calls for a new nickname! Hmmm I think "Miss Meriposa" (butterfly) is absolutly perfect! ;)


You truely have a very special spot in my heart. And I couldn't be happier or prouder that you have chosen me to be one of you lit'l sisters!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.