This month always arrives with the greatest of intentions for the brand new year. From resolutions about diet and exercise to travel planning to deciding which organizations to support with your time, treasure and/or talent, we all have loads of ideas for improvement floating around in our heads. The key is to act on these intentions before getting bogged back down in the day-to-day grind and forgetting about them.
For many, writing the resolution(s) and/or goal(s) down is the best way to start. Over the last several years, I have found that all of my resolutions can be summed up in two simple words,
Now written on a chalkboard, these words encompass both my physical and mental aspirations. Starting with pounds, serving sizes and unnecessary possessions, my annual mantra also includes giving myself a break from the constant mother-guilt and worry that I always seem to carry, as well as easing up on my children and husband.
This phrase also serves as a reminder of the greatest Light in my life, whose birth we celebrated on Christmas. When I see a lit candle like this beautifully packaged
which I received as a Christmas gift, I resolve to think of Him and the spark of His light in others. The chalkboard sign above hangs in my mudroom, and I pass by it several times a day on my way in and out. Now if I can only remember to pay attention to the words . . . .
As the week goes on, we will share some other ideas for Lightening Up your 2014. Let us know your tips for lightening up your life. Just leave them in the Comments section below.
1. Print each word/design element in your choice of lettering on a separate sheet of paper
(I used picmonkey.com to create my lettering and found the lit candle design on a Google image search).
2. Trace over the lettering/design on the reverse side of each sheet of paper with chalk.
3. With painter’s tape, adhere each paper one at a time starting at the top of the board.
4. Trace over the front of the lettering/design with pencil or finger.
5. Carefully remove the paper and color over with chalk. You may want to dip the chalk in water to get a brighter result. Use a dampened Q-tip to clean up any mistakes.
6. Repeat tracing and coloring as you work down your design.