Do you make resolutions? I used to, but never kept up with them. Then I stopped making them altogether. But last year I decided to do something different. Maybe you’ve come across the concept of picking a word for the year?
It’s kind of like picking a concept that you’d like to infuse your life with more of in the coming year. At the start of 2014 I picked the word ‘journey’. Having realized that I always put the emphasis on the end result and where I wanted to be (and therefore never realizing, accepting & enjoying where I actually was) I picked a word that I thought would help me focus more on the process, on the here-and-now.
Looking back on it now I’d say that 2014 was one of my best years yet! I’ve really started to discover who I am and who I want to be and I believe that this was in large part attributed to picking a word that kept me conscious of what it was that I wanted to imbue my life with.
This year I am picking the word ‘self-care’ and I’m already learning big lessons and getting plenty of opportunity to apply it: I’m writing this newsletter as I’m laid up in bed recovering from a stomach bug! This is different from what I would’ve done previously: keep going, pretend I’m not ill and making myself suffer in the process.
I made a little vlog where I talk about my word of the year and show you some snippets of artwork in progress. I hope you enjoy it and please comment below and let me know your word & intentions for the year!
Life Book 2015
Something that fits in perfectly with self-development and combines it with my other passion of art, is a course I am now taking for the third year: Life Book!
Created by my dear friend Tamara Laporte this yearlong course is inspiring, instructional, has an amazing community and so many amazing teachers it pretty much just makes my head explode with excitement lol!
Some of the teachers I’m especially excited about this year are Tam herself of course, Roben-Marie Smith, Joanne Sharpe, Juliette Crane, Alena Hennessy, Flora Bowley and Donna Downey (eee!!!). See, SOOO many big names to learn from and get inspired by!
Below you can find images of some of my favourite lessons from last year. I hope you will consider joining us this year!
What’s Coming Up Next?
I’m doing a lot of planning in terms of what I want to do this year! As always I’m probably being over ambitious lol but I’m just so excited to keep going on this artistic journey and all the opportunities for sharing and connecting with you!
Some things coming up this year:
- free videos (make sure to subscribe to my YouTube)
- free worksheets (special perk for newsletter subscribers only, so make sure you sign up below!)
- an in-depth art journaling course
- fun mini-courses
- a collaborative project (totally secret for now! Shhh!)
- more! (I just haven’t thought of them yet heehee)
So keep your eyes peeled. If you have any friends who you think might resonate with my art & writings, please send them over to http://iris-impressions.com/get-inspired/ so they can get in on the fun & inspiration!