Because I work at a university, September marks the start of a new academic year, and is another time in which I assess the goals and plans set back in January, and tweak them or set new goals and intentions. This morning I read a blogpost by Zoe Gregg AKA Aisling Beatha (http://ukzoe.blogspot.ca/2017/09/what-do-you-no-longer-believe-effys.html) about her 5 mottoes – which reminded me to think about my words for 2016. I set these last December as a guide, an intention for how I wanted to approach my life in 2016: my work, art practice, and home life. I used a process developed by Susannah Conway http://www.susannahconway.com/word/ to help find your word of the year. I did this in 2016 as well, and intend to do it again for 2018.
For 2017 I ended up with 2 words: a feeling word, radiant, and a doing word, flow.
Radiant means “sending out light, shining or glowing brightly” – for me it connects to being positive, joyful, energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate.
Flow means to “move along steadily and continuously; proceed or be produced smoothly, continuously, effortlessly” – and for me invokes moving forward, being engaged & focused.
When I reflect on these two words they remind me of how I want this semester to proceed, at work, art-wise, and at home. I need to stay focused and positive at work, and make time for the things in my life that bring me joy and keep me balanced.