Happy New Year everyone! If you like, try starting 2013 with a bit of positive inspiration in your art/journal notebook like the one above – a gentle reminder to “Believe In Yourself.”
Need some additional inspiration? How about:
- Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. – Zig Ziglar
- A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. – Francis Bacon
- Try and fail, but don’t fail to try – Stephen Kaggwa
Need even more? After you check out all of the inspirational sayings on this Pinterest board, I challenge you to pick a favorite- then with your favorite pen and paper in hand, write it out. (Maybe even more than once!) Then grab the Scotch tape and hang it it where it can continue to inspire you each and every day of this new year.
Which saying did you choose?
Image courtesy of Ben Brown – follow ben_brownie on Instagram.
My birthday is today, December 31st and to have a birthday that pretty much aligns with an actual calendar year is interesting in many ways. One thing I can never seem to escape is using the end of the year to reflect on what I accomplished in that year and what I wish to accomplish in the new year. With this tradition comes another one- the changing of the journal. For the last few years I have raced to finish whatever journal I had been working in for the later part of that year whether with words, art, or ephemera, I always get it done so I can begin anew.
So with the clock counting down, I offer you the challenge to do the same. To finish whatever journal/notebook you’ve been working in and break out a nice new one for tomorrow.
Are you with me?
Image courtesy of Christian Manzella – cmanzella on Instagram
Though I don’t celebrate the holidays, I observe a magnificent energetic surge from the day following Thanksgiving to Christmas day and then another from Christmas to New Year’s Eve.
I’m assuming that by now, the holiday leftovers have been cleaned out of the fridge. That many of you have put away the presents and taken down your holiday decorations and that maybe the batteries have already died in some of the new toys you bought for your children.
Now that it’s a whole new year, what does that mean for you? What if anything, is different or what do you wish to change?
Having a birthday on the last day of the year gives me a slightly different outlook than most people because when the clock strikes 12:01 on January 1st, I will literally be a year older in a whole new year.
With this comes certain rituals. I am mere pages away from finishing a journal and will begin anew on the 1st. I will continue to work on my “Manifestation” list for 2012 – a bucket list of sorts which isn’t only about what I want to accomplish in the new year, but also who I wish to be. It is also a time when I like to select a single word to set a specific for the new year, words like: Positive, Abundance, Focus, Clarity, Presence, and Joy all come to mind. I will also “look back down the mountain” to remember my experiences from 2011.
A trip to the river, a last mandala, a smile as I turn forward and continue looking ahead.
Happy New Year everyone! See you next year!
I’d like to first say “Thank You!” to all of you that continue to follow, comment and share this blog with your friends. While the names Rhodia/Clairefontaine are widely known in Europe, we are still working hard in the United States to spread the word. Every single bit of your social interaction helps to increase our visibility in the marketplace. What this means for you, is product availability. Whether from your favorite local stationery store, book store, online retailer, or department store, the Rhodia name is gaining recognition and we appreciate your help!
We’d also like to thank you for your comments, feedback and suggestions to improve our products. This input has been crucial in helping to create the products that you want to use.
2011 will bring new products like the dotWebbie and leather Rhodia pencil cases to the lineup, with a few more surprises to follow. On Rhodia Drive, we will soon be hosting the much anticipated Rhodia Video Rodeo, adding user created content by way of photo pages, selecting bloggers to review Exaclair product and giving away lots & lots of product.
Wishing you and those you love a spectacular New Year!