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my word // serve

I hope everyone is having a great 2013 so far! I’m lying in bed sick today but can’t complain cause I’ve got an amazing husband who is taking care of the kiddo (she has been such a Daddy’s girl the last few days) and I’ve also been watching mixed media/art journal videos on YouTube. If I can’t create at least I can get inspiration, right?

So anyway, since today is the first day of the new year (which I am SOOO excited about!) I thought I would share my one little word for the year with you.

For the past two years I haven’t been able to pick “one little word”, it has always been two. In 2011 my words were move and pray, and 2012 was create and celebrate (create was a huge success, celebrate not so much).

For 2013 I have had just one word stick out to me: serve (though I do find it slightly ironic that I chose that word and then ended up sick and having to be served . . .).

In 2013 I want to serve:

* my husband and strive each day to be a better wife
* my daughter – she really is a blessing to have and I think this word will be a great one on days/times when I am feeling frustrated with her
* my friends and family
* my community
* people across the world

I have a feeling this word will be showing up in various forms through my art through the next 12 months.

Did you choose a word or two for 2013? I would love to hear what they are!

And randomly, here’s a canvas I made yesterday:

I hope your 2013 is starting out well!

with love,


  1. Leah January 1, 2013

    Fun canvas! My word for 2013 is progression. I like this whole idea of picking a one word theme, should be good for focusing. Hope you feel better soon!

  2. Wynne January 2, 2013

    Love that! Except that u r sick–feel better!! My word is give!

  3. Natalie January 2, 2013

    OooO! I love your canvas! So bright and pretty! =D Happy New Year!

    • Chantel January 3, 2013

      Thanks Natalie!

  4. Jenna January 2, 2013

    Love your word! Hate that your still sick! Boo!! Yay for sweet husbands! My words are grace and time!

  5. Hannah Love January 2, 2013

    I love your art!

    serve is a powerful word. a humbling but powerful word. love it. what a great one for 2013 🙂

  6. Marie January 2, 2013

    I agree with Hannah…serve is a powerful word and comes with great opportunity.
    I don’t have a specific word for this year, rather it continues to be the same as the past couple of months…defend and courage…;)…still not sure what they exactly mean…

  7. Fiona January 5, 2013

    Ooh, I love your canvas. Such bright, happy colours! Serve is a great word, too. I’ve always had trouble picking and sticking to one word. This year my word is Habit. Boring, I know, but I think it’s time for me to develop some good habits in my life, so I have time for all the things that are important to me. I am completely swayed by my emotions, so I’ll be working on making habits so I just get it done, no matter how I feel. I’m looking forward to seeing how your word influences your choices over the next year! Hugs xoxo

    • Chantel January 8, 2013

      I think habit is a great word Fiona. It is definitely something I could use some more of in my life, especially when it comes to laundry and doing the dishes!

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