Sunday, January 4, 2015

A random tweet + my current read = my word for 2015

Okay, let me explain the title...And a warning, this post is very introspective.

I read a random tweet on Brain Pickings. It resonated with me:

"When you recognise that pain - and response to pain - is a universal thing, it helps explain so many things about others, just as it explains so much about yourself. It teaches you forbearance. It teaches you a moderation in your responses to other people's behaviour. It teaches you a sort of understanding. It essentially tells you what everybody needs. You know what everybody needs? You want to put it in a single word?
Everybody needs to be understood.

And out of that comes every form of love"

An hour later, as I was reading my current read, 'Wild Cat Falling', I read this...

"Only sometimes I get this feeling I want to talk and make someone understand the way I think. Of course people never do. Mostly they cut me off after the first few don't-care words and start handing out stupid advice and I just freeze up inside. Still, I have this tiny hope that some day someone will listen and nearly understand."

And that's when it stopped me in my tracks. Pure coincidence and serendipitous.

I tried to do Ali Edward's One Little Word in 2014 but it just didn't work for me. I could not find a word that fit. So instead I set some goals and scrapped them. I talk about this in the November 2014 issue of Scrapbooking Memories magazine (Did I just give myself a plug??!)

But there it is was. Within an hour of each other, I saw a word that could help me this year. I've been struggling lately with the big stuff and the small stuff. If I try to understand, then I could stop judging, stop getting frustrated, stop worrying. 

So I've scrapped my word for 2015...UNDERSTAND.

It is a simple layout. I've been embellishing very little lately...
I've written some thoughts on a tag that sits behind the photograph of me.

I cut strips of some pretty Glitz Design papers as my background on Kraft paper. 

I printed out the two quotes and boxed the word understand to highlight them even more.
Some wood veneer and Crate Paper ephemera pretty much completes the layout.


  1. Sometimes things like that happen.. and I dont believe in co-incidence, I believe in providence.. I believe things happen for a reason.. Your layout looks amazing, and I love the less embellished layouts, they can have a greater impact then the ones that are full and embellishment heavy.. I hope your year is filled with greater understanding... of everything...

  2. Oh. My. STUNNING page. I think this sort of page is sooo you ----love the part picture, too..... & the bit o' wood is the perfect touch. And yup, nice little plug in there:) And it was a FAB article, so plug away.....!!!!
    Funny how sometimes thoughts just snap together like it was all meant to be - as so obv here......good word. Good luck!