I have a confession. At the beginning of the calendar year, I make a point to write the word of the year with chalkboard pens on our kitchen door that has been painted with chalkboard paint. This year, however, I didn’t do it. I liked the theme and message from last year so I left it there through half of this year. For months I wrestled and explored this year’s word AIM, its meaning, symbolism, and imagery. Finally, a few weeks ago, halfway through this year, I doodled and wrote on the door, featuring my shape of the year: Concentric Circle. Just below, the left photo is of the door in our kitchen. On the right is a photocopy of that door photo glued into my calendar journal with doodling around the edge. I integrated the doodles into the design by using colored pencil with colors similar to the colors of the chalkboard pens.
I’ve been reading and writing so much this year, that I filled up my moleskine hardback journal at the end of June. It seemed fitting I begin the new 2nd-half-of-2015 journal with the image of the year’s theme on the door.
This year, I also have a favorite Book of the Year, Inner Compass by Margaret Silf. This book has touched my heart deeply. In fact, it means so much that I ordered a hard copy in addition to the Kindle version. The metaphors of journey and nature are masterful! Margaret Silf begins the book with an invitation of discovery and a concentric circle that speaks to Who we are,the journey inward and then back out to the world. This book has sparked my imagination with creative ideas! If you consider yourself a kindred spirit, I highly recommend it.
The door represents the goal of my journey, what to AIM for. It comforts me to know I am not alone. God not only leads me but journeys with me.