F - Flowing with the Fun of Living a Word of the Year

One way to live out my word of the year “Light” is to be more Lighthearted, to flow and have fun. I’m also wanting to “lighten” the load, move my body more “lightly” etc.

I don’t like exercising at all and have tried so many times just to give up after a short period of time. In warm sunny weather it is much easier since I like to walk and garden, but in the winter I tend to hibernate and “put on a winter coat.” I’m just at the beginning again, but so far, so fun, and that is good 🙂

For my goals of movement (aka exercise) that is free-flowing and fun (aka as lighthearted) I’ve been setting my timer and doing some Body Groove: https://www.bodygroove.com/. You can also find some of the BodyGroove videos on facebook and YouTube. They have got me moving with joy!

I will Follow Him!

Moving with joy makes me feel like worshiping, and has led to more dancing in worship and more joy in general, praising God with my whole self including my body.

Follow, another “F” word speaking of following Jesus. A video came up on my Facebook feed from GodTube of nuns doing Zumba to “I will Follow Him.” It made me smile and try my own unique worship dance at home with the audience of One. Since doing this dance type of movement I’ve already been thinking of dancing as a way to express worship God with my body in song.

Here is the original version of  “I will Follow Him” from the movie Sister Act: https://youtu.be/VPpd-6X3tEo

If you want to dance and sing along, here is a karaoke version:

I’d love to know if you try this and if so what is it like for you, what song/s you move to etc.

How about you?
What do you do to help yourself reach goals that seem unpleasant?

So Far So Fun!

For more lighthearted work that is fun and free-flowing, I invested in a whimsical artful ladies art e-course with Sue Kimnitz at https://suekemnitz.com/. I’ve really been enjoying this delightful course and recommend it!

To go along with the theme, I also purchased the book: I ❤️ Drawing Fabulous Figures, by Jane Davenport.

These investments and commitments visualized in my vision board are helping me tackle two things that don’t come easy for me, and that I want to grow in. The ladies on the inside of my vision board (that signify myself) were drawn after watching some of Sue’s instructional videos and reading Jane’s book.

I find making just a few key investments help me focus and grow when I choose to use them. Having my vision board in front of me is a good reminder. It also helps to share the goals with someone who loves me. It makes me accountable to another person, which can be uncomfortable, but it is well worth it, and can be very motivating.

What investments are you making to reach your desires and goals
for growth in 2019?

One way for me to add light-hearted fun to my blogging etc. is the addition of playing with Washi tape. Notice on the light-hearted side with “me” swinging, I have made a ballon heart out of Washi tape, leaving the heaviness of the entrapments of what I cut it out of underneath me.

Can having fun be spiritual?

To know you is to experience a flowing fountain,
drinking in your life, springing up to satisfy.
In the light of your holiness we receive the light of revelation.

Psalm 36:9 TPT

Generally, I don’t think we associate God with having fun. But when I stop and think about it, God is the originator of fun, joy, laughter, and good humor. I imagine Jesus, with his incredible wit and story telling abilities, laughing with his disciples, his women friends, the ordinary people at their dining tables. When I do that, I can more easily imagine Him with me, walking through my day, having coffee etc. I ask him what is on his heart, what he wants to do today, what he has to say to me about living out my word of the year. And I listen, and enjoy his company… even having fun.

God has a constantly flowing river
whose sparkling streams bring joy and delight to his people.
His river flows right through the city of God Most High,
into his holy dwelling places.

Psalm 46:4 TPT

How can you have fun with your word of the year?

If this post inspires you to do a happy dance, let me know and I’ll do one too.

Cheers to you with love and laughter!

Valerie

Living Your Word 2019 Opportunity!

Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019

CHECK OUT THE BLOGS:

Bernice: https://newlycreative.com

Mary:  www.foundonbrighton.com

Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))

Stencils Used in This Post

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Art Supplies Used in This Post

I order the watercolor paper 140 lb Fabriano hotpress from Blick Art Materials.

2019 Word of the Year – Everyday Journal Posts

A-Z Word of the Year Challenge Journal Pages

This post shows my finished journal pages of the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge & links including A-Z of my Mystery and applying it to a word of the year.

Reaching the Zenith with Zeal – A-Z Word Challenge

Moving toward a zenith, the highest point in life, with passion and zeal sounds fulfilling and to me. I would like to live with such purposeful intention.

Yearning and saying Yes – Y in A-Z Word Challenge

What I yearn for I tend to say ‘yes’ to. That is why it is so important to nurture my heart, be aware of what or who I give my heart to, what I focus on, and even what I see and hear.

How I Choose a Word of the Year

Video and written steps on how to choose a Word of the Year to focus on and live by. Visit my blog for creative ways to journal and live your word this year

The Treasure of X in the A-Z Word Challenge

The mysterious treasure and paradox of the letter ‘X’ in the A-Z of Mystery journal. Scripture and questions to consider in this journey of life.

Wisdom from Above – W in A-Z Word Challenge

Seeking wisdom “the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, insight, understanding and common sense; unbiased judgment, and compassion.” What do I have grace and time for?

Vision – Valor – Victory ~ V in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

V in the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge I was almost asleep one night recently when a phrase floated across my mind and I knew it spoke truth and asked to be written down. So I pulled myself out of bed and went to my journal to write: “Vision with Valor lead to Victory.” This got me thinking of what this means to me personally. I went to the first A-Z journal I did with Bernice Hopper’s challenge back in 2013. Here is my V for Vision for that: Vision is a key word for me right now, and… Read More

Living in Unity – U in A-Z Challenge

We are bound together in a common life. Seeking unity with one another is a worthwhile pursuit. “How wonderful it is…to live together in harmony.

Living Time Now – T in A-Z Challenge

“We live in the past of the future,” I heard Jonathan Cahn say. So I am choosing to make today count like a time traveler! It’s like I am actually able to go back in time and change the trajectory of my future. If I were looking back from tomorrow or next year, that is exactly what coming back to this moment would be like.

Shine Your Light! S in A-Z Challenge

It’s time to Shine! What does it mean to shine? “How do I shine as myself, with God, and others?” To shine looks differently for us individually, but my guess there are also some common things we long for, need, and value.

Developing a Rhythm for Life – R in A-Z Challenge

Seeking to establish a fulfilling rhythm of daily life, working from rest and resting from work in a fulfilling way. Every living thing has a rhythm. “R” for Rhythm in the A-Z of Mystery Word of the Year Challenge.

Being Quiet to Hear – Q in A-Z Challenge

Getting quiet is important in order to hear and discern what to do. Listening prayer is a way to do that. Suggested questions & art reflections on Q-Quiet in the A-Z Challenge included

Living with Paradox – P in A-Z Word Challenge

Paradox is holding two opposites as true at the same time. We live in paradoxical times that have polarized relationships and our nation. We tend to paint other people with harsh, broad brush strokes of black or white. Living with paradox requires empathy and invites reconciliation, seeking to understand a viewpoint opposite of our own.

Order and Organizing! O in A-Z Word Challenge

Overcoming my struggle to order my stuff, organize and create beauty. O – Order in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge. Key questions to help organize.

Celebrating Nature – N in the A-Z Challenge and NEW Stencils Released

Celebrating Nature with a Word of the Year active challenge and NEW leafy doodle stencils. Included are artful inspirations and a how-to stencil Washi tape video, comparing medical tape with white Washi tape.

M-Inspiring Your Creative Muse in Living Your Word of the Year

The word ‘Muse’ is filled with mystery. Muse is associated with memory and music. We may sense the connection most when we hear a song from our past, bringing back all sorts of memories, and we feel transported back to a specific event or time. Google Dictionary defines Inspiration as:” the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative” or “a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea.”

L-Looking Back with New Eyes to Move Forward

I’ve been reminded to look back in order to move forward. At first it sounded counter-intuitive and non-productive, but after doing it, I see the value of taking a fresh look at what I have, what I’ve done, and stop to look, listen, and be grateful. It was the prompt I needed to Live this moment, to be present without the pressure to perform.

K-Keys to Living Your Word of the Year

A key is a small thing that opens a larger, important experience. A question can be a key to the answer you’re looking for. A key can unlock a mode of transportation that can take us on a journey to another place. A key can open up a space of a new world. A key can bring us home.

J-Journey Living Your Word of the Year

If you are here now, you are on this life journey, and so am I. My journey is taking me back, like revisiting these journals with journey themed pages and bringing to mind my faith journey. I am grateful for the process, even though at times it was hard to see on the path… What is your journey…

I-Intentional Living the Word of the Year

Now is the time to be intentional! It’s been a very busy time and I feel on the edge of being overwhelmed. That puts me in danger of letting the default of shutting down take over. I’m determined to grow past that into healthy purposeful action.Keeping a journal has become the most helpful tool to living with intention and staying focused on what I believe is important in life.

HOW? The Question Growing Out of My WHY

Asking myself the simple question, “How?” Is leading me in a life-changing evaluation of how and where I spend my time and energy.
My “how” needs to be an outgrowth of knowing my “why.” How is the way we live out our Why. I am grateful to know who I am and why I do what I do. However, sometimes I get confused on “how” to move forward from the deeper place of who I am and knowing my why.

Growing in Goodness & Gratitude with Your Word of the Year

G – Growing in Goodness & Gratitude I’m feeling the need to release grumbling and embrace gratitude as my “G” word. Grumble feels like a heavy word to me, like carrying around a dirty burlap bag of rocks. Gratitude feels light and hopeful. What better way to become grateful than to list what I have to be thankful for and to focus on the goodness of God, and good things! Building on the “F” Flow with the Fun post of last time, I’ve decided to do some “Grateful Groove” in my movement, during my worship dancing time. The combination of… Read More

E – Explore & Experience Your Word of the Year with a Vision Board

E – Explore & Experience Your Word of the Year with a Vision Board Many of us have forgone the new years resolutions, but still have dreams and goals. This year, I’m following Mary’s suggestion in making a vision board. I want mine to fit in my Leuchtturm journal so it can be portable and easily accessible throughout the year. There are some good options for that. I considered my options for format: I could just use some of the pages in my everyday journal, or do a tip-out accordion fold, or try my hand at a portable fancy fold… Read More

Dig Deeper to Discover – D in the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

“D” is our 4th activity in Living Your Word of the Year A-Z Challenge. Dig deeper to discover more about your word by finding relevant Scripture & Quotes. This part is so important to me, I would do it even if I wasn’t doing the A-Z challenge, because it helps me live more intentionally focused on what’s important to me. I hope you find the suggestions helpful.

4 Comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE this post! God has been talking to me about JOY, and this fits right in – thank you for the wonderful reminder that God is, indeed, the author of FUN! He loves to hang out and laugh with us. I love your whimsical ladies! They really do remind me of you 🙂

    • Thank you Christine. You are fun! Doing this post and the activities in it were really fun, reminding me too that God is fun 🙂

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