Friday, April 1, 2011

Organize your Stuff: Week 1 (round 4): OLW Blog Hop & Space Audit (part 2)

No, this is no April Fools! It is the first of the month and time for another One Little Word (OLW) Blog Hop!

For those unfamiliar with OLW, it is a class by (and a mantra of) Ali Edwards at Big Picture Scrapbooking. We pick a word to encapsulate our year, and try to find it or live it in our everyday life. It is kind of like a New Year’s resolution without the guilt of being invited to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner where even the salads are over 1000 calories!

Our word is Embrace! This month we were prompted to find on small way to actively capture our word in our lives, and the POW laughed so hard, because for us, this was going to be easy! For us, pardon the tired cliché, March really did roar in like a Lion! And the biggest thing that we needed to Embrace was Change!

This week we Embraced Family, and for us, that was a big change. As of March 18th, Awesome Auntie and her tribe and menagerie came to live with us for a year! We gave up two rooms and official custody of the play room to make her and her young family feel at home for when Fabulous Spouse’s brother leaves for Iraq. This means a lot, because while this is still our home, it definitely does not resemble our house!

There were lots of other smaller, but by no means less significant things to Embrace this month as well. This month, our Cub Scout Den Leader resigned due to family issues, and suddenly Creative Me and the POW were promoted from crafty good idea fairy assistant to a full-fledged Den Leader and needed to Embrace Duty. This is interesting, as OCD Me does not participate. She has learned long ago that OCD tendencies and room full of Illusive Middle Child’s friends do not mix!

We also Embraced our Religion. Ash Wednesday and Lent began this month. We are giving up our home for Lent…and our sleep. But that is OK. See above. Also, we do not eat meat on Friday…until Easter, so it becomes an interesting challenge as we are allergic to seafood- translate cheese pizza for Friday pizza and a movie night.

We Embraced Civics- Jury Duty, enough said (actually we did not really embrace it, we kind of grumbled and thought bad thoughts about the legal system, but still showed up). Finally, we totally Embraced Me Time, and had a blast at CKC Portland. Thanks Fabulous Spouse for the Christmas Present…and the sleep!

As for the space audit, definitely need to clean the pile of ???? that came out of the old scrap room. It seems to be spreading like the blob (or as a more contemporary reference, B.O.B. from Monsters vs. Aliens). Also, we lost our little clear ruler at CKC, and need another.

For those who love cards, here are the two that Creative Me made during our Copics I class.

Have fun! Here is the rest of the hop!

Amanda (<--you are here!!!)
Monica B2
Cheri A
Karen D
Julie Anne
Lisa A.

Go and see these gals if you want some other OLW inspiration...This goes live at 8AM PST! Enjoy!


MonicaB said...

Wow, lots of change in your life. Glad to see your are embracing it! Wonderful post and good luck with your OLW.

Jan B said...

Thanks for sharing. Looks like you're really "embracing" your word and all it means to you! Great job! :)

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Lots of embracing in March! Great progress!!! Love your Copics card. xoxo

Jen said...

Wow! You had to embrace a lot this month! Best wishes for everything.

jamie said...

fabulous post, amanda!
i love your take on embracing life and doing it with what seems to be a joyful heart. yeah you!
and your additions to your OLW album are very beautiful. lovely project.

Anonymous said...

wow, just love your attitude and your work with your word!

Sharla said...

Great cards and great attitude! Giving up living space is not an easy thing to do, I'm trying to adjust to one more person living in my house, and I will try to embrace it and be grateful. Good for you for taking time for yourself, I hope you enjoyed the retreat. I really enjoy your blog and writing style. I have given you an award, please check it out on my blog! :)

Tammy said...

Great word! I still need to work on this album. I've been doing the stuff, just need to get it down on paper. Have a good weekend! :)

Abbey said...

That is a lot of embracing! Congratulations!

Elisa K said...

I love this post and I love your word. Thanks so much for sharing.

Becky said...

You are really rockin' the embrace huh? :) Those cards are amazing!

Rebekah said...

Kudos to you for all you've embraced. Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

Wow a lot of change for you to embrace. I love that you got to embrace "Me Time"....very important :)

Tracy said...

Busy lady you are.
I wish we had a Copics class around here.

jillconyers said...

Love your take on embrace in March. Love reading about your journey.

Deb said...

I really enjoyed your post and how you have embraced so many things in life! I was once a Cub Den Leader, too, and can tell you it is work but lots of fun. Your words bring a smile to my face!

Miranda said...

What a lot of changes in your life. I think you did a great job!

Donna said...

wow, you had a busy month. I laughed when I read about the jury duty :) Thanks for visiting my blog.

Cheri said...

Kudos to you - family is important and embracing all these changes in your life is quite a big deal!

Margie S said...

I love the flow of your post. The repetition makes the whole thing come together. It sounds like your word is really aiding you this year. Thanks again for joining in with the blog hop!

cia said...

You embraced a lot this month - way to go!

alicia said...

This is such a great idea and so fun to follow.