Note to Self : Love, My Word for 2017

The past few years

I've chosen a word to guide my year.

Focus. Growth. Fearless. Abundance. 
All attributes that I wanted to embrace in the year ahead. 

This year nothing was coming to me. 
And I wasn't looking forward to 2017. The divisiveness and anger and lack of community of this past year has bruised my heart a bit and has left my inner introvert wanting to take my family and close friends and hide away a bit.

Effective? Probably not.

That's why, when I saw this limited edition print of Lisa Congdon, I immediately knew I had to have it.

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You see, my family plays a lot of cards.

A game {or 12} of Spades has been the way we've passed many many hours of hot sticky humid evenings in East Texas or crisp cold afternoons after a winter holiday in Southern Arkansas.
Playing cards is a place for bantering smack talk, friendly strategy, and a chance to listen to your dad's stories... again. It's a place to learn from people who have been doing life for a lot longer than you and a way show your uncle that you know what you're doing. It is, at the end of the day, a game with no lasting consequences other than drawing you closer to people.

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The point of a card game is love. 

So that's what I'm doing in 2017: Focusing on love.

Learning and doing and playing and reading with my son. Spending purposeful time with my husband. Having conversations with people I don't agree with. Making a point to hang out with my friends who I do agree with. Giving myself the space and time and grace I would give to others, thereby loving myself.

The point of this life game is love.

Side note: I took away my model's pacifier. He checked out the awesome art he was being asked to hold and then he decided to run away.

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ps. Another way I'm showing love this year? Buying art from some of my favorite artists. I will be showing it here as it makes it way to my home in the Ozarks.