Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Jar of Reflections

Just wanted to let you know that I was overwhelmed with your kind responses to my turning the corner so to speak and becoming my own woman, the new not-so-crafty me. It was quite obvious that I'm not the only person who has got caught up with the roller coaster of finding/doing new crafts.



That being so - and I promise I'm NOT going back on my word (oh no here we go again I hear you say) BUT I have seen a lovely idea on a few blogs recently and was reminded of it yesterday when I popped over to  Amy at Love made my home, and that is making a note each time something lovely happened to you and then and popping it into a jar.  As I'd rather like to celebrate next Thanksgiving Day in my own home, here in the UK, thought it would be a great way of remembering at the end of the year all the little things in life such as Random Acts of Kindness, Gratitude and of course Thankfulness. I guess too that if you're feeling a little down in the dumps one day, what better than to get the jar down off the shelf and have a sift through - fantastic way of lifting the spirits maybe. I shall call mine "Reflections".



The other thing that people seem to be doing is thinking of a special word for the year. Instead of making resolutions of things that may or may not achieve, think about a word that you can live by. I thought about this a lot and decided yes this could work. I do not like resolutions - never keep them and very often if I've not written them down - forget them! So, I came up with the word ** SPONTANEITY **

noun: inspiration - improvisation, inclination, whim, ad-libbing, impulse, tendency 
and will
Apparently this might mean "bursting into song on the street, or throwing down your rake and jumping in a pile of leaves". Well of course that wouldn't be me, but it also means trusting your instincts, making better decisions and saying what you think as well as having fun along the way.

So - my Reflections Jar is twofold now - whenever I do something spontaneous I shall add that to the jar too - if I remember of course!!



15 comments:

  1. I love the jar idea and especially calling it reflections what a lovely way to end the year. I also like your word and am looking forward to hearing about your acts of spontaneity x

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  2. I love the Reflections jar idea and also your word for the year, looking forward to reading about the spontaneous things you do.
    Sarah x

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  3. Once again a very lovely post to read. I love the jar idea...thinking about my word of the year, right now, and perhaps the jar is coming too...
    Hugs
    Erna x

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  4. How lovely Patricia! Thank you for mentioning me, you are very kind. I love the idea of you spontaneously bursting into song while jumping into a pile of leaves, let me know if you do find yourself doing that! I hope that you have fun filling your jar up with your little notes and then opening it up and remembering everything again - I am dating mine so I know when they relate to! Have fun. xx

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  5. Spontaneity is a wonderful thing! I think this sounds like a wonderful plan and I look forward to seeing how you carry it out. :)

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  6. What a nice concept in the Reflection jar, and easy peasy to do, too. Although knowing me, I'd start it and then forget about it after a while.... I am seriously considering a word for the year though, as I have seen this idea in a few places and it appeals to me too. We bloggers are all wordsmiths, after all! xx

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  7. I like the word you chose for this year Patricia, ee all need a little more spontaneity in our lives sometimes. Also wanted to say I like your blog's the new look.

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  8. Last year, after having a meal out with family, it was pouring with rain when we came out. I started dancing and prancing along the long path outside their windows, much to the astonishment of fellow eaters. FDiL joined in and we had a laugh. The men kept their distance!

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  9. Interesting idea --Reflections Jar! I'm waiting for your new reflections!

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  10. I hope your jar is filled with lots of lovely notes and reflections throught the year, Patricia:)

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  11. Hope you have many spontaneous events to fill your happy reflections jar:)

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  12. Great word choice, Patricia! We will be journeying through 2014 together as the first year we have each chosen a word. I have seen the jar idea too, and might give it a try next year. It sounds like a fun thing to do!

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  13. What a great idea. I hope that it starts to fill up quickly and you have a lovely time re-reading everything. Jx

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  14. Using a jar is a great idea - I may use this myself but also suggest it to others I know who might find it useful.
    I like your word Patricia, SPONTANEITY has a good positive feel. Why NOT jump in the leaves. You could always do it when no ones looking! I've chosen one word for the past three years, it has been accurate each time and this time I really mean to embrace it. I'm planning to post soon.

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  15. My word for the year is 'enjoy' - and guess what, I enjoyed this post.

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