Tuesday, 12 April 2011

One Little Word 2011 and other such online classes!

You know what? I'm a complete sucker for online classes. I love the idea of signing up to learn something new and that I can be delivered directly to my inbox. I don't have to pack up bags of books, drop the kids off anywhere and I can do it when it suits me. My idea of Utopia. Except...... when the emails start coming, I get behind. And then I get frustrated, and depressed and cross with myself because I've shelled out good money for something that I'm not actually getting any benefit from! Still, sometimes one or two come along that say "hey, it doesn't matter if you're not keeping up with the prompts right now, just do it when you can!" I love that. Which is one of the reasons that I love classes by Shimelle and Ali! They're both like that. Which is why I don't have any regrets signing up for Shimelle's latest class, which is called 'Blogging for Scrapbookers'. I've done this one before but it's great to have a refresher course in preparation for her next class 'Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers'. I've been re-learning a lot and I'm hoping to learn a lot more! This time round I've been a bit behind on this class, but I'm not stressing... because unbeknownst to you all I've been following her prompts! I just wasn't starting with 'Today Shimelle has asked us to blog about...' Which is good.

My other class that I signed up for this year is being taught by Ali over on BigPictureClasses. It's called 'One Little Word'. Although this is my first time taking the class, you might still recognise the title as I have played along unofficially several times before. Last year my word for the year was 'Self-Discipline'. A rather tricky word for most people but I needed it and saw great results from it. A few years ago my word was 'Create'. That year I created loads, including my second child! I love that the words start off with one intention in your head and then as you live them loads of other things start happening as a result too. So this year, I decided to sign up with the class that runs through the year. It's more for creative ideas on how to document the word and the results. I signed up late because I was umming and ahhing about whether I should or not. So I started out behind! However, I'm taking photo's and pondering and mulling and in the meantime I'm trying to live my word for the year. This year my word is 'Reclaim'. Tricky, I know but I think it will be interesting to see how it all pans out at the end of the year!

Things I want to reclaim:

  • My weightloss
  • My self-discipline
  • My self-confidence
  • My creativity
  • My kids
  • My husband
  • My home
  • My faith
  • My fitness
Amongst other things!!

We've been set a task to take photo's of things/people/places that would encapsulate your word or things you associate with your word. I'm struggling a little on that one!!

So far, I have only got a few photographs including this one.

Have you got anymore ideas on how I would photograph the word 'Reclaim'? Any suggestions would be gratefully received!! Thanks for your comments!


  1. My first thought was anything that is reclaimed from being old to being new - suppose almost a recycling thing. Hope that helps.
    Don't worry about being behind - I've just started that class and haven't even decided on my word - that is one of my jobs for tomorrow :0)

  2. Oh I keep hearing about Ali's classes, I must get round to doing one!
    I guess you could set aside some time to reclaim your goals and just photograph whatever happens in that time.

  3. I'd have someone else take the photos and in each I would be engaged joyfully with the person/representation of the goal. Shopping for produce, studying the Word, laughing with my sons. Have you heard of Made to Crve by Lysa Terkeurst? My small group is finsihing up this Bible study in which we learn to crave God not food. It isused in conjunction with whatever weight loss plan you use and has really been a blessing. Good luck on reclaiming all these important things.

  4. I've come via Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers, hi there! The scales are a familiar sight to me I'm trying to loose wait too, good luck with your list.


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