Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mosaic Monday: Reflecting on Our Words...

At the beginning of the year, four friends and I decided that we would each reflect on a word during the year. Each month, we've shared our reflections on those words and how we are incorporating what those words mean to us in our daily lives.

This month, we've created mosaics that illustrate what our words mean to us.... My mosaic is on "JOY...."


What brings me joy? my daughter Hannah, good movies, great books, knowing that Craig is a caring father, Scout, twinkling Christmas lights, summer days before it gets too hot, blogging, taking pictures of Hannah, Akiane’s amazing art, Maggie, when a student ‘gets it’ and becomes a writer, morning light as it dances through the window panes, the smell of Biolage shampoo, doing things with Hannah, finding a hand-crafted necklace that has a meaning that resonates with me, being able to walk and run through the neighborhood, making new friends, eating good food, reading magazines (or looking at the pictures!), unexpected snow days, blue skies with windswept clouds, Autumn, scrapblogging, colorful flowers, driving my car, pampering ourselves, pedicures and summer sandals, my family, Starbucks frappucinos…. and so many other things I don’t have pictures of, like warm baths and cozy beds, a roaring fire on cold days, night sounds and falling stars…. The more I think about it, the more things I find that bring me joy!


In addition to finishing up a 3,000-mile journey with her children these past couple of weeks, Octamom created this beautiful mosaic on "Excellence...."

Excellence...
Completed Road Trips
Blue Skies
Ballet
Extended Family
Coming Home


Annemarie's mosaic just makes me feel good...!


Annemarie: As I move toward a more disciplined way of life, these are some of the things I have been trying to incorporate more of. It is not an issue of right or wrong, but of more or less. I want to get more organized, do more cooking, cleaning and exercise and get a decent amount of sleep. I think it is a never ending journey, but one that is worth the trip.

AVT Coach has been living an abundant life and shares this mosaic with us...


During the past seven months, the four of us, along with Peggy, have created poems, song lyrics, collages, and more as we reflected on our words. Here are the links if you'd like to look back on our year of reflections...

January Our Words in Poems
February Reflecting in Song
March Seeing our Words
April A Cup of Verbal Tea
May Artfully Said (collages)
June Reflective Thoughts (scrapblog)

And our journey began with one of Caroline's posts at The Zen in You....

enJOY your day!

28 comments:

beth said...

what a fun adventure to be on with friends...i loved all the mosaics and I loved reading what makes you feel joy !

I did a word last year and this year, too....last year it was "see" and this year it is "focus"....

right now, you know where my focus is...thanks for your support !

AVT Coach said...

Although mine was late, I still received such a blessing from doing it. Thanks for helping out this month. I love what you have done with your blog!!! Your mosaic is wonderful and so full of life!

Candace said...

LOVE IT!! I need to reflect on what brings me joy more often, thanks for the reminder.

Also thanks for the tip on scrapblogging, can't wait to try it!

Silver said...

i came by hours ago. I wasn't sure you had meant this one or there was going to be a 6 random info thing..

ok..looks like this is the one. Hey. That's cheating ;D but it'll do :)

I like all the little things you had put in as things that had brought you the joys..these little pleasures sounds just wonderful.

hugs,
~Silver

Silver said...

roban-
i hope you are not a English Language teacher by any chance.. because there is a typo error.

"sounds" should be corrected to "sound".

There. I feel better now. ;)

Mummy McTavish said...

I love it! So many things to bring you joy!!!

McMGrad89 said...

Yours looks great.

I am glad we are still doing this.

Candy said...

YOU are just PRECIOUS.

I love this. A PERFECT expression of words:-)

Sharon said...

These are wonderful!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Roban! What a great idea! It really makes you think about what brings you joy when you can visualize it. Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing all of these great mosaics...Debbie

Jenn @ youknow... that blog? said...

Wow, lots to see here! Great work - love the energy in the first one most of all.

Jeanne said...

What a wonderful word to focus on and I love how you realize real joy is found in the simple things. Love the idea of sharing a project with friends. My BF and I do projects together as well and it adds to the enjoyment, bringing us joy. hehe Oh thanks for sharing the mosaics of your friends as well!

Ebie said...

A joyful sharing of friendship among
friends. These are beautiful mosaics!

Lana G! said...

Great mosaics! It was a true joy to experience them today!

Gwen said...

this is fantastic! thanks so much for sharing all the others too!! great idea!

Marsha said...

I agree what a fun thing to do - I can see the Joy in your mosaic!

We had a very dear elderly friend who passed away but her favorite saying when told good news was to say "oh, for Joy" - I thinking Oh, for Joy after seeing you make mosaics from words.

~JarieLyn~ said...

This sounds like a really fun project you have going. I like your mosaic. quite a variety and I like how it reflects your vision of joy.

Dishesdone said...

Enjoyed your post! You certainly have a lot of joy in your life, great pictures, love the mosaic!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Lovely post -- Your blog is lovely and obviously has joy abundantly.

Thanks for sharing.

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥

Becky K. said...

JOY is a lovely word to feature. That deep abiding knowledge of happiness...but even better.

Your pictures capture it better than words can express it.
Great job!

Have a wonderful day!
Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Regina said...

A wonderful idea to reflect. I love this. Great post and photos.

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a lovely idea -- to reflect your joy in your mosaic. All the mosaics look joyful -- what a wonderful way to begin a Monday!
Cass

RobinfromCA said...

I love this idea! What a great mosaic and such fun to always look for the joy in everything. Thanks for sharing!

Robin

Relyn said...

Oh, I do love that although you find joy in things and moments, you main joy comes from people. What a blessing it is to love the people who fill our lives.

MyJourneyBack said...

Looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed your post.
Sherry

Debbie Pearson said...

I love the word focus idea. Beautiful mosaics. Thank you for sharing.

skoots1mom said...

so fun looking @ ur mosaics...

AmpersandPrime said...

these are all so great! very inspiring and fun idea.