What’s in a word?

I like to start each new year with a new visual diary. And I like to start each visual diary with a new theme. And I like that theme to be new and different from the previous year. This year I’ve thinking about what word or theme would sum up where I’m going – or where I think I’m going. Ive been prompted to think more more about this by some of the New Year’s blog posts I’ve been reading. Have a read of Lyric’s post. Along with that, Diana Trout’s blog post about balance is great too.

I was thinking that it would be the year to try, have a go and attempt that which I’ve not done before. Whether from fear, busy-ness or procrastination. Those words don’t feel very theme-ish or solid. You know, one to base a year’s goals and achievements on, but the basic premise is good, I think. This idea was prompted by a quote I read around the beginning of the year.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

So, what is the word for the year? I hear you ask. Venture. That’s it. A synonym for attempt. It conjures up an excitement in me. It is more than just have a go. It feels like having a go is an exciting adventure where amazing, creative, inspiring things will happen. It is a positive spin on just attempting. Attempting feels a bit flat, dutiful. I’m smiling as I write this…we will see, I think to myself. Better get doodling – put that word into action and make that visual diary cover page. Watch this space.

In the meantime, here cover pages from the last few years – some with lots of words, some with none.

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