Resolutions Are Boring!

I feel like resolutions are boring and cliche. I also don’t like them because I read an article that said 88% of resolvers fail to achieve their goal! To those of you in the Bead Circle Facebook group that resolved to bead more, I’m perfectly ok with that. To those of you who resolved for the 5th year in a row to lose weight, get organized, or save more money, well I think there’s a better way.

2012 word pen, design for my 2013 word pen, and my awesome vintage calendar

Try Word-of-the-Year

I like choosing a word of the year because it helps me get clarity. A word is something that stirs my soul versus resolving to do something I “should” already be doing. One of my friends has chosen “Healthy.” Two other friends have chosen “Focus.” Last year, I chose the word “Emerge” to uncover who I really am as an artistic entrepreneur. I made a beaded pen with my word on it, and carried it in my purse all year as a constant reminder. I discovered that my aesthetic has a sort of vintage, old school feel with clean lines, and that I like to incorporate other materials into my beadwork such as decoupage, ribbon, and fabric. I taught more classes, and discovered that I’m really great with beginners. I started going to networking groups, talking about my work, and began to really embrace that I am a master at what I do. That was a huge step for me!

My word for 2013 is “Completion.” Its a little long to put on a pen, but as you can see in my pattern, I managed to make it work. I feel like there’s so much potential in what I start, but I haven’t been as good at the finishing. This website is a good example. Doing the podcast and connecting with you brings me so much joy, and I want to do more of that. I started two beading projects, Rajah and Yuletide, over two years ago! I will joyfully complete both this year.

Resource: If you would like some guidance for choosing your own word of the year, my mentor Christine Kane has created a free Word-of-the-Year Discovery Tool. Check it out at

When you have your Word, share it with us in the comments below.
Happy New Year!

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  • avatar Deborah Bergen January 2, 2013, 2:25 pm

    Happy New Year!
    I really enjoyed your writing and it inspired me greatly. I think inspired may be my word, we’ll see.
    Where is your new pen?
    Blessings Mandi.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 2, 2013, 2:33 pm

    Aww, thanks, Deb. Glad to help. Inspired is a great word!! I just have the pattern for my new pen so far but I’m about to sit down and bead it :)

  • avatar Karen January 2, 2013, 3:00 pm

    I love the fact that you use graph paper to sketch out your peyote word designs. I’ve heard of programs that can take a picture and set it to a graph, even pick out the delica colors. And while that may be a lot more accurate and less time consuming, I prefer to sketch my designs and pick out my own colors, too. It’s like a road trip. Driving allows us to see the scenery, while flying zips us over the top. Yes, we get there quicker, but just think of what we missed along the way. Thanks for doing it “old school!” ~Karen

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 2, 2013, 3:06 pm

    It IS like a road trip, that’s a good comparison. I generally sketch and then use the program to make it pretty, like for the ebook. Old school= awesome and thanks so much for your comment, Karen!

  • avatar Kelly January 2, 2013, 3:46 pm

    I think that’s an awesome idea, Mandi! I hope your year of completion will be as great as your year emerging!

    I went the old-school way and came up with a few resolutions, but this year I wrote them down and pinned them to the wall in the kitchen, so they’ll not be forgot. I think, though, I’ll choose a word for this year, also. Maybe “happiness.”

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 2, 2013, 3:51 pm

    Thanks, Kelly! Having a reminder does help a lot. My problem was that I’d want to change too many things at once and end up distracted and stuck. I think that’s why this works for me, I only have to focus on one thing. Happiness would be an awesome word of the year!

  • avatar Peggy January 2, 2013, 5:00 pm

    This is a great idea!! I love your free e-book. Thank you for your generosity in sharing! I’ve made several pens for gifts and have started adding designs beyond the basic alphabet. It’s so great to be able to make a nice gift in only 2 or 3 evenings.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 2, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Thanks so much for commenting, Peggy! Its my pleasure to share and I’m so glad you are enjoying it. I hope you’ll consider submitting one of your designs to Beaded Pens version 2.0 :)

  • avatar Ali January 3, 2013, 2:44 am

    Love this post… I have two words,

    Create–I tell people that I am talented, I can copy almost anything I see, but I am not creative. So this year I am going to commit to one original jewelry design.

    No– this word is not in my vocabulary (as my bff says) so I am going to learn to say no and not overload my life leaving more time for jewelry and reading.

  • avatar Ali January 3, 2013, 2:51 am

    Deb, inspired… great word… will have to find something to inspire my creativity. thanks the wheels are starting to roll.

  • avatar Sally Anderson January 3, 2013, 10:27 am

    Happy New Year, Mandi. I like the word of the year, too. I have both a word and a phrase. The word is movement because I feel that I’m stuck in a lot of ways. I like the word because it has so much variety: for me movement includes physical movement (exercise), and creative movement (start making up stuff instead of always following patterns). My phrase of the year is “let it in” which has a lot of meaning it in too, for me. Let in the good stuff (I am unable to process compliments and am really uncomfortable when someone compliments me), let in the muse (I know I have one, but I haven’t seen her in a long time), let in good health, etc. I have a piece of beaded loom work that says MOVE!!! I think it’s a good start!

  • avatar Karen Williams January 3, 2013, 12:12 pm

    Emerge – that is one of the ongoing challenges for us as artists, isn’t it? Continually working to discover who we truly are. My work is freeform and organic, with a bit of a steampunk/Victorian vibe and like you, I love to mix media. I’m also with you on the teaching.

    Good luck with your word for this year – Completion! While that might be my goal, I don’t think I’d ever have the guts to take that as my word.

  • avatar Deborah Bergen January 3, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Sally, I love your word and phrase.
    We have a lot of similarities. I wish you the best this year. I’ve been hoping for an
    online group of women to identify with.
    Thanks Mandi!
    Ali, lets roll!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 3, 2013, 4:57 pm

    Hi Ali, I like your jewelry design challenge. I think you are creative, you may just need to give yourself permission to be yourself. That’s what I’ve found in working with people anyways. No is an excellent word, too :)

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 3, 2013, 5:02 pm

    Sally- great phrase! The fact that you can describe what it means will help it show up in your life :) Would love to see your “Move” piece.

    Karen- thanks for commenting, we’ll see how it goes, hehe

    Glad you’re here, Deborah!

  • avatar Rhonda January 26, 2013, 5:13 am

    French, because that is what I need to learn this year.

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