Tuesday, January 8, 2013

#onelittleword in my life update

Today has been such a #onelittleword day!  After my training ride, I came home to my We R Memories binder (I chose hunter green) and my necklace from Jessica in the mail. 
I have mad love for this necklace.  Not only is it symbolic of everything I want this year to encompass, but it turned out beautifully and I know whoever wins the necklace from Jessica will absolutely love it.

It arrived in a drawstring, sheer bag and was complete with the necklace snake chain that I had ordered.  Jessica, who has outstanding customer service, was worried that she had forgotten something with my order, so she sent me another envelope featuring two small pearl charms and a new edition of her snake necklace, in case I preferred a thinner version.

In case you're joining me for the first time since my last #onelittleword post, the project is basically choosing a word that you are going to embody for one year.  You'll often see me talking here about twenty13 being the "year of opportunity," well that certainly fits since my one little word is "opportunity."  To hold myself accountable to my chosen word, and to have a little fun with it, I searched through Etsy for a necklace that would help out with it.  I found Jessica's Etsy shop, Glassy Chic Boutique, and just loved her work.  On the necklace, I chose the upper block text and on two sides, it says "opportunity" and then the dates, starting January 1st and ending December 31st- a year of opportunity. 

My definition of excellent customer service involves corresponding with your client or customers frequently throughout the order and creation process.  It also involves making sure that they are either completely satisfied or their expectations are blown out of the water.  Jessica fits all that and more.  I also want to make it clear that I sought out her work and she didn't seek me out to do a promotional giveaway.  I mentioned my blog and the project and she loved the idea.  She's just that awesome. 

If you're looking for custom, beautiful and affordable jewelry, I would definitely head her way.  I love supporting Etsy artists and designers :) 

I've started to work on my one little project with Ali Edwards' Big Picture Class.  I was going back and forth on spending the money for the program, because I could definitely scrapbook on my own, but he likelihood of me keeping up with it on my own was slim to none.  So I figured a $36 class, in which she provided free printables, videos, prompts and extras for an entire year was worth it.  I'm really glad that I did it.  Below is a sample of some of the cards that I put together for the January prompt.  They're in an extra rough draft mode, so no judgments...or at least, not yet! ;)
I've been brainstorming synonyms to help break up my goals and my intentions for what focusing on opportunity is meant to do for me this year.  I'm excited to put my binder together and see where the project takes me.   

My hubs and I watched the movie, Savages, the other night.  I'm not too keen on violence in movies. I'm the 23-year old with her eyes covered in the movie theater.  However, as violent as some of the scenes were in the movie (hence the name "savages"), I really liked the story line.  The story plays around themes of testing human limits (cruelty, mind games) and variations of love and power.  You'll recognize actors such as John Travolta, Selma Hayek, and Blake Lively in the film.  Lively plays the shared love interest of characters, Chon and Ben.  That was definitely an interesting dynamic, since the two male leads loved each other so much as brothers and best-friends, that they were willing to share the love of their live, Ophelia, otherwise known as "O." 
The characters lived complicated lives and you love to hate the bad guys and what they're willing to do next.  My favorite character was Ben (played by Aaron Johnson).  At the surface, he seems kind of like a weed-smoking-surfer-California-dude, but the film cuts at the surface of how much time he devotes to helping third world countries.  This includes developing orphanages, clean water systems and schools.  Combine that with his devilishly handsome good looks and all I've got to say is be still my beating heart.  What reminded me of #onelittleword with his character was that he never let anything stand in his way.  His character used a dual-degree from Berkley to develop a product and sell it (in this case, marijuana), but in turn, he used that to help a lot of people.  Not just throwing money their way either, actually going there and devoting time to their lives.  That type of dedication is admirable, even if displayed by a fictional film character.  

I'll continue to explore my #onelittleword in other areas of my life and I invite you to participate with me and come up with your own little word.  If you would like to win a FREE necklace from Glassy Chic Boutique, make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of my #onelittleword post.

Thanks for Reading!


  1. I'm liking this #onelittleword thing! I just might have to jump on board!
    I also watched Savages just a few days ago, very interesting. I wanted it to end a little differently, otherwise thought they did a good job.

    1. Definitely! It's such a fun project and there is so much room for interpretation and goal setting. I think the ending to Savages was pretty realistic (or at least from what I could imagine a situation like that ending). I was so worried for the main characters!

    2. I do agree there, I just can't stand when things have a "just kidding, this is what actually happened" kind of ending so that probably tainted it for me!