Tuesday, January 26, 2021

#OneWord2021: Creativity Bursts & Connections

In a world of shifting thoughts and temperaments, words play a significant role. They hold the power to create peace or disharmony, balance, or upheaval. At the beginning of a new year or new project, a single word becomes a focal point, intentionally centering our thoughts toward future growth. 

The one word phenomenon has influenced my life journey each year since 2014. It called to my muse and invited me to venture on a new path of living toward change. This year, my one word is beginThis simple word is the light shining my way to creativity bursts and creative connections with life. With begin as a guide, I will move to Virginia soon and write a new chapter in the story of life.


On January 14, 2021, Laura Grundler and Matt Grundler, moderators of #K12ArtChat asked me to guest host their Thursday night chat. Honored to work with these dynamic and creative educators again, I opened the discussion on one word for a new year with an invitation to gather in our creative space on Twitter and to reflect on our craft and practice. I created a series of questions that would assist the participants to create one word that would impact their personal and professional life.


When the chat ended, Matt Grundler posed a question for #SlowK12ArtChat that would run throughout the week. Reflaction (Reflection with Action) - What steps will you take to create a sanctuary of thought that blends art, technology, and literacy for yourself and others? Respondents began to share their thoughts using the hashtags #SlowK12ArtChat, @SchoolArts, and @AdobeForEdu. As promised, my reflaction blended art, technology, and poetry to create a collage of inspired words and art. Please join me at my One Word 2021 Sanctuary of Thought here


I invite anyone who has a one word 2021 to add your digital inspiration to the One Word Sanctuary of Thought padlet here.


"Creativity is contagious, pass it on!" -  Albert Einstein  
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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. -Pablo Picasso


It's Slice of Life Tuesday.
I join the community of writers with gratitude to Two Writing Teachers for their sacred space.

11 comments:

  1. Carol - how I love "Sanctuary of Thought" and the sacred space for writing. The Picasso quote on art washing away the dust of the soul - that truth strikes deep in my soul this morning. I will hold onto that. A wonder, how art and words and poetry collide to make something new. Honored to be part of your Sanctuary digital art collection and your writing community. I will say, as I often have, that am so grateful for your amazing artistry, Carol. You bring such beauty to the forefront.

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    1. Fran, the beauty of life is often illuminated in our artistic expressions and creativity bursts. It is so exciting to walk this journey with you. Perhaps, Scout has another piece of artwork for #WintersEmbrace2021.

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  2. You inspire me! (My OLW is Inspire.) I want to make a digital sanctuary. How lovely! I am trying to embrace my artist self more. I shouldn't keep putting it off, though. Thanks for being such a wonderful support to me.

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    1. Margaret, please send me a #digitalinspiration from you and your students also for the #SanctuaryofThought slide share. I would like to send more #creativity bursts throughout social media. The digitals will also be part of #WintersEmbrace2021.

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  3. First of all, Carol, I love the word "begin". Without it nothing gets done. The Sanctuary of Thoughts is a wonderful way to showcase inspirational words and art. Art picks up where words stop.

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    1. Bob I like your statement, “ Art picks up where words stop.” I was just reading the beginning of your post, when I was called in for my appointment. Got a one word image and word, send it on!

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  4. Wishing you lots of wonderful new beginnings in 2021!

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    1. Thank you, my far away friend. New beginnings bring new hope!

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  5. I really like your idea to keep that OLW a central focus all year long. :)

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    1. Thank you, Debbie Lynn, for stopping by and commenting.

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  6. I promised myself I would create a digital vision board for my olw and supporting words, but here we are at the beginning of February and I never did it! Thank you for the invitation to add to the Padlet - what a great platform for creating this!

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