I read about it several years ago on Ali's blog. That's Ali Edwards - scrapbooker extraordinaire.
She introduced us to the "One Little Word" concept back in 2007. Here are her words from her first post on the subject:
"A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.
Last fall in issue two of this newsletter I wrote about the power of words and gave my top ten tips for getting those words down when you are scrapbooking. Today I want to introduce you to the idea that a single word can be a catalyst for enriching your life as well as your scrapbook layouts.
Last year I began a tradition of chosing one word for myself each January – a word that I can focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. Last year my word was something I wanted to bring into my life in a more tangible way. My word was play.
I thought a lot about play and what it means to me. I tried to incorporate it more into my everyday and on my adventures out in the crazy world. For me, it was a lot about living without fear – about being more open to experiences with an attitude of playfulness. The word play found its way onto many scrapbook pages and into many stories I told throughout the year.
Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2007?
It can be something tangible or intangible. It could be a thought or a feeling or an emotion. It can be singular or plural. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. This is not your mother’s word or your spouse’s word or your child’s word – this is YOUR word."After reading the above excerpt from her blog:
- Does it make you want your own word?
- Is there a word that immediately pops into your mind?
- Is it a word you can live with for a whole year?
Although I have chosen one little word for myself for several years, I haven't fully embraced my word for the entire year.
This year, I am dedicated to living this word.
This year, I am going to let this word drive me to my 2012 goals.
This year, my word is:
Not discipline as I am going to discipline Allison's behavior.
Discipline, as in I am going to discipline myself to stay focused and stay on track of my goals this year.
1. To train by instruction and practice, especially to teach self-control to.
Some of my goals for 2012 Goals for this year include:
- health & fitness
- personal growth
- home management
How about you?
Do you already follow Ali and have chosen a word for yourself?
Do you have a goal or goals for yourself that a word could help you along the way?