My One Little Word for 2016

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A friend discovered this concept a couple of years ago and I fell in love with the idea. I’ve chosen a word each year since. Choosing a word for the year, for me, is an alternative to resolutions.

 

The idea is to choose a word that reflects how you would like your year to be. There are so many to choose from. Here is a partial list I got from One Word 365:

Confidence
Thrive
Reduce
Listen
Mindfulness
Believe
Finish
Peace
Love
Truth
Adapt
Unstoppable
Breathe

The possibilities are endless.

Last year my word was Balance and if you’ve read any of my posts, then you’ve seen some of my struggles. Finding balance in life is difficult, yet I’ve grown through the process.

There appears to be a movement surrounding the idea of choosing a yearly word to focus on. I’ve found a couple of sites that I’ve used in my journey.

One is One Little Word by Ali Edwards. She encourages you to focus on, meditate and reflect upon your word and she has created a few ways to help you. There is a group on her site that is supportive as you learn about yourself using your word. She also has monthly creative subscription and classes for exploration. Check it out.

Another site that I found this year is One Word 365. This site is all about community and encouragement. One way for each person to work with their word is to create a vision board. As this is something I do with my clients, I am interested in storyboarding my word.

I’ve never done the creative stuff with my word, at least not in this way. I have, however, created jewelry to help remind me of my word. This was my first word and I wore it as a bracelet.

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The interesting thing I’ve found with choosing a single word to frame my year is that life tends to show me where I need to work. This is a good thing since I tend to stagnate if I don’t have some encouragement.

The cool thing is that the words I’ve chosen for the past couple of years haven’t left me. I feel as if this has a cumulative effect. It seems the growing never stops.

This year my word is Enough. I have begun exploring this word and how it relates to my life, hopefully, I can share some of this journey with you.

So, here is the challenge: Choose a word that reflects a place you want to go in your life and spend some time journaling about it.

Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo

InsecureWritersSupportGroup2It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it is time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post.

This month will be less about the insecurities that go with being a writer and more about the balance of writing and regular life.

I’ve been thinking about balance all year. This is not a surprise since balance was my “One Little Word” for the year. I am finding that all things in my life are about balance. I am also finding that I am not very good at staying in balance in my life.

October is the official or unofficial planning month for November’s NaNoWriMo, depending on how you look at it. For me, that means that the next couple of months will be quite busy. And all by choice.

I’ve discovered that whether by choice or simply by life it is so easy to get out of balance. Most of the things that will be crowding my life for the next couple of months will be by my choice. That doesn’t mean that I won’t get overwhelmed or want to give up. But I won’t.

I choose to participate in NaNoWriMo which means that it is my goal to write 50,000 words by November 30th. This is a crazy goal but completely doable.

I choose to write every day. My day is not complete until I’ve written. No matter how tired or much I just want to curl up in front of the tv, I will write. This may not seem like balance, but it truly is. Writing is in my blood and must be heeded.

I believe I will struggle in the attempt to balance my writing with my regular life. This isn’t unlike anyone else. If you have kids, a job, house and/or a partner, attempting to balance all of this is incredibly difficult.

Balance is a delicate dance. One that never ends and that is okay.balance-110850_1280

If you are joining me in the quest for a NaNoWriMo win, then good luck. It’s a wild ride.

If you are simply trying to make your life work then I wish you all the best. I know how difficult things can be.

Just remember: if every day were the same, life would be boring.