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.