I have actively participated in One Little Word® since 2009 and the Ali Edwards’ led workshops since 2011. I have found it to be a far more manageable approach than New Year’s resolutions. As nice as it is to have at the end of each year a completed album filled with ideas, stories and beliefs that represent my year – who I am and how I think, here and now, it’s not always completed. Though, through all 12-months, my word is always at the forefront of my thoughts and that is what makes it fully fleshed out and integrated into my life by the end of each year.
January is all about setting up and making a home for my word of the year, PLAY.
Some time in mid-2016, I realized I have very little play in my life. In fact when I thought of the word and meaning of play, I did so with a good amount of revulsion. That visceral negative response has been niggling at the back of my mind for the last few months. The purpose for choosing these annual words is in an effort for me to become whole and there is no way I can be whole without remembering how to play.
It is remarkable how one single word can have such profound impact, and it does. I am a word person and enjoy how this creative approach helps me explore – and PLAY – with meanings and approaches.
In the past I have explored:
I believe each word, and the year-long project, has made me a better, more well rounded person. At least I have spent a lot of time getting to know myself. Well on my way to whole. I look forward to what PLAY reveals this year!
Each year I purchase “support” material to keep my word front and centre. Often a charm necklace that I normally have finished in preparation for the year, but this year I plan to collect through the year to support the presence of PLAY. I want to stay open to new experiences and don’t want to make any assumptions. Anyway, here is what I’ve collected this year:
Charms are from Littlefield Lane:
I believe all of this “work” is in an effort to make me WHOLE. I don’t know that I have ever been completely whole but I do know that at the end of the day it is what I want most – to feel completely whole. Each year I purchase a talisman from Liz Lamoreaux (as well as oodles of other things) and now I’m adding both PLAY and WHOLE to my collection:
From Colleen Attara I ordered and received a beautiful happy package with all kinds of heart confetti:
Underneath all of the treasures was a sweet note:
Of course, the word in the header was purchased directly from Ali Edwards. I will find a place for it, too!
The rest is up to me! Participate in the course and have a beautiful album as a result.
What about you? Do you choose a word? Craft an intention? Make a resolution?