Have you ever followed along with Ali Edwards’ One Little Word series on her blog? I’m going to assume that most of my readers know who Ali is and have heard of this project. But just in case you haven’t, you can get more information here. This year it’s even better with a class at Big Picture Classes.
I’m not big on resolutions. January is my very favorite month of the year and I love the clean slate feeling, the anticipation of a fabulous year to come. I’m big on ideas, but follow through is not one of my strongest qualities. February is my least favorite month, so if I can’t keep up the momentum through the dregs of winter, the resolution fizzles.
That’s one of the reason I love the idea of One Little Word. It’s not a promise to change a habit or an goal that was never probably never achievable in the first place. It’s not so much a resolution as it is an intention for the path of your life.
My previous attempts with one little word
My word in 2007 was “Courage” because that was something I was sorely lacking in my life. I had this feeling I needed to take on some new adventures. In the third week of January that year (right after my birthday) I found out that my Orlando office — where I had worked for almost 10 — was closing. If I wanted to keep my job I had to move to Nashville. Talk about the need for courage… It really did seem prophetic somehow.
In 2008 I thought I’d give it a try again. My word was “Propel” because I as I was settling into a new place, new house, new job, I thought I had nowhere to go but up. But my new office and new job were far more intense than I could have imagined. I found myself on a nightmare rollercoaster and I was barely holding on. It wasn’t the kind of propelling I had in mind. Another prophetic word.
In 2009, I gave One Little Word a break and did Project 365 instead. I decided I would add in a few week long mini-series to keep it interesting. The second week in May was all about work. Monday’s photo my commute, Tuesday’s photo was entering the office building, Wednesday’s photo the bookcase in my office that held all the awards and commemoratives for all the big deals during my 12-year real estate career and Thursday’s photo the phone I spent so much of the day on. Nothing prepared me for Friday though, because that was the day I was laid off. Friday’s photo was the contents of my office in boxes spread across my living room.
Document it anyway
That’s why I love being a scrapbooker. When you start an endeavor like One Little Word or Project 365, you just never know where it’s going to take you. As a scrapbooker, my progress is recorded along the way, no matter what comes along. I’ve been thinking a lot about 2011 and what I want from the next 12 months.
After a two year hiatus, I’m going to take on the “One Little Word” challenge this year. I’ve already signed up for Ali’s class at Big Picture Classes. For a few dollars each month and Ali’s classic inspiration, I couldn’t pass it up. She’s using the new Pink Paislee/House of 3 divided page protectors as a base for the album. I love the idea of specific monthly challenges so I don’t lose sight of my word. A monthly reminder to keep me on track. That’s a good thing!
My word for 2011 hasn’t quite found me yet but I’ve got some ideas.
How about you? Are you going to take on the One Little Word challenge in 2011?