I’ve chosen a word each year for a few years. Last year, I participated in Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop. My word for 2015 was self.
I participated in about half of the prompts Ali created for the class. I liked the little reminders to keep my word present. But, for me, choosing a word is a lot bigger than that. I love this concept. This setting one big intention for the year and choosing a word to keep it front + center for that many days.
Last year, I was struggling with taking care of myself. I was struggling to sort of find myself again. I tend to let slip the idea of doing what I want to do. I was working on myself a lot, and doing some really deep thinking about who I was and who I wanted to be. In the day to day, I have to stop and make myself think: what do I really want for xx (for dinner, to watch on TV, to spend my weekend doing)? I don’t know why it isn’t something that comes naturally to me, when it sounds so obvious, but it was something I really wanted to work on.
Setting this one little word felt important. I put together a few pages of writing and creative prompts and photos, but outside the handful of days I was actively documenting it, my word was still there. I feel like it worked its way into my subconscious a little bit.Even without actively thinking about it, I had this reminder that, in the beginning of the year, this word was important enough that I wanted it to shape every one of my days.
So I kept putting the work in and trying to think about myself. And it sounds hokey, but I took away a lot more than just some fun pages in a scrapbook. I’m still working on it, but I definitely got closer to finding myself and figuring out what kind of person I want to be.
My word for 2016 is choose.
Last year, I took some awesome steps getting back to who I want to be.
This year, I want to continue that. I also want to be mindful, as often as possible, of the fact that I can choose, and that those choices shape my days.
I know there are a lot of things out of our control. And picking a word to guide the year can’t change anything about that. But there are so many things that we get to determine. Outside of the other things (health, accidents, family, environment), we get to choose how our days roll. It’s so easy to let this slip. But life really can be what we make it. The big things and the little things.
I can choose to wake up early and head to the gym. I can choose to have a seven-hour True Blood marathon. I can choose to drink wine and sit on the balcony for an entire afternoon. I can choose to leave my job after a lot of years to pursue something that might fill me up more. I can choose to slow down and pay attention and be an active participant in my days. I can choose.
While I was thinking about my word and working on a little project, I made up a few quote cards that I plan to use in my Project Life album this year. And I decided to make them available for a free download! Just right click to view the image in a new window or tab, and save to your computer. They’re sized slightly smaller than 3×4 to fit perfectly in pocket pages.