One Little Word: January 2014

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One Little Word: Heroine

Background:

One Little Word is an annual project/workshop designed by the ever amazing Ali Edwards. The project asks you to bring a single word into your life, and use that word as a lens to experience your year. Here are a few words about One Little Word from Ali:

Having a single word to focus on each year has made a difference in my life.

In 2006 I began a tradition of choosing one word for myself each January – a word that I can focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life.

What do you do with this one little word?

You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.

Even though I’ve chosen a One Little Word for the past several years, this is the first year that I’m taking the official workshop and really putting this project at the forefront of my life.

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This year my One Little Word is Heroine.

Heroine fits the complexity that I was looking for. I wanted a multi-dimensional word that would fit where I wanted to go both personally and professionally — a word that would fit what I was looking to achieve both interpersonally and introspectively — a word that would remind me that the ultimate goal is always to just be the best version of myself.

Album Pages: January

For my One Little Word workshop pages, I’m keeping an 8.5×11 album and using various sized page protectors for the different prompts. I’m keeping my journaling as open and honest as possible and leaving it all out there. I mean — what’s the point of doing all the work, only to do it half-assed. One of my intentions for 2014 is to put all of myself into my obligations, and to let my passions flow through them, and this is exactly the type of project that truely thrives when passion is poured into it.

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Thoughts This Month

This felt so good. It felt so super amazing to get all of this out onto paper.

While I was writing, I wasn’t sure if I was going to share all the journaling — it’s a bit more brash than my usual candor, especially here on the blog. But then I said — that’s dumb. This project is for my personal growth, and this is me trying to be the best version of myself.

If people are going to judge me (or anyone else) for my honest attempts to live my life the best way I know how, then screw them. Those people immediately fall into the category of ‘people never worth paying attention to’.

One of the biggest changes I am trying to make is spending more time actively being the person that I want to be, and less time being the person that I think others expect me to be.

As such, just participating and sharing my progress in this workshop is a part of being successful in my One Little Word journey thusfar.

What steps are you taking with your One Little Word?