Saturday, January 14, 2017

One Little Word {Celebrate This Week}

This week I'm celebrating my one little word but not just selecting it; I've decided to slow down and spend more time with my word from last year.  Many moments, days, and projects I wish I had more time and as I pondered a new year and a new start with a new word I kept feeling like I wasn't done with my work from last year.  I tried to think of synonyms for last years word and came up with capture and record.  However, when I thought about the word capture I thought about physically catching lightening bugs or garden invaders that I don't want.  When I thought about the word record, I thought about record players and songs from when I was growing up and I have no intentions of focusing on singing.  

I listened to Ali Edwards and Elise Cripe in the podcast, episode 117 and where Ali encourages people to "show up, be curious, and try stuff."  She also mentioned she likes to exhaust the word she chooses along with finding joy and happiness with the choice she makes.  As I reread my thinking and post One Little Word 2016, I feel good about noticing, creating, and the fostering pieces but not everything I wrote about last year.

I struggle with capturing and documenting in my home life and my school life.  I think if I take Ali's advice and "show up, be curious, and try stuff" I will exhaust my word with joy and happiness.  I took time to share my word because I wanted to make sure I could start this project by trying stuff; taking action and I did.  I completed the January prompt for Ali Edwards One Little Word Class.  Okay, confession time - I'm just doing the course from 2016 that I never completed last year and I'm thrilled with my end result and the thinking I have for this year. 

One action step I'm taking this year is to share my mantra for the week; words to live by.  I was inspired to do this when my friend Cathy Mere started Wednesday Wisdom.  I asked Cathy if I could join her and she graciously said she would love to have someone to walk along side.  My hope is to have 52 Wednesday Wisdoms related to story to publish in a little coffee table book.

Thank you Ruth at Ruth Ayers Writes for encouraging us to find daily celebrations in our lives.  If you want to read more positive things stop by this week's post, Give Love Away.


  1. Hi Mandy! I am always inspired by your creativity. I may join you and Cathy for Wisdom Wednesday. I keep quotes too. I like the idea of sharing them.

  2. I also continued my OLW from 2016 to 2017...I wasn't quite finished with my quest. I am going to check out Wisdom Wednesday somehow I missed that. I excited to see your little coffee table book.

  3. It seems that whatever feels right to you is the way it should go, Mandy. I don't do well with OLWs, except for one year. This time I am going to use a picture book I discovered, "The Day Is Waiting", a re-issue of a book using the art from Don Freeman & a story from his friend, commemorating his work. I love it, and it opens the world to me. And love that you and Cathy are doing the Wed. wisdom. I see that sometimes. Best wishes with your special OLW!

  4. Some years I am ready to move on to a new OLW, and other years I am not. I actually considered taking on my OLW from two years ago again this year -- FLY. Instead, I chose a similar word that I think incorporates the spirit behind FLY -- FAITH. I enjoyed reading about your thought processes behind your OLW. I love the idea of weekly reflection and then turning it into a coffee table book. Looking forward to reading more!

  5. I love that you've decided to stick with your 2016 word. That in itself is a story. Thanks also for the reminders about Ali Edwards site- haven't been on it in a while.

  6. How great that you will hold on to this word! I look forward to reading the story you are willing to share.