One Little Word: FOCUS

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You may have seen a few blog posts or twitter updates regarding something called One Little Word (OLW), a project started by Ali Edwards, one of my favorite bloggers/inspirations. She is also behind December Daily, a project I just completed for the first time.
Essentially, you select a word that is going to guide your year. 
It is going to be your mantra, your driving force.

You can also take the Big Picture Class, which describes OLW as:

A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow. From my own personal experience, it can be a catalyst for enriching your life.


In 2006, I began a tradition of choosing one word for myself each January – a word that I can focus on, meditate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. My words have included play, peace, vitality, nurture, light, and story. These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another. They’ve been imbedded into who I am, and into who I’m becoming. They’ve been what I’ve needed (and didn’t know I needed). They’ve helped me to breathe deeper, to see clearer, and to grow.

I remember when Ali started OLW in 2006, but I couldn’t think of a good word at the time. Several years have come and gone, and I never really took the time to sit down and mentally prepare for this project. 
2012 is going to be different. 
I’m already off to a good start! I have my word selected and already finished how I’m going to document the year and my one little word. 

This year, I selected the word FOCUS.

I wanted to select a word that is action-oriented and really encompasses what I need to do this year.

This year I need to:

  • Finish unfinished projects
  • Stop skipping from book to book and just read one at a time
  • Less multitasking, more productivity
  • Be in the moment 

I’ll be documenting how my OWL changes how I do things this year in the mini-album I created for Amy’s blog party. You can see the tutorial here.
Also…Alex (yes, that’s my boyfriend’s name…it’s shorter to type out than Boyfriend, so I’m going to finally use it) decided he was going to select a word this year. His is LEARN. He has several goals that involve learning different programs/techniques/hobbies so we felt it was the best word for his 2012. He will be updating our mini-album, too…so he says.

I’m hoping to post an update at the end of each month to keep us up on this project!

What is your One Little Word?
How will you be documenting your OLW?
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