One Little Word 2013

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 2013: Time for a new word. A new focus. A new goal.

I wasn’t totally sure about choosing a One Little Word this year.

Nothing really stuck out for me. There were a couple words that might work. A couple half-hearted attempts and considerations.

But BRAVE kept coming back to me.

All the other words I had considered would fit under BRAVE too.

Turns out I’m not all that BRAVE. One of September’s list prompts was about brave things I’ve done. Um …. the #1 brave thing I’ve done in my life? Got married. And, really? If you met my husband you would understand that was pretty much the easiest decision ever :)

I’m awfully conservative and risk-averse. I need to be sure sure sure about something before doing it. I’m working on being more brave, but 2013 I’ll really make it a focus.

Once I started leaning more toward using BRAVE, I kept finding more blog posts and resources about being brave about all kinds of things.

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I’m excited. And I’m nervous.

But this year I’m going to be BRAVE.

 What I’ve done for my One Little Word so far:

Downloaded Susannah Conway’s Unraveling workbook:I don’t make resolutions but I do choose a word to guide my course through the year (more on that soon), so there’s space for that in the workbook, too. Writing down your intentions is incredibly powerful, so find an hour to yourself, roll up your metaphorical sleeves and dig in…” I think I’ll work through this over the next week or so.

Drew myself a ‘temporary tattoo’ (photo above)

Googled some quotes about courage and being brave. Also here and here.

Made a ‘title page’ for this year’s to-do notebook: This notebook is a post in and of itself.

On the left is 2012, on the right is 2013.

Just a small lined notebook to keep in my purse to jot down my to-do list, notes to myself, tuck pieces of paper that may otherwise get lost in my purse.

2012’s notebook is barely holding together.

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I trimmed down a light piece of cardboard to make a title page.

I wanted a bright color – no yellow or orange in the house, so red it is.

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Just a very very basic BRAVE decorating the piece.

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And just adhered to the front page of the notebook.

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Just something to remind me every day I pull out the notebook to brainstorm the next L&R product or figure out what all I need to get done the coming weekend.

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This year I’ve signed up for Ali Edwards’s Big Picture Classes Workshop – One Little Word.

I’m excited. I don’t know really what to expect, but I love everything that Ali does, so I’m sure it’ll be great.

I just need to be sure to keep up with it all!

I hope you can join me!

You can see examples from previous years’ workshops and some questions (and testimonials) in the comments on Ali’s post here.

I bought some supplies for the class – including an 8.5×11″ binder that matches my 12×12″ binder for Project Life in 2013.

Here at L&R I’ll be tagging any related 2013 One Little Word posts with the BRAVE tag – you can follow those posts here.

SIDEBAR:

When I went to order my supplies for Ali’s One Little Word class, randomly, what else happened to already be in my Amazon cart? Seth Godin’s new book – The Icarus Deception. I stuck it in there a week or so ago because I adore Seth Godin, want to support him and want to read all his books.

I honestly hadn’t the slightest idea what it was about – aside from, of course, my cursory knowledge of Icarus. But as I went to place my binder/photo sleeve order I though, “Well let me just check.”

Turns out The Icarus Deception is ….. basically about being brave.

Um. Yea. It’s about being brave? SIGN ME UP. Kept it in the cart. Ordered it on impulse. It should be delivered any day.

It’s a sign and I’ll take it.

What is your ONE LITTLE WORD this year?

(Turns out a few other friends are using BRAVE as their One Little Word too: Elise and another who has not yet publicly announced it yet :) )

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  • Amanda @ Click. The Good News January 1, 2013 at 9:13 am edit

    awesome- i did it with her for the first timel ast year & signed up again. Don’t miss Brene Brown’s new book- Daring Greatly, all about being brave and having courage. It’s a fantastic book.

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  • Amy January 1, 2013 at 9:17 am edit

    Thanks for the book recommendation! I’ll check it out!

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  • Elizabeth January 1, 2013 at 11:17 am edit

    My word for 2013 is ADVENTURE. Both the noun *and* the verb. I want to be able to look back on this year as a year completely jam-packed full of memories, new things, unexpected thrills and lots of getting lost. And if I don’t feel the dirt under my feet for a while, I get a little nuts anyway, so it’s perfect.

    Brave’s a great word, too!

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  • Pheeebzzz January 2, 2013 at 5:22 am edit

    Thanks for sharing, it’s always very inspirationnal to read about other people’s OLW. And another thank you for the link to Susannah Conway’s workbook, which I downloaded as well.
    I’m finally going for “connect” as my 2013 OLW. Would have loved to sign up for Ali’s class but I can’t afford it right now.

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