One Little Word: July project

 

And I want to be sure to get as much out of my year (and this word) as I can …. so I signed up for Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class from Big Picture Classes.

July’s project for the class involved picking a random number of days, and noticing how your word entered your life (or didn’t) for those days.

Ali’s example involved post-it notes, but I decided to use the baseball card We R Memory Keepers page protectors I bought at the beginning of the year for the class.

Cut out the pieces of paper, taped them up on my wall with Freckled Fawn washi tape, and pulled down one card every few days throughout July.

They looked pretty up there, blank, though.

you can click through for a larger image….

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I actually took 4 of the cards to Colorado with me – I really loved having that small reminder to try new things even when we were on a more-or-less low key vacation.

I know it’s a little weird to have to turn the page to read the back of EACH card, but it doesn’t bother me a whole lot.

This page will go in my BRAVE 2013 book – where I am housing all my One Little Word projects AND my Find Your Voice projects this year, as well as a couple other things.

How’s your year going? Making BRAVE choices?

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One Little Word: BRAVE mid-year

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So to encourage that I signed up for Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop.

As many of you know, I very recently quit my day job to be (mostly) self-employed – basically the BRAVEST thing I’ve ever done in my life.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that June’s One Little Word project involved reflecting back on half of a year’s worth of focusing on your word.

For my June project, I made an 8×10 print of a photo of me taken on my very last day of the day job (from Persnickety Prints) and just included that across from my June worksheet (blank pdfs included in the course material).

 

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Please visit these other One Little Word participants also writing about their mid-year reflections:

Do you have a One Little Word this year?  How’s your mid-year progress?

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being brave

I’m trying, y’all.

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I signed up for Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop….

Every month she posts an exercise or other project – so far I’ve just done January’s.

I spent some time over a couple days thinking about what I wanted to do … and then another couple days to really figure out how to do it….

And ended up with this. These small cards are about the size of baseball cards and are in my One Little Word binder back to back in a single page.

The washi tape is all Freckled Fawn. The typeface is Tw Cen MT Ultra Bold. The doodles are my own – just black marker on white cardstock.

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Between One Little Word and my year of brave series, I’m really trying to focus on being brave in 2013.

Other brave things I’ve found ….

P.S. Elise posted an update of her One Little Word book a week or so ago and my wheels started turning…. What else can/should I add to my book? Excited to make it my own! Check out other One Little Word projects from Megan and Kam.

I love having the same word as 2 other people I really admire (Kam and Elise)! So interesting to see how we all approach it differently

How’s your One Little Word doing?

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The Power of a Mantra

The following is a guest post from Megan of The Nerd Nest:

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For a lot of us, the new year is a time to think about changes. For some reason, changing to a new calendar feels like a fresh start. That’s why this time of year gives us a unique perspective on our lives: we feel like we can leave the last year behind and start anew, so we tend to be more honest with ourselves about what we’d really like to change in our lives. New Year’s resolutions are one way to channel these epiphanies; but we all know that New Year’s resolutions, which in themselves are really just goals, are hard to hold onto once the newness of the year has worn off.

Last year, I decided to do something different. Instead of choosing a goal for the year, I wanted to choose a mindset. So my husband Jake and I set out to pick a family mantra for the year. A mantra, which can be a sound, word, or group of words, is meant to create transformation. A personal mantra, then, is capable of transforming your mindset! We chose the phrase “One Step at a Time” for 2012. And yes, keeping this mantra with us was transformative!

We did things that we normally might not have started because they seemed overwhelming. We set up systems that improved our lives, because we thought of big goals as steps instead of just focusing on the impossible end result. For instance, a lot of our steps involved getting organized and keeping our house clean. We’re not good at that. And if you look at this goal as a pass / fail, then we failed. Our house is not organized or perfectly clean. But, you know what? Our laundry is always done. And I know where to find all of my digital photos. The steps we took were, for the most part, permanent. And that is way better than no progress.

More important than the results for me, however, was the mantra itself. If I felt myself get overwhelmed or anxious, I could say to myself, “Okay, Megan, let’s take this one step at a time.” The mindset helped me do better emotionally in stressful situations and helped me learn to manage my time better. Reflecting back, I’m amazed at how many positive changes have come about because of this mantra.

Take some time today to reflect on the mantra that would help you achieve the transformation you’re hoping for this year.

It can be a word, it can be a sentence, or a quote… it can be anything that you want. Consider it your cocoon: something to hold you safely while you grow. I’ve chosen a mantra for 2013.

What will your mantra be?

Megan Anderson is a crafty nerd, aspiring novelist, and avid life documenter. She reads piles of books, loves city life, and blogs about her nerdy family life with her husband Jake at the Nerd Nest. You can also find her at Document Life Workshop, a creative space made to challenge and inspire memory keepers. Get to know Megan better by following her on Twitter.

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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.

ALSO:

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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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One Little Word 2012

Do you focus on one single word or idea for the year?

A little background:

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that most of you know who Ali Edwards is, right? If not, go NOW to her blog. She’s fantastic. Scrapbooker, storyteller, designer, momma. I adore her.

Every year for the last several she has been (publicly) choosing one word to focus on throughout the year. She uses this one little word to articulate her goals, intentions and plans for the coming year.

You can read more about her intentions behind her One Little Word here:

I thought a lot about [my word] and what it means to me. I tried to incorporate it more into my everyday and on my adventures out in the crazy world. For me, it was a lot about living without fear – about being more open to experiences with an attitude of playfulness. The word found its way onto many scrapbook pages and into many stories I told throughout the year.

She has chosen words like play and vitality, as well as listed a call for words on her blog. For 2010, Ali’s word was STORY. For 2011 her word is LIGHT.

So, after thinking about it and reading about Ali’s word year after year, last year and this year I decided to participate and intentionally choose one word that will help remind me of my goals and plans.

For 2010 – my One Little Word was RISK.

In 2011 my One Little Word was “connect”

It’s so interesting how that little word becomes part of your subconscious …. In 2011 I made some good “blog friends” that I never see in real life (with a tiny rare exception)…. I feel like I connected to my readers a little bit more closely this year.

2011 was awesome.

2012, though is going to be a big switch.

For 2012 my one little word is …

Partly because Andrew and I will be buying a house soon …. Hopefully super soon!

Because we moved to California and then were constantly thinking about buying a house, every single place we’ve lived for the last 4 years has been temporary. Half of my kitchen supplies have lived in boxes for 4 years. I haven’t even seen some of my favorite books in 4 years.

It’s time that we have a REAL HOME.

It’s time that we really unpack our boxes and keep only those belongings we really want.*

It’s time that we stay put in one place.

I’m also chosing the word HOME because …. once we do buy a house, we will really be looking at the possibility of my quitting my day job (but it’s much easier to get a home loan when we’re both employed). And once I am a work-from-home wife, I am excited to really take over making this a home for us.

I’m genuinely looking forward to having the time to keep the house cleaner. I am not looking forward to doing more of the errands, but I’m sure it will make Andrew happy.

I’m really excited to make 2012 the year of HOME…..

What is YOUR One Little Word for 2012?

*Before you tell me to get rid of whatever we have in storage, know that there are things in there I have missed every week since we packed it all away. Such a mistake packing some of those boxes away inaccesible. I need to see what is there before we get rid of anything.

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One little word: 2011

A little background:

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that most of you know who Ali Edwards is, right? If not, go NOW to her blog. She’s fantastic. Scrapbooker, storyteller, designer, momma. I adore her.

Every year for the last several she has been (publicly) choosing one word to focus on throughout the year. She uses this one little word to articulate her goals, intentions and plans for the coming year.

You can read more about her intentions behind her One Little Word here:

I thought a lot about [my word] and what it means to me. I tried to incorporate it more into my everyday and on my adventures out in the crazy world. For me, it was a lot about living without fear – about being more open to experiences with an attitude of playfulness. The word found its way onto many scrapbook pages and into many stories I told throughout the year.

She has chosen words like play and vitality, as well as listed a call for words on her blog. For 2010, Ali’s word was STORY. For 2011 her word is LIGHT.

So, after thinking about it and reading about Ali’s word year after year, last year and this year I decided to participate and intentionally choose one word that will help remind me of my goals and plans.

For 2010 – my One Little Word was RISK.

For 2011 – my One Little Word is …..

I want to CONNECT with Andrew even more than we have the last 10 years together. Best friend EVER

I want to stay CONNECTed to family. Andrew’s brother will be moving to Chicago in a couple weeks. My brother is all the way on the other side of the world.

I want to CONNECT (and reCONNECT) with my old friends. I grew up here, but lived in Arizona for about 6 years. Living in California again I really have no excuse.

I want to CONNECT with fellow photographers. I have casual photographer friends, but no one local I *know* I can call at the last minute to cover a wedding when I break my leg (for example). I think CONNECTing with others who have the same work and goals I do will be so good for me.

I want to CONNECT with YOU! I have been *loving* the blog friends I’ve made via Lemon and Raspberry over the last few months and would love that to continue….

Have you chosen a word for 2011?

If you want to help me start out my 2011 right … please help me CONNECT with you:

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One little word – 2010

With 2010 winding down, I guess it’s time to take a look at all that I did and all that I meant to do (and all that I failed to do).

You probably already know, I kind of *adore* Ali Edwards….. I’ve followed her blog and her work for years (and years).

And yet 2010 was the FIRST time I decided to participate in her One Little Word challenge.

For 2010 my word was Risk.

This is what I said at the beginning of 2010 about Risk:

In 2010 I will RISK failure and rejection in view of hopefully earning a fulfilling reward

I think I did …. pretty OK.

Which is my way of saying, better than I expected but not as well as I hoped.

Things I did in 2010 that felt like a RISK

Those are the big ones – and just those 3 things was a TON of time invested ….and RISKED.

I’m pretty good at talking myself OUT of anything – from buying candy to going to a social event to staying home sick from work.

The goal this year was to not allow myself to find excuses for doing things that COULD be amazing (even if I had to risk spending money, or being in an awkward social situation, or spending time I would never get back, or or or ….).

Believe me – TOTALLY worth it.

Even the photography workshops – I have now learned that photography workshops aren’t really for me and can save myself the $1000 in the future :)

Launching Lemon and Raspberry? Totally worth it.

This site launched May 3, 2010 and has become so much more than I expected just in these last 7 months…..

And now for 2011 – I will again set my sights impossibly high and be all the better for it.

Revealing and discussing my 2011 One Little Word on Saturday at the Blog Party!

What was your One Little Word for 2010? How did you do?

P.S. Tempted to sign up for Ali’s Big Picture class for One Little Word, but I’m sure I wouldn’t make the time to catch up and then I’d just feel guilty for spending the money.

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One Little Word : Risk

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that most of you know who Ali Edwards is, right? If not, go NOW to her blog. She’s fantastic. Scrapbooker, storyteller, designer, momma. I adore her.

Every year for the last several she has been (publicly) choosing one word to focus on throughout the year. She uses this one little word to articulate her goals, intentions and plans for the coming year.

You can read more about her intentions behind her One Little Word here:

I thought a lot about [my word] and what it means to me. I tried to incorporate it more into my everyday and on my adventures out in the crazy world. For me, it was a lot about living without fear – about being more open to experiences with an attitude of playfulness. The word found its way onto many scrapbook pages and into many stories I told throughout the year.

She has chosen words like play and vitality, as well as listed a call for words on her blog. For 2010, Ali’s word is STORY.

So, after thinking about it and reading about Ali’s word year after year, this year 2010 I am finally going to participate and intentionally choose one word that will help remind me of my goals and plans.

For 2010, my word is:

RISK

In 2010 I will RISK failure and rejection in view of hopefully earning a fulfilling reward.

I think that’s all I want to say about that. I’m sure when thinking about your own word for 2010 you’ll come up with all kinds of scenarios, reasons, jumping off points, etc.

Take a look at Ali’s blog and think about if there is a word you want to focus on this year.

Here are some ideas Ali has listed about how to come up with or further meditate on your word.

I’d love it if you leave a note in the comments with the word you’ve chosen, or a link to your blog if you have posted about it!

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