I've chosen "one little word" now for 7 years. (Actually, 2018 will mark the 8th time I've chose a word for the year.)
I am always, always amazed at how my word manifests itself during its tenure. Just having a word -- front & center -- in my psyche seems to . . . make things happen! I learn things. I try things. I connect dots. I see things.
And I know I wouldn't otherwise.
There's just a . . . synergy . . . that happens from having a word. Or, at least, that's how it happens for me. And some years, there's more synergy in a word than others. My word in 2017 - BALANCE? So much synergy! It ended up being rather transformative for me.
I started the year grieving. Sad; resentful; horrified, really. And wondering where "I" had disappeared to. TILT! I was definitely off-kilter. In the weeds. Out.Of.Bounds. And desperately seeking balance.
After years of trying to expand my comfort zone and reaching for more, in 2017 I allowed my pace to slow. I turned inward. I took stock. I gave myself permission to take the time to figure things out, to grieve, to prioritize, and to find myself again.
Gradually, over the course of the year, I got myself back on track. I worked on my physical balance (core strength, yoga poses, stand up paddle boarding). I worked on my emotional and spiritual balance (chakras, journaling, new rituals). I balanced my surroundings. I balanced my calendar. I balanced my diet. I looked for balance everywhere -- and I created it where I could.
And . . . it worked.
Eventually, I found my center. I figured out what helps me to feel balanced, and what I can do when I'm feeling off-kilter.
I'm still not balanced every day, but I'm working at that. In fact, I figured out that there are a few things (five things, actually) that I need to do every day (even if just briefly) to help myself feel balanced.
- Getting Outside
If I can do these five things every day, I feel more balanced; more able to take on the day -- whatever it may hold.
I'm not saying that my word was magical or that it solved all my problems. Because that certainly isn't the case. I am saying, though, that having the word BALANCE in my mind all year really helped me to keep looking for ways to manifest balance -- to make balance visible in my world.
And that . . . is the power of one little word.
The images in my post today . . . are photos of my balance journal from last year. Each year, I sign up for Ali Edwards' One Little Word workshop. Ali's monthly video prompts help me stay connected to my word through the year, even though I don't tend to DO the prompts. And I am not interested in following her scrapbook prompts at all (although her materials are really cool, and her instructions are great) (it's just not . . . me).
Last year, though, I decided I wanted to create my own journal for my "balancing process." I journaled. I kept track. I collected poems and images and cards. I drew. I included prints of my own photos in the journal. I loved creating this little book -- and I may even do it again this coming year. (We'll see how it goes. What works once may not work again, y'know?)
And if you're interested in signing up for Ali's One Little Word workshop this year - to see for yourself how it all comes together - it's not too late! Click here for more information.