If you've been reading along here for a while, you know that I am a regular participant in Ali Edwards' One Little Word project. I really like having a "word" to focus on each year, and I find it adds value to my personal development.
Ali, who also happens to be a storytelling-scrapbooker extraordinaire, provides monthly "thought-prompts" to help participants connect with their word through the year. She also demonstrates some very creative and inventive techniques for creating a journal/scrapbook to document the process.
In my early years with OLW, I went along with the scrapbooking prompts, and created my yearly journals. But after my first couple of words, I realized that . . . those cookie-cutter scrapbooks just weren't for me! Ali totally encourages participants to do their own thing with regard to the OLW project. She provides a lovely framework for participants, but she also celebrates those of us who totally go off the grid.
What do I do? Well. I'm a life-long journaler -- and after a few years of kicking around various ways to document my One Little Word, I've stumbled on to this . . .
I create a "collection" of . . . well, things . . . that help me connect with my word for the year. I usually begin with Ali's prompts and challenges, but my own word-exploration usually takes me in other directions, too. Through the year, I end up finding poems and quotes and photos and journal entries and cards and drawings (etc.).
I need to create a journal that will contain my "collection."
Every year (so far) I've done something a little bit different. This year, for example, I started with a couple of pieces of decorated cardboard, a hole-punch, and a couple of binder rings.
Those binder rings? Really handy! They allow flexibility -- and plenty of room for inspiration.
My journal has heavy-duty dividers inside (even though I'm not quite sure what I'm "dividing" yet). This month, I used Ali's prompt about creating vision boards to "decorate" the dividers in my journal.
What I love best about my OLW journal this year is the flexibility. I can add anything I want; anything that inspires me to connect with my word - BALANCE.
It's like . . . I'm the curator of my own private collection!