one little word®

The AEzine is back up and running for 2007.

For those of you that may be new to the site, the AEzine is a weekly newsletter that I started last fall. I try to incorporate bits and pieces of creative information and inspiration - geared towards scrapbooking and life (and the concept of life art). You can check out the past issues here. You can subscribe by entering your email address in the box up on the top right of this blog.

To celebrate the new year I wanted to share the one little word® concept which is also featured in this weeks newsletter:

one little word®

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.

Last fall in issue two of this newsletter I wrote about the power of words and gave my top ten tips for getting those words down when you are scrapbooking. Today I want to introduce you to the idea that a single word can be a catalyst for enriching your life as well as your scrapbook layouts.

Last year I began a tradition of chosing one word for myself each January - a word that I can focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. Last year my word was something I wanted to bring into my life in a more tangible way. My word was play.

I thought a lot about play 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 play found its way onto many scrapbook pages and into many stories I told throughout the year.

Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2007?

It can be something tangible or intangible. It could be a thought or a feeling or an emotion. It can be singular or plural. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. This is not your mother's word or your spouse's word or your child's word - this is YOUR word.

One little word can have big meaning in your life if you allow yourself to be open to the possibilities. And here's one thing that is totally interesting: sometimes a word will pop into your brain and it will not make any sense to you right now. Give it some time. Let it percolate a bit. I have often found that our hearts speak to us in very unique ways. Maybe this is a word you need to hear but just aren't ready for it yet. Again, be open to the possibilities.

You may be wondering, what in the heck does this all have to do with scrapbooking? For me, words are at the heart of what I do. The photos are a huge part, but the words bring it all home. Often times I will begin a layout with a single word. That word becomes my guide as I create my page. It helps me focus the story I am trying to tell and gives me an instant, easy graphic title approach. How often has a word directed your creativity when working on layouts?

Take some time this week to think about your own word for 2007 and read on for a related
weekly challenge.

And in case you were wondering, my word for 2007 is peace.

weekly challenge

This week your challenge is to create something, anything, that celebrates your chosen word for 2007. Maybe a layout. Maybe a blog posting or a journal entry or a simple post-it note that you put somewhere you can see it each day. Make sure to journal about why you chose your word and what it
means for you - the more you let yourself explore the more benefit you will receive in the end.

Come by my blog and post your response to the challenge on Monday, January 8, 2007. Looking forward to seeing your creations and reading your

I hope everyone has a great day today. And thanks for all the super nice comments on the kit yesterday.

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  1. Wilna Furstenberg

    2007-01-08 14:46:15 -0500

    WOW! over 300 posts! double WOW!
    my word is: INSPIRE
    i posted my page on my blog: ""

  2. Stacy

    2007-01-08 17:12:40 -0500

    My word for the year is HOPE!
    Hope to reach my weight loss goal!
    Hope for a Cure (cancer)
    Hope to lear lots of new things in 2007!
    Hope for change!
    Hope to preserve more memories!
    Thanks for the challenge Ali!!

  3. sherry grove

    2007-01-08 17:52:26 -0500

    Hi, Ali. Thanks for this challenge. My word for 2007 is JOY, and I'm gonna get me some!

  4. Irene

    2007-01-09 01:49:57 -0500

    Thank you for this Ali. My word is
    I am going to conclude all of the things that I have started but haven't quite got round to finishing yet. This will keep me focussed. Thanks for such a great idea.

  5. Lynne

    2007-01-09 10:27:00 -0500

    A little behind everyone else, but I'm joining in too!
    My word is EMBRACE.

  6. Clarice

    2007-01-09 17:30:38 -0500

    Oh, I know what I want mine to be, and I don't believe I've seen it posted yet! Mine is FAMILY! I am just starting to homeschool my kids and I want everything I do, to be about making our family stronger, making our home a peaceful environment, teaching my kids all the things I want them to learn, spending quality time together with them and my husband, then of course recording those moments. "Family-It's about time!" Ever seen those commercials, LOL! That's my motto for the year! And with 5 kids, I'll be sure to have my hands full!

  7. Linda

    2007-01-09 23:29:30 -0500

    BALANCE - always a challenge for me. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Traci

    2007-01-10 05:04:33 -0500

    I was thinking of using the word acceptance because I was in a funk about all the things I cant do and learning to accept my limitations. Then I read the list of words and saw ACCOMPLISH and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I need to see what I can and have accomplished. This is such a great challenge for me right now. Thanks Ali! You have inspired me once again!

  9. Sarah Vrolyk

    2007-01-10 09:42:38 -0500
  10. StefaniaB

    2007-01-12 04:11:03 -0500

    I'm so in late.. but here it's my page and my word that it's CONSTANCY .
    thanks for the great challenge!
    Stefy (Italy)

  11. Wendy in MD

    2007-01-13 15:30:27 -0500

    Thanks for the inspiration! My word is SERENITY.

  12. katie

    2007-01-25 02:55:53 -0500
  13. kristi

    2007-09-24 06:14:22 -0400

    this concept has changed my life this year. i even ordered a silver necklace with my word of the year this year to remind myself.
    thanks this is so great!

  14. kristi

    2007-09-25 08:08:43 -0400

    Your post at the beginning of the year prompted my friend to challenge a group of us to do this. it has a dramatic affect on me.
    I have a post right now with many women sharing their word, it is beautiful to see all these women share their stories this past year. If you get a chance I think you would enjoy reading it - you have a wonderful ripple effect. thank you.

  15. Jenn Ryan

    2008-01-06 11:24:56 -0500

    The first word that popped into my head was "calm". Here's my blog post about it: Thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. Genevieve

    2010-01-08 09:36:04 -0500

    I was inspired by you, indirectly, when reading Aimee's blog at
    I blogged about it as well: my word for 2010 is abide.
    I have walked through fire for all of 2008 and 2009. Abiding seems like the perfect focus as I emerge from the flames (hopefully) in 2010.
    Genevieve Thul

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    2011-01-11 17:47:02 -0500

    This is wonderful. My word is "healthy". Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I believe in affirmations so this is aone word to often say.

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