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December 31, 2007

an end + a beginning + my word

In between working on projects, still battling this ear infection/cold, getting ready for tonight’s festivities, drinking coffee, etc, I cleared off the boards above my computer. I do this every so often and today seemed like a pretty good day to invite something new. I am also changing things up by adding some clipboards on the other wall next to my desk for project organization (inspired by Lotta Jansdotter’s studio tour).

A fresh start. A new beginning.

I took everything down, put the things worth keeping in an inspiration notebook, and am now ready for new images, new words, new things to motivate + inspire + help me grow in 2008.

For me, in 2008, I am looking forward to getting to the heart of the matter – whatever that is. Clearing away excesses. Focusing on the most important things and not worrying about the rest. Taking a deep breath and beginning one foot in front of the other.

My word for 2008: vitality.

Vitality is the state of being strong and active; energy. Physically. Mentally. Spiritually. Creatively.

Here’s to moving forward. To fullness of life. To you and yours.

If you have decided on a word for the year I would love to read what it is – feel free to share in the comments.

Also: Loved this post over at Photojojo on Photo Resolutions. And I think this is the year I will do a 365 project.


  • 1.
    Kim said…

    I get to be the first one! My word for 2008 is GO. Don’t stay home when you could go dancing. GO. Don’t stay in when it’s raining and the dog wants to go for a walk. GO. Don’t play computer games when you could be talking with your child. GO. Don’t NOT scrap. GO. Don’t say I can’t. GO. Don’t just sit there. GO. Don’t do nothing. GO. Don’t wait. GO. Be, do, GO.

  • 2.
    Amy Nabors said…

    my word for 2008 is GROW. in the past year i have taken some leaps. it’s been amazing and so rewarding how i’ve grown. things i would have never done or tried before i took a chance and i just want to continute to grow in my photography and learning photoshop, my scrapbooking, and my life.

  • 3.
    Lisa M said…

    Ali, I’ve been thinking about this for a few days now…and so far I have not yet come up with THE WORD! I have some ideas though.
    I know one thing…I will be copying this: (For me, in 2008, I am looking forward to getting to the heart of the matter – whatever that is. Clearing away excesses. Focusing on the most important things and not worrying about the rest. Taking a deep breath and beginning one foot in front of the other.) and putting it up for me to see every day. It is just so good!
    I’ll post my word as soon as it comes to me. Thank you so much! Lisa

  • 4.
    Jolene George said…

    My word for 2008 is “steadfast”! It’s part of our youth theme for the year. “Be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works.” I LOVE it!

  • 5.
    Taylor said…

    My word for 2008 is reflect. Recently I have been taking time to reflect more, and it has been great. It has really enriched my life and made the process of creating much more enjoyable. Hoping to continue to reflect in 2008.
    Also, I was wondering, what kind of label did you use for day 23 of the december daily album? I love it!
    Happy New Year! Take Care,

  • 6.
    emilypowers said…

    i’m in!!! i unintentionally participated last year even though i didn’t know about it…lol. my word this year is g r a c e.
    “i am not what I ought to be, i am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still i am not what i once used to be, and by the grace of God i am what i am” (john newton).
    blessings ali and happy new year!

  • 7.
    Kimberly L.C. said…

    My word for 2008 is FREE. This past year my word was contented… to be satisfied with what one has, but still strive for more. This year I want to continue to be contented, but strive to be FREE in all I do — how I think, what I do, what I’m inspired by, etc.

  • 8.
    noell said…

    Hi, Ali. I worked on my goals for the new year a couple days ago and one word stood out to me when I was done: BUILD.
    I wrote about my process on and gave a sneak-peek to the start of a mini-book that I will use all year to record my goals and evaluate my progress. I will add photos, and in the end it will be a visual record of my progress and accomplishments for 2008.
    Here is a link to the sneak-peek. I’ll come back when it’s done so I can share it with you:

  • 9.
    Julie Howard said…

    My word for the year is going to be RESOLUTION – for a couple of reasons… I have resolutions that I want to stick to (spending less on this wonderful hobby, and creating more with what I already have!)
    Coming up with resolutions to some personal issues and other problems as well. I want 2008 to be better than 2007.
    It helps to keep hearing Nicholas Cage say “A resolUtion” too (from National Treasure)
    Good luck to you and yours in the new year – I hope you feel better soon (have been working on a chest cold myself for the last week)

  • 10.
    sally said…

    I really wanted to participate this year you have been such an inspiration for the past year so here goes, my word is SIMPLIFY. I seem to worry so much about the little things and forget about what’s really important, therefore I want to strive to Simplify my life, expect less and just be.
    Here’s to a great year ahead to you and your family.

  • 11.
    alexandra said…

    I’m in my studio today too. Just about to get up the nerve to remove things from my bulletin board – why is that so hard for me??!! Wanting to start the year in a fresh and (reasonably) tidy creative space. Even thinking of painting the walls. Time for change.
    Last year my word was BALANCE – loved it – did wonders for me.
    This year I have chosen SOUL. I want to live with more soul – in my home, my dealings with others (and the environment) and in my very being. Just need to bring in lots of soul – soak everything up and generate more love and peace.
    Thanks for always making me think, Ali.
    Wishing you all things good in the new year and always.

  • 12.
    Jami Keyes said…

    My word for the year is GRATITUDE. I found this great qoute on the Inspire Me Thursday website, that I know will inspire me everyday in 2008.
    “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order,confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger to a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” (by Melody Beattie)
    I love this, and I hope that everyone else can see into the words that I have.
    Happy New Year!!!!

  • 13.
    Amy said…

    My word for this year was actually fairly easy to choose. It kept reappearing throughout the last month.
    My niece took her first picture (2 1/2 years old) of her Christmas tree and the ornament that stood out was one with my word on it! That confirmed it! My word for 2008 is “JOY!”
    My goal is to live in the moment, experiencing the joy that surrounds me every day, but which I get too busy to see. Thanks for this wonderful idea!

  • 14.
    Susan Hessler said…

    Ali – very inspiring. I participated last year, my word was “roots”. I found various quotes, art, occassionally reflected again on my word – but really it was just in the background. During this year I was offered and accepted a job in my hometown – moved back (it’s astounding to me the hold a place can have on me, and my kids too), reconnected with longtime friends and family and am now in the process of buying land and a house – my first. What could be more rooted than that! My life and my perspective has been altered by my participation in this process – thanks!!
    It does make me more reflective about what I will choose to invite into my life and thoughts this year. I haven’t settled on a word yet, but will post when I do.
    Thanks again – Susan

  • 15.
    Jennier said…

    My word for this year is simplify. Simplify what I use, how much I have, how I feel.
    I did the project 365 this year and I loved it. I’ve put the pictures in black albums I bought at Crate and Barrel and I’m planning on making little notes about each one and slipping it in behind the picture.
    I also liked the Photojojo article about photography resolutions. I plan on following a couple of them.
    Have a happy, happy new year!

  • 16.
    Brooke said…

    Love the idea of starting fresh and new. I just totally cleaned my scrap area making it ready for a fresh start. My word for 2008 is FOCUS. I want to stay focused on what really matters. Focusing on making the most of my time so I have more of it for what matters without sacrificing any of my time for one thing for another. Focus more on my son and how fast his youth is flying by and living each day for the most of those 24 hours.

  • 17.
    Fiona Groves said…

    trying to fall pregnant for the past year so 2008 will be full of hopes wishes and maybe dreams come true

  • 18.
    Barbara said…

    My husband and I have been through two campaigns back to back (you know how that goes!) in the two years we have been married. It tends to make one’s life pretty hectic. We called it living in “emergency mode”- we were just surviving, not living. We found ourselves in the trap of saying “When the campaign is over…” or “When this project is done…” Pretty soon, my life has passed by while I was too busy to enjoy it! I haven’t decided on my word quite yet, but it will have something to do with this idea of really enjoying life, slowing down, taking on fewer projects, and moving away from crisis living.

  • 19.
    Stacy said…

    For 2008 my word is BALANCE…always striving to find and create it in my little world. With 2007 bringing so many wonderful changes in my life, I know 2008 is a start to many amazing beginnings and I’m excited to enjoy each and every one of them!

  • 20.
    Angie said…

    Happy New Year!
    My 2008 word is “FREEDOM”! I had been struggling with some things/ people personally in 2007. I will celebrate the freedom that I feel now when thinking of those things (as little as I can!). Also, I will strive to be free of clutter and things… opening my life up to so much more. I will celebrate the freedom that I have to spend time with my family and not worry about what else needs done!
    I can’t forget… Freedom is a word that strikes an emotional chord with me… what men and women and their families have gone through so that we can celebrate. We should not waste the freedom that we have been given… those that have given the most deserve our best effort in living to the fullest.
    May 2008 bring blessings and joy beyond measure!

  • 21.
    Susan Bowers said…

    My Word for 2008 is GROW. I want to grow my walk with Christ. Grow my friendships. Grow my health. Grow my ministry at church. Grow my scrapbook albums. Grow my knowledge of photography. Grow my swim distance. Grow my relationships with my husband and kids. Grow my knowledge of meteorology. Grow my creativity. Grow some vegetables. Grow my snowman collection. Sounds good.

  • 22.
    donaB said…

    Wow. I *just* published my
    post on this topic. Titled “one foot. then the other foot.”
    Sharing a brain today? I hope you feel better and Happy New Year!

  • 23.
    Amy said…

    I hadn’t really thought about it until I read your post but my word for 2008 came IMMEDIATELY to mind as I read it. My word for 2008…
    I need to LIVE my life! Not just sit back and let my life pass me by! LIVE it!

  • 24.
    Angie said…

    I love this idea! This is a word that has been on my mind for many years, actually. Yet, I’ve had a hard time really putting it into action. This is the year for it.
    My word is DARE.
    Dare to be myself and not try to be anyone else.
    Dare to do my own thing and feel good about it.
    Dare to stand up for what I know is right.
    Dare to learn more and try more and feel more and love more.
    Sounds scary, but I’m ready for it! 2008 here I come!

  • 25.
    Paige said…

    My word for this year is “Breathe”… I’m constantly on the go whether it be work or running the kids to and from their activities! I worry about the big things, the little things, and things not done… I never take the time to just relax, soak in the things around me and “Breathe”!!

  • 26.
    Amanda said…

    i just wrote about my word here:
    love how you cleared your boards for a fresh start. i need to do that!

  • 27.
    VICKI DALTON said…

    my word is ATTITUDE

  • 28.
    Katie McLaren said…

    My word has got to be SIMPLIFY. I’ve got too much baggage weighing me down and holding me back from whats ahead of me. 2007 was a big year in that I had to find me feet again after my unexpected divorce. That and now finding myself as a single mom and starting over in a new country has brought a whole heap bagagge that I’m so keen to leave behind me. Its been a little too heavy lately. It’s time to SIMPLFY and hopefully I start to move forward again.

  • 29.
    Marianne Mangia said…

    My word for the year is…SIMPLIFY! After getting married a little over a year ago and with me working for a fashion brand, we have accumulated quite a bit of “stuff”. My goal is to simplify my life by purging and organizing!!

  • 30.
    Di Hickman said…

    My word for 2007 was focus, in 2008 it will be GROWTH. Lots of things happened in 2007 and the past few months have been a true journey.
    Growth in myself, my values and beliefs taking time to “just be”, meditate and get back to simply being in the moment.
    Growth in my scrapbooking, trying new things (and not just in scrapbooking!). New ventures, new teams, new opportunities. Pushing myself.
    Growth because I want 2008 to be the year I reclaim my garden and landscape it. I plan to have a little veggie garden and make us a little more self sufficient with our own organic fruits and vegetables.
    Growth because for the last 6 years I’ve been unable to work due to visa restrictions and now we have our greencard to work in the USA and I am ready! I have no limits now. I am free to do whatever I wish in this land of opportunity, and I’m ready to grow into this new life!
    thanks so much for the prompt!

  • 31.
    Mary Kate said…

    My word is deliberate.
    Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional.
    Arising from or marked by careful consideration: a deliberate decision. Unhurried in action, movement, or manner, as if trying to avoid error: moved at a deliberate pace.
    To think carefully and often slowly, as about a choice to be made.
    To consult with another or others in a process of reaching a decision.
    To consider (a matter) carefully and often slowly, as by weighing alternatives.
    Peace, Mary Kate

  • 32.
    Barb N. said…

    Now that is a great word.
    Must think about what mine will be.

  • 33.
    Marie Ney said…

    This is going to be such a great challenge to do the whole year!
    My word for 2008 is NOW
    Be here in the present Now. Enjoy what I have Now. Be grateful for Now. And of course do things Now not later – no more procrastinating! Now I’m off to clean off my bulletin board, Now :)

  • 34.
    Susan said…

    Hi Ali,
    Hope you are feeling better today. I’ve just recently started reading your blog and throughly enjoy it!
    I love your idea of choosing a word each year, so, for 2008, I’ve chosen JOY. There are many things going on in my life right now beyond my influence. However, I can still choose JOY in the midst of it all. I saw a quote once that said “Life is not the way it is supposed to be. The way you react to it is what makes the difference.” So, my goal for 2008 is to react JOYOUSLY. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • 35.
    Stephanie said…

    My word is BELIEVE
    I want to BELIEVE in my self..that I can get things accomplished this year.
    BELIEVE in others
    Strenghten my belief in God (ok so its not the exact word)
    Here’s to a year of BELIEVING

  • 36.
    Debby Schuh said…

    Great word…looking forward to seeing how it works out in your life!
    My word is TODAY. Your today stamp will come in handy this year, I think! I spend so much time planning for the future…classes, travel, details, etc. that I sometimes miss out on today. Also, the tomorrows sometimes seem overwhelming, but I can handle today!

  • 37.
    Jeanne Ann said…

    I have put alot of thought into what I thought my word for 2008 should be, and I have decided that “ENJOY” is it.
    I need to slow down and Enjoy my life, kids, husband, work, art, my day-to-day, my everything.
    There were many other words to choose from, but I think for my Enjoy is the word that all around fits what I want my life to be this coming year.
    Thanks for your inspiration!

  • 38.
    Chrissy said…

    Without reading everyone’s chosen words so if I duplicate, it’s by accident, I’m picking: vibrance
    Chosen Definition: exciting; stimulating; lively
    Yep. That’s me. Or what I strive to be.
    Once again, you speak to me Ali.
    I’ve once again linked to you on my blog…

  • 39.
    margie said…

    I just blogged about my word for the year…Thanks for the inspiration! My word for the yer is DO…I love that it is an action word…I love the thought of applying the word to my life with a new “light” on it!
    LOVE you ali…I can’t wait for what 2008 has instore…Love knowing we have things we will be “doing” together!
    kiss kiss

  • 40.
    Miss M! said…

    My word this year is REINVENTION. I blogged about it last night!

  • 41.
    Valonda L. said…

    Thank you for sharing this blog entry. I didn’t set out to have a special word last year, but a word just kept appearing, and it really did change me, change my outlook on life, and my responses to it. Last year my word was AUTHENTICITY. When I read this blog, my word for this year came to me immediately. I believe that this word is one that God wants to use in my life in many ways this year. The word is PRIORITIZE. It is very easy for me to get caught up in all of the daily things that grab my attention and not intentionally prioritize my life. I look forward to the adventures of 2008.

  • 42.

    My word is “Schedule” – I blogged about it today! Thanks as always for the prompt!

  • 43.
    denise sanner said…

    like a few others . . my word for 2008 is simplify. we’re off to a great start already and it’s still 2007. not just to get rid of the physical clutter . . . but the emotional excess, the time stealers, and a whole lot more in order to just be “me” and for our family to be “us”.
    you are such an inspiration in so many ways . . .raising a blue moon (my current favorite brew) to you and your family for a wonderful new year.

  • 44.
    Sara said…

    My word is opposite of most people’s sentiments, but mine is MAINTAIN. Every year the doctors try new meds, new therapies, and I lose months of my life being homebound and fighting a disease that won’t get better. I want to spend one year just maintaining instead of experimenting. I want to stay on the same meds and not push so hard and see if I can maintain an even keel and maybe experience more of life as it is rather than missing life while trying to make a better one. MAINTAIN. Simply going out for coffee once in awhile will make me the happiest girl on earth. So, that’s my word.

  • 45.
    Jenell said…

    I have chosen my word for 2008 – it is FOCUS.
    I need to:
    Focus on losing weight and eating healthy;
    Focus on my family – 2 in college and a newly added son-in-law;
    Focus on the simple, everyday things and photographing and scrapbooking them;
    Focus on getting organized and minimizing stuff in my house;
    Focus on getting rid of extra debt.
    I will put this word on my bulletin board in my Scrapbook room. When I see it often, at least I can be reminded that I need to stay focused.
    Thanks for your continued inspiration.

  • 46.
    Olivia said…

    I had a hard time chosing a word for 2008, but this morning, I found the word: BELIEVE. I started an acrylic mini album, the title being “This I Believe.” I’m scrolling through hundreds of photos on my computer to find the ones I want. Some of the categories that I want to focus on are
    1. I believe in God.
    2. I believe in family.
    3. I believe in friendship.
    4. I believe in beauty.
    5. I believe in new beginnings.
    I have some old metalic charms that I rediscovered while cleaning (didn’t know I had them!) to use as labels on the tabs of the album. Now, I just have to work out the design for the pages.

  • 47.
    Haylee said…

    My word is POSITIVE because I really want to focus on the positive in 2008, because last year I had a really bad year, and it was mostly because I always focus on all the negative around me. So here is to a more positive year in 2008.

  • 48.
    Alisa Noble said…

    gratitude: the state of being grateful. and i’m starting the year off being grateful that i made it through 2007.

  • 49.
    carolynn said…

    I have decided on my word. INTENTION. I want to think about what I am doing, do quality things and do it with intention and purpose. hope you feel better.

  • 50.
    Lesley said…

    Hi Ali..
    Word has it…for me its “PURSUE!” It seemed to fit into all of my endeavors for this next year. I also made a list of my 100 for ’08. You can read it on my blog tomorrow..just in time for the NEW YEAR! Some things are practical, others are dreams…but whatever and however I get any of these done or accomplished…I will pursue them.

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