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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.


  • 51.
    Angi Smith said…

    Reflect. Something I don’t do nearly enough and something I would like to record. So I intend upon reflect upon the things to happen to me, that I make happen, that inevitably will happen.

  • 52.
    Amy Hummel said…

    I love starting new. It gives you such a fresh perspective on life, and what’s important to you.

  • 53.
    natalie said…

    My word for this new year is LESS.
    LESS clutter; LESS stuff; LESS time wasters; LESS focus on what isn’t important; buying LESS…
    Doing LESS so I can BE MORE.

  • 54.
    Kathy (kathyb) said…

    Hi Ali,
    I see you are looking for a 365 day challenge. Just wondering if this may interest you…
    I’m still having ear / cold trouble too, but finally today 10 days later feel I may be turning the corner and becoming human again.
    I love your word for 2008…still ponderin mine, though must get a move on!

  • 55.
    Kirstie MacGowan said…

    My word(s) are “Slow Down” – in my actions, my thoughts, just my life. Think more, enjoy more, live life.
    Happy New Year Ali!

  • 56.
    giosmama26 said…

    Great word you chose Ali. I have been going back and forth with my word the past few days now. I have so many so I need to narrow it down to just one. One that I will make sure to hold dear and stick with. Once I have found my choice, I’ll let you know. One thing is certain though, I can’t WAIT to go through the New Year with a great person like you. Can’t wait to see how your word is working for you throughout 2008 and see your 365. I did make a promise to myself to do the 365 also. So fun and exciting.
    Have a Happy one!!

  • 57.
    Jessica K. said…

    My word is STILLNESS. I have a quote in my blog banner that is going to be my sort of mantra for this year.
    Happy New Year!

  • 58.
    Leauriy said…

    i’ve been cleaning all weekend for a party tomorrow on the first. i want to begin the new year with a clean start. And sitting here, in our office/craft room, reading your blog in my “clean” – should’ve seen it a few days ago- room. i can really see that i have a lot of STUFF! But i’m always wanting more and having what others have. You know if only had That i could really make something neat. Whatever. So as much as i don’t want to have to take a look at this for myself, i think that my word for the year will be- ABUNDANCE: plentifulness of the good things of life. It’s time i take at look at all that i DO have and give thanks.
    Abundance + Gratitude.
    Thanks for the inspiration, Ali

  • 59.
    Christi said…

    My word for 2008 is “GENUINE”. Like you, I’m wanting to get to the heart of the matter this year – in all areas of my life. I want to be ‘me’. It’s taken a long time for me to be comfortable in my own skin, and to realize that who I am is okay.
    You are a tremendous inspiration to me!
    Happy New Year!

  • 60.

    I’m ready for some changes in my life so this year my word is CHANGE.

  • 61.
    donna jean said…

    hi ali–
    i love this idea- my word for this year is SAVOR..
    i want to savor more things i do in life especiallty with my 3 kids- i am rushing too much- missing what is truly important..
    thanks for giving me this inspiration for my scrapbooking and mainly for my life…

  • 62.
    AliB said…

    Hi Ali – love this and love the 365 project – I just received a very nice new camera for Christmas – what a great way to break it in and learn all the features.
    So here is my word AM – as in I AM…
    I AM Strong
    I AM Independent
    I AM Worth IT
    I AM…
    thanks for the inspiration!
    Here is to a fantastic 2008!

  • 63.
    Olga said…

    Ali, you amaze me. And I thought you already had all the energy in the world. Look out 2008!
    I have choosen “EMBRACE” for my word in 2008. I need to stop and enjoy all I already have. Starting from grandchildren, Children, health, a stable job, a cozy home and last but not least, a room full of supplies. :-)
    Looking forward to seeing you again in Chicago and wishing you a Happy New Year and may this year bring you lots of Joy, Happiness, Vitality and above all Health!
    xoxo Olga, Miami, Florida

  • 64.
    Heather said…

    My word is ENOUGH.
    I have enough.
    I did enough.
    I said enough.
    I am enough.

  • 65.
    Daniea said…

    Almost instantly after reading your post my word came to mind…..I am new to the concept but I think it is amazing. My word is CHALLENGE. I need to challenge myself everywhere in my life. I tend to shrink to the background when I am uncomfortable or unsure and I need to challenge myself to be seen and heard and to trust in my own power as a person/woman. I need to let go of the fear that rules my daily life not only at home but at work and just go for it! So here goes…..

  • 66.
    Liz S. said…

    My word is PATIENCE.
    And, thanks for your wonderful days of Christmas. I really enjoyed it. I found your blog at the beginning of the month, I can’t even remember how it happened now. Anyway, it’s a joy to look at your creativity. Thank you.

  • 67.
    Shannon said…

    Mine is KISS – but it’s an acronym for Keep It Simple Stupid.

  • 68.
    Sandi said…

    I need to think about what my word will be.
    Thanks for the links to the 365 project.
    It sounds good. I also like the blessings idea and the self portrait.
    Happy New Year.

  • 69.
    ELLIE said…

    I am have been thinking about ONE WORD since you mentioned it recently – I think the one that covers it all for me right now is PEACE!!
    Peace with myself – believing in myself and being at Peace about it
    Peace with my surroundings…not worrying so much for getting wound up about things that I cannot control or fix
    Peace with what I create – being happy with it – moving forward with it…
    Yes I think PEACE is it!!!
    I also think that project of 365 days of photos is something that I definitely want to try….one of my goals for 2008 was to take more pictures and this is definitely a way to help me on that road…
    Thanks for inspiring so much!!!

  • 70.
    Robin said…

    I have been thinking about my word since I read your post on Dec. 27th. I feel like I need my word to be a verb(action oriented). I have chosen… LAUGH. After a 2 year struggle in our home that has affected us medically, financially, and emotionally, I feel as though I can once again laugh. I never want to take that for granted again. I want to look for the joy in each day, to find something that is happy, and to laugh a lot!!

  • 71.
    Robyn said…

    Thanks Ali. I wrote about mine here

  • 72.
    Linda said…

    My word for the year is “peace”. With all I have going on in my personal life, not to mention work, peace of mind, spirit and soul is critical. I have printed the word in big letters and it’s posted above my screen.

  • 73.
    Lisa Pate said…

    Hmmmm…….. been thinking on this onbe for a while :)
    My word for this year is PURE
    Pure of heart, pure of mind, pure of spirit
    Pure Fun :)
    Pure Laughter
    Pure energy
    Pure Creativeness
    A life lived with pure motives and pure love.

  • 74.
    Holly Tibbles said…

    My word is “Sustain”. I have spent a lifetime starting things and never really finishing. This year it’s all about learning how to sustain. Joy, balance, effort, faith…whatever.
    Happy New year to you ALi,

  • 75.
    april nowotny said…

    my word? Achieve…
    achieve my goals, achieve happiness, achieve personal successes….achieve being a mom for the first time, Achieve balance in work, home, and church

  • 76.
    dr berry said…

    When I first read about this in a post last week the 1st word that came to mind was “ME”. Over the past few years I have become to forget who I am. I am wife, mother,friend,sister, daughter, employer,business owner, hair designer, psychologist, chef, chaufer & vet. I am sure the list could go on & on.
    But I have put myself on the back burner for too long & I have come to the point of I am not sure who I am anymore. So initially “ME’ sounded like a good word. The year 2008 was going to be about me.
    After some more though & realizing my personality is NOT a selfish one “ME” began to sound unrealistic.
    So I have chosen the word “TRUE”.
    In 2008 I will be True: to my God, myself (which encompasses my art), my family, my friends, my career, in that order.
    Eventhough the word “JOY” is used as an acronym (I think that is what it is called) for Jesus, others, yourself. I can no longer put myself last.
    No resolutions this year- just being True!
    Thanks for sharing & I look forward to this next year.

  • 77.
    Jeani said…

    Happy new year! My word last year was calmness.
    My word 2008 is Balance. It is important to be in balance for the inner calmness ;)

  • 78.
    Danielle said…

    I think my word for 2008 will be LIVE! I have had such a problem living every moment to the fullest and enjoying everything and that’s what I want for 2008!
    Feel better and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  • 79.
    Linda said…

    I am so excited to do this again for 2008. For 2007 my word was Risk and ohhh what a year it turned out to be – so very full of risks and risk taking.
    For 2008 my work is NOURISH (myself). And this goes hand in hand with my 2008 intentions(i don’t make resolutions). I intend to NOURISH (myself)in:
    Body (physical & mental)
    Mind (knowledge)
    Soul (art)
    Spirit (spirituality)
    Emotional (heart)
    Happy New Year, Linda

  • 80.
    nikki said…

    My word this year is FRESH…
    in the middle of battling a nasty divorce that I had no idea it was coming – I’m ready to start a FRESH new life this year! I just moved into my new apartment and this will be the first time I’ll ever live on my own (and I’m almost 30) so I’m ready for some FRESH new changes and looking for that breath of FRESH air!

  • 81.
    Lee Longmire said…

    HI ali. Cool word!
    I was wondering if you were able to put a link in your side bar with pics of your studio?? I would love to see how you have it set up.
    Thanks heaps, and have a fabulous 2008! (hmm, fabulous might be my word for the year, because I sure as hell hope that is the type of 08 I have!).
    Cheers, Lee in Australia.

  • 82.
    Kerry said…

    Hi Ali! You’re such an inspiration. I think I might give the 365 photo project a try. I have a little more anticipation about this year than I’ve ever felt before. I feel like it could hold lots of possibilities. Though I’m unsure of what they are right now. But I’m excited! This is my first time participating in one little word. My word is LEARN.
    Learn to have more patience.
    Learn to not yell so much.
    Learn to pick up things around my house EVERYDAY!
    Learn to be a nail technician. (something I’ve wanted to do since I graduated high school and now I’m 25)
    Learn more about my camera.
    I have lots more to LEARN about but you also have lost more comments to read. Guess I’ll be doing a scrapbook page.
    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  • 83.
    Sylvie said…

    I lurk on your site quite often and I wanted to take the time to thank you for the inspiration today… and I am inspired most days I read your blog. Happy New Year to you and Yours.

  • 84.
    Jeannine said…

    My word for 2008: ACCOMPLISH – “To bring to its goal or conclusion; carry out; perform; finish.”
    My focus will be to accomplish the goals I have set for 2008 – creatively, personally, professionally, financially, etc. I have already begun my list of goals, to be finished by tomorrow. I plan to frame them and place in a private, but prominent place in my home as a gentle reminder.
    I want to feel a sense of accomplishment in all areas of my personal and professional life. I want to become better about finishing the things that I start, and to stop procrastinating!
    Good luck to all in this promise of a New Year!

  • 85.
    Cherie said…

    My word for 2008 is HARMONY. I will be working on having all of the parts of my life in harmony – a consistent, orderly or pleasing arrangement of parts and the simultaneous combination of things when blended are pleasing to all touched, especially me!
    Thanks for the inspiration. I’ve actually started my own blog!

  • 86.
    AJ said…

    My word is JOYFUL – to be full of joy. I need to remember to look for the joy in what I do not just do thing for the sake of doing them.

  • 87.
    Merry said…

    Thanks for the inspiration Ali. I think my word for 2008 will be….balance. I need to find balance in my life in so many things. Additionally I think it fits well with my 2008 goals. So, balance it is!

  • 88.
    AOlsen said…

    I love this take on a New Year’s Resolution. My word is Connect. For me, it is to take time to get together with friends, make play dates for my kids, love my husband and visit my grandmother more often. Originally I had in mind to connect with people but this word can be applied to so many areas in my life. Connecting with my health and body also came to mind.

  • 89.
    Amanda Emerson said…

    Hi Ali,
    This is the first time I have commented but I am a long time reader…
    My word is “Present”- not “to present” but to “be present”. This year I want to focus on being fully aware of the present, letting go of yesterday and to quit yearning for tomorrow. I want to fully embrace the everyday where there is no past or future, only now.

  • 90.
    CarrieJ said…

    Okay … my word is BE.
    You can BE anything
    BE all that you can BE
    I need to BE an adult!
    I should BE cleaning my house …
    I’d rather BE playing with paper
    What do you want to BE this year?

  • 91.
    rooruu said…

    I started my blog two years ago with a photo-a-day being one of its purposes (so does this make it a 730 project rather than a 365?!). It has been a great journey, one I’m still on. I’ve learned lots about photography, and have photographed things I’d otherwise have ignored and now forgotten – it’s such a good prompt to catch daily life. I now won’t forget that funny lunch bag, the luminous yellow lamington cake, the afternoon light which gave an unexpected grace to the cleaner’s store at work…
    One good game to play along with a 365 photo project is to mosaic each month with the Mosaic Maker at Big Huge Labs (which works with Flickr). I haven’t done this for a while, but I must do it again, as it’s intriguing to see if a month emerges with a colour or repeated idea, as well as just being able to see all the photos together.
    My word for last year was Peace, and I was thinking about this year’s word when I went for an early morning walk on the first day of this new year. I walked through bushland beside a lagoon, and used all my senses to enjoy what was there to be found. I blogged about it here:
    And as I came home, the right word for 2008 seemed to be Hope.
    Thanks for the inspiration your blog and work provide.

  • 92.

    My word for 2008 is “TRUTH” – I want to concentrate in focusing on the facts. Not lying to myself about my surroundings or circumstances, getting to the heart of the matter, and not coddling myself with illusions of what isn’t.

  • 93.
    Lori Hudson said…

    From the saying “Bloom where you are planted,” my word is BLOOM

  • 94.
    Maureen said…

    mine is focus

  • 95.
    Lisa said…

    I like your one word very much. Count me in too! My word choice is “faith” – I’m putting in a lot of effort, investing a lot of time and resources, and I need to focus on having faith that my efforts will come to fruition, by God’s grace.

  • 96.
    Sharon said…

    My word is NURTURE. Not just my son but our family, our marriage, my husband and myself.
    Last year we focused on creating what we have, now it’s time to nurture them.

  • 97.
    stephanie said…

    My word for this year is believe – in possibilities, in God, in family.

  • 98.
    Susan R said…

    My word this year is PERSPECTIVE.
    Portions of the dictionary definition are -
    “a proper evaluation with proportional importance given to the component parts”,
    OR “the relationship or proportion of the parts of a whole, regarded from a particular standpoint or point in time”.
    Putting life and the individual pieces that compose this life into perspective is important to me this year. A fresh view, a new look; a New Year.
    Blessings – Susan

  • 99.
    Talia said…

    My word for this year is SIMPLIFY.
    I want to work on keeping all areas of my life as simple as possible. Not too many extras. Learning when to say no. Focusing on what is most important in the moment.

  • 100.
    Jo said…

    I didn’t particiapte in this last year, but regretter it, and am looking forward to this…my word for 2008 is NOW.
    Where we are living right now is somewhat temporary, so we spend a bit of time and energy thinking about what’s next for us in life. Choosing the word NOW will hopefully keep us focussed on where we are NOW, to enjoy the life we are living NOW, to stop thinking about what might be coming next.
    I am also very much a procrastinator, so the word NOW is just so appropriate for me personally.
    I will spend time with my family NOW.
    I will call my distant friends NOW.
    I will start mydiet NOW, not tomorrow.
    I will scrapbook NOW, not later.
    I will clean my house NOW, not just before DH comes home LOL!
    Thanks very much for the inspiration!

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