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Best Laid Plans & Thinking Ahead

I had hoped to have a couple of postings this past weekend and this morning catching up on my December Daily album. Unfortunately I came down with something and did little more than lay on the couch, sleep, cough, sniffle, and read. Feeling thankful that I have an interesting book
on hand and that most of my Christmas shopping is already done (and it gave Chris and Simon a chance to go out on their own).


I laughed a little as I looked back at my December Daily posts from 2007 and saw that I got behind at just about this same time last year.


There is definitely a ton of inspiration to be found in the December Daily Flickr group.


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thinking ahead : ONE LITTLE WORD


As we approach the new year I have started thinking about the one little word project again. I have not decided on a word yet, but am considering a few different possibilities.


If you are interested in creating a word for yourself for 2009 here are some previous posts on the topic to check out:


My 2008 word.
Ideas for honoring your word (2008).
2008 list of words.
2007 post about choosing a word.
2007 list of words.

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  1. Geralyn Gray says…
    12/22/2008

    Wow--I must read blogs and keep them in the back of my mind. I already picked a word for 2009--it is SHINE. I didn't know where I heard of this, but now I know. I also really enjoyed tracking the 24 days of Christmas. Didn't have it together enough to do flickr, but I was able to blog every day. I print my blog every week on sticker paper on a prenumbered book and yea--I am caught up. You are a great inspiration to me...I wanted to say thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  2. sue says…
    12/22/2008

    Ali,
    In 2007, I chose 'Inspire' and kept an Inspiration Journal.
    This year my word was 'Joy' and I kept a daily journal with many, many notations of joy in my life. It has truly kept me focused on the positives in my life and for that, I thank you.
    For 2009, I'm thinking about combining the 365 photos with different words each day/week. Just not sure yet...,
    Sue

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  3. Shelly says…
    12/22/2008

    Feel better Ali :) And have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

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  4. Sharna says…
    12/22/2008

    Ali, I just finished reading the same book (Outliers), and it's FABULOUS!! So interesting, don't you think? Hope you feel better, and I look forward to more inspiring Dec Daily posts...

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  5. Cherie says…
    12/22/2008

    Feel better Ali! I've got to think about a new word for this year. Last year I chose harmony. I'm behind on my book too - way behind. I'm a teacher and now off until after the first of the year so now I will have time to create!!
    Merry Christmas!

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  6. jkhenson says…
    12/22/2008

    Hope you're feeling better, Ali!
    My husband is also reading Outliers.
    I chose Faith for last year and have begun to think about what to choose for 2009, also.
    Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  7. kristy says…
    12/22/2008

    funny... i wasn't really looking for a word yet... but it came looking for me... peace... hoping you get to feeling better!

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  8. Cara says…
    12/22/2008

    Ali, it's good to know that lots of people are "behind" on their albums! I have done up until the 18th, but I skipped a few days here and there.
    I'm thinking about the word "savor" for 2009. I'm at such a good place in my life, and I want to savor those feelings.

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  9. Heather V says…
    12/22/2008

    Ohhh....I hope you are feeling better soon! Enjoy the relaxing time and the book!
    I've had picking a word for 2009 on my mind the past few weeks and I haven't settled on one yet. Soon hopefully!
    Feel better!

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  10. Laura says…
    12/22/2008

    I've got a bit of a jump on you this year. I created a list a couple weeks ago to start narrowing down. This year's word was Believe. It was an interesting and unique word because it not only makes you think about believing in others, faith, but also to believe in myself. It was a really great word for this year. I'm sorry to hear you caught a nasty bug. I hope you get some rest and start feeling better quickly.

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  11. Deborah P says…
    12/22/2008

    Hope you are better today, Ali. Thanks for the reminder about the word for 2009. I'm about to start on a new adventure in 2009, so I'm going to participate this year to honor the new start!

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  12. Viki says…
    12/22/2008

    Glad you are feeling a bit better!
    Picking a word is harder than I thought.
    Your lists make it even more difficult.
    This will either take a lot of thought, or I might just put all the words that "speak" to me in a hat and draw one.
    Have a beautiful holiday!

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  13. Emily says…
    12/22/2008

    I hope you're feeling better soon and in the meantime enjoy your rest.
    Happy Holidays, EM

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  14. Kathy says…
    12/22/2008

    Ali!
    I hope you feel better soon. It seems that everyone has something right now.
    I have never participated in the One Little Word project before. But, the word that I keep hearing in my head is "Believe."
    I have such a hard time believing in myself. I think this is a good place for me to start. I need to believe that I can do the things that I keep putting off because I am afraid that I will fail. I need to believe in my abilities. I need to believe I am worth it. I really need to believe that all things are possible!

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  15. molly says…
    12/22/2008

    feel better you.

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  16. Amy says…
    12/22/2008

    sorry you are not feeling well :( being sick stinks, being sick while pregnant REALLY stinks!
    Totally simplified my Christmas prep this year and cut out the cards, so I hope you, Chris and Simon and little baby have a safe and happy and wonderful holiday!
    my word for 2009: RELAX

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  17. lee says…
    12/22/2008

    Something I love about this One Little Word project is how - when I least expect it - the word is there for me to find. About a week ago, the word "faith" popped into my head and hasn't gone away since. So I guess that's going to be my word.
    Hope you're feeling better as we head into the home stretch before the holidays. Have a wonderful week! =)

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  18. Sara says…
    12/22/2008

    Hi Ali! I can certainly relate and with the "best laid plans." Hope you feel better ... pregnant and sick - not a good combo.
    Happy Holidays!

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  19. HeatherC says…
    12/22/2008

    oooo -- rest up so you feel better by Christmas! So cold here (5degrees right now) that we are enjoying staying in and staying warm -- good topic for today's photo.

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  20. Michelle says…
    12/22/2008

    I was sick all weekend, too. Miss seeing your album posts, but glad I'm not the only one behind. ;-) And I sure am glad you weren't sick for the Polar Express!!!! Merry Christmas!

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  21. Sherry (MidniteScrapper) says…
    12/22/2008

    Hope you are feeling better soon! I am seeing this One Word challenge for the first time. We have a theme each year for our church and I love the idea of having a theme or word to focus on for our lives. Thanks for always inspiring me.

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  22. emilyt says…
    12/22/2008

    I have a short list so far so I'll keep thinking before I settle on one. Hope you feel better!

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  23. Michelle Jacquemet says…
    12/22/2008

    I hope you get over it quickly! Feel better.

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  24. Hillary Chybinski says…
    12/22/2008

    I have a reminder set up on my iphone for my 2009 word. . .for new year's day. . .I hope to have it a little more front and center this year. . .I did ok on my 2008 word. . .simplify. . .I did indeed simplify several areas of my life and home. . .
    Hillary
    ps - hope you are feeling better!

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  25. alexandra says…
    12/22/2008

    I picked up that book a couple days ago to give my husband for Christmas - glad to hear that you like it!
    Feel better, friend!

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