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December 22, 2008

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.


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.


  • 1.
    Geralyn Gray said…

    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.

  • 2.
    sue said…

    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…,

  • 3.
    Shelly said…

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

  • 4.
    Sharna said…

    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…

  • 5.
    Cherie said…

    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!

  • 6.
    jkhenson said…

    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!

  • 7.
    kristy said…

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

  • 8.
    Cara said…

    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.

  • 9.
    Heather V said…

    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!

  • 10.
    Laura said…

    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.

  • 11.
    Deborah P said…

    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!

  • 12.
    Viki said…

    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!

  • 13.
    Emily said…

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

  • 14.
    Kathy said…

    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!

  • 15.
    molly said…

    feel better you.

  • 16.
    Amy said…

    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

  • 17.
    lee said…

    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! =)

  • 18.
    Sara said…

    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!

  • 19.
    HeatherC said…

    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.

  • 20.
    Michelle said…

    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!

  • 21.

    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.

  • 22.
    emilyt said…

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

  • 23.

    I hope you get over it quickly! Feel better.

  • 24.

    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. . .
    ps – hope you are feeling better!

  • 25.
    alexandra said…

    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!

  • 26.
    Sara said…

    I hope you feel better. And yes, I need to think of my word as well. Happy Holidays!

  • 27.
    Aby said…

    Hey, Ali,
    I hope you feel better. So excited you’re doing One Little Word again this year. I already have mine selected…
    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  • 28.
    Karen Campbell said…

    Hope you a feeling better today. I have decided that my word for 2009 is going to be Serenity. I going to honor my word by getting a tattoo that is the Chinese symbol for Serenity.

  • 29.
    Jerrie said…

    So funny. I was just thinking about the one little word project. Reflecting on this year’s and have decided on one for next year already.
    Feel better. Take care.

  • 30.
    Susan Hessler said…

    Take care, Ali. I’ve been thinking about my word lately alot – both my word for 2008 “breathe” and a new word for 2009. Am considering both “Joy” and “replenish” – haven’t settled.
    Peace to you and yours, Susan.

  • 31.
    Jamie said…

    Hi Ali – I am new to your site and I just wanted to let you know how much I have been enjoying your December Daily stuff. (Thanks for being behind. It makes us all feel human. Ha!!)
    I hope you start feeling better soon and have a wonderful time celebrating Christmas this week with your family.

  • 32.
    Chriss Johns said…

    Ali, I love ONE WORD. My 2008 word was CONNECT. I think I did an ok job of living up to my word. I did some things that were outside of the box for me in terms of connecting. I certainly could of done more, but I think the whole process made me think more effectively about living with intention. I know it is so easy to go through the days, busy, doing all that is right and good and still have that feeling of not doing enough, not accomplishing MY goals, not doing the very thing that we NEED to be doing. 2008 was a very difficult year for me. The easy thing was to hide, to disconnect. Setting out to intentionally connect helped me tremendously. One way I connected was through my new blog, which has been a huge blessing and a creative outlet.
    My 2009 word is CREATE. To live to intentionally create will be a stretch for me. I have the desire…I just need to make the space, emotionally and physically (time) for my art.

  • 33.
    Jen said…

    Feel better Ali! I just got over a stomach bug that I got on Tuesday night and it was torture!! Hope you’re in better shape than I was. Eat some toast, drink lots of fluids and just rest so you can kick this before Christmas!!! Happy Holidays!

  • 34.
    Kelly said…

    Hope you’re feeling better soon. It’s a great wintery day here in Connecticut… so I’ll be inside all day… Again! Hope you can enjoy some time relaxing before Christmas Day.
    I’ve been thinmking about my word. Good reminder!! 2009 is going to ROCK!!!

  • 35.
    Heather said…

    Hugs, Ali! I’m thinking of you, snuggled in and enjoying the snow out the window. Feel better soon! -Heather

  • 36.
    Gayle said…

    Just wanted to say feel better and I’m behind on my December album, too. I’m doing a 2-up album and though I’m up to date with photos my embellishing is sadly lacking. Still, my photos are all journaled upon and deco-ed with Designer Digi stuff so it’s not all bad – just petering out . . .

  • 37.
    Amber said…

    Hope you’re feeling better soon. I hadn’t given 2009 a word until I just read your posts on “one little word”. But, I had already decided on what I wanted from 2009. I entend to be disciplined with myself. I want to have discipline in all areas of my life. Working, parenting, eating, exercising. For me the list can just go on and on. So that is my word. Discipline. I am so excited about it. I hope that through it I will achieve balance and be able to accomplish a long list of to-do’s and I want to to-do’s. This time next year I hope that I have a disciplined rythm to my life.

  • 38.
    Artful Yogi said…

    This book is my next to read.
    feel beter quickly. Hope you feel great by Christmas eve.

  • 39.
    Steph H said…

    Bless your heart! Being sick and pregnant is not fun!
    I have to say my word BLISS served me so well this year I almost don’t want to give it up! Choosing a word for 2009 is going to take some thought. What word will I need to hold onto as I prepare to welcome my first child??

  • 40.
    Anne Alley said…

    Feel better soon!

  • 41.
    Karen Gregory Sydney Australia said…

    Hi Ali, I was inspired to choose a word for 2008. I chose BALANCE. I needed to find a balance between my family and the rest of my life. in past years I have become very involved in school committees and volunteering in many areas and have felt that I have pushed my boys aside for these activities that I was involved in. I made the January page of my calendar my balance page. I am proud to say that we have found 2008 full of BALANCE. I have stepped back from alot of external things and spent more time helping in my own childs class -interacting with 8yo son during his class time. I have seen him open up and become quite cuddly and loving this year. I feel better in myself and our family has benefited to no end. THANKYOU for the inspiration. I now need to choose a new word for 2009. Many Chrismas wishes to you and your family.

  • 42.
    danielle said…

    For the first time ever, I know my word! It jumped out at me a few weeks ago like it was meant to be. My word for 2009 is GIVE. I want to challenge myself to be more giving, sharing, and teach my children about giving.

  • 43.
    tonya said…

    sending get well wishes your way

  • 44.
    Heather said…

    I didn’t do this last year, but read about others doing it. And it percolated all year in the back of my mind. Last week it came up to me in a burst….COURAGE. My word for 2009 is courage. I had thought of tranquility, patience, health….but all of those boiling down to one thing, changing myself. And it takes courage to change. Courage to not procrastinate, courage to go out on a limb, courage to exercise every day….you get the idea.
    Bring on 2009.

  • 45.
    emily ruth said…

    i thought that book looked so good too…i hope you will share what you think of it…i’m excited to start thinking about my word. thanks for the reminder:)…feel better, my dear! but for now just enjoy the time:)

  • 46.
    janine said…

    I’ve been giving the one little word a bit of thought this past few weeks as well. There are a few floating about – I think it’s going to be one about the people I love and prioritising them. Fun to think about. I hope you feel better in good time for Christmas :)

  • 47.
    stephanie said…

    so sorry to hear you are under the weather…Hope you are feeling better soon my friend! Just stay on that really big brown couch of yours!
    I have my word all ready for 2009…
    Merry Merry Christmas!

  • 48.
    Paola Norman said…

    Hope you are feeling better soon esp for Christmas day. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • 49.
    Deborah Hensley said…

    If you like Malcolm Gladwell, you should read his other book he wrote called “The Tipping Point” it’s a very good and interesting read! It’s also a quick read too!

  • 50.
    andrea said…

    i love how my “word” seems to come to me! My word for 2009 is release! I am going to release the past, release expectations from people that continue to let me down, release my extra kilos, release negativity, release!

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