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December 10, 2013

One Little Word℠ 2014 | Workshop Registration Now Open

AE_OLW2014_Promo My One Little Word℠ workshop is back in 2014 and I’m excited to invite you to be a part of the journey.

This year I’ll be running the workshop via a password protected section of this website. I’ve had a great relationship with Big Picture Classes for the last three years and will continue to work with them in 2014 for a re-run of 31 Things (register here) and Hello Story (registration will open later this year).


Having a single word to focus on each year has made a difference in my life.

In 2006 I began a tradition of choosing 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. My words have included play, peace, vitality, nurture, story, light, up and open. These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another. They’ve been imbedded into who I am, and into who I’m becoming. They’ve been what I’ve needed (and didn’t know I needed). They’ve helped me to breathe deeper, to see clearer, and to grow.

What do you do with this one little word?

You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.

You can check out my archive of One Little Word posts here.

In 2011 I offered my first year-long One Little Word℠ workshop in an attempt to help me stay in touch with my word and make it more visible in my daily life. It worked. I’ve been more connected to my words these past few years because of the specific actions and reflections I’ve put together for the workshop.

As I reviewed my album that includes the last three years it was so cool to see, literally see in my words and photos, my own personal growth in those pages. I’ve had a very challenging last few years and the pages in my One Little Word℠ album (one 8.5×11 album holds three years) document a lot of that struggles and successes as I worked my way through (and continue to work my way through) the changes in my life after divorce.

This year I plan to continue that tradition here at The cost will be the same as previous years – $31 for 12 months of content and community. Get $5 off by signing up before December 31st. This workshop is not complicated and it’s not time-consuming. It’s simply a way we can come together to share our experience with our words throughout the course of the year. AE_OLW2013_APR_inalbum


Each month will include two main features: a reflection and an action.

The reflections will be something to think or write about and the actions will be something creative – an opportunity to do something beyond writing. In the past that’s included things such as a photography assignment, a collage, a vision board, creating a playlist, etc. You can expect a mix of prompts from the past along with some new ones.

Each month will include a video presentation, a full-color handout that goes over the main idea for the month and printables/digital elements. Some of the prompts from past years may be repeated because I see value in the repetition of the exercises with each new word (but all audio, video, and reflections will be new for 2014).

I’m going to continue the tradition of using an 8.5×11 album for my content (see recommended supplies below). Over the last three years I filled an 8.5×11 album with content and I’ll be starting a new one for 2014. By the end of the year you’ll have compiled the contents of an 8.5×11 album that documents, defines, celebrates and generally makes your word more visible.

DO YOU NEED TO BE A SCRAPBOOKER? No. Even though we are making an album it’s really more of a journaling/record keeping/thinking/exploring project. I’m excited to see how people interpret the prompts and make them meaningful for their own lives.


LOCATION | This workshop will be run through a private section on my blog. After registering you will receive a Welcome To Class PDF that includes a password to be able to access the class content. On the first of each month you will receive an email reminder to visit the classroom when new content is posted.

REGISTRATION | Payment is made via Paypal (you are able to select a credit card option as well through Paypal). After going through the payment process you will receive an email with information to download the Welcome To Class PDF. Depending on your method of payment through Paypal (credit card, bank transfer, etc) you might be able to download the Welcome To Class PDF immediately or you may need to wait a couple of days for the e-check to clear. You have the opportunity to download the PDF three times before the password will need to be reset. Please download the PDF and save to your computer.

Once you receive the Welcome To Class PDF you will have the passwords needed for the classroom and the video. Inside the classroom you will find a pre-class handout download: Choosing Your Word. Subsequent monthly links will be included on the first of each month.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you want the monthly reminder email to come to a different address than your paypal email address please send us an email after registering so we make sure we have the correct address for corresponding with you.

COMMUNITY | An optional private Facebook group will be set up for communicating with classmates and sharing the journey. I hope you will consider joining me on this journey.



Please note that these are suggested supplies. You can use anything you’d like for documenting the prompts/creative excercises. Keep in mind that the printables will be designed to fit the sizes above.


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  • 1.
    katie scott said…

    I know this isn’t the one little word list – but I already know my word for 2014 – sometimes the word comes early and is obvious. I took your class at BPC in 2011.

  • 2.
    Brooke said…

    I love the way my word comes to me. Mine came, I tried to make excuses and get rid of it but after some thought I found that I love how it can fit into so many areas of my life. The initial definition is not the only one! Putting this class on my Christmas wish list, I’d love to take one of your classes.

  • 3.
    dawn said…

    I’m so excited about my OLW for next year, never has it chosen me quite like this before and I’m so beyond happy about it. Already putting mine into action and looking forward to what it will bring me in the new year.
    Looking at your list of past words, I see we had some same ones but at different times. Will have to look back on yours and see how/why you chose them. Thanks for including them here.
    Thanks so much for keeping the class and inspiration going with us.

  • 4.
    Lyna said…

    Just curious why is size 8.5×11 chosen? Does 12×12 work?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Lyna – I use that size because it’s the standard page size for notebooks (not scrapbooks) in the USA. Another reason is that I create full-page printables for the writing assignments and most people don’t have an over-size printer to print 12×12. Also I personally like that for me it was a different size than most of the other albums I work on – differentiated it from other projects for me.

      All that said you can make it any size you want and adapt the prompts to fit your chosen method. I know in the past some people have added their monthly exercises/prompts to Project Life.

      It’s really less about the specific way you choose to document and more about creative reminders to make your word more visible throughout the year.

    • ….
      Lyna said…

      Thanks for the insights Ali :) Am signing up soon…

  • 5.
    TrishMD said…

    I am so looking forward to doing this again. My word “hit” me on Saturday. It’s perfect for 2014! Now, I just need paid…

  • 6.
    Michelle said…

    Looking forward to class… Word is close to heart…. Signed up…

  • 7.
    Paula said…

    This will be a Christmas gift to myself. I have signed up for the prompts for 2 years and loved the experience both times. So happy it will be right here on your website – I think I will participate more that way because I love to visit each day.

  • 8.
    Jennifer K said…

    Looking forward to doing this again! My word has already come to me a few weeks ago. So cool. If anyone is thinking about signing up, just say YES!

  • 9.
    Michelle said…

    I’m really thinking about it. I’m new to your site and really like it. I feel I need something like this to get thru some things. But I’m a new scrapbook er and I’m not tech savvy at all. I don’t know how to load to websites or much else. But I will think about it and in the meantime continue to visit your site. Great inspiration and I love your stamps. Thanks. Michelle

    • ….
      Alison D. said…

      The OLW workshops have impacted my life in great ways! I first signed up in 2012 on a whim and haven’t looked back. The prompts are fun help me focus on my word throughout the year. it’s not so time consuming I get overwhelmed let it get lost in the shuffle of life. The workshop is worth it!

    • .
      Ali said…

      Thank you!

    • ….
      Michelle said…

      Thank you for the encouragement. Tw/o factors are holding me up. I am so very not tech savvy it’s not even funny. I’m afraid to be tripped up. Also have a fairly serious illness I’m dealing with. Can overthrown in the hospital and miss weeks of assignments. I love this idea so much I could cry. I’m just not there yet. Maybe I can follow along with some of the blog posts like another commenter plans to do and think on it. Thanks again so much for your encouragement. That’s greatly appreciated and goes a long way. Michelle t.

    • ….
      Michelle said…

      Sorry. That’s supposed to be “be thrown in…”. Darn auto type.

    • ….
      Debbie said…

      I’m not very tech savy either and it has been ok….the tech things usually have links to directions or someone will help you…if you would like, I can download things and either email or mail them to you. When things are hard you need something to help keep you focused on good things the most…if I can help please let me know.
      (Even in the hospital you could reflect on paper or record on phone)

    • ….
      Michelle said…

      Debbie, thank you so much. I’m sorry for not replying sooner but I needed to get my thoughts together. This situation goes along perfectly with the word that has chosen me and I run away from. Open. How do I let myself open up to this new experience, the tech aspects, when I’m so afraid of failing? There is a lot more to this word than that, but it’s a big enough fear. I don’t even have a facebook. But yes, maybe I do need to do this. I’ve been sick for a few years now, and I’ve closed myself off. I’m sorry I’ve gone on long enough. But thank you. I’ll figure this out and meet up with you somehow. Michelle t.

    • ….
      Gypsy Chaos said…

      Michelle, i took this class in 2011. Although I dropped off the bandwagon in May, I loved what I did. I’m going to take it again.
      Please dont let fear of the tech stuff keep you away.

      This is a monthly class, not weekly. Also you can work at your own pace. If I recall correctly, the past months’ info remains available throughout the year.

    • ….
      Michelle t. said…

      I did it! I signed up yesterday. I made a facebook too but I didn’t go to the class group yet. I’ll do that later. Thank you so much for the encouragement. I’m looking forward to this. Michelle t.

  • 10.
    Stephanie said…

    Signed up and very excited, despite the fact that I have NO idea of what my word will be. I’ll come up with something and refuse to allow the word to be “panic.” HA!

  • 11.
    Steph Bell said…

    Hi. I’ve signed up and am really looking forward to starting. I live in the UK and can get an 8.5 x 11 album but can’t get the divided page protectors anywhere. I’ve even searched on but they don’t have them. Is there a shop or site you know that would be willing to ship to the UK?
    Thanks (& Happy Christmas)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Steph – in the Facebook group there was a thread about this with a few different options/suggestions for people in the UK. Let me know if you aren’t on Facebook/don’t plan to join the group there and I can forward you the thread.

  • 12.
    Sara Brian said…

    Hi, I am excited about joining but would like to give the class as a gift. Can you register for the class and pay but have someone else log in and participate?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Sara – yes! Go ahead and register and then send Katie an email ( and let her know the name of the recipient and their email address.

  • 13.
    Lisa aka Myran said…

    Hi Ali! This sounds like a really fun thing to do! Would a Smash book work or does it have too few pages? Lisa :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Lisa – it’s really up to you. Each month you will get a prompt and a creative exercise and you could definitely add them into a Smash book to really make it your own (I encourage making it work for you). The printables will be sized to the page protector pockets above (and the full size 8.5×11 sheets).

  • 14.
    Caroline said…

    This is on my Christmas wishlist and I’m passing on a message to secret Santa…;-)

  • 15.
    Donna C said…

    Hi! All signed up, but can you please tell me how many packs of each type of page protector we need?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Donna – just one!

    • ….
      Melissa said…

      Just signed up – I think my word found me this morning but will sit on it for a few days to make sure

  • 16.
    Amanda said…

    Love the idea of One little Word. While I am unable to sign up for your workshop (not in the budget), I have found my word for 2014 and plan on focusing on it through the new year. Do you have any suggestions for people who aren’t able to afford to take a workshop? Ways we can work on incorporating our word into our lives on a regular basis? Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Amanda – I usually do some posts with thoughts and ideas about this during the week between Christmas Day and New Years. You might want to read back through my archives as well:

  • 17.
    Clare said…

    Just signed up and am really looking forward to trying this. My creative side has been lacking lately and this will feed it nicely. Plus, I’m Canadian and it’s really, really cold here in winter and this will give me solace on those -30 days.

  • 18.
    Anna said…

    This is a new and exciting concept for me – love the idea and with a some major changes ahead of me it will be nice to have something constant. The idea of a single word is perfect.

  • 19.
    Di said…

    I just signed up. My birthday is Monday, so it’s a birthday present for myself :) I;ve chosen words for the last few years and not done the workshop before so I’m looking forward to the workshop keeping me on track. I don’t really scrapbook much anymore, more blogging and sharing through my blog. But I will do pages digitally so I’m looking forward to the digital downloads. Any other related digi products available?
    Right now I have about 8 words bouncing around in my head!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Di – I don’t really have any other One Little Word downloads/printables. Most of the time they have been included with the class (mainly printables that are also included as PNG files).

  • 20.
    Melissa C said…

    I am wondering if anyone has used a SN@P 6×8 album to do this class? I took it in 2011 and sadly didn’t follow through. Planning to sign up but still need a word — hmm…..

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Melissa – I think people have done that in the past and just adapted the prompts to fit (the printables will be sized to the page protectors above).

  • 21.
    Katherine said…

    I took the class at BP in 2011. I’m wondering if the content is the same and if I can still access it there. I’ll probably sign up again here this year just to keep motivated, but I was just wondering. Thank you.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Katherine – you can still access the content there. Each year I’ve modified the prompts a bit – sometimes they have been completely different and sometimes they have been the same because I like to use the same prompts with my new word (my responses to the prompts are always different as I experience my life and my new word). For this class you can expect that there might be some the same, again infused with my real time life experiences.

  • 22.
    Amy said…

    I have been trying out other words just in case, yet my original word continues to pop up either as related words or a synonym. Guess I should just stick with the original word, it has something to teach me.

    So excited about this Ali!

  • 23.
    Yvonne said…

    Hi there!
    Do I need to purchase a Project Life package to have the background papers for all the little compartments in the page protectors? Are the Project Life core kits compatible with this project? Or not?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Yvonne – not at all. Each month there will be a printable PDF to download and print. There will also be additional creative exercises that include photography and mixed media. Any other papers you would add would be one’s you choose yourself.

    • ….
      Alison D. said…

      I have found this is an excellent way to use up some of my stash!

  • 24.
    Jennifer B said…

    The moment I read this post, a word popped into my head and I haven’t been able to shake it. I love this idea! I am wondering if I can do the projects digitally? I do all digital for Project Life and it seems to work really well for me with my time available to work on it etc. Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Sorry I missed this Jennifer – you can definitely do it digitally. I usually include both PDF and PNG files of the prompts.

  • 25.
    Kathy said…

    I’m registered and looking forward to this journey for 2014. I think I might just have found my word. Thanks Ali

  • 26.
    Jacqueline said…

    If we don’t have a way to print out things right away, will it be a problem? I’m in chaos because we have to move by the end of the month, and I might not have printing access set up until the end of January. Would it be better to take the course next year because of printer issues? Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jacqueline – I think you’ll be okay :) . You could just read the prompts/exercises and write down your responses in a spiral notebook and then transcribe them onto printables when you are able.

  • 27.
    Teresa said…

    The pages are out of stock!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      They will come back in again soon!

  • 28.
    Kathy said…

    I’ve signed up two years in a row however due to divorce/selling/buying and emotional stuff I paid for the course, had my word but just didn’t have the energy to focus on anything else at the time. I think I really need to do this in 2014 as things are still really rough re the ex that’s draining the life out of me. I need something positive to go forward into 2014 with so I will commit and do it for me. I’ve loved watching your One Little Word and of course Elise’s experience with her One Little Word via your on-line workshop.

  • 29.
    Kathy said…

    Trying to think of an appropriate word and thinking “HEALTHY” is looking good for me. I am wanting a healthy Mind, body, home, family, relationships to name a few. I was thinking of things like moving on, open, embrace etc. which you have used however I think a HEALTHY Life in all aspects is going to cover the ground work for 2014. Count me in. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  • 30.
    Rachel J. said…

    I am thinking of signing up soon, but I need a printer! Thinking of an Epson Expression and was wondering what you had?? Thank you!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I have an over-sized ink-jet printer (Epson R2000) that I use for printing photo enlargements and printables. I’ve been really happy with Epson overall and would definitely purchase their products again.

  • 31.
    April said…

    Can you do this in digital format instead of the book…meaning does it work to do a digital format of this for print at the end of the year?

    • ….
      Jennifer B said…

      I asked the same question but never got a reply. I was thinking of just making up my own templates to match the physical ones but I haven’t decided for sure yet. Hope you / we get an answer soon!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi guys – sure – you can totally do it digitally. People have done that in the past. There will be some months that will feature more hands on creative prompts and you can choose to do those in whatever way you want (in the past they have been collage paintings – which you can also create digitally). People in the past have adapted the prompts each month to fit their own style ;) .

    • ….
      April said…

      Thanks for letting me know. Jennifer did you see this? : )

  • 32.

    Very excited to take part in this; hubby has bought the course for me as a Christmas gift – I’m really looking forward to reading the PDFs :)

  • 33.
    Jessica said…

    I just joined the OLW journey today. Cant wait to get my materials and do this together. I’ve heard of this a few years back and always wanted to try it. Just move into a new town a couple of months ago…so many changes and processes. Tx Ali for the opportunity to learn from you. Blessings!

  • 34.
    lori said…

    I just signed up-I can’t wait.

  • 35.
    Caroline said…

    My aunt bought me a spot, my first OLW! She used her PayPal and email, just waiting to hear back from Katie so I can get access using my email. So excited! :-)

  • 36.
    Gayle said…

    I want so badly to do this but I simply cannot find the right word! Maybe I need to get out the thesaurus.

  • 37.
    robyn said…

    So, so happy to be a part of this One Little Word movement. Thanks Ali, for your vision and leadership.

  • 38.
    Karen Capern said…

    I’ve registered for my 3rd year and looking forward to this years journey!
    I’ve struggled for my word in past years, but this year was obvious. Bring it on!

  • 39.
    Katy said…

    In past years, my word has come easily but I am struggling this year. I am engaged to be married (second marriage) and I want to document this new chapter of my life, how we are planning for the wedding and working on combining families. If anyone has any suggestions for something that would work, I would appreciate it.

    I thought of Prepare and Anew but nothing has seemed to completely capture everything all rolled up into one.

  • 40.
    Kelly Fehr said…

    Because of what my word for this year is, I’ve decided to take your class to try and keep the word in place. I think the reminders and the assignments will help me do exactly what my word is telling me to do. This is going to be fun!

  • 41.
    melinda t said…

    quick question and i apologize if its a repeat, but is this the same content as previous years (i’ve done the past 3) or is the content new?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Melinda – it will be a mix just like past years. Hoping to mix it up a bit more with some new prompts but some will be repeats (or close to the same).

  • 42.
    Jacque Clements said…

    2014 will be my 3rd year of OLW. The words I have chosen the last 2 years have profoundly changed my life in positive and amazing ways. When I look back at my words and album I remember how unsure I was about them in January and by the end of the year they really were “just the right word” for what I needed in my life. I have a few words in mind for 2014 but Joy from ’12 and Grace from ’13 will always be words that mean great things for me because of Ali’s OLW classes!!

  • 43.
    Melissa said…

    Did I miss your word for this year, Ali?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Melissa – post about that coming soon! It’s thrive.

  • 44.
    Cheryl :) said…

    OK. I just took the leap! Have been wanting to do OLW for the last two years, but was worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it. Really excited and want this to be a project I actually finish.Thanks Ali for inspiring all of us.

    Was wondering…is there anybody else who doesn’t facebook? Would love to be a part of the group, but not real wild about opening a facebook account.

    • ….
      Michelle t. said…

      I don’t have facebook either. But I’m making mine tonight and registering for the class tomorrow. I’m only using my first and middle names and not “friending” anyone outside the group. I’m only using it for one little word. I’m taking a huge step. Look forward to seeing you there. Michelle t.

    • ….
      Cheryl :) said…

      Thank you for the tip Michellet. I’m gonna consider doing that.

  • 45.
    Mandy C said…

    Been having so much fun with the words over the last few years. The first year was hard finding a word, now they seem to lead on from each other like a natural evolution.
    Looking forward to joining in for 2014.

  • 46.
    Carrie-Ann said…

    Goodmorning, I’ve signed up, chosen a word and joined the FB group :) Question: Are comments in the FB group private, or will my friends/public be able to see?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      My understanding is that it’s all private – only the people in the group will see your posts not other friends, etc.

  • 47.
    Elaine said…

    okay. I’m in too. The Dec. daily wasn’t quite as I liked with uncooperative people not posing or participating. But the OLW sounds good for me! Are we supposed to think of the word before it starts? I’m thinking and wondering and will see what pops out a me! Looking forward to it.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes – once you join the class there’s a welcome video and handout – choosing the word is entirely up to you.

  • 48.
    Liz Ness said…

    Looking forward to joining the fun! =)

  • 49.
    Becky T said…

    A quick question here and my apologies for bothering you … I registered, downloaded and saved the welcome email and attempted to access the page that you have given as the link to the classroom so I can get the pre-class handout … unfortunately when I put in the url link I get an error that the page cannot be located. Is it not available until the 1st of the month?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hey Becky – I’ll send you an email right now ;) . The Welcome page is there now – I’ll send you the link.

  • 50.
    Amy A. said…

    All signed up. I kept trying to think of the right word, however, one keeps coming to me over and over…PEACE. For 2014 I want peace with myself; peace of mind; peace of spirit; peace within my family; peace all around me; peace in the world; peace at work; peace with my choices in life; peace with my own body; peace with my health.

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