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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.


COST | $31 $26 through December 31st

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  • 51.
    Stephanie MOMOF2 said…

    I just signed up…OLW kept coming to me over the last two days while I was perusing the internet. I have had a couple of words come to mind. I am going to journal and pray about my word for 2014. I do believe that is part of my journey – I just told a friend that my Random Acts of Kindness were mostly going to be for me this year. :-) What a great start with this class!

  • 52.
    Kathy G said…

    Yesterday, I posted that my OLW was going to be POSITIVE, but I was premature with this selection. I had been toying with the word CHOOSE, but at the last minute I let myself be influenced & changed to the word POSITIVE. This morning I realized it was a mistake and I needed to use my original word, CHOOSE.

    CHOOSE – it feels good, it feels right, and it fits me well. The end!

  • 53.
    andrea said…

    i just registered! my word is “choices”…and i can’t wait to see what i learn from it and where it takes me :)

  • 54.
    Cynthia Michener said…

    Hi Ali! I have a question about your OLW workshop. I am deaf. I do not read lips. Is it possible for you to do a written transcript for your videos and audios? Let me know thanks.

  • 55.
    Marie said…

    Hi!—What’s the class
    sign-up deadline?? Is it still

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