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.

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  1. Michelle Evans says…

    Good morning Ali!
    I've never blogged before, so I'm a newbie. It fits right in with my word: New.
    I always try to remember today is a NEW day...whatever happened yesterday (kids were bad, etc.) is over and today is full of new possibilites.
    I love your books and have been duly inspired to try new things. Never done a "Challenge" but reading Life Artist got me to do "A week in my life", which I just finished photographing and journaling about. Stepped out of my comfort zone and did something new.
    Ahead on my horizon is another new possiblity: being a stay-at-home mom after almost 15 years (and 4 kids). I look forward to new things I'll discover about myself and my family! NEW! (I already printed it out and it's above my computer!) I'm sure I'll find all kinds of other inspiratons surrounding my word. The possibilities are endless!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. gemellen says…

    I just found your blog & all of a sudden things started to click inside me. My word: MOVEMENT.
    Thank you. & thank you.

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  3. Butzelkuh says…

    I found your blog and the idea of a word of the year through the Creative Mom Podcast and participated last year. For 2007 my word was PLAYGROUND (trying new things, letting go, just play) and my new word for 2008 is ENERGY BUDGET (thinking about the earth, getting greener, but also my own energy budget).
    Thank you so much for this inspiration!

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  4. Jenn says…

    Hi Ali. I am so excited to read about this one word challenge! Thee are so many i could choose but i think i will go with ACCEPTANCE...
    Acceptance of myself, my marriage, my daughter's adolesence, my job, my crafting...
    Thanks for the challenge. I am putting this work on my wall for a daily reminder.

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  5. Lynn says…

    My word is BELIEVE.... believe in myself, believe that life will work out, believe that this will be a good year, believe that I can make new, good friends. Believe is a good word for me this year.

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  6. Prescott Olessia says…

    The Word I will choose for me and my family - UNITE.My husband is Canadian and I am from Russia,we have 2 beautiful kids .We saw watching Canada & Russia hockey game and I was thinking about how different we are and how we are the same,UNITE.We all come from different back around and different country's,we have different traditions,but we all living in the same planet,lets Unite,play live and be happy.

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