One Little Word® 2018 | Space

My One Little Word® for 2018 is space. 

Since 2006 I've been choosing a word to focus on over the course the 12 months from January through December. My past words have included: 

  • Play
  • Peace
  • Vitality
  • Nurture
  • Story
  • Light
  • Up
  • Open
  • Thrive
  • Give
  • Whole
  • Connect

For 2018 I'm looking to get curious about the idea of space. 

The word "space" has quite a few different meanings, from an interval of time to a continuous area or expanse which is free, available or unoccupied to the dimensions of height, depth, and width within which all things exist and move (outer space) to the freedom and scope to live, think, and develop in a way that suits one. 

What I'm interested in inviting into my life this year is some breathing room. I find myself regularly filling things up: time, physical space, projects, etc. I want to see what it feels like to have "room" for thinking and dreaming and learning and moving at a slower pace. I want to pay attention and begin to recognize those times when I'm unconsciously filling up the space and learn to pause before continuing on auto-pilot. 

Simply put, what I want to do this year is create more "white space" in my life to pursue what really matters most to me. 

Companion words - words that are also speaking to me - this year include: wonder, less, ease, and slow. 

I'm really looking forward to experiencing life with this word in 2018.  

TAKE A LISTEN

I recently recorded a podcast with Elise on Elise Gets Crafty where we chat about our 2017 and 2018 words. Take a listen here

SHARE YOUR WORD IN THE COMMENTS

I’d love to read what word you’ve chosen or are considering for 2018. In the comments feel free to simply leave your word as your comment or write a bit about why you are choosing this word. Next week I’ll combine all the words into a single post – it's become tradition and super inspiring to see all the words in one place.

If you’re new to the concept of One Little Word®, you can read some of my previous posts here:  2007200820092010201120122013201420152016 and 2017

JOIN ME IN MAKING OUR WORDS VISIBLE

To help keep your One Little Word® more visible throughout the year I offer a year-long workshop featuring one creative prompt per month. Read all the details and sign up here. You can watch a video walkthrough of my past album projects hereRegistration is $5 off until December 31, 2017. I've also created a selection of products to help you document your journey with your word - check those out here.

My wonderful little heart talisman in the photo at the top of this post is from Liz Lamoreux and is available on her site as part of her Pocket Talisman Collection

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  1. Alisonbee70 says…
    12/28/2017

    My little word for 2018 is live. Looking forward to doing this for the first time.

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  2. terrydphotography says…
    12/28/2017

    My word for 2018 is "OBSERVE" It just kept coming up. I already observe a lot especially with my photography so it will be interesting to SEE where this word takes me on this journey. Thank you Ali this is my 2nd year and I really loved this project last year with my word grow.

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  3. KendraW says…
    12/28/2017

    Great word! I can't wait to see where it leads you.

    My 2018 word is Embrace ~ It will be a new chapter for me as my youngest graduates and goes off to college. There will be a lot of changes for our family this year & I really trying to embrace this season of life.

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  4. DonnaM says…
    12/28/2017

    For part of this year I was sure my word for 2018 would be space, for some of the same reasons! I’m going with POETIC though, as this word was a companion word this year and speaks to me more.

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  5. ninalouise1975 says…
    12/28/2017

    My word for 2018 is BETTER. There's lots of things I do every day which I would like to do BETTER - being a partner, being a freelancer, better with money, better eating, better at being active. I'm going to set myself a prompt each day to remind me to focus on one of seven ways to be BETTER - so by the end of the year I should have 365 things recorded.

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  6. Maeannmu says…
    12/28/2017

    enough

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  7. cberthelsen says…
    12/28/2017

    My word for 2018 is Balance

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  8. msmeinke says…
    12/28/2017

    My main word is Manage. I want to have a better handle on my health care and feel more in control of how and when things are executed. I recently combined two doctors into just one doctor who was willing to oversee and manage my largest issue. I want to better manage my finances and stop trying to do short cuts which sometimes have me spending more in the long run. My second word is Hope mainly because it keeps popping up for me. Really looking forward to learning this process!!

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  9. CharitySorrells says…
    12/28/2017

    authentic

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  10. Solomonsusan says…
    12/28/2017

    This will be my first time. I have chosen MINDFUL as my OLW. I can't wait to see where this takes me. I am looking forward to trying something new and different.

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  11. jennlmcclure says…
    12/28/2017

    Space seems like a cool word. I didn’t think of it like you did.

    My word is Make for 2018

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  12. pinksoup says…
    12/28/2017

    I have chosen BLUE for a political reason, of which I hope to be involved with but mainly because I am expecting my 5th grandson in March. I am nanny to my 4th grandson til June so my world is filled with baby blues this year!

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  13. coulee_girl says…
    12/28/2017

    My word for 2018 is JOY. Looking forward to the OLW 2018 journey

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  14. pjgoodman says…
    12/28/2017

    Calm

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  15. cherrytree says…
    12/28/2017

    My word this year is STEP. Step up, step back, one step at a time, just the next step. Also getting my steps done each day. To represent my word, I have bought a labyrinth necklace from @lizelayne @soulmantras I love the idea of steps as meditation. Thanks @aliedwards

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  16. jeswasik85 says…
    12/28/2017

    My OLW for 2018 is flourish!

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  17. carlatte7 says…
    12/28/2017

    My word for 2018 is LESS. Looking forward to exploring with everyone!

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  18. AlizaD says…
    12/28/2017

    Stretch is my word. It just came to me as I was reading this blog post. Now I know it is the one. I like it because dance has become an important part of my life, and this encompasses that; stretching my muscles and my repertoire of skills. During the busy times, it can be a challenge to always make time for dance class, and so I want a word that makes dance a part of my life that is not going away. AND, this year I plan to start a business. I will need to move outside my comfort zone to make it work. I will need to readjust things to make time for this new endeavor. Just as when you stretch your muscles, you can't go farther than your body physically allows, but you can ease into a stretch, and then push a little further and then a little further. For me, I know that that is a more realistic way to reach my goals. By breaking things down into smaller manageable steps. Stretching physically, also creates openness and space in the body, and I like that analogy as well.

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  19. Jmfishburn says…
    12/28/2017

    I love this project so much! My word for 2018 is abundance.

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  20. sue_novascotia says…
    12/28/2017

    Mine is CLARITY (CLEAR) <3

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  21. deigalynn says…
    12/28/2017

    Trust

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  22. mags says…
    12/28/2017

    My word is discipline. Excited to do this journey!

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  23. anniemac54 says…
    12/28/2017

    My OLW for 2018 is HEALTH. I want to move more, eat better and also look after my mental/emotional health.

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  24. Pablucero says…
    12/28/2017

    Mims is simplify. I want to simplify many areas of my life. I also tend to make things more complicated than they need to be. Similar to you, I want more time for family and just enjoying life. My oldest is a senior and these next few months are going to fly by. Right behind him I have a sophomore and a freshman.

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  25. karenika says…
    12/28/2017

    mine is strong this year. I love the idea of being physically, mentally and emotionally strong. Brave served me so well a few years ago and I am hoping strong will do that in 2018. Some of my companion words are: fresh, magical, lighter, and true. And stretch, I want to look for opportunities to stretch myself this year or be curious about what that means for me right now where I am in my life. <3

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