One Little Word® 2019 | Habit

Since 2006 I've been choosing a single word to focus on over the course the 12 months from January through December. I call it One Little Word®. It's a personal growth project that uses memory keeping as the vehicle to help us live with intention.

My past words have included: 

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

For 2019 I'm going to focus on the word habit

In selecting a word I'm choosing to use that word as a lens for my year. I'm choosing to get curious about the habits I currently have in place and the habits I might like to adopt. I want to ask questions about why I do certain things and not others and continue getting to the heart of the matter for myself - spending time and energy on the things that matter most vs. the things that matter least. 

One of the habits I want to cultivate most is a "more days than not" yoga practice. I want it to become habit. I have a hard time putting it at the top of my list and I'd like to make that happen this year. 

You're invited to join me in choosing word and working to make it visible in your own life in 2019. 

TAKE A LISTEN

Interested in hearing more? I recently recorded two podcasts with friends as we gear up to 2019 chatting about One Little Word®:

SHARE YOUR WORD IN THE COMMENTS

I’d love to read what word you’ve chosen or are considering for 2019. 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:  20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017 and 2018

JOIN ME IN MAKING OUR WORDS VISIBLE

Since 2011 I've been offering a One Little Word® online workshop that's goal is to help you stay connected to your word throughout the year. It's not complicated and it doesn't take a lot of time. Each month you receive an email reminder to head back to the classroom for some sort of creative prompt/writing reflection. As with most years, the majority of the prompts will be similar to last year as I find that I enjoy the process of doing the same prompts with different words each year - it's never the same. I record all new videos each year that include my personal reflections on the process with my new word.  

You can read all the details about this workshop and sign up here. You can watch a video walkthrough of my past album projects here to get an idea of past prompts. Registration is $5 off until December 31, 2018. I've also created a selection of products to help you document your journey with your word - check those out here.

Also, something new for 2019 is a One Little Word® Journal. If you are looking for different way to connect with your word outside the workshop or as a supplement to your workshop prompts this might be an awesome opportunity to get closer to your word this year. You can read more about it and see additional images 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. crystalbella77 says…
    12/27/2018

    Love yours, Ali! So perfect! My word for 2019 is Shine. :)

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    1. AmyJ says…
      12/27/2018

      Shine is my favorite past One Little Word.

  2. KreativeKristie says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is Moments. Can't wait to get started.

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    1. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
      12/28/2018

      I loved having this word in 2017!

  3. ciahansen says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is Enjoy! Because I want to focus on the things I enjoy more than the things I feel obligated to do.

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  4. corriegee says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is Awake. I want to be awake to my life this year. To opportunities, to friends, to cleaning up what needs to be cleaned up. To be appreciative of it all.

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    1. Donna_McMorrow says…
      12/27/2018

      Awaken was my word for 2018. It was a great word. If you are a Christian, may I suggest Priscilla Shirer devotional Awaken. Also Phil Wickham's song, "Your love awakens me."

  5. MacGirl says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is RHYTHM, similar to habit in that I want to explore the rhythm of my life, where it ebbs and flows and where I can change it to make more space. I also want to start connecting with the moon cycles and rhythm seemed like a good fit for all these things 😊

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    1. sortedscrapper says…
      12/28/2018

      My 2018 word has been rhythm. Such a great word. I loved how it allowed for the ebb and flow of life.

  6. Eminepala1 says…
    12/27/2018

    Hi Ali, My OLW (first year participating, so excited) is GRIND.
    I want to keep on grinding (working hard, listen to my body, rest, focus on my goals & dreams)
    Why I choose this word?
    Here I copy and paste my IG announcement of my word:

    My word for #onelittleword, a project of @aliedwardsdesigninc it will be my #grindingproject meaning well explained below. .
    .
    .
    from @dailygrindproject -
    Some call it ‘working’, others ‘hustling’...I call it ‘grinding’! Whatever you call it, ‘Grinding’ is not about spending 15 straight hours working on your business (to me : my goals,dreams to get stronger to fight to get my kids back) burning out 🤯 and giving up the next day because it feels too difficult!

    It’s about taking a action 👍and consistent effort with result oriented tasks carried out over a long enough period of time. 📆

    Because life is a marathon, not a sprint. A race against yourself only and one that does not reward shortcuts but hard work, determination, grit and consistency instead!
    Remember that slow and steady always wins the race...but whatever your pace, it always requires a first step!
    Take that first step today and change your life forever!

    I also realized that this word has a negative meaning to most people.
    My reply to that was and is: "No word has any meaning, unless the meaning you give to it"...
    Words are powerful beyond limits, especially the meaning we give to it. Change the meaning, change the outcome. Change the meaning you give to anything in your life (circumstances, life events, pain), your emotions and your life will change forever. It's all about perspective.

    Can't wait to start dear Ali.

    Are you going give us, newbies, some examples in the workshop on what to expect and how to prepare for januari first? Would be very much appreciated. Thank you again and wishing you and your loved ones a 2019 with a lot of abundance, health, joy, fun together. May you have setbacks, that will only make you stronger. As they say; "every setback is a setup for a come back".... With all my love.. Eminen (woman_and_her_passions on IG)

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  7. HollyBerry17 says…
    12/27/2018

    Hi! My word is “Beautiful”. I have a hard time seeing my self the way my husband and others see me since my recent weight loss and new chapters in my life. So excited for this journey.

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  8. karenika says…
    12/27/2018

    After a long long search, I went with magic this year. I am super excited about it 💕

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    1. 88michelle says…
      12/27/2018

      I loved magic when it was my OLW! Enjoy it in 2019 :-)

  9. iscrapmyworld says…
    12/27/2018

    I took a year off from OLW and am ready to jump
    Back in with Embrace. Embrace the daily routine, new opportunities, my well-being, my tribe, etc. Also excited about the antonyms... let go, free, release, give ... so much possibility here. Can’t wait to see how this unfolds.

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    1. kelsterjean says…
      12/27/2018

      Embrace was my word last year and is one of my FAV words ever! I hope you enjoy the journey with it.

  10. tksbaskets says…
    12/27/2018

    My word I will journey with in 2019 is ‘move’. I want to move in the traditional sense for health but also move my mind from feelings of guilt when it comes to food or how I spend my time to a place of peace. We’re in for one heck of a ride move and me!

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  11. AmyJ says…
    12/27/2018

    My Word for the Year is Compose. I want to be more intentional and "get it together" this year and the word seemed to really fit. . . but I know that I will discover new meanings and new ways of looking at the word "Compose" and that really excites me.

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  12. Kathsfiercefifties says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is Grace! I hope to grow in Grace; loving myself and others more genuinely and graciously.

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    1. tammywyn says…
      12/27/2018

      Hi! This is my 10th year of OLW and grace is my word for 2019 too!

  13. NataliePorcelain says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is BECOMING.

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    1. DonnaM says…
      12/27/2018

      I nearly chose become, but season jumped out at me. Become will definitely be a companion word for me.

    2. TORRSMOM says…
      12/31/2018

      My word as well for 2019!

  14. DonnaM says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is SEASON. I’m moving in to a new season in life plus I want to live more intentionally in the seasons.

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  15. LeighTKO says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is Glow!

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  16. graceandlight says…
    12/27/2018

    "everyday" seeking out and making a point of noticing the wonder, the beauty, the fragility and the magic in my everyday moments.

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  17. sassylewis says…
    12/27/2018

    My 2019 word is SOAR!

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  18. CarolSmith says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is Patience. I seem to have used most of mine up a few years back and I need to get reacquainted. Quickly! :-). See what I mean!

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  19. Esk74 says…
    12/27/2018

    TIME

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  20. roe4980 says…
    12/27/2018

    I'm so excited to start 2019 with my new word "becoming"!

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  21. Sumncsu says…
    12/27/2018

    My OLW is TIME. I am using Ecclesiastes 3:1 as my verse to center around in 2019. Part of the verse says there is a time to mourn and a time to dance. I lost my mom this year and I have mourned and grieved for months. In 2019 it is time to dance...time to celebrate life and its many blessings.

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    1. jclayman18 says…
      12/27/2018

      I love those verses.

  22. joeynumber41 says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is HABIT, too!

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  23. Jane_Toft says…
    12/27/2018

    Consistent

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  24. StaciLeigh says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is mindful. I want to be more aware of what I am doing and saying.

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    1. Cherylmc says…
      12/27/2018

      That’s my word as well!

  25. Amy_L says…
    12/27/2018

    Wild: a wild, free, or natural state or existence.

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    1. linnealein says…
      12/28/2018

      Excellent! I have chosen “wild” as well!!

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