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. kristi_nazzaro says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is Unfold for 2019. I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me. ❤️

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  2. onecraftyheart says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is CONNECT with DISCONNECT and RECONNECT as companion words.

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    1. lrweaver says…
      12/27/2018

      Love the companion words!

  3. scasavecchia says…
    12/27/2018

    This is my second year participating. My word this year is CONNECT. I want to make more of an effort to connect with people I love in ways outside of technology. More phone calls, e-mails, spending time together while not being on our phones, etc. I want to connect with my body and take better care of myself, maybe start yoga.

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  4. rockinrobin721 says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2029 is Nurture, I want to take care of my health, my marriage and things in my life that need care.

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  5. rockprincess2010 says…
    12/27/2018

    I will most likley be going with the word CAPTURE. I want to be able to capture the moments in life whether it's through story telling, photography, memories, relationships, etc.

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  6. vicki_dalton says…
    12/27/2018

    Godwink is my OLW,
    I got it from my very favorite Hallmark Christmas movie this year.

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  7. Irishgal says…
    12/27/2018

    I think my word will be Strength.

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  8. shelbelle says…
    12/27/2018

    I've chosen the word change. I'm expecting a lot of it in 2019 on the personal and professional fronts and I also want to change some of my existing behaviors and habits.

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  9. Pablucero says…
    12/27/2018

    Love your word!! Mine is breathe and I’m also focusing on making yoga a habit this year. I’m also focusing on remembering to stop and breathe through all the fun and tough times.

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  10. takeheart_tara says…
    12/27/2018

    For 2019 I’m focusing on the word UP. I’m focusing on how I can live it up, lighten up, love up and let up. I love that it also means a happy mood. It feels good for the season I’m in right now. Thank you for this awesome project Ali.

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  11. ConnieS says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is Self-Compassion. A much-needed word for me on my life's journey right now.

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  12. Nita27 says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is resilience- I need more, I would like more ‘stretch’ in my thoughts..

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  13. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    12/27/2018

    Our words are similar enough to be companions this year, Ali! I'm choosing "notice." I want to notice more of what makes me feel alive, what I may be overlooking that I can invite into my life, figure out if there's anything I'm taking for granted and become more appreciative ... the list goes on, lots of possibilities. I also want to notice what the root causes of some of my negative thoughts or actions stem from, so I can curb them. Here's to 2019's OLW's!

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  14. User31126 says…
    12/27/2018

    1st timer participating in OLW. My word is Transform. Looking forward to a great year!

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    1. tammywyn says…
      12/27/2018

      Welcome! This is my 10th year with an OLW, it has shifted my life lens for sure.

  15. thetofupirate says…
    12/27/2018

    Complete.

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  16. raspberrysunshine says…
    12/27/2018

    My 2019 word is BUILD. Simply, to create and develop something. What this all encompasses I'm not sure, but excited to see where it goes!

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  17. lrweaver says…
    12/27/2018

    My 2019 word is Choice. I can’t wait to see where it takes me!

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    1. Becky_C says…
      12/28/2018

      that is my word for 2019 also. Excited to see how it changes how I look at my daily life.

  18. Joan_Shannon_Jung says…
    12/27/2018

    ROOTED

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  19. laurel_holman_yahoo_com says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is LIGHT because I want a lighter, brighter energy in my life this year. I want to be light on my feet (literally, as well as in the sense of being nimble and the opposite of stuck and stagnant.) I want to create more light in my house with better lamps, closet lighting, white paint, etc. I want to have more fun and take myself less seriously.

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    1. Chelle128 says…
      12/27/2018

      My word is also LIGHT for many of the same reasons. :)

  20. LauraLee444 says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is Focus. I feel
    So scattered it’s time to focus in all aspects of my life.

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    1. clair_rigby says…
      12/29/2018

      One of my favourite (and most useful) #olw choices.

  21. Donna_Clements says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is KEEP

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  22. alicrock29 says…
    12/27/2018

    I have chosen “shine” for my word

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    1. mymcfam4 says…
      12/28/2018

      Mine was shine for 2018. By far my favorite OLW I’ve had so far.

  23. TravelinScrub says…
    12/27/2018

    My 2019 word is Simplify.

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  24. Houston says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is slow. I want to slow down, live a 'slow' life, take time for self care and to nurture connections with those I love. My companion words are listen, simplify, thorough and still.

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    1. jclayman18 says…
      12/27/2018

      Slow is also my word!

  25. meteowrite says…
    12/27/2018

    Explore!

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