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. suziknits says…
    12/27/2018

    I'm keeping my word from 2018 and going to do more this year with it. The word is Balance. Last year I ended up with Shingles, Asthmatic Bronchitis which derailed me in the Spring and then am ending it with an ear infection and Bronchitis again. I need to find my balance this year.

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  2. jambajuice57 says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is LISTEN. it’s something I don’t do enough of, and I want to explore the effect on my relationships with others if I listen more than I talk. I also want to listen to myself- what my body, heart and mind are saying to me. And maybe what God, the universe, whatever’s out there...is telling me.

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    1. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
      12/28/2018

      I love your reasons why...

    2. bcbc says…
      12/30/2018

      My 2017 word and my most meaningful experience. So many possibilities!

  3. Sibille says…
    12/27/2018

    Dare! :-)

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    1. Cherylmc says…
      12/27/2018

      Love your word!

  4. grammatransformed says…
    12/27/2018

    OPEN is my OLW.

    Hoping to practice choosing OPEN to joy moments in all the ups and downs of my life.

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    1. Shannon_Primicerio says…
      12/28/2018

      This was my OLW in 2018. It is my favorite word I have had by far. I am forever changed. Enjoy your word!

  5. jaimeelynn says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is Nurture. I actually was not going to pick a word this year and this one just whispered itself to me one day, and I knew I had to follow it to see where it takes me.

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  6. KLynn1963 says…
    12/27/2018

    My OLW for 2019 is NURTURE. I’m looking forward to my new word and a new year in the OLW class.

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  7. kelsterjean says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is BALANCE. As we {try} to move towards the next steps in our lives, I need to make sure I am creating balance, both physically and emotionally. I also want to discover the things {or people or situations etc.} that throw me off balance.

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  8. Donna_McMorrow says…
    12/27/2018

    This year I have chosen "Lean in." Not technically a word, but it has been calling me.

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  9. janeeileen says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is change. Looking forward to hearing the list! Thanks for doing this!

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  10. kjohnston1016 says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is balance.

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  11. 88michelle says…
    12/27/2018

    Hi! My word is ‘stellar’ for 2019.
    So love this project and having a OLW for the year.

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  12. mrsgengy says…
    12/27/2018

    CONTENT....I want to explore what it means to truly be content, what does content look like to me, what steps can I take to lead a more content life and in what areas in my life do I not feel content and how can I change that.

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  13. GypsyChaos says…
    12/27/2018

    My 2019 OLW: forge. My 2011 OLW was ‘act’. I was good until May’s prompt to create action plans derailed me. Time to forge new paths! My husband just retired; I haven’t worked since being laid off in 2010; the last (& oldest 🤷🏼‍♀️) chi-dult is supposed to move out. New season, lots of changes.

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  14. aprilfool20 says…
    12/27/2018

    My OLW is Wellness :)

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  15. angiegiles says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for the coming year is Journey. The word/concept has been showing up again and again in my life so it seems to have chosen itself for me.

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  16. paperjunkie says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is GIVE

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  17. PrettywomanAXO says…
    12/27/2018

    My one little word for 2019 (my reclaimed golden year) is “Valiant.” My tagline for the year is to see myself/embrace the side of me that is/re-discover: Julia the Valiant (copying a Queen of Narnia :) ). I began to realize that to truly make it happen (all the things I’ve been working towards & want more present in my life - especially my first 4 years with olw- can only happen if I possess, embrace & display courage... for each overarching goal for the year, I’ve chosen a companion word that’s a synonym for Valiant- audacity, nerve, spunk, bravery, courage, valor, moxie, & panache. There all a little different, but pieces of the fully realized ‘Julia the Valiant.’ And as my fifth year doing olw, I was pumped to find a word that starts with V - as in Roman numeral 5. :)

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  18. eyeleeeen says…
    12/27/2018

    Balance

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  19. SStandifird says…
    12/27/2018

    My word this year is HEALTHY
    Mentally
    Physically
    Emotionally
    Spiritually
    Financially
    And in all
    Relationships

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  20. krisp4 says…
    12/27/2018

    Joy

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  21. Kimpage says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is reveal.

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  22. ElanaAW says…
    12/27/2018

    Joy

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  23. veganjilly says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is HEART. Last year I felt very disconnected to my goals and the things I was doing; this year I want to lead from the heart and do what really matters to me. I am also preparing to give birth to our sixth child, and he will be born with severe heart defects. There are a lot of unknowns in the future but living with HEART means showing up from a place of love no matter what comes my way. Thank you for hosting this workshop, Ali and team!

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  24. Ronelia says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is Bloom 😃

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  25. jclayman18 says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is SLOW. I tend to lose patience with myself when things don’t happen fast, and I want to get in the *habit* of being ok with the slow and steady. I want to practice not giving up when things take time. Lots of potential companion words: breathe, steady, space, patience, calm.

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