Tuesday, December 29

An Explanation of "One Little Word" Concept from Ali Edwards

I just came across Ali Edwards' 'one word' idea & I'm blown away. I have heard many different ways to create change in your life; do something for 21 days and you will have developed a habit, create little notes to yourself and put them on your mirror, etc.  But one word - I can remember one word. I can even post it on my mirror and not feel like a self-help addict. Here is the full explanation from 2007 years ago when AE started the idea. (Link to post)

  • one little word

  • A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.
  • Last fall in issue two of this newsletter I wrote about the power of words and gave my top ten tips for getting those words down when you are scrapbooking. Today I want to introduce you to the idea that a single word can be a catalyst for enriching your life as well as your scrapbook layouts.
  • Last year I began a tradition of chosing one word for myself each January - a word that I can focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. Last year my word was something I wanted to bring into my life in a more tangible way. My word was play.
  • I thought a lot about play and what it means to me. I tried to incorporate it more into my everyday and on my adventures out in the crazy world. For me, it was a lot about living without fear - about being more open to experiences with an attitude of playfulness. The word play found its way onto many scrapbook pages and into many stories I told throughout the year.
  • Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2007?
  • It can be something tangible or intangible. It could be a thought or a feeling or an emotion. It can be singular or plural. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. This is not your mother's word or your spouse's word or your child's word - this is YOUR word.
  • One little word can have big meaning in your life if you allow yourself to be open to the possibilities. And here's one thing that is totally interesting: sometimes a word will pop into your brain and it will not make any sense to you right now. Give it some time. Let it percolate a bit. I have often found that our hearts speak to us in very unique ways. Maybe this is a word you need to hear but just aren't ready for it yet. Again, be open to the possibilities.

    You may be wondering, what in the heck does this all have to do with scrapbooking? For me, words are at the heart of what I do. The photos are a huge part, but the words bring it all home. Often times I will begin a layout with a single word. That word becomes my guide as I create my page. It helps me focus the story I am trying to tell and gives me an instant, easy graphic title approach. How often has a word directed your creativity when working on layouts?
  • Take some time this week to think about your own word for 2007 and read on for a related
  • weekly challenge.
The post from AE's blog finishes by challenging everyone to create a layout about her chosen word. So, how about you ....  ?

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