Category: One Little Word

One Little Word® – Align


Here I am choosing a word for a second year.

I can’t move forward without a little nod to my word from last year. Listen.

Listen and I didn’t get on as well as I hoped we would. I think that I had it in my head from the very start that I couldn’t do this listening thing and I think that mental attitude had a lot to do with the lack of success. I also made the mistake of not getting an album set up for this project. I was following along with this class and as part of the process of making your word more visible you get creative prompts each month. I thought I could use a Smash book instead of an album but it didn’t work out for me.

Even though I don’t think I was very successful last year with Listen I know that I did do some listening that might have passed me by otherwise. For example, I decided to turn down a job offer. I was lucky enough to get an opportunity in the place I work now a few months later so that worked out. And I intend to keep Listen with me as I go forwards.

So Align.


Until about a week or so ago I didn’t have a word picked. I didn’t even think I was going to join in this year with the workshop. But then I took a few minutes to think about words and jotted down a few. I let them sit with me overnight and I went back to thinking about which word ‘sat well with me’ the next day.

I looked a couple up in a thesaurus and one of the jumble of words I found was Align. I added that to the small list.

All that day Align drifted in and out of my mind. I came back to it over and over and it wouldn’t leave my brain so I decided to go with as because it seemed to have picked me.

I have album all ready to go this year, it’s a 8.5 x 11 black American Crafts.

I am enthusiastic and ready. What’s your word?


One Little Word® – thoughts in November


This was a new adventure for me, having a word. I have to admit that it has not been a great success. But I have been listening to Ali every month and after listening to the November video I was inspired to write something down.

I was in tune with what she had to say this month. Her thoughts were along these lines – by choosing your word you expected to learn this instead you leaned this.

By choosing listen I thought I would learn how to listen more to people around me, how to pay more attention and be present. I expected a magic wand.

Instead I learned that I can listen to my heart. And I learned that I am stronger than I thought I was. I learned that this word will stay with me, even if I pick another for next year, I will keep listen close because I like the challenge it brings and I don’t yet feel I have done it justice.

One Little Word – update


It has been a while since I mentioned my little word. Truth be told I am still struggling with this whole process but I’ve been thinking about this subject for weeks now and even though it isn’t tied in directly to the class and my word I think I should write it down because it is nattering inside my brain and in the spirit of listening I am, so here goes.

When I was little I couldn’t grasp the idea that decisions you made didn’t have to be forever. Let me explain.

You embrace change and decide to go and live in the country. Bham! That’s it, you’re gone to the country and can never be a city girl again. Or you go and live abroad and after a few years want to come back but you can’t because you decided to go and live in France and that’s that, or change jobs and that’s it forever, decision made no going back.

I say I thought this way when I was a child but really I still do.

I am not a fan of change. It scares the dickens out of me. My brain runs riot about all the negative things associated with change. How will I cope with something new? Everyone will know how useless I am. I’ll never understand anything about this new computer.

Yes, there are serious self-confidence issues here but also I think, a huge lack of understanding of the bigger picture in life and a lack of understanding of myself?

Of course I can change jobs and if I don’t like it I can look for something else. Or Gav and I could go and live in the country, we could always come back to the city. Nothing is set in stone.

I’ll say it again because writing it down might make me believe it. Nothing is set in stone.

Being brave, having confidence, taking a chance is something I work on perhaps not often enough but hopefully by documenting it here I can keep working on it.

One Little Word – thoughts for February


I am two prompts into the One Little Word class.

So far I have found it a challenge but I have had a couple of successes. I have also realised that this is all up to me. To succeed or fail lays within my hands.

A few things have come from the class that I wanted to write down here, mainly to keep me focused and accountable. And it’s good to get thoughts out and written down.

My intentions with this word are –

  1. To really hear what is said to me. Concentrate on the speaker and consider what they are saying. This was the reason I picked the word ‘listen.’ I felt that I was not hearing people I was too busy waiting for my turn to speak. The other thing to have come from this though is that I need to tune what is going on behind the words too. To understand personalities more.
  2. Listen to the world around me. Not only to pay attention to the sounds I hear like the birdsong or the traffic but the deeper meaning behind the sounds.
  3. Learn to understand the voice in my head. I know, being a mostly selfish soul, that I do listen to my inner wants and needs but sometimes fear downs out the smaller voice that persists but usually gets ignored. Tune into that smaller voice even if I have to get out of my comfort zone.
  4. Hear my body shouting for me to stop making bad food choices. Know that by listening and taking action my body will sing rather than shout!

They are small steps and not earth shattering but I can build on them as I go along. And to be honest if I do these four things I’ll be whooping with joy because one of the things we had to do for the January work in the class was say what we were most afraid of in the coming year. I wrote down that I was most afraid that I wouldn’t be able to change. That even if I could listen more and hear more throughout the year it wouldn’t make any difference to me as a whole. So small steps right?

Oh and I started a board with quotes about listening love all of these words.

This year of 2014


I’ve been reading a lot of blogs recently with talk of goals and new year intentions, inspiring words and ideas for the year ahead.

My brain is buzzing with a mix of those posts and my own desires about 2014. So to try to help I brainstormed, I wrote down things I want to do this year and I wrote things down for my One Little Word assignment, I pondered and panicked that time was ticking and I needed to make a list of goals myself.

Then I stopped.

I think this is a great example of how using my word can help me out here.


I can hear the buzz buzz of ideas but I can also hear that I’m not ready, might not be ready this year, to make a list. Clearly I need more time to work with ideas and hopes and thoughts. And maybe I will get to the point where I’m ready to make a list of them all and maybe I won’t. And you know what? It’s okay.

I am listening little voice. I am listening.

One Little Word

This idea has been around quite a while now. Here is a link to Ali’s post about her word this year.

I have so far resisted the urge to jump into this year-long project. I’m not sure why. I even sat in November 2012 running through words in my head trying them on for size to see if I could live with a word and take it to my heart. It wasn’t right then but it is now.

I saw the word ‘Listen’ on Karen Grunberg’s blog, it shouted out to me and I was hooked into this idea of one little word.

I am excited to begin letting this word sit with me, be with me.

Listen has so much to show me. There is so much to hear if I take the time to tune myself in.

  • Listen to the ones I love.
  • Listen to what people say.
  • Listen to my surroundings.
  • Listen to my heart.
  • Listen to my body.

I literally and figuratively talk to myself constantly. But do I really hear what I say? I think this was my jumping off point, the fact that a big flaw of mine is not actually paying attention. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

My journey with this word is already surprising me and we have only just taken our first step.


That amazing neon sign was commissioned for Radio 4’s Front Row programme.