One Little Word® 2016 | Whole

For 2016 I'm going with "whole" as my One Little Word®

Since 2007 I've been choosing (or letting a word choose me) a word to focus on over the course of a year. I love the process of walking with a word for 12-months and seeing how it works in my life. Some years it's been super visible and other years it's been a slow burn below the surface. I tend to choose words that have layers of meanings and can be applied to my life in various ways: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I love learning more about the word throughout the year and taking the opportunity to reflect each month via the process of working on the prompts from the workshop and via taking action on the things I'm inviting into my life. 

If you are interested in hearing me talk more about One Little Word® and my choice of word this year, check out my friend Elise's Get Crafty podcast where we both share our words for 2016 and talk about our experiences living with a word. She also includes a link in the show notes to a past episode where we talked about the process as well.  

A lot of times I begin my year with a question or two related to my word. This year my questions to myself are this: 

What does it mean to be whole? What does that look like and feel like? 

I'm interested in investigating "the pieces of the whole." What are the pieces of my own life that work together to create the "whole" and in what areas do I need to be letting go and in what areas do I need to hang on tighter to create a more "whole" life for myself? And where does acceptance fit into this? Lots of great questions for me to explore and wrestle with and ponder and learn from. 

I'm also interested in investigating more emphasis on whole foods - maybe try Whole 30. And I want to continue making yoga a priority as I work on the "whole" of myself - the physical, the mental & emotional, etc. 

Two specific quotes that are resonating with me related to "whole": 

“I am a broken person. And I know exactly where my cracks are and how deep they run. I don't pretend to not be a broken person and therein lies the big difference. Because the truth is, we are all broken in places, but it is those who know exactly where and how they are broken, who also know exactly where and how they are whole! And we may not be whole in all places and in all ways, but we take whatever wholeness that we do have, and we make good of it. And we try hard to work on the broken parts, and we ask for help when we need it.” - C. JoyBell C.

“I want to die living. And I want to be remembered as one who lived with purpose, joy and feeling. I want to spend my time learning what goes into a whole and happy life, then building that life the best I can.” - Steve Goodier

Some years I'm super clear at the start what I want to invite my life and what I want to work on throughout the year. This year is less concrete but feels "just right" for 2016. Remember, there is really never a perfect word - there are any number of words that can work for any one of us in our lives at a given time - don't get hung up on choosing something perfect. 

I have no idea what will happen in my life in 2016. I know, because I've been around the block a time or two, that it will likely be a mixture of awesome and tough - those beautiful highs and lows that we all experience throughout the course of a year. My hope is that this word will play a role in my continuing quest to fully live the length and width of my life. 

Let's do this. 

PS | The lovely "whole" heart talisman featured in the photo above is from my friend Liz Lamoreux's Soul Mantra shop. She'll make one for you too - order a custom bracelet, necklace, or talisman here.  

SHARE YOUR WORD THE COMMENTS

I’d love to read what word you’ve chosen or are considering for 2016. 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: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 20132014, and 2015.

JOIN ME IN MAKING OUR WORDS VISIBLE

To help keep your One Little Word® more visible throughout the year I offer a year-long workshop featuring one creative prompt per month. Read all the details and sign up here. Registration is $5 off until December 31, 2015. I've also created a selection of products to help you document your journey with your word - check those out here. During the One Little Word® 2016 Kick-Off ordering period (between now and 1/31/16), items featured on this One Little Word® 2016 page are eligible for free shipping domestic and $5 international. If you add any other items from the shop to your cart, normal shipping rates will apply to those additional items.

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  1. TStartari says…
    01/01/2016

    >>PURGE<<
    Excess weight, useless items cluttering my home, debt, underemployment.....big things coming in 2016!

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  2. Mhaselti says…
    01/01/2016

    Happy New Year!! So excited to share my 8th word....SELAH! I blogged about it here...http://1gratefulteacher.blogspot.com/2016/01/2016-new-year-holiday-traditions-and.html

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    1. SusanUsry says…
      01/01/2016

      I had this as my word the very first year! It was a great word. Good luck with it.

    2. robyns says…
      01/02/2016

      This is a beautiful word. Have you ever listened to the band Selah? Not knowing your background...They have some pretty songs. An old song Bring the Rain by Mercy Me was used by the lead singer's (Todd Smith)wife Angie Smith as the title to her blog. They have an amazing story. Anyhow I think you have picked a very awesome word for 2016.

  3. Yvonnewithawhy says…
    01/01/2016

    My word for 2016 is embody.

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  4. mtercha says…
    01/01/2016

    Changed mine. It's compassion. I'm feeling I need to investigate this word. I felt I had a large hit to my extreme pride. Not asking another soul for help around here,etc, then being rendered completely helpless. I think I've been given a lesson. And I'm thinking compassion better fits. Definitely for myself, I need to be compassionate towards myself, and to feel it like you can't imagine. But I need to share that outwardly,too. Very interested in learning more about this word. Michelle t

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  5. cornybeard says…
    01/01/2016

    Courage.

    It's time to stop burying my head in the sand over everything and believe in myself.

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  6. iccarrion says…
    01/01/2016

    Balance. I have struggled to regain it for the past two years and in the last quarter of 2015 I finally did. I want to learn how to live with it, and most importantly, keep it, and there are still areas of my life where I need to work on it.

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  7. jdaloisio says…
    01/01/2016

    Magic. I'd like to invite more magic into my life, and to look for the magic that is already there. To be in the moment and appreciate all that I have.

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  8. tlcaudle says…
    01/01/2016

    I wasn't sure I was going to have a word, but it kind of came to me. This year I'm choosing "CREATE", because I do want to create more and turn my ideas in to things I can see and feel, but also because I want to Create happiness, for myself and those around me and I want to create a whole list of other things, but I'll save that for my album! Excited to be part of this adventure again this year!

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  9. amiep says…
    01/01/2016

    My word came to me this morning and so it is new and I have not yet begun to explore the possibilities of "CARE". This is my 9th word as I started this journey with a word each year in 2008.

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  10. retromom says…
    01/01/2016

    My word is CHANGE. I want to change my eating and fitness habits, change my reading habits, change some areas around my home (as in decluttering and organizing), change my moods, change from stay-at-home mom to work-at home-mom, and embrace this change-of-life season that I've entered...(Hello perimenopause!) So yeah, CHANGE... I was fighting this word for a few days, but I know, without a doubt, it's the right one for me this year!

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  11. ScrapperJenn says…
    01/01/2016

    Focus. I need to focus more on my work, myself, and my relationships. That is my word this year. :)

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  12. Maria_Baer says…
    01/01/2016

    Mine is simplicity. after a year of change and the start of new journeys, I am craving simplicity. :)

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  13. TheHazelGennie says…
    01/01/2016

    This year, my word is SPEAK. I shared my reasons for selecting the word in a recent blog post. (http://thehazelgennie.com/2016/01/01/one-little-word-speak/) Happy New Year!

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  14. Roxanne24 says…
    01/01/2016

    Believe.

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  15. Brendazzle says…
    01/01/2016

    Last year was Hope (which was sorely needed). This year, I am going with Joy.

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  16. tisrael says…
    01/01/2016

    Mine came to me yesterday. I'm going with "free." Free myself of burdens, feel free to make changes both drastically and small. Free to rewrite what I call my life. Free to move on to better things. Free to feel happy.

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  17. dgatmon says…
    01/02/2016

    Build. It is much like your quote for me - continuing to learn what it means for me to live a happy and whole life and putting my energy into building it this year the best that I can.

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  18. Els_Brig says…
    01/02/2016

    Build

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    1. dgatmon says…
      01/02/2016

      Hi!
      You are the first person I have seen so far that also has the word build.
      Let me know if you have any interest in connecting as a "word buddy" and supporting each other with our word via facebook or e-mail.
      Dafna

  19. Sandra_Lomas says…
    01/02/2016

    my 2016 word is all in, as in sold out or commit. i want to be all in with all my love and all my heart in every thing i commit to. i want to learn to push through every commitment i make.

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  20. Skat says…
    01/02/2016

    Grace-my word slowly crept up on me over the last few months and one day I said, oh, "grace" is my new word. Strength was last years and it was powerful, so the change to grace seems natural.

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  21. oxygenmomma says…
    01/02/2016

    Create

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  22. robyns says…
    01/02/2016

    Begin.

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  23. gina200 says…
    01/02/2016

    I'm pretty sure I'm going with SHINE this year. It came to me in October so I'm going to go with it.

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  24. AnnetteH says…
    01/02/2016

    Wild has been calling me and I'm excited to embrace it and see where it leads!

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  25. alaynac says…
    01/02/2016

    Give. This year is going to be a full one with a lot of challenges and throughout it all I want to remember to give - give time, give attention, give myself a break, give the benefit of the doubt...

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