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. tsocheda says…
    12/30/2015

    Be

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  2. meegs says…
    12/30/2015

    Breathe.

    I think I'm going to be using a dandelion as my symbol- so many possibilities with that and breathe. Letting go, going with the (air) current, being light, being part of nature, using breath to change your course, etc.

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    1. iScrap says…
      12/30/2015

      Love the idea of a dandelion - I was thinking of using it for my word "light" too.

    2. angymuse says…
      12/30/2015

      this is was my word for 2015... love it sooo much. it was more of a stopping to simply inhale and exhale and see how i see things different after just breathing.

      i hope it takes you somewhere amazing!

    3. princessmemo says…
      12/30/2015

      Love the idea of having a symbol for your word!

    4. deedee328 says…
      12/30/2015

      I really like how your symbol embodies many of the meanings you have for your word this year.

  3. courteousliving says…
    12/30/2015

    Space.

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  4. pamela123d says…
    12/30/2015

    cherish

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  5. Micheledallaire says…
    12/30/2015

    My word is Focus. In 2015 I started an Empowerment Coaching for women online business. I feel I need to focus more on how I can help other women rise to their greatest potential.

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  6. nlgeiger says…
    12/30/2015

    Fly

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  7. AWilliams says…
    12/30/2015

    Light. This year I want to feel lighter--stop stressing over everything and feel free. This year I want to allow more light into my life by building relationships with those that I love. This year I want to be physically lighter--eat clean again, exercise and get feeling good and healthy again. This year I want to allow more light and love into my life. As I sit here typing this up one word keeps popping up into my head...and its free. Perhaps I would like to be free. Free from stress, free from being so hard on myself, free from negativity and simply be Free to live. I may just have to have two words this year. Light and Free. I think I am leaning towards free...

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    1. princessmemo says…
      12/30/2015

      Every year a companion word comes along on the journey with my main word. In 2015 my main word was build, but release attached itself to me right away. In order to build I ended up having to release a lot. This year my word is margins, and for some reason listen is the companion word. I am excited to find out what that is all about in the coming year. Cheers!

  8. craftyjenschow says…
    12/30/2015

    My word this year is SHARE. I'm excited about the ways this word can work into my life and the ways it can manifest. I've thought about how I can share goodness online, share truth, share more of myself, share my talents, share kindness, etc. I'm super excited!

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  9. Joelaw says…
    12/30/2015

    Decrease

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  10. klamb67 says…
    12/30/2015

    Love.

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  11. dianelynn5 says…
    12/30/2015

    Thrive

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  12. lauraedwards says…
    12/30/2015

    Peace

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  13. 8jacqueline says…
    12/30/2015

    Nourish!

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  14. smultringunn says…
    12/30/2015

    My word is grow. I feel like there's so much untapped potential in my life and fear/anxiety/low self-esteem has been holding me back. This is the year I'll grow.

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  15. jambajuice57 says…
    12/30/2015

    Grace. I want to recognize grace when I receive it, respond to others with grace, to become more graceful in so many ways...

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  16. jvpartlo says…
    12/30/2015

    Rise - I want to rise back up from the things that weighed me down this past year - losing 2 loved ones, my mom's heart attack, the challenges of getting older and being far from family. I want to support myself and find the support I need to feel light again.

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  17. briel says…
    12/30/2015

    Generous

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  18. JeanneMurawski says…
    12/30/2015

    Renew

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  19. northcarmen says…
    12/30/2015

    Cultivate :)

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  20. NEM1 says…
    12/30/2015

    build

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    1. princessmemo says…
      12/30/2015

      Hi! I had build last year, and oh my goodness what focus that word gave me. I ended up decluttering the whole house-to build a homey place for my family, I built my business instrength and numbers, and even started a second business. I saved more money this past year then ever before and built stronger friendships and memories. I hope you have the same kind of positive experience with the strong word you chose, or that choose you Cheers!

  21. kearaflynn says…
    12/30/2015

    PRESENT. Both in the sense of living in the moment, and in how I present myself on a daily basis.

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  22. Smylee87 says…
    12/30/2015

    Home

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  23. Dcorder says…
    12/30/2015

    wAnder/wOnder - I'm picking one word with interchangeable vowels. For me "two little words" is the way to go this year. I have to say I've debated a lot about OLW for 2016. I can't say I did any of the prompts in 2015. But my word (Mindful) was always with me - and in the end I think that's more important. I don't need to document it. However, I did sign-up again this year. You never know...maybe I'll WANDER down to the craft room more this year. (GRIN)

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  24. micmagcan says…
    12/30/2015

    My word is GO. My 17 year old daughter is also joining in with me this year and her word is HAPPY.

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  25. stitchoutsidetheditch says…
    12/30/2015

    EXPLORE

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