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. onegoodday4 says…
    12/30/2015

    Begin.

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  2. finleydr says…
    12/30/2015

    cherish

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    1. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
      12/30/2015

      Love this word!

  3. randataylor says…
    12/30/2015

    Seek

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  4. Onabear says…
    12/30/2015

    DO

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    1. donna10 says…
      01/04/2016

      Me too!

  5. Esk74 says…
    12/30/2015

    Brave.
    (Actually it's the Dutch word 'dapper', but it translates roughly with 'brave'.)

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  6. Judi2 says…
    12/30/2015

    My word for 2016 JOURNEY

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  7. LisaMacfarlane says…
    12/30/2015

    ADVENTURE I am building on my last two years words - Do, just do it and Mindful, live in the now, be present, aware, celebrate and be thankful. I feel I am ready to push myself out of my comfort zone and really live and not let fear or complacency stop me from doing all the things I want to do. It is the year to go out of my comfort zone, push myself and have FUN. I want a no regrets life and I want to model this for my son as he grows up in life (:

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  8. LakeLady8186 says…
    12/30/2015

    Embrace is my word for 2016 -- a bit scary as I don't know what is out there waiting to be embraced. Looking forward to my working my word.

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  9. LMcGE says…
    12/30/2015

    TRUST. We have had a tough few years with serious health issues, in 2016 I am going to trust that all will be well.

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  10. abragg79 says…
    12/30/2015

    After much deliberation and back and forth of lots of words swimming in my head, I've decided on ALLOW. I originally thought LIVE (for both obvious and not obvious reasons) but ALLOW seemed more important to me. I need to allow myself to accept the way things are. I need to allow myself to feel the feelings that flood me and to express them as I see fit. I need to allow myself the permission to let go of things that would normally anger me. I think this is going to be important to me in 2016. I also look forward to see how it presents itself outside of myself.

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    1. mtercha says…
      12/30/2015

      This gives me pause...what you said gives me much to think about. Thank you for putting it into words.

    2. juliee says…
      12/30/2015

      Great word

    3. iScrap says…
      12/31/2015

      That's a good word and I love your thoughts on its meaning. Wishing a great 2016 for you.

  11. amygleason says…
    12/30/2015

    MYSELF...which at first sounds terribly selfish but was inspired by this quote:

    I'm working on myself...
    By myself...
    For myself.

    2016 continues my journey through separation and divorce, helping my children adjust to a new normal, and being patient enough with myself to realize that everything will take time, tears, dedication, and strength.

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    1. vicki_dalton says…
      12/30/2015

      LOVE IT!

    2. mtercha says…
      12/30/2015

      Nothing in this workshop is selfish. Don't think that.

    3. juliee says…
      12/30/2015

      I considered "me" - if I had seen that quote I might just have picked it. Good luck.....

  12. estradpao says…
    12/30/2015

    AWE. I want to seek out experiences that fill me with wonder and inspiration as well as admire and respect the moments that are already there in every day life.

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  13. vicki_dalton says…
    12/30/2015

    MOVE
    (I gotta loose some weight)

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  14. Nita27 says…
    12/30/2015

    TIME, because time is a magic word. If I have time I can give attention to everthing and everyone who need some. Family-time, time with friends, working-time and last but not least time and care for me...

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  15. nicolemann9 says…
    12/30/2015

    CHOOSE. Lately I feel like I have been reacting to things, or just going about life and negative habits because that is 'just the way things are'. I want to remind myself that I can choose to be positive instead of negative, choose to eat more healthy today rather than tell myself I will start next week, choose to start doing yoga/exercising rather than sit at my computer and accomplish nothing all evening, etc. I'm excited to start choosing to make some differences in my life :)
    PS - love reading through everyone else's words!

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    1. iScrap says…
      12/31/2015

      That was my word for 2015 and it served me well. Wishing you luck with this in 2016!

  16. Carolyn_andthenthey says…
    12/30/2015

    CHOOSE!

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  17. Michelle06 says…
    12/30/2015

    COMPLETE

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  18. sgalvin says…
    12/30/2015

    Courage. This year I'm taking on greater responsibilities at work, but also in my personal life, and this word seems to have chosen me.

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  19. tinka323 says…
    12/30/2015

    CHANGE is my word for 2016. It kinda slapped me in the face and made me realize that the reason I didn't really succeed with my previous words (achieve, reduce, focus/do, and discipline) is because that success wasn't possible without making serious and committed changes in my behavior and my attitude. I am really excited for the coming year and have actually started implementing small changes that will allow me to finally achieve my goals and intentions! 2016 is going to be MY year!

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    1. Alismth57 says…
      12/30/2015

      I'm so glad you shared your word @tinka323! Having a somewhat idea of what my year looks like for 2016 I couldn't decide between a couple different words. CHANGE sums them all up. Thanks!

  20. jensuggs says…
    12/30/2015

    My word is WHOLE as well! My life became very subdivided between two jobs and in attending to two households. I am reminding myself to keep the parts together without forgetting to nurture the Whole.

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  21. leesicam says…
    12/30/2015

    My word is CREATE. It's time to say good-bye to some habits that aren't serving me well and to develop routines that will serve me much better. These habits are related to emotional, spiritual and physical health, doing a better job of maintaining long distance friendships and a few other things. I cannot wait to see how this word and I will evolve.

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  22. lherrick says…
    12/30/2015

    Meaningful. It just kept raising its hand and saying, "pick me, pick me."

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  23. Kimberly_White says…
    12/30/2015

    Connect

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  24. linmarie says…
    12/30/2015

    PRACTICE
    practice healthy, practice flexibility, practice being kinder (to myself!), practice deep breaths, practice letting go of limitations...already, lots of questions on my current daily practices and what new practices mean.
    (that quote from C JoybellC!! keeping that one)

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  25. Beejay22 says…
    12/30/2015

    My word last year did not work for me. It was tough. I choose "simplify" but my world got more complicated with aging parents and an illness suffered by my brother. Now this coming year I need to work on me. Getting to the "whole" of me by setting small goals/intentions to become a better me. So like Ali I have picked "whole" as my word. I need to work on various parts of me that make up the "whole" me so I can be there for my parents and brother.

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    1. juliee says…
      12/30/2015

      Hope you have a better year

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