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. leanne_harms says…
    12/30/2015

    Focus

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  2. achristian says…
    12/30/2015

    A few weeks ago the word "discipline' jumped out at me and hasn't let me go since. It's my word, both in the structured sense you get when you hear it, and in the sense that I need to be disciplined about my feelings and resting and allowing myself room, etc... I see myself inviting in productivity and success, but not in a way that will require my word next year to be 'rest'. ;)

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    1. juliee says…
      12/30/2015

      Great word

  3. juliee says…
    12/30/2015

    FORGE - I was explaining the class to my husband this morning and told him I needed to pick a word. The man who totally does not get my crafty side looked at me and said "forge." I asked him why and he didn't know - it was the first word that popped into his head. So I did some research - definition, synonyms, antonyms, quotes - and it is the perfect word for me right now. FORGE - TO MAKE, TO MOVE FORWARD, TO BUILD CONNECTIONS

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    1. iScrap says…
      12/31/2015

      Love this word! Your husband picked a good one! :)

  4. PaigeSF says…
    12/30/2015

    I will be working with AND/&. So many questions, and not many answers, but the word found means I'm excited to explore.

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  5. Natalie_Bartlett says…
    12/30/2015

    OPEN

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  6. RjTjmom says…
    12/30/2015

    Add

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  7. gabi_2 says…
    12/30/2015

    WHOLEHEARTED
    The reason why I've chosen this word has a lot of common with your "whole", Ali.
    Let's do this, I think I'm ready!

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  8. mawoui says…
    12/30/2015

    JOY

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  9. GrumpyGirl says…
    12/30/2015

    Magic

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  10. denisecreates says…
    12/30/2015

    Free

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  11. cherona says…
    12/30/2015

    FAITHFUL. First of all faithful to God. Faithful to my family, and commitments. A faithful friend. Faith-full, that is filled with faith. Faithful to exercise and eat right. Just faithful in every area of my life!

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  12. Donna032 says…
    12/30/2015

    RISE

    Rising to meet the occasion/challenge, rising above, rise and shine, to grow tall...I'm not sure where rise will take me in 2016 since it found me before I could choose anything else but I'm excited to start the adventure!

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  13. Sharyn_LD says…
    12/30/2015

    LIGHT - Lightness, Lighter, Clarity, My "LIGHT". Lighter stuff, Lightness of soul...etc

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  14. ahiggins83 says…
    12/30/2015

    JOY

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  15. Susan28 says…
    12/30/2015

    Experiment

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  16. tinawo says…
    12/30/2015

    'Adventure' - it's going to be! xo

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  17. minkaclark says…
    12/30/2015

    FOCUS - focus on the things that are important to me - my health, my career, my relationship(s), my photography.

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  18. carriecolbert says…
    12/30/2015

    So excited to embark on another OLW journey with you, my friend!

    Carrie
    www.wearwherewell.com

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  19. scrapntx says…
    12/30/2015

    GOALS-In the past years, I have set several GOALS for myself. I have been unable to reach these GOALS because standing in my way of moving forward and reaching my GOALS was none other than......me. Fear, procrastination, lack of focus and lack of motivation has stopped me dead in my tracks from reaching my GOALS. I want to reach my GOALS this year. It has been long overdue.

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  20. Square says…
    12/30/2015

    Light

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  21. JaqueBampi says…
    12/30/2015

    Align
    Align my thoughts, my words, and my actions to my goals.

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  22. sarajeanne12 says…
    12/30/2015

    Joy. Choose joy.

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  23. paperfairykris says…
    12/30/2015

    Explore

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  24. mmcmann says…
    12/30/2015

    Intentional. While I'm a Planner Girl who likes to set goals, list and plan out social activities, my thoughts can be so scattered when trying to have conversations or overwhelmed by the sheer number of "to dos" that I want to be more intentional with my time, my relationships, and my family.

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  25. AmyOwens71 says…
    12/31/2015

    Capture - I want to grab hold and not let go of the following: life, moments, memories, details, happiness, smiles, love, and laughter. I want to not only capture those things (and more I'm sure) but capture pictures and stories of them too.

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