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. thesoulofhope says…
    12/31/2015

    My word this year is Whole as well.

    I resonated with this paragraph from an article that helped guide me to the word:

    There is a phrase, “the cracks are where the light gets in”, and in my own journey and the journey of the countless others I’ve worked with this has proven true. When your heart is broken into a million pieces, and brought back together with the loving attention you pour into it, it becomes even more beautiful. The Japanese practice an art called Kintsugi, which is where broken vessels are pieced back together with resin. The resin is then sprinkled with gold, silver or platinum powder to make the places where the cracks were repaired shine. The cracks are not something to hide, nor is a broken vessel something to be discarded. Rather, the Japanese see the cracks as a symbol of having existed on this planet.
    http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/10/when-your-heart-breaks/

    I loved the idea of letting light in the cracks (light was my word for 2015) and making something that is beautifully WHOLE but with the scars of growth it took to get there shining out, they led me to where I am and should not be hidden. I want to piece myself together, making myself whole in all aspects of my life (health, emotional, spiritual, heart, etc), while knowing that if something cracks again, it does not detract from my being whole, just needs some attention and will only add to my wholeness.

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    1. Roxanne24 says…
      01/01/2016

      This is simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    2. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
      01/02/2016

      Love this. WHOLE was my word i 2014..I still carry it with me and even add bits and pieces to the prompts ... I love what you shared, feel like it will help me feel more whole as I go through 2016 with my newest word, Nourish. Thanks.

  2. mandalei says…
    12/31/2015

    Delight!

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  3. swcarey says…
    12/31/2015

    FOCUS. My mantra this year is "Tell stories: family history, scrapbooks, quilts"

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  4. smross17 says…
    12/31/2015

    wisdom

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  5. tbaknits says…
    12/31/2015

    Trust myself
    Trust the world

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  6. honkala4 says…
    12/31/2015

    Celebrate- every moment

    JoAnn

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  7. ciiwii says…
    12/31/2015

    POSITIV (german for positive)

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  8. Bookworm says…
    12/31/2015

    IMMERSION -- I see this as a way of capturing the ideas of (a) being present in the moment (less multitasking) (b) focusing for longer periods of time, whether it's finishing work that needs to be done, or reading for hours, or losing myself in creative pursuits (c) a reminder to appreciate the people in my life and to soak in that things will not always remain exactly as they are right now.

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  9. princesscarriek21 says…
    12/31/2015

    Habit
    I need to establish habits this year and bring some order to the chaos

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  10. Aoide says…
    12/31/2015

    Hush

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  11. katyscrap says…
    12/31/2015

    Mine is BALANCE.

    To work on finding a balance in my life this year - spending vs saving; working vs playing; me time vs housework; exercise vs indulgence

    My past words:

    BEGIN
    CREATE
    BUILD

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  12. Alexis_Aragona says…
    12/31/2015

    This is my first time doing the OLW workshop, but not my first time choosing a word. However, this word just kept floating up to the surface for me several times, especially when I kept waffling between it and another word. In the end, I realized I could take it beyond what it "usually" describes, and I chose STRONG :)

    STRONG physically, emotionally, mentally, skills-wise
    STRONG enough to endure, persist, create, do, let go

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  13. LizNelson says…
    12/31/2015

    In 2016 my word is GROW. Last October, I got married and now have three step-children so I think GROW is really important as I enter this new phase of my life.

    So my goal for 2016 is to:
    GROW as a person
    GROW in my relationship with Steve & with GOD
    Foster GROWTH in our family with new traditions, memories & experiences
    GROW in my new job and in a new company after 16 years of being employed at the same company
    GROW by doing things that feel uncomfortable

    Looking forward to watching this journey unfold and all the opportunities that it presents.

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  14. melissamarie says…
    12/31/2015

    Committed

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  15. LisaWilkins says…
    12/31/2015

    Oh, Ali. What a poignant word. I've been doing One Little Word with you for many years. We lost our oldest son in 2011 at 23 years old. Since the first January after we lost him, my words have changed and reflect a journey and growth I never expected.

    The first year, it was Breathe.
    In 2013, it was Heal.
    In 2014, it was Courage.
    This year it was Peace.

    My word for 2016 is Accept.

    Peace and comfort to you.

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  16. gdtch4 says…
    12/31/2015

    After spending 2015 being Brave, I am taking the next step. In 2016 I hope to FLOURISH.

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  17. christinao1970 says…
    12/31/2015

    Intrepid
    I enter into 2016 with no fear
    I am brave and can't wait to see where it takes this traveler

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  18. little01jd says…
    12/31/2015

    RELEASE
    This word came to me a few weeks ago after reading one of your posts and "searching" for the perfect word. Some things happened during that week and then the word just revealed itself to me. I need to learn to release some control, some things and learn to release myself from fear as well~

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  19. stephraek says…
    12/31/2015

    I'm going with Wander. I want to give myself permission to see, do, dream, love, live. And sometimes you have to wander in order to do that.

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  20. Surcie says…
    12/31/2015

    Love

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    1. dawnmi says…
      01/01/2016

      It's my word too, nice to see another one with it.

  21. Jill_C says…
    12/31/2015

    This year for me it is Bloom.
    Lots of work and growing done in 2015 and hoping for a Bloom year in 2016!

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  22. jenrn says…
    12/31/2015

    Order.

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  23. mariesheil says…
    12/31/2015

    Epicurean

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  24. nvarner says…
    12/31/2015

    Rise!

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  25. bookemper says…
    12/31/2015

    Journey

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