One Little Word® 2017 | Connect

Another trip around the sun is coming to a close. 

My overwhelming feeling at the end of this year is wholehearted thankfulness. For the whole of it. The hard parts and the easy parts and the parts in between. It's something we can count on - that crazy mixture of highs and lows and normals - throughout the 365 days we call a year in our lives. 

I absolutely loved focusing on the word "whole" as my One Little Word® for 2016. It is a word that I will carry with me for the rest of my life - "open" is another one that I feel strongly about. Whole challenged me in the ways I needed to be challenged and wrapped me up in goodness in so many other ways. I loved asking questions about the different pieces of my own whole and looking deeper into what it means to me to feel "whole." 

It's crazy when I think back on all the words I've had over the years (I started this practice in 2006):

  • Play
  • Peace
  • Vitality
  • Nurture
  • Story
  • Light
  • Up
  • Open
  • Thrive
  • Give
  • Whole

For 2017 I'm choosing to explore my life through the lens of the word "connect."

I'm ending 2016 and beginning 2017 by connecting directly and in person with my immediate family (parents, brother, sister + all their families) at my parents house on the coast. I'm already including "connect" in daily thoughts as I go about the regular stuff of my life - asking myself how I'm connecting with this and that and especially focusing on what I can disconnect from (love the angle of including the opposite of my word). 

This blended family life is offering me a whole lot of opportunities for connection and I don't want to miss those. We've all been sinking in to this "new normal" around here - life is such a series of "new normals" isn't it? We get used to a situation or a piece of our lives and then something changes - for better or worse - and then we are forced (either kicking and screaming or accepting or a crazy combination of those emotions) to adapt to the "new" normal. What I have learned over the last so many years is that we are always riding that wave - either in the beginning or the end or somewhere in between. It is life. It is our life. What we get to choose is how we respond and live through all those moments. 

In 2017 I hope to specifically investigate areas related to connecting with myself, connecting with others (especially family and community), connecting with work, and connecting with nature/outdoors (I feel a strong pull towards that this year). I also plan to focus on the idea of disconnecting in order to make sure I'm living in alignment with my highest values. 

If you'd like to hear me talk more about this topic, check out a new podcast I did earlier this week with Elise about our words from last year and this year. It's a very candid conversation about what's worked and not worked related to both choosing and living with our words. 

My wonderful little heart shown above is from Liz Lamoreux and is called a Whole Heart Pocket Talisman. It's a wonderful way to keep your word close throughout the year. 

SHARE YOUR WORD IN THE COMMENTS

I’d love to read what word you’ve chosen or are considering for 2017. 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: 200720082009201020112012201320142015 and 2016.

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, 2016. I've also created a selection of products to help you document your journey with your word - check those out here (stamps will be restocked later in January and we have a pre-order happening for an additional restock of the blue albums that will arrive in late March/early April). During the One Little Word® 2017 Kick-Off ordering period (between now and 1/31/17), items featured on the One Little Word® 2017 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. LoriLB says…
    12/29/2016

    Invite

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  2. ScrappySaraJane says…
    12/29/2016

    Play.

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  3. nlgeiger says…
    12/29/2016

    Rise

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  4. TeresaVictor says…
    12/29/2016

    My OLW for 2017 is RISE.
    I wanted something to build on 2016's STRENGTH, my favorite since starting this project. ❤ Can't wait to see where it leads.

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  5. DenH says…
    12/29/2016

    The word hygge appears amongst some reading I was doing online. I had no idea what it meant so I researched and discovered (which, incidentally, is my word this year) that it encompasses everything I need to surround myself with in 2017. I want to invite more self- care into my life. I want to focus on creating a comfortable home as we have entered a stage in our lives that invites lots of outside stresses. The act of letting go of these once we enter the home is so important. Finally, I want to focus on creating a positive atmosphere around food; not only for me but for my children, while at the same time nurturing relationships.

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  6. Mjsjackson says…
    12/29/2016

    Believe.

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  7. jenny_t says…
    12/29/2016

    Story

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  8. MommaBean says…
    12/29/2016

    Nourish
    This was actually my word for 2016 too and I don't feel like we are done with each other yet. I focus on a different aspect of my life each month so it has stayed fresh and active for me.

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  9. psu06295 says…
    12/29/2016

    Rise

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  10. nadinekaren says…
    12/29/2016

    Invest. In many things but mostly myself.
    Super excited to be signed up for your workshop.

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  11. pjgoodman says…
    12/29/2016

    I am leaving STRENGTH behind in 2016 and heading into a year of ADVENTURE! As I enter into my eighth year of OLW, I am amazed how my word finds me and throughout the year how the word is the one I needed. This past year saw the loss of my granddaughter, my father and my 14 yo Shih Tzu baby ... oh how STRENGTH was needed. I can only imagine where ADVENTURE will take me 2017!

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  12. Ladydoc says…
    12/29/2016

    I have chosen the word SUSTAIN. Sustainability has been speaking to me a lot but that is not a "little" word. Sustain encompasses that idea and a whole lot more that I want to explore in 2017.

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  13. Square says…
    12/29/2016

    Learn

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  14. scrapbecca says…
    12/29/2016

    My word for 2017 is Transform. I am looking forward to a truly transformative new year!

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  15. jambajuice57 says…
    12/29/2016

    My word this year is CIRCLE. I want to investigate ideas about my family circle, my circle of friends, "circling the wagons" in tough times, and the patterns that seem to reoccur in my life that I have discovered by keeping a 5 year journal and seeing how often the same things pop up at around the same time each year.

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  16. justsooze says…
    12/29/2016

    Serve

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  17. Mrstown says…
    12/29/2016

    Choose...

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  18. geordie281 says…
    12/29/2016

    Enough.

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  19. christinaclouse says…
    12/29/2016

    Care

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  20. rockprincess2010 says…
    12/29/2016

    My word for 2017 will be JOURNEY. I am on the road to self love, healthier living, organizing my home, developing new hobbies and other things so i'm excited to see where this journey will take me this year.

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  21. lilmanmom says…
    12/29/2016

    Fun.

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  22. dmc1231 says…
    12/29/2016

    My past words have been:
    Balance
    Nourish
    Choose
    Grateful

    For 2017, I'm focusing on Light.

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  23. suekaufmann says…
    12/29/2016

    Nourish

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  24. shannonmray says…
    12/29/2016

    Lighten is my word for 2017!

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  25. Ljoque says…
    12/29/2016

    calm

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