One Little Word® 2019 | Habit

Since 2006 I've been choosing a single word to focus on over the course the 12 months from January through December. I call it One Little Word®. It's a personal growth project that uses memory keeping as the vehicle to help us live with intention.

My past words have included: 

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

For 2019 I'm going to focus on the word habit

In selecting a word I'm choosing to use that word as a lens for my year. I'm choosing to get curious about the habits I currently have in place and the habits I might like to adopt. I want to ask questions about why I do certain things and not others and continue getting to the heart of the matter for myself - spending time and energy on the things that matter most vs. the things that matter least. 

One of the habits I want to cultivate most is a "more days than not" yoga practice. I want it to become habit. I have a hard time putting it at the top of my list and I'd like to make that happen this year. 

You're invited to join me in choosing word and working to make it visible in your own life in 2019. 

TAKE A LISTEN

Interested in hearing more? I recently recorded two podcasts with friends as we gear up to 2019 chatting about One Little Word®:

SHARE YOUR WORD IN THE COMMENTS

I’d love to read what word you’ve chosen or are considering for 2019. 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:  20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017 and 2018

JOIN ME IN MAKING OUR WORDS VISIBLE

Since 2011 I've been offering a One Little Word® online workshop that's goal is to help you stay connected to your word throughout the year. It's not complicated and it doesn't take a lot of time. Each month you receive an email reminder to head back to the classroom for some sort of creative prompt/writing reflection. As with most years, the majority of the prompts will be similar to last year as I find that I enjoy the process of doing the same prompts with different words each year - it's never the same. I record all new videos each year that include my personal reflections on the process with my new word.  

You can read all the details about this workshop and sign up here. You can watch a video walkthrough of my past album projects here to get an idea of past prompts. Registration is $5 off until December 31, 2018. I've also created a selection of products to help you document your journey with your word - check those out here.

Also, something new for 2019 is a One Little Word® Journal. If you are looking for different way to connect with your word outside the workshop or as a supplement to your workshop prompts this might be an awesome opportunity to get closer to your word this year. You can read more about it and see additional images here

My wonderful little heart talisman in the photo at the top of this post is from Liz Lamoreux and is available on her site as part of her Pocket Talisman Collection

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  1. Cherylmc says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is Mindful

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  2. virginiegoujon says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is créer (French for create).

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  3. awmommy says…
    12/27/2018

    Believe- I need to learn to Believe in myself more

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  4. K8ebakers says…
    12/27/2018

    My word for 2019 is PRESENT.

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    1. Shannon_Primicerio says…
      12/28/2018

      This was my OLW a few years ago and it really helped me slow down and live in the moment. Enjoy your journey!

  5. deedee58 says…
    12/27/2018

    My word is going to be 'renew'

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  6. CarolAnne says…
    12/28/2018

    FORWARD is my word for 2019.

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  7. psu06295 says…
    12/28/2018

    My word this year is Listen.

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  8. Sherinjoy says…
    12/28/2018

    My word is Trust. I want to Trust my instincts more, and follow my intuition without questioning or doubting my inner wisdom. I want to Trust the moment is enough, that I am enough and my future desires will be provided for when the time comes. Be here now - Trust all is well.

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  9. AmberCA says…
    12/28/2018

    I am choosing JOY

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  10. Linzanize says…
    12/28/2018

    For 2019 I am choosing “ease” which for me means to be aware of the work but not be stressed by it, “at ease”

    I’ve been so excited to see what your word is Ali. Thanks for sharing! This is an awesome class - last year was my first time and I’m hooked!

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  11. fancyscrapper says…
    12/28/2018

    This is my first year to participate in the class, though I’ve been following Ali since Simon was born. Super excited about this year with my word, “FRESH.” I need a fresh year. A fresh outlook and perspective. Fresh walks outside. Fresh food I’ll prepare daily. Fresh mindsets that embrace change and forward movement in life events and attitudes.

    Fresh.

    It’s going to be a great year!———

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  12. sortedscrapper says…
    12/28/2018

    Having found my RHYTHM in 2018, I chose DESIGN for 2019. I want to design a life I love that includes more design through my crafting hobby.

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  13. smultringunn says…
    12/28/2018

    My word is nurture (which I didn't realize until now that you had used before, so right after this I'm totally searching your blog for any and all posts about it!) - I think it will help me take care of myself and my family in the way I need to right now.

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  14. Kegger says…
    12/28/2018

    My word is most likely "Enough" :)

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    1. clair_rigby says…
      12/29/2018

      This was my word for 2018. I've loved the focus I found from keeping it in mind and I'm following it with 'less' for 2019. Hope you have a wonderful year ;)

  15. saawan says…
    12/28/2018

    My word will be CHANGE

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  16. mdnolton2 says…
    12/28/2018

    My OLW for 2019 is Boundaries ;)

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  17. CurlyWiggles says…
    12/28/2018

    This is my first year participating. My word is cultivate. I just bought my first home and I want to spend time cultivating it in to what I want and need it to be. I also want to cultivate better habits and self care practices so that I can manage my anxiety better along with cultivating a more positive attitude. And also cultivate a life I love in general!

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  18. Smartis86 says…
    12/28/2018

    I failed my word "health" in 2018 so I will try again. I would love to use the journal, but I find it too expensive. A digital version of the journal would be awesome. Maybe as an idea... :D

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  19. Keddyo says…
    12/28/2018

    My 2019 OLW is Challenge. I am gong to challenge myself in lots of areas of my life. It is the year I will turn 55 and the year I will run a half marathon.

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  20. kja313 says…
    12/28/2018

    My 2019 OLW is Create... I'm hopeful that it will help me be more creative, but also to create opportunities to move past start - I find I need that extra little push to get momentum. Many thanks to you Ali for sharing your gift!

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  21. Leschrisemy says…
    12/28/2018

    My word for 2019 is Believe.

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  22. CynthiaByTheSea says…
    12/28/2018

    My OLW is PRESENCE. And I have chosen a verse to focus on this year: "I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:8

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  23. SusanBowers says…
    12/28/2018

    My word this year is WHOLE.

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  24. mymcfam4 says…
    12/28/2018

    My word for 2019 is courage.

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  25. dpayne says…
    12/28/2018

    Story is my word.

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