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. Becky_C says…
    12/28/2018

    My 2019 word is Choices.

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  2. tshaw says…
    12/28/2018

    My 2019 word is SOFTEN

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  3. jocelynk says…
    12/28/2018

    Embrace is my OLW for 2019! I am looking forward to embracing this process even more this year!

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  4. northcarmen says…
    12/28/2018

    My word is “vessel”.

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  5. sophie3832 says…
    12/28/2018

    My word is ‘Renew’ I want to use this OLW to take a fresh look at my life and renew my approach to how I live and seek what’s important.

    Can’t wait to get started!!!!

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  6. CharitySorrells says…
    12/28/2018

    breathe

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  7. helenhigh says…
    12/28/2018

    So thankful for the One Little World process and all that goes into it. I'm not certain yet if I am going to participate this year yet, but my word just came to me recently and it is: Simple. There are a lot of positive things I thought about with this word, but there are some negative perceptions that I think I would enjoy exploring as well.
    Thank you for pushing me to think about a word to guide me into 2019!

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  8. Shannon_Primicerio says…
    12/28/2018

    This is my sixth year participating and my word is gather. We moved to a new home last month and I want to use the space for gathering and connection. I also want to complete a project I started in 2018 and gather all of my husband’s childhood photos, as well as mine, and digitize them. I am sure there will also be ways this word surprises me too.

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  9. amynzoe1515 says…
    12/28/2018

    My 2019 word is CREATE.

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  10. Shauna says…
    12/28/2018

    My word this year is WAIT.
    As in: WAIT, do you really want to say that?
    WAIT, do you really want to do that?
    WAIT, do you really want to eat that? (!)
    WAIT for the proper timing.
    Learn how to quietly WAIT for others to figure things out on their own journey.
    etc.

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  11. katyscrap says…
    12/28/2018

    My OLW is TODAY - Each day is a new beginning. I want to cherish each and every day, not worry about the future. I want to make the most of the 24 hours that I am given. Each day is a gift and I don't ever want to take it for granted. I want to make the most I can from each day.

    I'm excited to see what I can learn and accomplish from this word.

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  12. briel says…
    12/28/2018

    Thank you again for this incredible project. I love it so!
    My 2019 word is celebrate.

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  13. ThePriestsWife says…
    12/28/2018

    My word is shed! This is my first year here and am super excited. I want to shed all the unnecessary junk in my house and in my life. Also shed is like a pouring forth. I'm taking on some projects that will allow me to do that. More on that some other time. Cheers to 2019!

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  14. ribosome13 says…
    12/28/2018

    Breathe. I'm looking forward to using the journal this year!

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  15. EllenC says…
    12/28/2018

    My word for 2019 is ease!

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  16. Taralg says…
    12/28/2018

    I am choosing CONNECT this year and like to choose a quote to help guide me on my word journey each year. This year my quote is
    CULTIVATE A CONNETION TO YOUR HEART and that’s what I want to work on- connecting to my heart and myself after a busy 10 years of having small children, I finally feel it’s starting to be time to get back to myself❤️

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  17. boolies says…
    12/28/2018

    I've been following you with a word since the beginning. For 2019 I am going to be FEARLESS!

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  18. mtercha says…
    12/28/2018

    My word is grow.

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  19. Beejay22 says…
    12/28/2018

    commit - why do I always commit and follow through when I make commitments with others but I don't with myself. Making commitments and following through with myself this year.

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  20. princessmemo says…
    12/28/2018

    Strengthen. My body, my eating habits, my relationships, and my business. Companion word...discipline. Thanks Ali, for the ongoing inspiration. Happy New Year!

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  21. Jeannew says…
    12/28/2018

    My word is Becoming. It’s been percolating for a month or so. I will become an empty nester in 2019 and I feel it will help me growin this transition to a new stage of life.

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  22. Scrapriverview says…
    12/28/2018

    My word is flow... getting into alignment with purpose
    Lesley Baker

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  23. Cllapham says…
    12/28/2018

    Open. I don't like choosing words that Ali has already used for OLW, but Open really is the word I need and would like to explore this year.

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  24. cherrytree says…
    12/28/2018

    My word for 2019 is
    NUDGE
    I want to make small changes and remind myself to work toward my goals.
    I have take great leaps in the past and have struggled. In 2019, I am going to give myself a nudge and sneak up of my goals.

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  25. Jennifer_P says…
    12/28/2018

    I have chosen the word "Intentional".
    I want to be more intentional in my thoughts and actions.

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