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. karynprice1 says…
    12/28/2018

    Love {HABIT}!!! I chose {PAUSE} for my word this year. Can’t wait to embark on this journey for my second year!

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  2. lauraellen4 says…
    12/28/2018

    Similar to your word, I chose ROUTINE.
    I want to establish regular routines in my life to help me take small steps towards my goals, along the lines of Julia Cameron's concept of filling the form.
    This is my first year doing OLW. I'm nervicited!

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  3. Maxpuppy says…
    12/28/2018

    My word just came to me now - thrive.

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  4. MoniquevB says…
    12/28/2018

    Grip. It's a word that is similar in Dutch and English.

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  5. Greandmashe says…
    12/28/2018

    My OLW is Embrace. This is my first time and I am excited to be joining in. I have always been quite reserved and introvert, I want to Embrace, new ideas, friendships, a healthier lifestyle and much, much more. Unfortunately I am unable to purchase the kits involved due to prohibiting postal and customs costs. But it will not stop me enjoying the class and the digital kits .
    Here’s to Embracing 2019 and having a wonderful new start.

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  6. ArlaMo says…
    12/28/2018

    My word for 2019 is CENTER/CENTERED with MEEK as companion word (meek as in gentle and humble.)

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  7. JilC says…
    12/28/2018

    Looking forward to listening to the podcasts about "habit"--such a great word. My word for 2019 is "choose." It chose me! I love this project so much--thank you for your workshop, guidance, and inspiration, Ali.

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  8. Amandainuk says…
    12/28/2018

    My word will be SLOW. This follows from Grow, Balance and Build. Cant believe this will be my fourth year already!

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  9. snhackett328 says…
    12/28/2018

    This is my 8th year actively participating in this process, and it has brought about some significant changes for me and my relationships. Last year my word was "Play," as I started a new chapter with an empty nest. For 2019, my word is "Refresh," which is defined as "give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate." For me, this means going back to some healthy habits and reinvigorating those that bring me the most joy. Looking forward to another year of participating!

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  10. Sanran says…
    12/28/2018

    My OLW for 2019 is ART...focusing on, enjoying, learning about all kinds of art.. .from museums and city sculptures to book and magazine covers.

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  11. sparkle says…
    12/28/2018

    ReThink

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  12. Marjorie says…
    12/28/2018

    My word for 2019 is Practice

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    1. cwohlt says…
      12/30/2018

      oh I like this word practice. I could see myself exploring this word some year.

  13. themorningdew1 says…
    12/28/2018

    2019: bold 💪🏻

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  14. dpowersfabian says…
    12/28/2018

    I'm waffling between "see" and "broken"...I'm leaning toward "see."

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  15. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    12/28/2018

    Uh oh .... I was so sure I would go with "notice" - I've even posted my reason why here ... but suddenly the word "faith" is knocking on my heart. I am having a hard time with some life circumstances that have me feeling sad and that I don't have much control over changing. Maybe "faith" is the word I really need the most. I'm gonna sleep on it.

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  16. mdp367 says…
    12/28/2018

    Journey

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  17. donna_is_sunshine says…
    12/28/2018

    Vitality

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  18. Netleigh says…
    12/29/2018

    I'm choosing Refine for 2019.

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  19. alicec says…
    12/29/2018

    My word for 2019 is Believe.

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  20. feona says…
    12/29/2018

    This will be my third year doing OLW. The first year my word was Journey. The second year my word was Courage. For 2019 my word is going to be Flourish.

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  21. jemi says…
    12/29/2018

    My Word this year is Plan. Not with a Planner or all kinds of goal-oriented products. During my 6th year of retirement, I need to get a grip on rejoicing in "not having to" and getting a focus on what is most important to me. I cannot imagine a year without a Word. Thank you, Ali.

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  22. mlundy5 says…
    12/29/2018

    I want to be determined to do better in all aspects of my life in 2019. So I chose the word Steadfast.

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  23. MaggieR says…
    12/29/2018

    I can't wait to begin. I was planning on another word, but IMPROVE has been calling to my soul for the last few days, so I'm going to see how many ways I can level up in 2019. <3 Always room for improvement!

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  24. Keahi says…
    12/29/2018

    Looking forward to the classes! My word for 2019 is Empower.

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  25. clair_rigby says…
    12/29/2018

    My #olw for 2019 will be LESS. I chose ENOUGH for 2018 and have learnt a lot about what I really need to live a fulfilled life. I considered keeping the same word for 2019, but then realised that I could continue the journey with a narrower focus. I'm really happy with my choice!

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