Sunday, January 28, 2018

01/28/18 - OLW?

Hello there!
How has 2018 been treating you so far?
So far so good...hopefully!

Today I wanted to talk about "One Little Word" or "OLW" as it's also known.

Before I go into what I want to say about it, I want to explain OLW to those of you who do not know what it is.
It was created by Ali Edwards, Scrapbooker Extraordinaire, and this is how she explains it (copied from her website):

"What is One Little Word®?

In 2006 I began a tradition of choosing one word for myself each January—a word to focus on, to live with, to investigate, to write about, to craft with, and to reflect upon as I go about my daily life. These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another—a process I document via simple creative monthly prompts from January to December."

In case you're more of a visual person, here's the link to her site:
Ali Edwards OLW


Get the concept?

Now for my story.

I tried OLW, once!
And it was a fail!
What did I fail at? Following the workshop...
I paid for it, did like one prompt and then that was it...
I was done!
I realized though I love the concept of OLW I am not a "prompt" type of girl.
I need freedom to explore things my way and workshops and prompts are just way to stifling!

I have not approached OLW since then...whatever year that was (I can't remember!).

But this year as I was seeing posts for OLW I decided maybe I can still participate.
'Choose' a word and use it in my own way.
And as I thought about it and continued to read the various OLW posts, and see what words others were choosing, my word finally just came to me!
That's when I knew I had to do SOMETHING OLW related this year!

I do not know yet what my OLW journey will consist of but...
I do have my word and that's a great start!
The fact that a word came to me, chose me, tells me I'm meant to do something w/ it!

So what's my word?
Well, actually it's 2 words.
Two words that I feel go well together when I think about what they mean to me and how I need to incorporate them into my life:


They even have the same amount of letters! #WINNING
And I do feel they CHOOSE me, which is the way it's generally supposed to work w/ OLW.

Now I need to figure out why (though I kinda know) and how I will use them.

Thanks for reading my rambling!
I would love to know if you are participating in OLW this year, whether officially or unofficially (like me) and what your word is!
Please leave me a comment below.
Thank you!


  1. Love it! I had my own less/more struggle in choosing my OLW that I'm sure you read about, and it never occurred to me that I could use both! It is so powerful when your word presents itself. I am already feeling the positive effects of BELIEVE and we're only one month into the year. I can't wait to hear about your journey with Less/More!

  2. I will be "unofficially" doing OLW like you! I have picked a word for the past several years and do pretty good - at least for a while! This year my word is "mindful" - I want to be more mindful of everything! I feel like I get so caught up in just going through the motions and this year I want to change that.

  3. LOVE it!!!!!!! And ironically, my word is pretty much LESS too! :)

  4. Love the words you choose! I am so happy you are participating! It will be such a fun journey!

  5. Good luck! Can't wait to see your album :D


Thanks for all your comments!!! They really mean a lot to me!!!