Image courtesy of Ali Edwards.
This will be my fourth year with the One Little Word project.
I first read about this from Ali Edwards blog. She encouraged me to pick a word that would be a guiding force for the year.
My first word, in 2008, was Create.
I loved that word. For that year, I was ALL about creating. I created new experiences for my baby Kylie. I created a lot of love with Karen. I created a loving home in Portland. I created tons of scrapbook pages. I created lots of knitted projects. It was a fantastic word that truly motivated me throughout the year.
My second word, in 2009, was Choose.
This was an interesting word for me. The thought behind it was that life with Kylie was so encompassing that all lot of other things were starting to slip. Like my health/fitness. Like our finances. Like anything that wasn't Elmo-related. It was easier to go about the day-to-day stuff and not think nor work on the bigger goals. So picking the word "choose" was like a light slap on my cheeks encouraging myself to wake up and start working on my life. I was partly successful. But my memory of the word "choose" was that it wasn't much fun.
My third word, in 2010, was Steer.
"Steer" was "choose" on steroids.
I did steer my family to our new home in FL. I did steer my but to the gym and steered my attention to our budget. But "steer" was heavy in responsibility. It was my least favorite word of all three.
This year's word is Triathlete.
As you may have read, I plan to complete a triathlon in 2012. Trust me, it will take over a year to get myself ready. But I'm very excited about learning to swim and bike and to run even better. I think this is going to be a fantastic and fun word for me. I've found that the more physical fitness training I put into my schedule, the more I have to make the most of each and every day. My stay-at-home mom time management has improved. I'm letting go with the "responsible aka slightly guilt-filled" words of the year and concentrating on a really fun word. Triathlete. Just saying it makes me smile.
You can read more about the One Little Word project here. And for inspiration, you can see Ali's list of words here.
If you've picked a word for the year, please share it with us!