November 9, 2009


Back in December 2008, Ali Edwards posted about One Little Word.  She says, "A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow."  This blog post was discussed at SFTIO, where I first heard of it.  It really started me thinking about this one little word concept.  I am not a person who thinks about goals.  This is a big problem for me, because having no goals allows me to stand still in life, and I don't want that anymore.  So this one little word became a huge deal for me.  I chose a word... a goal... for 2009. 


Two letters and a period.  Do.  Nike expanded on that with "Just Do It".  I was bound and determined to not let the world pass me by.  To get up and Do something... set some goals, reach for them.  Do.

This was January 1, 2009.  I woke up early on New Year's Day and despite heavy congestion and coughing, I participated in The First on the First.  It's a 2K fun walk or a 5K race.  I had intended on the 5K, but because of my cold, I only completed the 2K.  But without that one little word, I most assuredly would have stayed in bed.
May 2009 brought me the Race for the Cure.  The day before my birthday, I walked one of the greatest 5K's of my life.  I had never particpated in one of these before, and it was just life-changing.  I will DO this again.

I have never experienced such a wave of people.  Amazing.

Now, don't get me wrong... walking was only one of my Do goals, although I also walked a 5K on Father's Day and a 10K this September (ouch).  I also wanted to read a book a month and I have done pretty well throughout the year, although October slipped by me way to quickly (why does it always do that?)  I have scrapbooked more for myself and less for others.  I have found reasons most days to be grateful, instead of always looking at the negative or the don't.  I have jumped in to some new experiences that in the past I would have let go by due to lack of confidence.  While there are many goals and hopes that I didn't achieve, looking back, I feel really positive that it has been a good "do" year.

Hmmm... all this is the makings of a wonderful layout.  I almost can't wait until December to create the layout for all the things I did... and to select my new one little word for 2010.  Stay tuned... I'm sure to post both here.

What about you?  What do you think of the "one little word" concept?  Try it out with me in 2010 if you've never done it before... see where it leads you.


  1. isn't it amazing what commtting to one little word can do. Mine for 2009 was what next? and I have been embrassing looking at opportunities and considering choices.

  2. Wow - you did great! Love your journaling on the various events. My 2009 word was "accomplish," and it did help motivate me. Not sure what I'll choose for 2010.

  3. Great job with your word! I selected a word during my June birthday: grow. It's been great focusing on learning and trying new things. One word really can be powerful :)

  4. "Do" is a great word! Mine for this year was "enrich" and you've just inspired me to do a post about it.

  5. I personlly love the concept...considering I'll have a new baby in the house and also a little guy with 3 years of my complete attention under his belt and a man who will be looking for attention of his own and a love of scrapbooking...etc, etc, etc...I've chosen the world "nurture" already for 2010...I know it will perfectly suite my need to care for my boys and myself....

  6. My word this year has been equanimity, which isn't little but much needed in my life

  7. I love your 'one little word' and well done on all that it has done to get you up and going think I need to do the same thing. Trouble is come new years day I will have forgotten all about it. :D

  8. That's awesome Kai! I'm gonna have to think about this one for the new year! I already forgot about it last year! LOL! Maybe if I put it somewhere obvious on my blog I'll remember!

  9. I love this concept, and have chosen a word for the last two years. I am now thinking hard on what my next word will be. I like the idea of "do" these days I seem to think a lot but only do a little.

  10. Good job! My word was 'persevere'...I even had Lisa Leonard make me a necklace that I wear everyday with my word on it, just to remind me. This year I walked the Washington DC 3-Day for the Cure. I know what you mean about those events...they are amazing, and yes, very inspirational! Good luck with the rest of your
    DO-ing this year!

  11. Congrats on following through with your word. My word for 2009 was "control" but it's not working so well for me. I guess there is always next year.

  12. The one little word concept is indeed very powerful. I love your choice.


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