Many years ago, Ali Edwards started a practice she called "One Little Word." The basic idea is to choose a word (or let a word choose you) to focus upon and guide you during the year. I have joined in the practice for the last seven years and have always found it useful and empowering. Here are my previous words (and some links to what I did with them).
2007 - Open
2008 - Flow
2009 - Accomplish
2010 - Horizon
2011 - Health
2012 - Home
2013 - Paramount
For this year, I have chosen the word "illuminate." I almost chose "light" or "lighten" or "lighter" because one of the main things I want to do this year is to lighten myself (lose some weight) and to lighten/purge my huge stash of art supplies. I do want to be lighter, but light and its derivatives felt too passive to me. I wanted a more active word; a word that captured why I want to be lighter. So, I checked the thesaurus and came upon the word illuminate. After looking at the definition of illuminate, I decided it was the word for me. It means to lighten, in order to clarify or bring clarity. There's a searching aspect to the word that I like because that's part of what I want to do this year. I want to sort through and let go of the clutter, so that I can figure out what I want to focus upon. I want to lose weight so that I can be healthier and stronger and discover my potential. I want to shine brighter in 2014, and I plan to illuminate my path to get there.
So, what does that mean for my blog? I'm not exactly sure yet. During the last few weeks, I've enjoyed not being tied to a set schedule or certain memes. And I think that's a good place to start. I still want to share Tea with Abi and capture A Simple Moment, but I'm letting go of Paint Party Friday and Hello Monday. I'm also holding on to Photo-Heart Connection and Zoom In < Zoom Out because they definitely speak to me and what I want to be doing on my blog. I've also signed up for a few new classes (you can see them listed on my sidebar), which I hope will give a jump start to my photography, painting and art journaling.
What about you? Have you chosen a One Little Word for 2014? Are you making any new plans for your blog in 2014?