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One Little Word

A few years ago I started using One Little Word as a guiding force in my life. I learned about this concept from Ali Edwards. My OLW is a  mantra for me. I do everything in my power to incorporate my word into everything I do.
Last year (2015) my word was iWrite. I reflected on what I write, why I write, how I write, and who I am as a writer. I shared my writing with teachers, writers. and my students. I breathed writing in 2015. I joined conversations from a writing perspective and I created space for writing within the chaos of my life. I wrote every single day in 2015 and it changed me.
This year I started reading Gretchen Rubin's Project Happiness book. I liked how methodical she was about finding what made her happy and making it a part of her happiness practice. I decided to take it on for myself. I ordered her one sentence happiness journal and started it on January 1st. I found a great bracelet on Etsy that will help me stay true to my mantra this year.

HAPPINESS


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  1. This post is full of happy. You make me happy, even if you occasionally tell me to pull up my boot straps and just. do. it. Ha! I am hoping there is power in that magic bracelet of yours.

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  2. Happiness follows iWrite very nicely, Kimberly. It is the summation of what each of your days can and should be because you choose positivity to branch out from happiness. Enjoy your journey. I am collecting digital inspirations for the next gallery in a section called OLWs. If interested, please send me one and/or another that deals with winter.

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  3. My word (joy) is similar- it is a lot about choice in how we see things, isn't it? Have fun with your word!

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  4. I love that the OLW is like a mantra for you. Love that Idea!! I too would like to incorporate my word into everything I do. This is my first year...so I will see how it goes. My word is Habit.

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  5. The Happiness Journal sounds very nice, and to connect it with your OLW will be a guide all the year. I'm smiling at the word "happiness", so positive!

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  6. I love that you found jewelry associated with your OLW! I like Alex & Ani bracelets and found one with a sailboat charm for JOURNEY in 2014 and then one that said "Live in the Moment" for FOCUS in 2015. I'm not sure what I'll find for WAIT. I'll have to WAIT and see! ;-) HAPPINESS is a terrific word!

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  7. Yes! My OLW is joy - I hope we each have a joyful and happy 2016!

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  8. HAPPINESS!!!! What's better than that?!?! LOVE this word! So much potential here!!! Can't wait to see all of the HAPPINESS this year!

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  9. Love that bracelet and that word - and a perfect OLW for you, my friend.

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  10. What a great word and a terrific bracelet! I hope 2016 brings you much happiness, but more importantly I hope it brings you wisdom to know when you find it.

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  11. Such a great way to describe OLW - as a mantra. and a wonderful choice for the year. May 2016 be filled with happiness for you.

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  12. Oh Kim we are really kindred spirits! Stay tuned for my post tomorrow and then let's compare notes!

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  13. My OLW becomes my mantra too. I love your choice -- HAPPINESS! Your new bracelet is beautiful too! Happy new year, Kim!

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