One Little Word 2016 - JOY!

“A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.” – Ali Edwards

In my last blog post I shared a little bit about my One Little Word (OLW) for 2016 and what I’ve learned so far this year.  This year I choose ‘joy’ and I thought it might be helpful to jot down a few notes about why I’ve chosen this word, what OLW is, and how I am participating in this project.

One Little Word is a project created by Ali Edwards, where you choose a word each year to focus on, meditate on and reflect on. I love the idea of choosing a word to really grab hold of and focus on implementing into my life. It’s amazing to me how much you can learn about yourself and your life when you really focus.  Last year I choose ‘hope’ because I wanted to learn what it means to have hope and show hope in my daily life. I love how having one word to really focus on gave me something to work on in my life. Sometimes it feels like I have a laundry list of things I want to learn and work on and fix in my life. And sometimes when I look at that list it can be really overwhelming and I can feel like a failure. But having one word, one thing, one central idea that I spend a year looking at, learning about, meditating on and focusing on gives me something to strive for.

With this in mind, I decided to focus on joy this year. I truly desire to learn what having joy and sharing joy looks like.

So what is joy?

Hmmmm…. wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience MORE delight and happiness!  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to learn how I can have true, pure joy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could cause others to feel joy, be glad and rejoice. I want that!

I truly desire to know what it looks like to have more joy in my life and to cause others to have more joy. I want to know true joy.

Traditionally, Ali Edwards suggest creating a scrapbook with your OLW and what you’ve learned. I personally, don’t feel like I want to make a whole scrapbook about it. Rather, I want to focus on learning and discovering more about my OLW and sharing it with others. I want to create multiple projects with my OLW in mind and others in mind. So I’m not 100% sure how I will be participating in this project this year, but my desire is to journal about what I’m learning (on this blog), create a mini album/book with verses, quotes and song lyrics that include my OLW, participate in more things that cause me to have joy, and find ways to spread joy to others. So like I said, I’m not exactly sure what that looks like, but I’m looking forward to discovering what it does mean.

Are you participating in OLW? What’s your word? How are you focusing on your word this year? I’d love to hear!

Anywho…that’s me…that’s my OLW…and that’s just some lovely little musings about joy.

xoxo Tori


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