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One Little Word 2013

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. From my own personal experience, it can be a catalyst for enriching your life.

In 2006, I began a tradition of choosing one word for myself each January—a word that I can focus on, meditate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. My words have included play, peace, vitality, nurture, story, light and up. These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another. They've been embedded into who I am, and into who I'm becoming. They've been what I've needed (and didn't know I needed). They've helped me to breathe deeper, to see clearer and to grow.

Listen to Ali's introduction of One Little Word:

Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2013?

It can be something tangible or intangible. It can be a thought, a feeling, or an emotion. It can be singular or plural. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. This is not your mother's word or your spouse's word or your child's word—this is YOUR word.

One little word can have big meaning in your life if you allow yourself to be open to the possibilities. And here's one thing that is totally interesting: sometimes a word will pop into your brain and it will not make any sense to you right now. Give it some time. Let it percolate a bit. I have often found that our heart speaks to us in very unique ways. Maybe this is a word you need to hear but just aren't ready for it yet.

Again, be open to the possibilities.

In 2011 I decided I wanted to do something even more tangible with my One Little Word. I've found that, just like a resolution, it's easy to lose sight of the things you set forward to embark on as regular life gets busy throughout the course of the year. To combat this I plan to bring my word into my life more consciously and concretely and make it more visible by creating an album to hold my thoughts, challenges and inspirations.

You're invited to join me on this continued journey in 2013.

Each month you'll receive an email and an invitation to visit the One Little Word classroom. Inside the classroom, you'll find a gentle reminder message, encouragement to refocus, and a simple creative or writing project to complete related to your word. At the end of the year you'll have an album that celebrates and honors your word—making it that much more concrete and visible in your life.

For 2013 I will be introducing new prompts, along with a few favorites from previous years. The emphasis will continue to be, as it has been in past years, on finding ways to make our words visible in our lives.

Ali's class includes:

  • Pre-class assignment available to you immediately upon registration for class
  • Monthly email reminder when the classroom has been updated
  • Welcome note from Ali in the classroom each month
  • One creative prompt per month: some prompts will include printable elements (for use in both Photoshop Elements and Word) to create the interior pages in your album
  • Colorful handout detailing the prompt and the creative assignment
  • Monthly video message
  • Community building message board for sharing thoughts on your word
  • Gallery for sharing your word-related projects
  • Four chats with Ali over the course of the year (one per quarter)
  • Supply list with live links to product resources.

Taught by: Ali Edwards
Class Duration: 12 Months
Start Date: January 1, 2013
End Date: December 31, 2013
Price: $36.00
Register today:
Registration End: Registration will close December 31, 2013 at 10:00pm.
Please note: You can join at any time in 2013! All of the class materials are archived in the classroom, so you can access anything you may have missed!
Please note: There is no set syllabus for this class, as I want the freedom to evolve the prompts as the year progresses.

Looking for One Little Word 2014? Ali Edwards will be hosting her newest year-long class on her website this year. You can also join Ali here at Big Picture Classes for the return of her 31 Things workshop, which starts January 23, 2014, as well as Hello Story, coming this spring.


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