Ep 28 Layout A Day – The Podcast: Choosing Your One Little Word

by Lain Ehmann on November 23, 2011


Because the year is coming to a close I have been
mulling over my One Little Word for 2012
and in this episode I share some thoughts on
* the types of words out there,

* a few guidelines for choosing your word,

* some ideas for keeping your word in mind throughout the year,

* what you should listen to when you are choosing your word, and

* what I need to grow into.

For more information you can check out Ali’s first explanation
of her One Little Word project here. Then take a look at some
blog posts over the past couple of years to see how she picks
her own word and incorporates it into her daily life for the
year here. Click here for the Big Picture Classes information.

Don’t forget to leave your comments, thoughts, opinions,
experiences and questions in the comment section of this
episode – let’s get the conversation flowing…

Share your word with us. Did you make a point of actually
making your word a part of your daily, weekly, or monthly
story? How? What would you do differently this year? How
has your word choice changed (or not changed) your life?

Also- are you ready for Christmas? No? Yes? Share your
plans! Inquiring minds want to know!

Thank you for joining in and spending a bit of your busy
day with me! Happy Thanksgiving to my American listeners
and a very ScrapHappy week to all! Catch you next Wednesday!

  • Sheri

    Loved today’s podcast! I loved OLW class this year and am excited for 2012. My word for 2011 was Do and it really worked for me so I’m hoping that my next word-Finish has as much impact. Do just jumped out at me and stuck, but finish just landed on my list (of 26) that I read each day until I crossed off all of them except Finish. Ready for the new year!!

  • Cori

    I must admit. My word this year, Simple, didn’t play out like I thought it would. I found myself purging stuff from our home and our schedules more than I had planned. But my Mommy Chaffeur job and exercise plans were not as simple as I had intended. This year was not as Simple as I would have liked, but I found joy in the Simple things of life – such as adopting an abandoned puppy and living out of an RV with my family for over a month, and even in the mundane tasks of life, such as laundry (and I despise laundry – but it hasn’t bothered me nearly as much recently). Just another sign that God’s plans are different from ours.

  • Amy K

    My word “restore” along with Ali’s OLW class at Big Picture has really been lived out and kept front and center in my daily life.  The monthly exercises/prompts were terrific and allowed me to really dig deep and be reflective.  I recommend it to all for 2012.
    I have been mulling over words for 2012, but nothing has really jumped out at me quite yet, but I know something will, perhaps when I least expect it.
    I’m beginning to get in Christmas preparation mode.
    Thanks for another great podcast Lain!  I hope you and your family had a blessed Thanksgiving!

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t that funny the way the word sometimes has to find YOU? ;)

  • Anonymous

    Cori, thanks for sharing your perspective! I really believe there is a divine component to this whole process. It’s not always what we think it’s going to be…

  • Anonymous

    That’s almost exactly how we chose our son’s name. :) Maybe I’ll try that for 2012! :)

  • Krystyna Salvetta

    I chose FOCUS as my word.  I needed focus in so many places in my life:  weight control, work, religion, family, etc.  I took it one step farther:  I bought a necklace from Lisa Leonard with the word FOCUS stamped on it.  I’ll admit I didn’t wear it every day, but when I did, that little touchstone seemed to work well.  It was such a great reminder to FOCUS every day, in every way…
    This year I’m going to create a reminder:  one for work, one for home, one for in the car, one on my phone, etc.  I want the creative part of One Little Word to be a bit more important this year…

  • Anonymous

    I want a necklace this year!!! I think it would be a great touchstone, as you mentioned. Although not sure my word is a good one for a necklace… ;)

  • sally

    Thank you for connection us all to LIVE ON….amazing!!!!! Just what I needed to complete a full scrapbooking era of memories for the next generations to have.  I have a few tape recorded session with the in-laws about their life, but never really did anything with it.  Now I can for my children and their children…etc. 
    Thank you Lain for all you do for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it fun? I have a recording of my 14-year-old laughing when he was only 10 months old. Now I know what to do with it! :)

  • Uffdah9

    I pick one word every year and use a variation of it to be my annual online password*.  It serves two purposes… changing all my passwords once a year help me keep track of all my internet accounts and whether or not I want to keep them.  AND… every time I log in using the password, I use the few seconds of waiting to breathe life into that intention.  
    (*NOTE: this is not the same password that I use for high security passwords like bank accounts or email.  Those I change every 90 days, when I’m required to change my network password at work.)

  • Marina D-K

    I’ve been meaning to post on this. LOVED this one! We listened to this podcast on the way to my in-laws for Thanksgiving. (I torture my family with podcasts on long car trips ;-)

    At any rate, this was a great one as without any prompting from me got my husband to engage in the One Little Word conversation, what it means, what was mine, was I going to pick one for next year (I mentioned maybe we both could). Anyways, it just started a great convo about crafting, he sees me doing it (we share craft/office space) but don’t really talk about it beyond that’s a nice one, etc..

    My word this year was INTENTION but itt was hard to really follow through. I experienced a close personal loss in early February so that really threw things off. I really only did a couple layouts related to it. I thought about it but have been mired in grief this year so its been hard to re-focus.

    For next year, I’m really thinking about EMOTION as my word. I’m trying to be more honest and brave when it comes to my own emotions. I’m sick of having to pretend like everything is always fine, choking back tears (even after a tragedy) because my extended family is just SO uncomfortable with it. Not sure yet, but that’s really what keeps coming when I think about it.

    Sorry this was so long. Just wanted to say thanks!!!

  • Sam @ Learn Create Do

    I loved OLW this year. My word was CREATE and it was something I really needed as I hadn’t done anything crafty since school over 20 years ago. I made sure to really live out my word this year…. DH would probably say it was a little obsessively. I had the necklace, made a vision board where the word create was in the center, and did A LOT of on line classes. At times I felt selfish so I think that played a part in my choice of word for next year.

    I was thinking of Mindfulness but then I decided that my word for 2012 is HOME. We moved into our newly built house 2 years ago this Christmas. Most of the walls are still bare. Ornaments are still in boxes. So with the word HOME I want to turn our house into a home. Create a place that we all want to come home to. One we want to invite friends around to. Spend time with family. Hopefully I can also ‘home into’ where I want my career to go, whether to stay working full time, or study, or start a business.

    I wanted to keep my word fairly simple so I can concentrate (or home in) on the important things. I’ll also be doing other classes where I can explore other areas of life, such as Move More Eat Well with Cathy Z, Project Life, and of course LOAD :)

  • Anonymous

    What a great recap of the year! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.’s I’m looking forward to Cathy’s class. See you online! PS I love the word “home.”

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad that this episode got you talking! :) And I love your word idea for 2012. Let me know what you decide on! And I am also sorry for your loss in February. Hugs to you-

  • Anonymous

    That is such a cool idea!

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