Sunday, February 6, 2011

One Little Word 2011

The first time I tried to follow along with Ali Edwards' One Little Word idea, I chose a word with lots of enthusiasm in December, then promptly forgot it in January. I can't even recall what that word was right now. A couple years passed when I didn't chose a word at all; I sometimes tried resolutions and sometimes I didn't. This year, with my health situation changing my whole world upside down, I knew everything would be different. At the same time, Ali started a class at Big Picture Classes to help people keep focused throughout the year. I knew this would be the year I would stick to it and that this word would make a difference in my life. I chose the word "Healing" for my 2011 focus. It was a pretty obvious choice, but I hope to interpret it in non-obvious ways throughout the year.

I would like to focus beyond physical healing, to emotional, mental, and spiritual healing, as well. I've always wanted to make big changes in my life: get more organized, declutter, lose weight, exercise more. I've made lots of resolutions around these and other goals, but haven't made any huge changes. I've lost weight, I've gained weight. I've exercised, I've fallen out of the habit. I've decluttered some areas, and I've bought more stuff to replace the clutter. But this word, "healing," really isn't about any of that. I am just asking spirit to guide me to where I need to be to feel healed at the end of this journey. I hope that comes along with a proclamation of "remission," as well, but even if I'm still battling this disease for years, I want to feel more emotionally, spiritually, and mentally healed to deal with that battle and to go through my daily life.

So far in the class we've started an 8.5 x 11 album to hold all the different items we're going to make throughout the year. It holds different sized page protectors for the different pages. The prompt for January was to make a title page, with a 5x7 picture of yourself on the back, and to fill in the front of one of the 9-pocket protectors with different small cards to start defining and capturing your word for yourself.

Here is my title page:
Title page template by Ali Edwards
Making Memories letter stickers
I am using a Making Memories album and supplies from a line called "5th Avenue." Here's my self-portrait:
OLW Jan 5x7
Overlay by Ali Edwards

I have been taking a series of photos as my port and other injuries from the hospital have been healing. This one still shows some swelling and I think it shows how tired I still was, but my sister thought the look on my face is hopeful and happy. Still not sure if it's a little jarring, but it definitely shows the beginning of a journey. 

And here's the first page of my album:
Most supplies by Making Memories
For February, the prompt is to take at least nine photos that somehow represent your word. I've been thinking about it. Ali wants us to take our time with this one and not just shoot the first nine photos that come to mind. I will definitely do this as I want to try to capture more than just my physical healing with the photos. I will share what I come up with next month.

Did you choose a word of the year? Would you mind sharing? If you're not taking Ali's class (for which you can still sign up, just so you know), how do you keep your word in focus throughout the year?



Heather T. said...

Oh ouchie!!! Gosh, that port thingie sure takes up a lot of space! But I love the expression on your face too--hopeful and happy and even excited to begin your process. Your folder looks so cool!

Joan said...

love those good numbers! the important thing about that photo is that is does show part of the healing journey. the marks from the port, the fatigue you feel, the joy from the photo itself as you incorporate the One Little Word into your healing process.

I chose the word Less. It is hard to accomplish this in some ways and easier in others. January marked the beginning of doing "less" for the boys and having them take on more ownership for their own needs. My goal is to take on less volunteering at the schools and begin to focus more on our home. We need less "stuff" in general. I am at a point in my life where I need to give less of myself to others (not those who truely need my help) and more focus on myself and my own health needs. Lisa, you have helped me realize this as you bravely face your cancer and its treatments head on. My wish for you is that you continue to Heal in all ways important to Lisa.

HeatherB said...

The photo is real, and that's what counts, right? You do look very happy and hopeful, I think it is a great photo to represent your journey!

Librarybug said...

I love your word, and the class project for January! Can't wait to see your February project. And your sister is right. You look hopeful, which I know you are!

Lisa Cohen said...

I love your word for the year. This photo of you for the OLW album is great... your face DOES radiate hope and optimism and I wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you. xoxox

Laura said...

Love this post! And I love the products you're using for this! So pretty!

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