A few years ago, my mother introduced me to the concept of coming up with "One Little Word". It's a project in the scrap booking community started by Ali Edwards, where you come up with a word for the year. In her words: "a word to focus on, to live with, to investigate, to write about, to craft with, and to reflect upon as I go about my daily life."
Although I don't scrapbook, for me it's a practice in intentions, mindfulness, manifestation. A simple premise, but with big results.
In 2017, my word was adventure. And holy freaking shit did that word describe our whirlwind of a year. We pulled my daughter out of public school to homeschool her. We ended up dropping everything and moving 4 hours away (from Harrisonburg to Chesapeake), with no notice. We began renovations on our house. I dived head first into business and created Wild Heart Films. Our lives changed more drastically that year than they have in any singular year before then.
It was a year of saying "What the hell, let's just do it" when opportunities came our way and carpe diem-ing all of the things.
When 2018 rolled around things were beginning to settle in, and by that time I was ready for the adventures to simma down a little.
My word this year is nourish, and it applies to all avenues of my life. (I actually have this mantra written up and posted next to the computer in my office, so I can read it every day!)
- Nourish my business, by only saying yes to opportunities that give more value to my client experiences.
- Nourish my family, by making more money to give us financial stability and provide better opportunities for my loved ones.
- Nourish my community, by using our resources to give back to those in need around us.
- Nourish my body, by taking time for self care.
I'm such a firm believer in manifesting, and being mindful of these four aspects has made for an amazing, enriching 2018 so far. These topics will be coming up frequently as I dive into blogging more, and over the next few weeks I want to break down these topics a little more in depth, but for now I'll leave y'all to ponder what words you'd pick and how you'd use them to shape your future.