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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

One Little Word: Blog Hop

One Little Word.

It seems so very simple, really.  But it is far from simple.  A few years ago, I was following the blog of Ali Edwards and she talked about how she was choosing one word for the year, to focus on and bring to her life.  In the back of my mind, I'd always pick a word, but I rarely did anything with it other than notice it if and when it popped up in my life.  Last year, I signed up for Ali's OLW class at Big Picture Classes.  I was determined to do something with my word.  But even after signing up for the class, I found that I didn't do anything much with my word.  At the end of last year, I decided I wouldn't choose a word for this year.

But then I got sucked in and wanted to do it.  I've always wanted to do it, but I am not the best with follow-through.  At the first of the year, I started mulling over words in my mind.  I picked one and was happy with it.  But then, it didn't really feel right.  I signed up for Ali's class a bit late, and my word still wasn't really resonating with me.  My daughter didn't think the word fit me either (not that you are supposed to let someone else have a say in your word choice...lol).  But after she said that, it really did seem that my first word wasn't a good choice.  Then my word found me.  I could hear it clearly in my head.  It was even lovelier because was spoken with an amazing partially-British accent.  My word was DARING.  The partially-British accent came from Simon de Pury.  We watch Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.  He was forever telling contestants to "Be Bold!  Be Daring!"  Daring is what I wanted for my word.  I made my choice.  I created myself this little mini poster as a reminder.

Simon de Pury photo from poptower.com

And my word has already helped.  I applied to be a contributing writer at a website I just love. I hadn't heard back from the owner, so I finally decided to be daring and email her.  It was a good thing I did.  She had been bogged down with other things and hadn't had a chance to go through the applications.  She responded back and told me she'd love to have me on board.  Yay!

I'm looking forward to combining my OLW with my Project Life instead of doing it separately because I think that will definitely keep me on track and more efficient than trying to do two projects I've never completed before.  I can't wait to see what Ali has in store for February!

Up next is Kaylea http://www.myscrappylife.com.  If you want to check out the other participants or if you get lost along the way, here are the other links in the blog hop...

Margie http://xnomads.typepad.com
Sharyn www.lavieenchic.com
Jill http://jillconyers.com 
Lynn www.crafty-creativity.blogspot.com
Jenn www.studiojenn.blogspot.com
Carmen http://www.carmenpaulsorthner.com
Marilee http://rose-brier.blogspot.com 
Kristina http://hrinspirationfromthe403.blogspot.com/
Cindy http://www.cynthiacrysdale.com
Kelly http://mindingmynest.com
Cheri http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com
Amanda http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com
Cindy http://seriousplay.typepad.com
Brooke www.everysnapshot.com
Naomi www.poeticaperture.com
Melissa http://www.smudgetime.com
Karen http://breathenowsmile.blogspot.com 
Melissa S http://blog.mshanhun.com
Devon http://www.youhadmeatneurotic.com
Donna http://holimess.blogspot.com/
Dawn www.sunshineandcreativity.com
Katrina www.katrinasimeck.com
Sam http://learncreatedo.wordpress.com
Monica http://scrapinspired.com
Kimberlee http://scrapsandsass.blogspot.com
Missus W http://mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.com
Kaylea http://www.myscrappylife.com
Nikki Www.inkyart.com.au
Erin http://erinsparkes.typepad.com/optimstic-fascination/
Jamie http://jmpgirl.blogspot.com/ 
Jo www.curlyscrapbooker.blogspot.com
Coley http://coleybelle.blogspot.com
Beth www.thesingularlyordinary.blogspot.com
Veronica www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
Monica B http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/
Lisa http://backtoallen.com/writers_blog
Rebekah http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/
Jan http://mysimplelittlelife.typepad.com
Veronica http://www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
Cate www.lifebehindthepurpledoor.com
Stephanie www.scrapworthylives.com
Orange Gearle http://orangegearle.blogspot.com
Tere http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/
Junelle http://yesandamenblog.blogspot.com/
Ruth http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com
Becky www.becky-handforth.blogspot.com

15 comments:

Katrina said...

great word! and i love the idea of combining with project life.

JennL said...

i love how your word came to you! daring is a really wonderful word. enjoy your journey! xoxo

Ruth said...

Great word and well done in bringing it to life for you!

Lynn said...

I've thought of combining the two but wasn't sure how it would work. Looking forward to seeing your take on it.

Rebekah said...

Wonderful new word, may it take you far!!

Cynthia said...

OMG I LOVE that photo...and I can hear the voice! Good for you! And congrats on the website opportunity! I just love Ali too. Great to visit your blog!

Donna said...

Good for you! You Daring thing! You heard your word and then you acted on it. I am looking forward to seeing where daring takes you.
I just started Project Life too. That idea of combing the two sounds pretty good.

kelly said...

love your word! and it sounds like it's already having an effect - congrats!! looking forward to seeing you around with OLW!

Lisa said...

Love, love, love your word choice and that you made a poster. Way too cool.

Naomi said...

Kimberlee, I love how you found your word and that it's already helped you. Go you!

cinback said...

You seem to be the type that will act upon this word! Good luck.

Missus Wookie said...

The British accent made me laugh - hope you enjoy the daring!

Jan B said...

What a great story. I hope this class (and the hops) inspire to keep going - it's an amazing process and I'm sure you'll love it. Blessings as you go... (By the way, your blog is way cool!)

K. Hutson said...

Love this word and love how you wrestled with it.

Thank you for sharing the journey!

Margie S (Nihao, Cupcake! xnomads.typepad.com) said...

What a great story. SO happy to hear the news after you decided to be DARING! Congrats. And I LOVE your poster. Perfect. Thanks for joining in on the blog hop.