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One Little Word — Marjorie Towers

One Little Word

One Little Word 2018

December 31, 2017

in One Little Word

I have chosen PRESENT as my word for 2018.

Since 2008, I have been selecting a word to live with, explore and grow in during the year.

Here is a list of my words:

2008 glorify

2009 joy

2010 hope

2011 story

2012 focus

2013 believe

2014 life

2015 anew

s016 home

2017 roots

I really enjoy taking Ali Edwards’ online class that provides a monthly creative prompt. I find that the process of doing these prompts, which can be writing or photography or an art project, keeps me focused on my word so I don’t forget about it.

I feel like there are probably several words one could choose each year that would be meaningful. Don’t get too hung up on finding exactly the right one. It’s better to just jump in and pick one. Then go with it and see where it takes you.

For me in 2018, I want to explore what it means to be living in the present, not the past, not the future, but here now in the moment. Fully awake to who I am and what I am doing. And hopefully this will give some understanding as to why I am doing what I am doing. Then I can perhaps make the best choice, be the me that is loving well, caring for others, practicing contentment, and present with God.

This can be as little or as big a thing as you want to make it. Where are you trying to grow in 2018? What do you want to see more of or less of in your life? Experiencing life through your word can be quite fulfilling and interesting.  I encourage you to give it a try.

Here’s to another journey around the sun!




Come the new year, you may think what you need to do is get your things organized.  I did a series of posts on that subject last year and I would encourage you to re-read them, or read them for the first time.  But I think there is something even more valuable for you to do.

For four years now I have been doing the One Little Word project (click on this category from the list on the right if you want to see my posts on the subject).

Every year I struggle a bit with remembering to be engaged with my word.  You know how that goes…January, right on top of it but by summer it’s way off somewhere in my mind.  Well, last year I did a couple of things to keep it more current in my thinking.  For 2011, my word was STORY.  First I took a Big Picture class called Yesterday and Today.  I don’t know when it will be offered again but it was so good and I really recommend it.  It was all about writing stories about your past and stories about today and stories that include a little of both.

Along with that class, I also signed up for and took Allie Edwards’ One Little Word class at Big Picture. It made such a difference and I can not say enough about how valuable this was for me.  This class costs $36.  Drink one less Starbuck’s latte a month and take this class! You will get one “prompt” each month. The prompt includes handouts, photoshop/Adobe .pdf files to print for the monthly project, and a short video presentation by Allie.  The projects are a great combination of art, writing, and picture taking. I am so looking forward to doing it again this year.  I urge you to consider it too. As Allie says, “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 whom 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.”

I have ordered the We R albums and C-Line page protectors that she recommends in the class supply list so it will be really easy for you to get what you need right at Creating Lasting Memories.  They should be in by the middle of next week.  Oh, my word for 2012? FOCUS.  “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:2) Don’t know where that is going to take me this year, but I’m excited to begin the journey and to see where it will lead. So join me!  I know you will be glad you did.


PS I am also planning on doing another 365 project.  It’s been four years and I think it’s time to do it again.  The 365 project is a photo project where you take at least one photo every day.  You don’t have to do anything with them if you don’t want to.  But you can also use them for layouts (once a week? once a month?).  All I know is that I took more photos that year (2008) than every before or since, I learned a ton about my camera and it gave me an eye for the ordinary as well as the special events of my life.  A variation on that theme is to take a specific kind of picture everyday, like a photo of the clouds, or a photo of the sunset, or a photo of the ocean (since we live by the sea).


I just finished talking an online course in writing taught by Allie Edwards called “Storyology.”  If you struggle with journaling on your scrapbook pages, if you think journaling is unnecessary, or if you just want some work on this form of creativeness, then I highly recommend this class. The cost is $14, and in my opinion well worth every cent.  It includes a 2 hour video, a handout, and 6 “prompts” (writing assignments). I found it inspiring, challenging and really informative.  Some of the ideas are really easy to do.  You can watch the video in segments.  You have unlimited access to the course so you can back and review as many times as you want for as long as you want.

Interested?  Follow this link to sign up.  http://aliedwards.com/shop/project-classes/storyology



Some of you may have already seen this photo, especially since I received via the internet and I know how these things get passed along.  But it’s my current favorite so I thought I’d share it with you:

He will cover you with His pinions and under His wings you my seek refuge

He will cover you with His pinions and under His wings you my seek refuge

I am currently reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout and in keeping with my word for 2011 (Story), I loved this passage (pg. 125):

“Oh, this is fun,” his wife said now, gazing through the night at all the houses they passed, lit up with different Christmas lights, and it made Bob Houlton smile as he drove; his wife contented, her hands folded on her lap. “All these lives,” she said. “All the stories we never know.” And he smiled further, reaching to touch her mittened hand because he had known she might be thinking that.



For the past three years, I have been a fan of the “One Little Word” idea.  If you aren’t familiar with the concept, the idea is to select a word – yep, just one word – and let it be your guide/inspiration for the coming year.  I love doing something new with the New Year.  So this is a small thing to do  that you can keep to yourself or share publicly.  It’s really up to you how you use it.  For more information on the topic, check out Allie Ewards’ blog here.

As I said, this will be my third year to pick a word (or perhaps it is that the word picked me).  My words so far:

2008: Glorify

2009: Joy

2010: Hope

It is sometimes helpful to find something to remind you of your word.  Last year I found this cool not-so-little word block JOY on sale at Fred Meyer.  It was even 50% off since it was part of their after Christmas sale.

2009 one little word 2009 one little word

Now as the year draws to a close, I plan to do some piece of art that expresses what I have learned about Joy this year.  I’m thinking a scrapbook page but more to come as I complete that project.  But for now I just want to encourage you to check out this idea and see if it might not be something you want to try this year.

And here is by “reminder” item for my 2010 word.

the higher our hopes the brigher our days the higher our hopes the brigher our days