A brand new year, all shiny and all possibilities ahead. I, like many others, am glad to see the end of 2016.
I created a journal page for the last Colour Me Positive weekly themes and it really does express what this new year offers:
As I thought about what word I needed for 2017, I reflected on my journey with using OLWs. For five years now, I have chosen a word (or in the case of the first one - a phrase) to guide and represent my overall aim for the year:
2012 - Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)
2013 - Believe
2014 - JOY
2015 - Bloom
2016 - Shine
Although each word did have a positive impact throughout the year, I probably expected much more from my OLW. Last year's SHINE was to help me shine brightly, to move forward with my writing. I had moments but not what I hoped.
Hope is a necessary thing - we need it always. A quote by Desmond Tutu, reminds me to look for the light:
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
So as I read and listed possible words, I kept coming back to one word - CULTIVATE.
It struck me that I really needed to put more effort in my dreams, to really dig deep and work at developing my skills and abilities.
A definition online from Merriam-Webster confirmed that and more:
- 1: to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops; also : to loosen or break up the soil about (growing plants)
- 2a : to foster the growth of <cultivate vegetables>
c : to improve by labor, care, or study : refine <cultivate the mind>
- 4: to seek the society of : make friends with
For 2017, my OLW is CULTIVATE:
I need to dig dep, to bring forth new, stronger growth. I need to prepare myself for improved skills in writing and the arts. I also need to make more friends.
I plan to cultivate my best self this year - especially as I hit a milestone on the 7th - turning 65.
I plan to cultivate: my creativity ~ in art and in writing
greater belief in myself
community and friendships
This will be a year to grow, to DO, to write, to create.I have faith that this year will be a breakthrough for me, a time to pull all my OLWs together - to bloom, shine especially as I get down and dirty prepping and preparing, and loosing the soil so I can grow.
My OLW will enhance my winter dreamboard that I created December 21st.
What is your One Little Word for 2017??
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