Saturday, December 31, 2011

One Little Word Blog Hop

This year I participated in an online class called One Little Word. The idea behind this class is that you pick one word to focus on for the year. My word was - move.
I had a couple of things I hoped would come from focusing on this word - moving more physically, moving my physical location by building or buying a new house and also get moving on a small business of my own. The thing that I saw the most movement on was the small business. I picked a name and had a logo designed. I also sold honey and other items at a farmers market. It was so fun! I have a lot of plans for this in 2012. So excited!


The biggest move I made in 2011 was one that I really didn't see coming and one that was not part of my intentions when I started this in January. My family went on vacation to Hawaii in April and on the last day of my vacation I went to the beach near our house and read the book 127 Hours. After a couple of hours sitting in the sun without any sunscreen, which made for a fun sunburn on the flight home, I got to the last page where I read the following -
"When we find inspiration, we need to take action for ourselves and for our communities. Even if it means making a hard choice, or cutting out something and leaving it in your past."
When I read this I knew immediately that I was going to leave the part time job where I had worked for 13 years. At that moment on the beach in Hawaii I knew that it was time to move on, create space for something new to come into my life. I have to say I am so happy with this decision. I have been able to do so many things that I would never have had time for before - participated in a Farmers Market, planted a huge garden and really enjoyed Christmas for the first time in a really long time.
I really believe that just putting that word out there into the universe made it possible for me to move on from a job that was no longer inspiring me. I am so happy I participated in this class. I am so looking forward to taking it again in 2012 - still not 100% sure of my One Little Word for 2012. I am sure it will come to me soon.
You can read experiences from other One Little Word participants by following the blogs on the blog hop.
The next blog on the blog hop is http://www.scrapworthylives.com/

Here is a list of all the blogs in the blog hop in case you get lost.
http://xnomads.typepad.com
http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com
www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
http://iwannabemewhenigrowup.blogspot.com/
http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/
http://www.LaVieEnChic.com
http://jillconyers.com
www.crafty-creativity.blogspot.com
http://scrapinspired.com/
http://backtoallen.com/writers_blog
http://paperpapereverywhere.blogspot.com
http://thelinarstudio.typepad.com/embracelife/
http://athomewiththerichardsfamily.blogspot.com/
www.questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com
http://www.inkyart.com.au
http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/
http://blog.mshanhun.com
http://seejanebake.blogspot.com
http://www.scrapworthylives.com/
www.studiojenn.blogspot.com
http://seriousplay.typepad.com
http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com
http://learncreatedo.wordpress.com/
http://mysimplelittlelife.typepad.com
http://jmpgirl.blogspot.com
http://breathenowsmile.blogspot.com/

12 comments:

JennL said...

i love your thoughts this month, nicky. sounds like 2011 was eventful for you. i am excited to read about your journey in 2012.

Sippies71 said...

Great post Nicky. It sounds like your OLW for 2011 really worked for you. Can't wait to see what 2012 brings.
Happy New Year.

MonicaB said...

Wonderful post! Good for you for following your dreams and taking a risk. Looking forward to seeing where your word takes you this year. Happy 2012.

InkyArt said...

wow what a brilliant thing to have read and acted upon - you were so brave and it worked - well done.

Karen said...

congratulations on a great 2011, looking foward to hearing what word you choose for your 2012.

jillconyers said...

Loved reading this and what a great way to bring 2011 to a close. Can't wait to find out what 2012 has in store for you.

Sharyn said...

How wonderful Nicky! Sounds like your word was just what you needed last year. Move is my word for this year so I will be checking out more of yours! I think a wonderful word for you would be bloom - you seem like a bud about to open, and with your big garden and that honey it just seems to fit. Sharyn @LaVieEnChic.com xxx

Cheri said...

So nice to hear that "move" was so successful for you last year. Look forward to hearing what you do in 2012!

ScrappnBee said...

It is amazing what things will come into our lives when we let it. Congrats on your 2011: MOVE and your move to self employment. I am sure that a 2012 word will come to you. Happy New Year & happy hopping! -Amanda

jamie said...

wow...your 2011 was significant for you. you must be giddy with excitement how all things worked like they did.
love how inspiration and change comes from the unexpected places. keeps us watching for more.

blessings.
~j

ReInvent U said...

Great reflection and wonderful post. I admire you for taking that step and doing what works for you! I'm still waiting for my word to claim me, too. Here's to a great 2012 for both of us.

Rebekah said...

Looking forward to a bright new journey! Great to see the success you had with your OLW!