For more information on Ali Edwards' class One Little Word you can check out her site (here).
In 2014 when Ali announced enrollment for her 2015 class (she's been doing the workshop since 2011), I was a little hesitant at first. I explored her blog to gather as much information as I could on the class. I did a lot more research, debating, and flip flopping on the subject than I care to admit, but in the end I bought the class, picked DO as my word, and completed each of the prompts. My main goals for that year were small things, and while I completed a few of those goals, I didn't hold myself seriously accountable.
The following year I took the class again. This year, feeling that I didn't DO enough the previous year, I chose BRAVE as my word for 2016. I had bigger plans this year that would involve me to face the fear and do the thing anyway. But I took the easy way out and didn't do all of the brave things I needed to. I'm okay with that. One thing I've learned from Ali in the last few years is to embrace your story. To embrace what's real, even if it doesn't look the way you want it to. Even if it's not the pretty perfect life people see on your Instagram feed. Just embrace it.
So I am. I'm embracing the imperfections of this year. I'm embracing my failings, my struggles, the things that I did right, and those I did wrong. All of it.
Brave is one of those words that will stick with me, possibly for the rest of my life. The amount of change I wanted brave to bring into my life, was more than could be done in a year. Yes I could keep brave as my word for next year, but since September I've known that I was done with brave. I've known that my word for 2017 would be something different, but that brave and do would always be at the back of my mind, guiding me along with my other words that I choose.
My word for 2017 is going to be Open. Ali had this word a few years ago, before I took her class, but that's not why I picked it. I picked it because that picture above from Liz Lamoreux (click the photo to go to her blog) really captured everything that I wanted to get out of this next year. At the start of 2016 I thought about choosing open but I felt that I needed to be brave first to really open myself up to everything this quote was capturing.
I don't believe that I'm completely ready to open up to every aspect of life, but at the same time I think that this is the right time to begin the process of opening wider. When Ali posted (this photo) the caption really got to me and I knew wholeheartedly that my word for 2017 would be open.
I may not be completely ready to pull this word front and center, but brave will always be there pushing me to open wider and be my best self. Let's do this.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, here's to a wonderful new year!