Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway.
Choose just one word.
One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.
It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.
Discover the big impact one word can make.
One word. 365 days. A changed life.
Choose your word, and fill out the ‘JOIN’ form. It’s that simple.
If you blog, take time to write about your word—you can add your blog post to your online profile when you join. (You can do the same thing with a Facebook status too.) But if you don’t want to write about it, that’s okay. Still join. And then tell someone—a family member or friend—what your word is and why you chose it. There is so much power in saying our words out loud.
One Word 365 is more than a new way to approach resolutions. It’s a global tribe committed to journeying together and living intentionally. Connect with others who have chosen the same word or live in your area. Together, you can inspire and challenge each other to live purposefully all year long.
Words are so powerful. I know. My studio is full of words. They lift me up daily.
I am an eco-artist and I hand-script words and phrases out of salvaged plastics. And I love working with people who understand the change that can transpire from bringing one word into your life each year. I script lots of words for people who are part of this movement. And I cannot adequately express the joy I get from each sweet thank you and the pictures that are posted.
There is joy in every stage of creating these words.
My hand-scripted words are cut from the salvaged sheets of plastic that are used to protect other plastics in shipping. I love that each word has had a journey all its’ own and has carried the weight of heavy materials.
Each word is delicately scripted and very lightweight. A company saves these sheets of scrap plastic for me. I do not pay for the material itself, but I pay for each cut. So a material that had no value now has value for us both. And the person buying the hand-scripted word also feels good about the way the word was created.
Each word is hand-scripted by me, and then cut on an industrial router. Back at my studio, it is sanded and signed. I send it off into the world with a little hand-sewn tag and a personal message on the envelope.
Because I work with salvaged material, I have two of each word cut just in case one is too scratched to send out. And this is my favorite part. I take these extra positive words and prime them so they can be painted. And then I get these words out to children that need to see them.
I know there are many schools and shelters that could use a wall with colorful words that say “I am strong, amazing, complete, radiant, beautiful, thankful, blessed and brave. I shine. I am enough.”
These very words will go up on the wall of a charter school in Trenton, New Jersey this month. This school does not have art classes (they do have cello and yoga classes though) but they have an art club and these students will paint each word. And my hope is that hundreds of students will read these words and believe them as they pass them each day. This will be the first school I am working with.
This idea to play these words forward came to me recently after a mom sent me a photo of my words on her six-year-old daughter’s mirror. Every morning, this little girl looks into the mirror and sees the words “I am amazing” over her sweet face.
This is exactly how I want my work to go out into the world, one little girl or boy at a time. I believe if they see “I am brave…fearless…enough” as they look at themselves in the mirror, eventually it will become written on their hearts.
The most important thing is to make powerful, positive words visible, not just for us, but for our children. It doesn’t matter if the words are in lipstick or erasable marker or recycled plastic. What matters is that we can see them and make them a positive force of change. I am so happy to be a part of this positive movement.
Get your own OneWord365 scripted by Colleen.
(She ships all over the world.)