EXPAND - One Little Word 2016 | The Nerd Nest

For the fourth year, I’m taking Ali Edwards’s workshop One Little Word.

My word for 2016 is EXPAND.

I love that this word has practical and figurative meanings, so that it lends itself well to personal emotional growth as well as work and life goals.

I have some ideas already for how I’ll use this word to guide me in the coming year, but I’m also attracted to powerful imagery that I associate with the word, like a bird expanding its wings and the Grinch’s heart growing (three sizes that day!), pie charts filling up, and yeast expanding to fill a bowl. I’m not sure how those images will play into how I grow with my word this year, but like that the word that is strongly visual for me.

I even photographed and included a picture of a bird with a heart I drew as a teenager (which I think was based on a drawing in Spin or AP magazine for an article about Dashboard Confessional).

EXPAND - One Little Word 2016 | The Nerd Nest

Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about relating to expand:

It’s my goal to expand my business this year. Some of these changes have already happened, including working with my amazing Creative Teams for Pocket Your Year and Nerd Nest Challenges, adding helpful additions to Pocket Your Year (lesson PDFs, creative team assignment takes, worksheets, and monthly giveaways), and working with friends on some future collaborations.

Other changes will happen later in the year, like releasing a bigger library of workshops and (hopefully) launching a small line of scrapbooking products.

I am always looking to expand my skill set, so continuing with 52 Recipes and 52 Projects will help me in that arena (the latter also helps motivate me to bust through my ever expanding to-do list). I’ll also be writing more: the best way to expand my skills is through practice.

I want to expand my knowledge, so I’m planning on reading more non-fiction this year. I want to focus especially on biographies and memoirs, so I’m expanding not only my knowledge base, but also my capacity for empathy as I immerse myself in others’ stories.

I’m also thinking about expanding hearts and how I want to approach this year emotionally. Last year was all about just keeping myself together (WEAVE was so perfect for that), but this year I hope to flourish as I continue to experience extended family conflict and difficult relationships.

Overall, I’m hoping for a productive year with a full, happy heart.

Are you participating in OLW this year? What’s your word?

EXPAND - One Little Word 2016 | The Nerd Nest

Selected Supplies: Ali Edwards One Little Word printables and Precision Pen / Seven Paper 9×12 Page Protector and Goldie Journal Cards / Dear Lizzy Sweet Swirl paper / Kelly Purkey White Alphabet Stickers / Dymo label maker.