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For the fifth year, I’m participating in Ali Edwards’s One Little Word. My words so far have been finish, savor, weave, expand, and this year my word is reflect.

Today I’m sharing the January prompt for the workshop. I love the January prompts–they do so much to help lay the groundwork for the year!

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I included cards for the January prompt on a 9×12 pocket page, which I’m including in my regular pocket scrapbooking album. I’m going to be using a lot of yellow this year, but for the front of the page, I went more neutral colors worked better on this page, with a pop of yellowish gold from a glitter boca patterned paper.

The front side includes the definition of my word, my “reason why,” and several quotations. I gave myself more room than provided on the cards in the One Little Word kit. I chose one-sided cards for the other side of the page and used the blank backs to expand what I was writing on the front.

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I used the Dictionary app on my phone for the definition.

Here’s my “reason why:”

This year I’m going to need light, and I’m not the only one. I want to share and reflect it. I need time to think, to expand my mind, & go through my thoughts. REFLECT.

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I found quotes on Brainy Quotes and was happy to find many from thinkers I love:

“The decisions you make are a choice of values that reflect your life in every way.” -Alice Waters

““Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.” ― Edward Gibbon

“I write in order to find out what I truly know and how I really feel about certain things. Writing requires me to go much deeper into my thoughts and memories than conversation does. Writing provides the solitude necessary to reflect on being in this world.” -Leslie Marmon Silko

“I think it’s the job of the artist to reflect the times and also reflect his or her views of the world.” -Jidenna

“The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.” -Vaclav Havel

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The back page has a selfie (in a sun spot getting cat kisses, what’s better?), “invitation” and “let go” cards, a note to myself, and patterns and sentiment cards that I felt go with my word.

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  • more time to think
  • more effort to live my values & fight injustice
  • more opportunities to give back
  • more intentional with time alone
  • more diverse voices
  • improvement of my photography skills

Let Go:

  • procrastination
  • feeling of helplessness
  • being stressed to inaction
  • worrying about the things I can’t control
  • my biases and unrecognized prejudice
  • defensive impulses

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Note to Self:

“When I dare to be powerful–to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I’m afraid.” -Audre Lorde”

I’m not sure how many of the prompts I’ll be sharing this year, many of the things I wrote about last year were too personal. I’m thankful for this course and process, which really helps me to hone in on the changes I want to make in my life.

Do you participate in One Little Word? What’s your word for the year?