My One Little Word for 2014

Do you know about One Little Word? It’s an awesome concept and I’m SO glad I stumbled onto it. I was hopping around on Instagram and came across the #OLW hashtag. Read more from the original creator.

In a nutshell:

“A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.”

So you choose a word (or it chooses you). It can be a noun, verb, adjective, anything!

GrowThis word definitely chose me. I was playing around with Strength, Love, Yes – I was particularly fond of Yes. And while researching art journals (it’s something new for me that I want to try), Grow just jumped right out and demanded attention. It sank its little roots into my mind and refused to budge. I literally stopped browsing and looked up from the laptop. Taking in my surroundings: the whole house was asleep. I was alone in my epiphany. I could SEE the word in front of me, growing branches and sprouting new leaves and flowers and covering every surface with strong roots, sturdy branches, rich colour. In between the leaves I saw flashes of loved ones, faces of colleagues, friends, my family. Scenic landscapes flipped at the edges.  THIS would be my word for 2014. Grow.

When deciding on how to introduce my One Little World to this blog, I was playing around with fonts and colours. A few days ago I had pinned the Pantone colours for 2014. Hemlock (green) seemed like an obvious choice; but the softness and grace of Radiant Orchid was appealing. I walked around with this colour and word during my work day. And the more I envisioned swatch boards in my mind’s eye, the more this combo felt just right. It grew on me. Just like my OLW said it would.

So join me on this journey of self discovery and growth, of letting one little word ripple through my life this year. We are the masters of our own journey.