One Little Word for 2017

Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve been choosing One Little Word as a guide for a few years now, thanks to being introduced to this movement on Two Writing Teachers. Until last week I wasn’t sure what my OLW would be. Then one day I opened up the Highlights Foundation website anSlice of Life2d saw a picture of the stones garden. Front and center was the stone with the word ”create,” and I knew my OLW had found me.

In the past I have used Reflect, Listen, Re-imagine, Balance. All of those words had meaning and served me for a while, but I have to admit that I soon forgot about them. Why? I wondered. Then after reading Beth Moore’s  post this morning, I realized that maybe it was because I didn’t have a plan. I so admired the way Beth did some research about her word, then devised a plan where she could incorporate the concept into different areas of her life with meaningful actions. I needed to have a plan.

I started by copying the word into my notebook and brainstorming – ideas, words, connections, anything that struck me about what, how, why, and where I could create. I’m still working on it, but I know I want to step into creating stories for children, I want to help teachers create a passion for writing for themselves and their students, I want to create gardens that attract butterflies and birds in my backyard, I want to create a better understanding of world events within myself.


I think we all engage in creating things every day, but maybe we just aren’t conscious of it. This year I hope to raise my awareness of how I can contribute to creating something meaningful every day. I’m working on a plan.


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7 Responses to One Little Word for 2017

  1. arjeha says:

    This is a perfect word for you, Rose. Not only do you create new things for yourself, you encourage others to use their creativity in their classrooms through your examples. Keep creating.

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  2. This is a wonderful One Little Word and you have approached your plan creatively! I hope you’ll share some of your plan and accomplishments at SOL.

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  3. Lisa Keeler says:

    What a great word full of so many possibilities. I too was impressed by Beth’s thoughtful plans for her word. She has inspired me to push myself with my word and plan for 2017.

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  4. LSquared says:

    I love that you mind mapped your OLW. I think I’ll do the same with mine. Then maybe it won’t seem so big. There’s such joy and play in creating. Have a wonderful, creative 2017.

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  5. aileenhower says:

    I love Beth Moore! I know this will be a year of creating and creativity for you!

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  6. Tara Smith says:

    Our word tends to find us, doesn’t it? The trick is to make use of it constructively all year. Beth is right about needing to have a plan!

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  7. I, too, have come up with and forgotten many of my words. I agree–a plan is needed. Hooray for creating in 2017!

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