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ONE little WORD

I don't really do resolutions...
I always seem to fail at them and then I get all upset and
then I have to eat something and follow it with a coke
and then wait 11 1/2 months to set it as my resolution again

so I don't do them...

I do however do
for a few years I have followed
stalked and stalked some more
Stephanie over at Homegrown Hospitality
she introduced me to this whole OLW thing

it is simple really
for the new year
in the past (for 2 years...yes you can keep it for more than one year)
my word was gratitude
I would look backwards at what could have been
not what it is
I couldn't enjoy
because I was too worried about
I saw a quote on pinterest
and it had an unknown author so I am thinking I am safe
by making it into a
Farley poster
but it summed up why I chose gratitude
it said

when I picked the word gratitude I was aware of this shortfall
(me with a shortfall... I know I know *wink*)
I kept this word close to my heart
I would repeat it
I would doodle it
I would think it
when something didn't quite go right I would try really hard to find gratitude
it really helped me become a better person
I kept this word for 2 years because it felt right
and now I am retiring gratitude... I have that now... I OWN it
it sits nicely on my shelf of life
like a big trophy
(glitter trophy... everything is better with glitter)
(OK maybe not grits or oatmeal but you understand)
and now I am moving on to my new OLW

as in make shine

this word is very fitting for me...
I love it actually
I didn't go searching for this word
it just came to me
I have used it a lot this year actually
the word not the meaning...
my co-workers KNOW that I use the phrase...

we need more polishing and less tarnishing

a lot this year...
well I am going to stand by my word
and make a real effort to try to polish
my focus is
work - home - self

having one little word is so easy
I hope you join me in this
and I am giving you a heads up so you can think of your ONE LITTLE WORD
if you want to go ahead and tell me in the comments
I would love to see what everyone else picks
BUT I am also going to have a section on the CURRENTLY for January where you can tell me your
you have a few days to think about it!!!

I hope you will join me...
no pressure
and if you want to see
more info about this
OLW thing here are some links
both of these places are WAY stalking worthy!!!

Homegrown Hospitality  this is Stephanie's blog... she has the most amazing talent and I gave myself a gift and bought her doodling one course... LOVE IT!!!

Ali Edwards is the brains behind this OLW and she explains it WAY better so please go check her out too
and I LOVE her WORD but I am still keeping mine :)


  1. Love this idea.
    You can combine both of yours too:

    "Polish your life with gratitude!"

    Yearn to Learn Blog

  2. That's so funny I posted about my OWL yesterday. I did something a bit different this year...I like your OWL!

  3. I started this last year too! In the past, I'd make resolutions I failed to keep which just got me down and a downward cycle would start. Last year my word was joy. I haven't picked a word yet for the coming year but I am a firm believer that it will pick you.
    2B Honey Bunch

  4. I love this!! I think my 2012 word will be "compassion".

  5. What a perfect idea! Who EVER keeps resolutions anyway, right?

    I'm not sure of my word yet (maybe priority) but will be pondering this idea for the rest of my break.

    Thanks for the great idea!


    Fun in Room 4B

  6. love this!!

    Also, I have a New Year Resolution linky party & a survey on my blog that I would really love your feedback on. Please stop by and give me your opinion.


    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  7. I am not a "resolution" kinda girl, but I thought I would give it a go this year. Then I read your blog "OLW" and I'm sold. Now to think of my OLW...I'll let you know!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  8. I LIKE this! I don't care for resolutions. I tend to forget about things like that and remember them a long time after, not sure when I made them. I can probably remember one word - especially one LITTLE word.

    I WILL think about it, and I WILL link up for Currently January! Yay!

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  9. I absolutely love this idea. I am pondering my one word but now that you said polish i have total word envy. But i will keep thinking!!!

  10. LOVE this idea; thank you so much for sharing! I shared Ali's 2012 post on my FB page so hopefully some of my friends might be inspired, too! Now I have to think of a word...my first thought was "joy," but I think I'm kind of already good at that; it would probably be good if I picked something I really NEED to focus on...thanks again for getting me thinking!

  11. This is a wonderful idea.

    And here is what makes YOU wonderful:
    "... We need more polishing and less tarnishing..."
    That could be a Farley poster all by itself. That is a great sentiment and a good rule to live by.

    You are so inspiring! Thanks for the weblinks and the details. You've given me a lot to think about...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  12. What a wonderful idea! I love how simple yet powerful it is.
    Thanks for sharing this!
    Deb @ Simply the Classroom

  13. Wow, I love this, and want to share! I think we can all use this!

  14. Kim over at Joy in 6th sent me and W.o.W. was she right! Amazing post . . . and I'm loving the word POLISH, too!

    Do you know the poem Star Polisher by Leah Becks? If not, here's a link:

    Star Polisher

    Happy New Year! Barbara

  15. Oh how cool! I just heard about this idea on the Christian radio station I listen to and thought it was a wonderful idea! I actually just posted about this on my new personal (non-teaching) blog (http://cforeman569.blogspot.com/) My word for 2012 is DILIGENCE :-)

  16. ok.... I have it!!!! PEACE!!!! my OLW is PEACE!
    I'll write more about it later! Thanks for the great idea!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  17. Love the idea, lots to think about....holidays are so wonderful but after all the fun, food, presents,excitement...I like the simple idea of one word. Thanks !!

  18. I love the idea of OLW. Think that I will blog about it too and link back to you. I have been thinking about this idea for a while. I, too, hate the disappointment of resolutions. I am going to use the word BALANCE. That is what is needed in my life.
    Happy New Year!
    Lori @

  19. Me again - I loved this idea so much I blogged about it today and gave you a shout out! :)

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  20. I am so very excited to do this!! What an inspiring idea- I also love the memory jar.

  21. #1 - I love this idea and I blogged about it today.

    #2 - I am going to buy my memory jar today!

    Abby @ Third Grade Bookworm

  22. Love this idea. Something I need to keep in mind. Thank you Farley!
    Life with Mrs. L

  23. I had no idea what OLWS were until now!! I love your pinterest quote! I need to pin that!
    Teaching First


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