Winter Intentions and My OLW

This past year has sped by – a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. I am actually glad to be seeing the end of these past two years.

I have chosen OLW (One Little Word) for several years now. It began with taking Ali Edwards OLW course. Through the years, choosing that one word, has helped me prepare for the new year and to represent my hopes for the coming year.

Here are the words I’ve chosen since 2013:

2013  Joy

2014  Embrace

2015  Bloom

2016  Shine

2017  Cultivate

2018  More

2019  Focus

2020  Refire

2021  Live

Usually, the word finds me. This time, it has been a real challenge to find that one word I want to hold on to for the year.

My word this year, Live, did not help much. Covid, and my hubby’s poor health kept me mostly home bound. I did not create or write much.

As I went through Susannah Conway’s Find Your Word course (free, mini course) this past week, I filled a page with possible words. My top five were thrive, BE, Do, connect create, yet none of them grabbed me. I kept returning to my first OLW, the word I had in 2013 – JOY. A friend reminded me (thanks Linda!), that I could use a former word. It felt right.

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As I turn 70 in a few weeks (how time has flown – I definitely only feel that age in my joints. My hair isn’t even grey for goodness sake!), I knew I wanted a word to lift me up. To give me hope and inspiration. JOY definitely does that.

I need to be on the lookout for joy every day. I want to savour every moment. Simple acts of kindness, time with family and friends, using my gratitude journal regularly and looking at life as a gift – all these will help me find joy.

I am working to create my OLW canvas that will showcase my word for the year.

I did create my Winter Vision Board for the months ahead. I used to do this regularly but the past few years, many of my regular practices fell away. I am determined to do and be more. All the past words I have had will reinforce my journey in 2022.

Here is my vision board, with my winter intentions.


I’m linking with:

The One Word Linkup at Lisa Notes   

Friendship Friday Blog Hop at Create With Joy

Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy

10 thoughts on “Winter Intentions and My OLW

  1. What a lovely choice! I’m so glad you linked up at our December One Word linkup. Your vision board is phenomenal. I love that you have chosen such specific actions that you can take. You’re going to have a year full of joy for sure! 🙂

  2. I really like your vision board setup. It encompasses your everyday life and what things can and will bring you joy. Thank you for sharing.

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