One Little Word for 2015

This is the first year I will attempt to live with one word in mind.


Okay, fine, the first year in which I will attempt Ali Edwards’ One Little Word project, in which I select one word to help guide me throughout the year. Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness has a wonderful post up today about her 2014 word (“curate” – such a great choice!) and how it lead to her pick for 2015.

As usual, I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing but I’m up for the challenge.

(Aside: will “I have no idea what I’m doing” be the tagline for my twenties?)

One thing I’ve struggled with in my writing is a clear, concise voice. I have a tendency to be verbose at the worst times. Choosing one word to “focus on, meditate on, and reflect on” for the year seems like a way to keep my bad habits in check and to reinforce the concept of an “economy of words.”

(Another aside: I really should’ve added this RDJ gif in after I drafted my blog post. Super distracting.)

After a lot of thought, I decided my 2015 word will be…


This is a year of new opportunities and challenges, and I’m choosing to meet them with renewed excitement and promise. After a year that sometimes felt like I was stuck with a perpetually-running “womp womp” soundtrack playing in the background, I’m ready for 2015.

For me, explore is about challenging myself, breaking out of my comfort zone, and immersing myself in experiences. It’s about embracing new experiences, perspectives, and philosophies. Instead of staring at an obstacle and backtracking, it will mean finding a new route. It means breaking new ground and finding untapped reserves.

An artist is an explorer. He has to begin by self-discovery and by observation of his own procedures. After that he must not feel under any constraint. — Henri Matisse

What’s your word for 2015? How can we support each other this year? 

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8 thoughts on “One Little Word for 2015

  1. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) says:

    First, I sort of love the idea of making your word “survive” and then looking at that GIF every morning. It makes me laugh so much.

    But really, I love the word explore. It’s so active and exciting, but also really personal, exploring who you are and the person that you want to be. And it totally makes sense within the context of having no idea what you are doing (I believe that is the tagline for every person in their 20s). Good luck this year, I hope your word helps guide you and than doing the workshop helps bring some clarity 🙂


  2. Kerry M says:

    Love this! I’m planning to do the One Word focus as well this year, just as soon as I figure out what my word will be… Explore is such a lovely option, and I love the Matisse quote. Can’t wait to see what you make of it!

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  3. Shanna says:

    Sustainability. It’s actually driven from something you said to me one time… If you remember the moment I’ll award you one million bonus points 😉


    • Justice says:

      I have vague memories of discussing sustainability in relation to workload/success; it’s not enough to get something done, you have to be able to sustain that over longer periods of time. Close? Maybe?
      — Justice


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