You’re probably familiar with the idea of focusing on one specific word for a New Year’s resolution, but Ali Edwards takes this concept a bit deeper with her One Little Word (OLW) Project.

Ali is a designer, blogger, and creator of Project Life (my favorite!) and other popular scrapbooking projects.

For the OLW project, you’ll first choose one word to focus on for a year.  Next, you’ll create a scrapbook centered around that theme.

You could also use your chosen word to inspire journal writing, blog posts, art, reflection, prayer, and much more.

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Why do this?

You don’t need to be a writer to know that words are powerful.

Proverbs 18:20 says that “words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach.”

The OLW project gives you the opportunity to reflect on what matters to you and to set intentions that are aligned with your values.

As you write, photograph, and create art, you’ll gain a new perspective and maybe even a deeper relationship with yourself and the world around you.

It would also be fun to look back on OLW projects years later to see how much has changed.

I haven’t done a OLW scrapbook yet (I plan to in the future), but in 2019 I focused on the word “surrender” and in 2020 my word has been “growth”.  God has definitely been teaching me so much in both of those areas!

2019 was filled with uncertainty and change – learning to surrender control (which is in a work in progress) has given me so much peace and that’s why I love the word “surrender”.  As a Type A control freak, it’s not in my nature and it’s something I need to continue practicing.

For 2020, I chose the word “growth” because it’s been a year full of discomfort and growth – career growth, personal growth, and most importantly, spiritual growth.

Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been about growth in all kinds of other ways I wasn’t expecting.

Need some ideas for your own OLW project?

There’s definitely something here for everyone.  Here are 200 fantastic ideas!

  1. Awe
  2. Amazing
  3. Authentic
  4. Adventure
  5. Acceptance
  6. Alive
  7. Appreciate
  8. Awareness
  9. Available
  10. Abide
  11. Action
  12. Achieve
  13. Abundance
  14. Assurance
  15. Awesome
  16. Always
  17. Balance
  18. Beauty
  19. Believe
  20. Blessed
  21. Bloom
  22. Blossom
  23. Brave
  24. Breathe
  25. Beloved
  26. Bold
  27. Community
  28. Courage
  29. Curiosity
  30. Compassion
  31. Confidence
  32. Connection
  33. Contentment
  34. Challenge
  35. Capture
  36. Create
  37. Calm
  38. Cheer
  39. Cherish
  40. Change
  41. Cultivate
  42. Consider
  43. Commitment
  44. Clarity
  45. Delight
  46. Devotion
  47. Discipline
  48. Divine
  49. Dream
  50. Discover
  51. Embrace
  52. Encourage
  53. Explore
  54. Enjoy
  55. Experience
  56. Eternity
  57. Energy
  58. Excitement
  59. Enlighten
  60. Engage
  61. Effort
  62. Enough
  63. Empowered
  64. Faith
  65. Fearless
  66. Forgiveness
  67. Focus
  68. Flourish
  69. Fresh
  70. Freedom
  71. Forward
  72. Go
  73. Goal
  74. Gather
  75. Grace
  76. Growth
  77. Goodness
  78. Gentleness
  79. Give
  80. Generosity
  81. Glory
  82. Glorify
  83. Glow
  84. Guide
  85. Grit
  86. Hallelujah
  87. Habit
  88. Help
  89. Hope
  90. Happiness
  91. Humility
  92. Heart
  93. Holy
  94. Healing
  95. Intentional
  96. Inspire
  97. Imagine
  98. Inquisitive
  99. Illuminate
  100. Invigorate
  101. Joy
  102. Journey
  103. Kindness
  104. Know
  105. Leap
  106. Lead
  107. Light
  108. Listen
  109. Love
  110. Loved
  111. Learn
  112. Less
  113. More
  114. Mindful
  115. Maturity
  116. Magic
  117. Mend
  118. Motivate
  119. Nurture
  120. Now
  121. New
  122. Open
  123. Overcome
  124. Observe
  125. Optimism
  126. Pause
  127. Patience
  128. Passion
  129. Peace
  130. Positive
  131. Prioritize
  132. Potential
  133. Persist
  134. Play
  135. Pray
  136. Praise
  137. Perspective
  138. Question
  139. Quiet
  140. Relationships
  141. Refuge
  142. Renew
  143. Rise
  144. Recreate
  145. Rethink
  146. Reflect
  147. Reach
  148. Relax
  149. Rest
  150. Reconciliation
  151. Restoration
  152. Results
  153. Rejoice
  154. Rejuvenate
  155. Redeemed
  156. Sacred
  157. Serenity
  158. Seek
  159. Share
  160. Surrender
  161. Serve
  162. Simplify
  163. Slow
  164. Spirit
  165. Spirituality
  166. Soul
  167. Soulful
  168. Sparkle
  169. Shine
  170. Story
  171. Strength
  172. Sanctification
  173. Stillness
  174. Support
  175. Sweet
  176. Savor
  177. Sufficient
  178. Success
  179. Treasure
  180. Thrive
  181. Thoughtful
  182. Together
  183. Thankful
  184. Trust
  185. Teach
  186. Tranquility
  187. Transformation
  188. Truth
  189. Uplift
  190. Understanding
  191. Victory
  192. Vision
  193. Vitality
  194. Vulnerability
  195. Wisdom
  196. Worthy
  197. Wellness
  198. Worship
  199. Wonder
  200. Yes

Some of my favorites are: light, rethink, grace, enough, inspire, abundance, and believe.

I just might use those for future One Little Word projects!

How about you?

What word will you choose?