a new year 01*01*2011

I love the beginning of a new year. It’s like buying yourself a fresh notebook – crisp, white, brand new pages, just waiting for you to write what you will.

And with the beginning of a new year, comes resolutions.

I stopped making resolutions last year. I stopped because Ali Edwards introduced me to the concept of One Little Word.

pick a word

It’s a simple concept, really. Pick a word, a word that means something to you, and live it for the year. It might sound corny at first, but take a few moments to think about it. Think about what you want out of 2011. It might be the first word that pops into your head … it might take you a while. But sooner or later, trust me, you’ll have a word. It kind of chooses you.

Last year, I chose the word True.

In a nutshell, I needed to be true to myself. I needed to get back something I’d all but lost.

And I did.

And oh, so much more.

This year, my word is Focus.


I want to take the gifts that I found in 2010 and build on them, and make something more. This past year has been a whirlwind of busy, and being ‘true’ found me also being all over the map. heh. So I want to slow down a bit and focus. Breathe. Enjoy.

live it

I like my word so much, I went and used it to name my new project, focus52. It fits perfectly! You can read about it here, and if you think it’s something you might like to do, slap your name on the sign up list and join the flickr group. It’s going to be fun, and thankfully not as crazy hectic as a 365. I’m shocked and thrilled that, as of right now, there are 58 people registered here and 85 registered on flickr. SO awesome.

And then there’s Karen talking about her fun journal and in two seconds flat I was hooked on that project too. I absolutely love a brand new notebook and there was a time when I could not pass up the pretty ones I’d see in the stores. Now? Karen just gave me permission to scoop them up. Yay Karen! heh.

and yay! for today’s shot. Brand new year, brand new notebook … new word …

And then along comes Ali with her twist on One Little Word this year.  And, well, in for a penny, in for a pound, y’know?

(might have to work on that ‘all over the map’ thing a bit more)

(should also focus on replacing my Christmas header, y’think?)

So what about you? What would you like to see for yourself this year?

Whatever it is, I wish you all of the best of the best.

And the best of that too ;)


You can visit or join the focus52 flickr group here. My personal focus52 project can be found on flickr here or by clicking ‘my f52’ in the category list to the right.

  • Gail
    Posted at 00:45h, 02 January Reply

    Jan, I think that is an awesome word. And I love that you lent it to Project 52. I’m so looking forward to submitting a photo once a week. Everyone seems excited about it!

    • janice
      Posted at 11:02h, 02 January Reply

      I really hope they are. I’m getting the feeling that a lot of people would like weekly prompts.
      I’m brainstorming it, along with a few other questions that have popped up.
      Might have to reorganize things here a bit ;)

  • Nicci
    Posted at 07:19h, 02 January Reply

    aaaah, that is my word too. I really need to finish that journal entry on it. lol Not very focused yet.

    • janice
      Posted at 11:03h, 02 January Reply

      it’s early days ;)

  • Micheline Harvey
    Posted at 11:50h, 02 January Reply

    Could my word be chocolate? Kidding. This is a fantastic concept. Go, you!

    • janice
      Posted at 13:43h, 02 January Reply

      Pick a word, baby!
      and keep it clean ;)

  • Tug
    Posted at 20:39h, 02 January Reply

    I LOVE this idea, & will have to come up with a word for myself. Happy New Year friend!

    • janice
      Posted at 21:02h, 02 January Reply

      Same to you, hon! xoxo

  • blue elephant photography
    Posted at 21:47h, 02 January Reply

    congrats on your 365! for this year, i just came up with my word, i was inspired by kim from kim klassen cafe on this one word thingy…this year my word is GROW. in a nutshell, i want to grow more in my career and in my business and in my relationship =) cheers and happy new year! and i love that photo! i have a focus photo too =)

    • janice
      Posted at 00:37h, 03 January Reply

      Excellent word!
      OLW really sticks with you, once you start. I can’t imagine starting the year and differently now.

  • Lori McDonough
    Posted at 14:47h, 03 January Reply

    Jan, ok…i think simply because we picked the same word “focus”…i am SO in for focus52!!! Great minds think alike! Can’t wait to jump in, even though i’m not exactly sure how…i will figure it out. Will blog about it tomorrow and see if i can’t get some more peeps on board! Happy New Year, friend.


    • janice
      Posted at 16:35h, 03 January Reply

      Lori!!! oh I am so GLAD to see you join in! awesome!

  • Jamie S
    Posted at 15:15h, 03 January Reply

    What an awesome word choice for the year. This is my first year going with the one little word concept and I can’t wait.

    • janice
      Posted at 16:37h, 03 January Reply

      I swear, it’s the best way to start the year. And I find that you carry your other words along with you too, you know?
      So much better than a resolution I’d drop in a week ;)

  • Kate
    Posted at 23:14h, 03 January Reply

    I found you from Long Hollow. I love your site. I’m going to poke around a little bit, but don’t worry I’ll put everything back where I found it!!

  • Jillsy Girl
    Posted at 14:32h, 04 January Reply

    Ooh…I might just have to start a little journal for myself!

    • janice
      Posted at 16:37h, 04 January Reply

      Did you go check out Karen’s?
      Fun, right? Sort of an impromptu scrapbook. I love it.

  • Suzette
    Posted at 18:25h, 08 January Reply

    Love the photo and love the idea behind it! What a great way to start the year and now I’m thinking about what my word should be.

    • janice
      Posted at 02:04h, 09 January Reply

      Once you start, you’ll do it every year, I swear :)

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