When I learned of Ali Edward’s “One Little Word” movement just over a year ago, I wholeheartedly embraced it. For 2016, I chose the word leap to guide many of my goals, especially concerning my small business ventures. Although I didn’t actively remind myself of it throughout the year, I believe (just leap!) was nudging me from my subconscious each time I began to hesitate or wanted to put something off because I thought it would be too difficult to accomplish or turn out to be not good enough. I believe it was there gently reminding me, because I did leap. I took a lot of chances, big and small, last year. I pushed aside hesitation and tried to ignore doubt. “What’s the worst that can happen?” I thought. I’m at a point in my life where not trying, not doing, and making excuses – (I used to refer to them as “reasons”) – is worse than failure. Now, I’d rather try. If I fail, I can learn from it, rework it, and try again.
With another year in the past and a new one still wet behind the ears, I find myself hungry again for a new set of challenges and goals. After some reflection, I realized that I want to learn and develop new and useful skills, with the hope that I will unlock new passions and aptitudes. The desire to start a blog and develop my writing and creative skills led me to learn WordPress and some basic technical stuff. Years ago if you told me that I would eventually get into this side of things and like it, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. The fact that dabbling in beginner tech stuff grabbed my attention and sparked my interest to learn more, truly excites me. It has set the tone for my guiding word in 2017 to be – (you guessed it four sentences ago) – learn.
A handful of weeks ago, I began taking a HTML5 class online; basically, coding for beginners. It’s free, so I figured there are zero excuses not to give it a whirl. (Bonus: If I pass the course, I will gain a couple of continuing education credits. You’re the best, Public Library!) I’m almost halfway through. There is a lot of information being thrown my way, and it can feel overwhelming at times…but it’s holding my attention, and I’m determined to continue practicing and learning more. I am eager to gain new skills, especially ones that I never thought I would want to know…and I can’t wait to be able to put them to use and open doors to new opportunities. (Education…Knowledge…Experience…Yippee!!)
I’m trying to focus on the present tasks at hand and to not get ahead of myself; though if this continues on a positive path, I would like to study additional web design and programming languages next, and explore some non-tech educational opportunities, too.
What will your One Little Word be this year? Or even, this month? Which word will you choose to guide various areas of your life, and why? Share with us below.