Story Challenge Day 27: Another Little Word

My One Little Word for this year was hard to come by. I went through a lot of thinking before I settled in on space: space to just be, space to figure out what exactly I wanted or needed for myself.


I’ve been taking space. I’ve had time on my couch with some flair pens and ideas batting back and forth.

If you can follow my thought pattern, more power to ya!

I’ve taken space on long walks in pretty spaces.

And with a companion like this, it’s quite lovely.

I’ve taken space while I move big things.

Been pushing this bad boy down and back once a week ’til I get better, stronger, faster.

I’ve taken space with people who ground me.

Dinner with a friend. In an actual PLACE. I almost forgot how wonderful that is.

And all of that time, all of that space, has allowed me to discover my next One Little Word. I hoped it would be a revelation, that this One Little Word would point the way to what I need, what I want, where I’m supposed to be going in this life.

Yeah, no such luck.

Still, my new One Little Word fills me with the hope that yes, I just might be inching closer to figuring a few things out here and there. Because I’ve felt a shift within myself.


That feeling when I’ve done the work, done the thinking, and while there hasn’t really been much change to me on the outside, I can feel that things are somehow different on the inside.

Could it be that I’m staring eye-to-eye at midlife, getting antsy? Maybe.
Is it possible I’m on the edge of something big and important? Yep.
Might I still have a whole long way to go? Ab. So. Lute. Ly.

For now, though, I’m going to feel and explore this shift. That is, ’til the next One Little Word comes around to tap me on the shoulder.

Interested in learning more about the March Slice of Life Challenge, or wanting to read more great posts? Head over to the Two Writing Teachers site!

Published by Lainie Levin

Mom of two, full-time teacher, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and holder of a very full plate

18 thoughts on “Story Challenge Day 27: Another Little Word

  1. It’s fun that you change words mid-year. I try to live with mine for a year, but when it’s not a good match, it can be a long year. My word for this year is Clear!

    1. Oooh! I like that word. It’s a good one! Last year I had three words. For me, it’s a matter of realizing that there are different principles that guide me at different times. Maybe one year a word will stick with me the while time. Who knows?

  2. I like this idea of exploring your OLW in depth, examining it from different angles, and allowing it to change. A good reminder to re-examine my OLW as I reevaluate my goals at this end of the first quarter of the year. Thank you–and congrats on making a growth shift!

    1. Thank you! It’s weird – I seldom set out with the intent of evaluating my OLW during the year, but there are times where it just hits me that maybe a different one will serve me…

  3. I really like this word. Shift means you’re not standing still letting things happen to you. It means your thoughts are always going shifting from what doesn’t work what does or from what works to what works better. Shifting goals once old goals are met. Shifting perspective to gain new understanding, Yes, shift is a great word.

    1. Thank you! Of course, there are also times in my life where it’s not me that’s shifting but the ground beneath. THOSE times are a little bit scarier. Glad the movement is coming from within this time around.

  4. Thanks for sharing. I’m really interested in these one-word intentions. It’s a great way to find focus.

    1. Thank you! These intentions feel a whole lot better to me than New Year’s resolutions, that’s for sure.

  5. I choose a word for each school year. This year my word is BALANCE. Balance the academics with the fun, balance my work life with home life, balance time with my mom and sisters as well as my husband and kids and friends. Sometimes I’m more balanced and other times I’m tilting to one side!

    1. Balance. Now THAT is a great word. I feel like that one is a universal theme in my life for sure.

  6. Okay, I can’t do those one word things at all, just too many possibilities jumble into my mind! But space, I like that word and the various interpretations you have put on it…interested to see where shift will take you!

    1. I get it! It’s difficult for me to focus in on one word, but I really like the exercise of sifting through my thoughts until one emerges.

  7. I haven’t felt compelled to have a word for the last few years because I don’t like choosing one for a whole year when I’ll be totally different in a few months. Your way of choosing a work makes much more sense to me. I enjoyed reading your reflections on how space has been a fruitful word for you. And shift makes so much sense as your next word.

    1. Thank you! You know, when I chose my word last January, I did so with the full knowledge that it wouldn’t last me. So I didn’t even pretend that I would stick the the same one this year. Depending on how you frame it, I’m either nice and flexible or highly unfocused. =))

  8. It’s March and so far my chosen word, persevere, still works for me. It honestly never occurred to me to change words mid-stride should it no longer work for me. Thanks for the ‘shift’ in view that I can, and should, to be flexible to change it if needed. eah – shift – definitely works for your next word.

    1. That’s a GREAT word, Raivenne. You. know, it’s strange – there are definitely words that guide my life over long stretches of time, but some how they never bubble up into my mind as OLW for whatever reason.

  9. This is fascinating to me, as I am in year two of sticking with my OLW, “awe.” I even have it on a bracelet that I wear daily, to remind me to stay open to it, for it will come. It does come. It’s all around, if we choose to see… and I can also see the appeal of changing words, for they can become stale and then what’s the point?? You are anything but static, my friend, and “shift” is a word so full of energy, a constant redirection, whether in priority or perspective. I am reeeeallly intrigued by that line “Is it possible I’m on the edge of something big and important? Yep.” Oh, is my curiosity piqued!! You write with such wisdom and self-knowledge; who’s got time for a word that won’t do? There comes Shift (I envision her wearing a shift dress, with long, thin arms) to tap you on the shoulder, saying, “This way, Honey.” She’s in cahoots with Story for sure.

    1. Yes, she IS! Thank you so much, Fran, for your thoughtful response and your insight.

      As for the personification of Shift, it’s funny you should mention. I’m eyeball deep RIGHT NOW with my fourth graders as they craft poems personifying abstract nouns. Now you have me thinking that it’s time to write alongside them.

      And the bracelet? I find it so wonderful and fitting – and hardly surprising – that you keep that sentiment with you always. I actually have a bracelet a friend gave me a few weeks ago. The inside is engraved with the message “Keep (expletive) going.” And yes. It’s the kick in the pants I need…

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