Mindfulness: Laura’s “One Little Word” 2017

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Dear Friends,

In 2011 we started a tradition of picking a word that would guide us through the year.  This idea was inspired by Ali Edwards “One Little Word” project.  For this month’s  “Mindfulness” series we will share two quick posts.   One featuring Laura’s One Little Word (today) and the other Tina’s One Little Word (tomorrow).

Check out our “one little word” through the years:

Tina: Health, Steadfast, Sea, Breathe, Fluid, Draw

Laura:  Mindfully Aware, Organize, DiligentSimplify, FlourishTend


Laura’s “One Little Word” for 2017


Dear Tina,

My “one little word” last year was TEND and it served me well. At this time last year I was in the process of moving and setting up my new studio.  As I tended to my life I let go of a lot of things that were no longer serving me. Marie Condo’s book became a field guide for letting go of anything that didn’t bring me joy which was liberating!

Another book I loved was Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Karen Rauch Carter which helped me Feng Shui my house. I had so much fun rearranging things in my home and giving them fresh life. I feel like there is a beautiful energy to it.

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I also spent time tending to both my garden and my spirit. In the process I developed a love for creating little flower posies and photographing them. These little posies  became not only inspiration for my paintings, but a part of my studio practice and a form of meditation. At the time I didn’t know why I was making them and now know it was my spirit guiding me. I want to trust and honor this kind of guidance more. Deep down I believe there is a natural flow and harmony to life when we are in tune with our heart’s calling. This is why I chose allow for my “one little word” this year.


 to permit something to happen or to exist

to offer a possibility

I am ready to allow more into my life: inner guidance, flow, goodness, joy, fun, love, connection, growth, clarity, freedom, abundance, good health, co-creation, well-being, serendipity, alignment, creation and anything else that comes my way. I love this word SO much! It feels easy, kind and gentle.

What is your word for the year?

Share with us and  in the comments below!


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2 thoughts on “Mindfulness: Laura’s “One Little Word” 2017

  1. I love the idea of having a word for the year…and I love the idea of having ‘allow’ as your word this year, Laura! I was reflecting in December on what my word would be for 2017. At first, I thought I would use ‘balance’ … but it didn’t feel right. When I thought about balance I thought of things having equal weight (that is, equal time, energy, attention). I realized that everything in my life doesn’t actually need equality. So, instead I’ve landed on ‘harmony’ as my 2017 word. I want all aspects of my life to fit together harmoniously…I want there to be an ebb and flow of my time, energy and attention that is appropriate to what is going on in my life. So far, this word has prompted me to rethink how much time I am dedicating to certain things (like binging Netflix or getting lost on Pinterest) which has opened up time and energy to do more art. Can’t wait to see where ‘harmony’ and ‘allow’ lead us in 2017!

  2. Kitty,
    I SO love your word! I can’t wait to see how the word, “harmony” will carry you into the new year. After writing out all my goals I realized that I had WAY too many and was putting a lot of pressure on myself. This year I am I going to be easier on myself and “allow” things to unfold more organically. I will be open to chance and new experiences. It will be a year of tuning into my intuition and living in the “now” more. Let’s check with each other and see how our words guide us. YES to an amazing 2017!
    xo Laura :)
    p.s. I am totally loving all your drawings on instagram! SO fun! :)

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