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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

My OLW of 2020

All of us at Two Writing Teachers and many others will share their word to live by for the new year. To learn more about where One Little Word projects first began, read up on Ali Edwards blog here.

My past words are always a great way for me to begin the process of choosing a new word.


Once again, I revisited these words and thought about the times in my life, each of them helped guide me throughout the year. Each word has held meaning in some way and some, more than others. This past year, though, I didn't thoughtfully revisit my word as much as I usually do. However, as I reread my post from last January, I realized I had worked diligently to be better. I have been more mindful of setting goals with intention and purpose. I have been more conscientious of setbacks and the opportunities they provide me when I desire to be better.

A word can offer inspiration, direction, or it can just be a label we connect with when the time is right. This year I hope to embody all of my former words as I dream big and live with ambition. I continue to have a lot of goals, and I am of the mindset that goals are worthy of my time. I need to take notice of what I'm working toward, how I'm getting there, and what success looks like to me. Nothing is impossible if I'm open to being quiet enough to listen in on each moment, giving it the pace it deserves.

This is why my word of 2020 will be DREAM! I hope to never lose sight of the fact that being flexible as I set goals is how dreams come true. Looking for opportunities sometimes means others are going by, and I might need to stop to see what's right here. I'm planning on dreaming, lifting, and caring for the moments I get to live, lead, and linger on. It's a good time for a good year. I hope you find dreams crossing your path as well.


  1. Dream is the perfect word for the start of a new decade! Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year Betsy! I like your word-it seems like a good fit.

  3. Dream is a great word, Betsy! It's a word we should all use as a guiding light. Happy New Year!

  4. “It’s a good time for a good year.” That’s a lovely thought appropriate to “dream.” Be a visionary d we’djo dreams the seemingly impossible into the possible.

  5. I adore the way your work embodies all of your past words. I think it’s an open-ended word that will lead you to wonderful places.

  6. Can't wait to hear about your dreams of 2020! Great post and great word!

  7. It’s so interesting to see how the OLW tradition has unfolded for you over years. I agree with you that it’s important to be flexible and to be on the lookout for what’s happening right around you. Opportunity is everywhere!


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