Essentially the idea is to choose a word (or let it choose you) that has the potential to make an impact on your life. Maybe you want to invite something or maybe you are hoping to subtract something. Maybe your word will be practical or hopeful or creative or fanciful. Maybe you need a big word, something in-your-face that will challenge you everyday. Maybe you need something smaller and quieter that will whisper gentle tidings as you make your way throughout the year.
Whatever word you end up with, make sure it is your word (not your sister's, mom's, partner's, child's, etc). You can share it publicly or keep it close to your heart.
Ali started doing this in 2007 and it kind of spread like wild fire (not sure if she originated it, but most people I know credit her, so I will too). I would say about half the bloggers that I read do the one word challenge. And I love a good bandwagon, I will usually jump on pretty quickly. So the decision made, you may wonder what kept me from posting my one little word until now? I didn't know what it was.
I knew that I got to choose the word or hope that the word found me, but once I made the decision it's like I went blank. I couldn't think of anything. I even thought about cheating and stealing someone else's word and making that my word, but then where's the fun in that. I picked a word, then I almost posted it and decided against it at the very last minute. (I gave myself a personal deadline of today, I figure I may have missed one week of the word, I shouldn't miss two). I was making this so difficult on myself. Almost like I was stressing over an assignment that I had given myself, maybe my word should have been RELAX, but I relax a lot as it is....
So last night as I was almost posting the other word, my word found me. It just jumped up and down in front of me and said - hello, how could you miss me?
My word is CAPTURE. What it means for me and my year is that this year will be about capturing things. The biggest "capture" in my life will be my photography. I hope to learn from so many of the wonderful ladies in my Flickr Group. I know that without their kind and encouraging words that I might not be able to finish my 365 (most of them just finished because they started in January 09, but that whole bandwagon thing from earlier, apparently I was a little slower to get on that one). So there it is my word for the year. Capture. I know it's not original because I did see it on a few other people's blog, but it found me and I'm ok with that.
1. to take prisoner or gain control over to capture an enemy to capture a town
2. (Group Games / Games, other than specified) (in a game or contest) to win control or possession of to capture a pawn in chess
3. to succeed in representing or describing (something elusive) the artist captured her likeness
4. (Physics / General Physics) Physics (of an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus) to acquire (an additional particle)
5. (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) to insert or transfer (data) into a computer