Thursday, 3 January 2013


Now that 2013 is truly here, it is time for me to reveal my One Little Word that will help set the tone for my year.

This year I chose "Unlock". 2012 was a year of change for me and for my family. DH's heart attack and diagnosis of diabetes, as  well as my back surgery and ongoing recovery led me to this word.
2013 will see us unlock the door to better health, to new opportunities, to more time for family and relaxation, and much, much, more.

I will be following the prompts for OLW and will privately scrapbook my journey. I am going to resurrect Wednesday's Words of Wisdom and will be posting a quote each Wednesday that is appropriate to my One Little Word.

Here are some steps I have taken already to remind me of my word. I picked up 6 of these journals at a Michael's clearance sale. There were several different covers in that bin and I was so excited to see a half dozen or so that had this key unlocking a door. I grabbed them all! I  will use them to track the challenges I enter and any giveaways I try for.  To pick up this book every day, with this key unlocking a door full of opportunities, is a great way to remind myself of unlocking my future.

I managed to find some heavily glittered keys for my Christmas tree. I like a tree laden down with baubles...almost groaning from the weight of them. I know it is the style to put very little on the tree...but that would never work for me. These keys were added to the tree this year and were already reminding me to start thinking about my word. I snitched one off the tree and hung it beside my computer...jut under the TV.

Lastly, I found the little key last year and for some reason felt compelled to purchase it. I went on a search for it and have hung it under the TV in my scrapbook room too.  It hangs beside a quote from Bernard Bernson "BELIEVE...Miracles do happen to those who believe in them"
On the other side of it is my WOYWW badge...WOYWW unlocks a weekly opportunity to broaden my horizons, learn some new techniques and just unlocks the way to a whole lot of fun! As the year progresses I may add more things to this little vignette!

New Year's Day saw my paperwhites finally blooming! We were greeted with one stem's blossoms  fully open when we came down for breakfast. Sounds hokey I know...but it made me feel I had indeed chosen the right word!


Di said...

Love your word Maureen! Email waiting for you :) Hugs, Di xx

aussie aNNie said...

This was wonderful to read and I agree with a lot of what you said. Miracles DO happen to those who believe...I know! Love your idea of scrapping your journey and let's hope for a better year ahead...I know I am with your words all the way...luv aNNie
[thanks for your great comment too, the dies are nice, got them today...}

Barbara said...

I love your word and the meaning behind it. I hope it's a start of a year full of unlocking many doors for you and your family.

Redanne said...

That is such a great word to choose Mo, especially after what you and hubby have been through this past year. I love the keys you have hanging (and agree about the laden Christmas tree too!) and your notebooks are perfect for your journalling. Hope 2013 is one of the best for you! Hugs, Anne x

sandee said...

I think "unlock" is a wonderful word to have! I love the key vignette you have started, will love to see how that progresses. And great idea adding keys to the tree, who want a mininalist tree?, load mine down please! waving hi from the chilly hills of North Carolina :)

Izzy Anderson said...

I love your OLW. You picked a great one. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful things you unlock in the new year!

Sue said...

Think this is a fab word and I look forward to seeing all your creations in 2013 and beyond huggles hun xxx

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Such a great word!
I need to remember that one :)
And I love the little journals you found!

Hazel said...

Brilliant word - just perfect. I look forward to unlocking all your posts inn 2013.

Thank you for your support and comments during 2012, they are so very much appreciated and I would like to wish you a HAPPY, HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS AND CRAFTY NEW YEAR!

I hope you have a great weekend.

Take care


Hazel xx

Glenda Atkins said...

'unlock'; a well chosen word, hope it opens all kinds if things for you this year!

Anita Scroggins said...

Here is hoping that this year is wonderful for you and yours! Love your little journals, sooo cute!

Buttons said...

Such a good idea to have visual reminders of your hopes/goals for the year in plain sight throughout the year. I hope you and your family have a 2013 to remember for all the right reasons. Thanks for all your lovely comments too. Hugs, Jenny x

Dortesjs said...

great word

Tracy said...

I have heard these words going around, but this is the first time I have heard of "unlock" being used...I love it.
It can be used for so many areas in ones life.
Have you ever seen the photo my daughter took her unlocking her secrets?

A Creative Operation said...

This is awesome!!!!!

Anne-Elise said...

What a great word, Maureen! I wish you all the best for the 2013! Hugs

Samantha Elliott said...

Hi Mo. I think you have chosen a fantastic word for 2013. I truly hope it is your year to Unlock things for you. Any time you feel I can help you unlock anything, just let me know.

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Maureen,

I love your word! Like you, I'm hoping to unlock the key to good health! Those little bins at Michael's get me every single time!

A word hasn't come to me yet for this year. I've been thinking and thinking - maybe I need to turn my brain off and see what rises to the top!


linda said...

unlock is an awesome and powerful word that sounds very motivating. i hope the new year brings you and your family better health and lots of creative fun time.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

"Unlock" is a TERRIFIC word to use as inspiration for the year.

Have a good one.

Sarn xxx

Jan Hennings said...

Love this!

MaryH said...

Yet another enjoyable read for this evening. What a good idea to keep track of the challenges you enter. Your journal sounds a wonderful effort to make as well...(except I KNOW I'm much too lazy to do that!). At the end of 2013, I expect you shall be very surprised to see the progress you have charted. You have my admiration for having the discipline to do this. And I'll be waiting to hear about anything on your journey that you care to share! Hugs