One Little Word: October 2019

It wasn’t until now that I realized that 2019 is almost over. This OLW project has been one of my greatest accomplishments of the year not only for keeping up with it all year long, but also because it means a lot in my mental health recovery journey. Through “cultivate” I have created a sense of awareness and gratitude, which was expressed through this month’s assignment. We were asked to mention internal things about ourselves that we are thankful for. In a world that focuses on material stuff we often forget to be thankful for the efforts we make each day, for our resilience and strength, for our vulnerability and for all the things that we make happen

What I loved

I simply loved the opportunity to cultivate gratitude on not-material things. I loved looking within me and seeing all the valuable things that we do everyday.

What I didn’t like

I disliked how the “thankful” page turned out. The photo I chose wasn’t the best. Since I lately gravitate towards more minimal layouts and pages, I shouldn’t have imitated Ali’s design when there were less elaborated ways to complete this prompt.

It is important to note that we are provided with lots of great ideas and guidance (both online and in the workshops we take) but it is not mandatory to follow them. What really matters is capturing the story or the moment at least with a couple of words and a photo, and making it work for us.

I create my pages on my iPad using the Affinity Photo app which have functionalities similar to Photoshop. The handwritten text is added using Procreate (also an iPad app) which I love love love!

You can read about my other OLW pages here.

One Little Word is a year long project started by the awesome Ali Edwards in 2006 where she choses a word to focus on, meditate, and reflect on throughout the year.