Have you heard of the #oneword movement? I just found out about it last night but my word came to mind immediately. So immediate that my husband's coworker had not even finished his sentence before I knew what it would be.
So what is One Word?
In a short explanation, it is the idea that by focusing on one word you can inspire yourself to change your life ... one word at a time. The book and experiment have a religious base to them but if you aren't religious I think it is still a powerful idea. It's simple really. Envision the kind of person you want to be. Think about the traits and characteristics that person may have and then, pick a word. That's it. One word to describe your ideal you.
Look at your word every day. Whenever faced with a choice, consider your one word prior to choosing a path. When it feels weird or unnatural, try to focus on your word and give it a go. Change isn't easy and it isn't fast. The idea is that by committing to a word to view the world and your choices through, you can escape the promises and resolutions that may break easily. You're not committing to a certain thing or change, just a change in the way you view choices and the world.
This may not be the way you view the One Word experiment and that is okay. This is how I've interpreted the project and look forward to the idea of changing a little bit at a time to become a better me. For 2015, my word is
This year, we had made a resolution to go camping at least 12 times. Explore takes it to the next level. Explore, to me, means that given the chance to try something new, I'll take it. Try new camping areas, go out on a limb with work projects, try to write a book, visit new locations, and be open to new ideas.
I'm excited for 2015. It will be a great year and my one word will ensure there are ups and downs. The experiences may not always be positive but at least they will be something new. I love the idea that new opportunities are always just around the corner, if only you are willing to see them.
If you already love the One Word project, or just heard about it by reading here, what is your 'one word' for 2015?
Happy Canoe Year! This year, we've made a New Year's resolution to go camping at least 12 times, but not necessarily once a month.
This past weekend, we started to work on that commitment with a Happy Canoe Year Camping Extravaganza.
Over three days, we canoed approximately 40 miles on the Suwanee River in North Central Florida. The weather was a bit dreary but cool and bug-less; a scenario camping enthusiasts in Florida dream of. We put in just south of US 41 in White Springs and pulled out at Suwannee River State Park.
The river was high, but not particularly quick and the epitome of serene. Most of the boat ramps were closed to canoes and other vessels due to 'dangerous conditions' but I don't really understand their reasoning. Now, I'd like to say, I am not one to go against park rangers' advice any time I feel like they're wrong. For this trip, I made an exception as the Water Management District and the River Camp Hosts all said the conditions were perfect for everyone but those new to canoeing and we are definitely not new to wonderful world of canoe camping! The river level at White Springs was 59.3 ft above sea level, according to the Water Management District's gauge.
The river camps are a lot nicer than I was expecting but we hadn't planned on staying in one the first night. We were hoping to find a pleasant spot along on a sand bank for the night. That was not in the cards, so we found ourselves at the Woods Ferry River Camp. We reserved a platform site the week prior, just in case, but preferred the primitive side of the camp area. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get any photos of the established River Camps.
The second night, we found a glorious sand bank to camp on. The only thing that could have improved the night was a starry sky and North Florida was decidedly cloudy that evening. A campfire on the sand, great friends to laugh with, and delicious food to eat. It was an excellent trip that I hope we'll repeat soon.
Does this trip sound like one you'd like to take? There are some things you should keep in mind if you are new to this section of Florida, river camping, or camping on Water Management District property.