“Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued – when they can give and receive without judgment.” ~Brene Brown, PHD, LMSW
I discovered the One Little Word online course created by Ali Edwards back in 2011. In the memory preservation community Ali Edwards is a pioneer. I remember Ali from years ago when I first began scrapbooking. It was a blessing to reconnect with Ali via the One Little Word (OLW) course.
OLW is a year long prompt based course. To describe this class in simple terms is difficult. The basic concept is to choose a word (or often let the word choose you) and focus on that word for the entire year. Through gentle guidance from Ali and her monthly prompts you will invite new experiences, emotions and light into your life while also making decisions on what’s not working and needs to be changed. Talk about feeling the feels….this is it folks.
This course has been so much more for me. First let’s discuss Ali. Although we have never met in person she has a way of making you feel like you’ve been friends for years. She is so genuine. Her videos have such a down to earth vibe that you literally cannot wait until the next month. She is your biggest cheerleader and a constant presence in the private Facebook Group.
Ah…the Facebook Group. This is where a ton of connection magic happens. Like Brene’ Brown’s quote states “…give and receive without judgment.” This group is the most supportive, positive bunch of ladies I have ever had the privilege to associate with. I have never been surrounded by so many women who seriously just want you to succeed. Having a bad day? Someone will post a quote that you can surely relate to. There are over 2500 members to this private group. If you have a question, post it – you’ll have 25 answers in less then an hour.
Last year I had the pleasure of organizing a snail mail pen pal group. We had over 200 ladies paired up to share the process of their OLW journeys. I made wonderful connections with many of these ladies. They were so happy to share themselves with each other through letters and small packages.
In addition to pen pals many of us follow each other on Instagram. I have met amazing new friends through OLW and Instagram. Many of these women are just like me – moms, wives, sisters, friends – but they are so open and willing to help you achieve your goals – it’s absolutely mind blowing. Many of us joke that if we could just live in the OLW community how much easier life would be. There is an ease to being brave, open and vulnerable in this environment of positivity. The funny thing is that you take those vulnerabilities and you bring them back to your “real” life and you are braver. You are fearless in achieving your goals because how can you fail with over 2500 ladies in your corner.
Here’s the kicker…this community would not exist if Ali Edwards decided to keep her OLW project to herself. She could have just chose her word each year and kept it to herself. But she didn’t. She was brave. She was vulnerable. She connected with women just like her. And most important….she shared herself with all of us. I will be forever grateful for this course. It has truly changed my life for the better. My heart has opened wider. I am brave with a big ole’ capital B. I’ve welcomed new friends from all over the world into my life. But the best part of all is that I am a better me. I feel the feels on the daily. I am strong in spirit and my soul is happy.
Connection is one of the most vital aspects to not only surviving but thriving in the sea of life’s ups and downs. It is so very important to share and be open to one another. I hope you feel a connection here at Soul-Positive. I’m rooting for you! I’m in your corner.