One Little Word (OLW)

Dana’s OLW for 2017

I love this annual One Little Word (OLW) project. I love hunting for my word. I love letting different words tumble around in my mind and my heart as the new year approaches. It is like a treasure hunt for the perfect word.

This year, however, there was no hunt. My word has been glaring at me for months. It has been tugging on my shirt, standing in front of me stomping its foot and demanding that I give it some attention.


My One Little Word for 2017 is us. When I wade through all the noise of my life, I find us. My husband. Maddie and Katie. My family. There we are, steadfast and constant. Us, underneath all the hustle and commotion of our beautifully messy life.

Last year my OLW was joy. I set out in January of 2016 with a plan to find the joy amidst the stress of work and writing deadlines and never ending To Do lists. It didn’t take me long to find it once I opened my eyes. My joy was right there in my messy kitchen as I unloaded homework from backpacks and cleaned up the dinner dishes and listened to my husband’s tales from his construction site where he works so hard every day for us. Joy, hidden in plain sight.

So in 2017, I will quiet the distractions and will devote as much time and energy as I can to being a mom and a wife. A daughter. A sister. An aunt. In the end, we are all that really matters to me.


This is us.


7 thoughts on “Dana’s OLW for 2017

  1. I couldn’t think of a more perfect word for you during this season of your life, Dana. Just perfect.

    Speaking of “This is Us,” please tell me you watch that incredible show. It has become a fast favorite of mine.


  2. You have such a beautiful family Dana! It’s refreshing to read about a focus on family. The balancing act is oh so hard… just read a post from Starr Sackstein about this very idea- how to be a good mom and a good educator at the same time? Not to mention wife, daughter, aunt…. How cool would it be to write a book about “The Year of Us” and all the experiences you have while focusing on your family?


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