Melanie’s OLW for 2018

Happy Holidays from all of us at Two Writing Teachers!
Have you chosen your One Little Word (OLW) for 2018 yet? Many of us in the Two Writing Teachers community and beyond have discovered how One Little Word can serve as a beacon, anchor or source of intention when life gets rocking and rolling. Instead of a resolution, we choose just one word to focus on throughout the year.

This week, each of us will be revealing our words. We hope you enjoy our explanations, and we hope that you will join us in this practice, sharing your OLW in the comment section of any of our posts this week. You can also join up with many other people around the world who now participate in the practice of choosing One Little Word with the hashtag of #onelittleword2018.


I had been debating my One Little Word, as I traditionally do at the end of December. And then, in a yoga class just after the Winter Solstice, my instructor read:

As you prepare for the Winter Solstice, you will discover that there is an immense need for slowing down, for silence and resting. 

Take the time to listen to those things that speak without words.

I’m not sure to whom I should give credit for those words, as the quote is on Pinterest, but the credit there is given to Blue Moon Shamanic Reiki.  In any case, several of my OLW finalists appear–discover, silence, time, listen, words… And the one I keep coming back to is there as well.

This year, for all of 2018, my One Little Word is rest.

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I resist resting. I multitask, over-schedule, and double-book. I keep to-do lists that I constantly add to, and I am always trying to squeeze in just one more thing. I’m trying to resist these tendencies.

“Sometimes the hardest thing we do is rest,” a good friend of mine reminds me.

I have thought about this word over the last few weeks, and the more I’ve thought about it the more important I think it is. Rests rejuvenate, allowing us to return to our work and relationships with renewed energy and intention.

When we were on vacation, there was one day when my daughter and I finished touring one place, and we were deciding on whether or not to squeeze in one more. “Up to you,” she said. I went back and forth as I tried to decide, and then made the more relaxing, and unlike me, choice of heading back to the hotel. “I was hoping you’d say that,” she said. “I’m ready for a rest.”

Each year as I have contemplated my word, I have reflected on words from previous years. Because I really do think about my One Little Word almost every day, these words have all become part of me, weaving together and inspiring me to be not just myself, but a better version of myself. 


I know that when I take the time to slow down and rest, I’m better. More focused. More energetic. Kinder. More present. Probably even braver.

This year, for all of 2018, my One Little Word is rest, and I can’t wait to read about other people’s OLWs for the upcoming year!


    • This giveaway is for Ali Edwards’ One Little Word® 2018 Workshop. Many thanks to Ali Edwards Design Inc. for donating this workshop.

    • For a chance to win this copy of the One Little Word® 2018 Workshop, please leave a comment on any (or all) of our team members OLW blog posts by Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Stacey Shubitz will use a random number generator to pick the winner, whose names she will announce on the Two Writing Teachers Facebook page by Tuesday, January 9th.

    • Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment, so Stacey can contact you to obtain your mailing address if you win.  From there, our contact at Ali Edwards Design Inc. will provide you with a code for the One Little Word® 2018 Workshop. (NOTE: Your e-mail address will not be published online if you leave it in the e-mail field only.)

    • If you are the winner of this workshop, Stacey will email you with the subject line of TWO WRITING TEACHERS – OLW. Please respond to Stacey’s e-mail with your mailing address within five days of receipt. Unfortunately, a new winner will be chosen if a response isn’t received within five days of the giveaway announcement.