a little wordy

because words can inspire

A Wish

Michele Viner

I have been thinking a lot about wishes lately.  I suppose I should admit I have many of them.

One really great one came true a few weeks back when I partnered with an organization that knows much about wishes.  Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 - 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  They do amazing work.  They are amazing people.  And we just get each other.

They believe that joy is a wonder drug, and I do too.  A Little Wordy was created because I believe that positive words and messages can do incredible things.  Just moments into our first meeting, CW and A Little Wordy joined together to create the Children's Wish Bouquet, of which 10% of the sales will go back to them to support their work.  In fact, 10% of all of our sales will go to them.

I hope it helps a lot of wishes to come true.

I also hope that by continuing to put positive, loving and uplifting word bouquets into the world, we can remind people that words matter, that kindness matters and that it is pretty simple to spread joy.

I wish for that.

The Love Month

Michele Viner

Welcome to the love month.

The month when we love to love.

Love - year round - is the #1 word choice for our bouquets.  Whether we celebrate, commiserate, send wishes or just "think of someone", we often send our love.

I love that.  The world needs a little love right now.  And there are endless things to love.  Love you.  Love me.  Love us.  Love ourselves.  Love each other.  Love peace.  Love health.  Love our choices.  Love our besties.  Love our potential.  Love for the first time.  Love again.  Love anyway.  Love unrequitedly.  Love anyway.  Again.

Endless love.

This month's word is love.

And we couldn't love it more.

Words Matter

Michele Viner

I was floored by four words recently. 

Four words that were so unthinking and unkind and downright nasty that I don't think I have fully recovered. No, I'm not going to tell you what they were because without a long, drawn out history and without context they don't mean anything. But they meant something to me. 

Here's the thing. Moments like this in our lives are sent to us, I think. Sent as reminders of who we don't want to be.  Sent as reminders of what is right. Sent as reminders that we should always choose kindness over nasty.  Always.

For me, it was also a reminder of why I am putting little painted flowers and hearts with words out into the world.

It's because words matter.  Choose them wisely, and kindly.

 

A Little Wordy - Is That a Good Thing?

Michele Viner

Some people have questioned the name of my business. "Isn't being a little wordy a bad thing?" they ask. And rightly so because, yes, being wordy can be a bad thing, especially in a blog.  So let me get right to the point.  In this case it is not a bad thing; quite the contrary. In this case the whole premise of being a little wordy is that one little word can have huge meaning. 

Try. Give. Love. Be. Do. Fly. Fight. 

See what I mean?

A little wordy. A little play on words. A little fun. A little ironic. A lot of impact. 

Fighter

Michele Viner

n. someone who does not give up.

Be a brave but peaceful fighter.

One of my favourite words in my wordy lineup is fight.  Way back when when this product was still in my head and far from the paper, I kept seeing the word fight.  I loved it because it can mean different things.  In the negative, it can mean having a good 'ol barney with someone, but that is not how I thought about it.  I thought more about it in the positive.  Fight can also mean roll up your sleeves, and get to it.  

I have known many people in my life who have waged a good fight.  It is a word we commonly use to describe someone who has succumbed to a long battle with illness.  Sometimes it is used for people who have waged a good try at winning, but ultimately came in second.  For me, it is about having integrity.  About knowing who you are, what you stand for, and what you can achieve.

I dedicate this word to a young woman I have never even met.  She is a person who has already fought some stuff in her life through health issues and personal battles.  Most recently, she was the victim of a violent crime that some thought she may not be able to overcome.  But she did.  To win a fight, you must first be a fighter.  To be a fighter, you need to know what you have.  It doesn't involve violence, and in fact it never should.  Instead, it is about resolve, determination, courage and strength.  My heartfelt love to all the brave, but peaceful, fighters out there. xo