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December 31, 2007

an end + a beginning + my word

In between working on projects, still battling this ear infection/cold, getting ready for tonight’s festivities, drinking coffee, etc, I cleared off the boards above my computer. I do this every so often and today seemed like a pretty good day to invite something new. I am also changing things up by adding some clipboards on the other wall next to my desk for project organization (inspired by Lotta Jansdotter’s studio tour).

A fresh start. A new beginning.

I took everything down, put the things worth keeping in an inspiration notebook, and am now ready for new images, new words, new things to motivate + inspire + help me grow in 2008.

For me, in 2008, I am looking forward to getting to the heart of the matter – whatever that is. Clearing away excesses. Focusing on the most important things and not worrying about the rest. Taking a deep breath and beginning one foot in front of the other.

My word for 2008: vitality.

Vitality is the state of being strong and active; energy. Physically. Mentally. Spiritually. Creatively.

Here’s to moving forward. To fullness of life. To you and yours.

If you have decided on a word for the year I would love to read what it is – feel free to share in the comments.

Also: Loved this post over at Photojojo on Photo Resolutions. And I think this is the year I will do a 365 project.


  • 101.
    Erin said…

    Love this concept Ali, my word for the year is kindness.

  • 102.
    suzanne said…

    My word for 2008 is perseverance. (did I spell that right?) I want to persevere in my new endeavors. I don’t want to be a quitter. I want to SUCCEED!
    I am SO ready for 2008! Bring it ON!!! :)
    We love you Ali.

  • 103.
    Katie said…

    two words actually … but they compliment one another.
    My mantra for 2008 is: {breathe & be}
    breathe and be in the moment
    breathe and be true to myself
    breathe and be aware of the world
    breathe and be … :)

  • 104.
    Chris said…

    my word for 2008 is SIMPLIFY. I have been thinking about my word for the last month and have come decided that I need to simplify and enjoy life more. I plan on getting rid of things that cause me stress and take up valuable space in my life, in my thoughts and in my home. I am looking forward to 2008 and enjoying life more.
    Have a happy new year.

  • 105.
    Jamie said…

    My word for last year was RISK, and I took a lot of them. I also made a lot of changes.
    I realized that the reason I had to make such big changes in my life is because I just kept going with the flow of things without really being aware of the choices I was making (or exploring alternatives to them).
    So, my word for 2008 is MINDFULNESS.
    I want to be aware of my present state more frequently. I want to pay more attention to what I choose in life and ask myself “why” more often.
    Thanks for the inspiration! Happy New Year!

  • 106.

    Since I first heard about “one little word” a week ago (I must have been hiding under a rock for the last couple of years ~lol~), I haven’t been able to get past PLAY
    So that’s my word… play with the kids more, play with hubby more, play with my stash more.

  • 107.

    Since I first heard about “one little word” a week ago (I must have been hiding under a rock for the last couple of years ~lol~), I haven’t been able to get past PLAY
    So that’s my word… play with the kids more, play with hubby more, play with my stash more.

  • 108.
    The Writer Mama said…

    Vitality. I love it. And it could be a good one for me. I had three infections, one flu, and goodness knows how many colds in 2007.
    Still pondering the one word for 2008. Will keep you posted. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 109.
    Leigh-Ann said…

    Hi Ali :)
    Last year, my word was GROW. It reminded me many times to challenge myself beyond the “enough” and push towards Growth. It was the perfect word for 2007.
    In November, my husband left me. Just one day, he said ‘I’m leaving’. Grow could probably be an applicable carry over word into 2008. But I love change…and decided that I need my word to be DANCE. Dance is so freeing, celebratory, loose, unencumbered, and FUN! I literally dance like Elaine Bennice from Seinfeld…so it won’t be pretty. But I know that it will be a reminder to celebrate, let go, do something new and to have fun :)
    My mom gave me a necklace for Christmas that says ‘Dance like nobodies watching’ and thats exactly what i’m going to do! It’s a NEW YEAR!!!
    With love,

  • 110.
    Michele said…

    My word for 2008 is “simplicity”. I found I always over stress about holidays and things in my life I can not change. In 2008 I would like to just take the life bumps in stride and learn something from them, not stress so much about them and why they happen.
    Happy New Year!

  • 111.
    Amy K in FL said…

    Hey Ali…as always, you are a great inspiration to us all. Love this one word idea…after much thought, I’ve decided on RESOLVE.
    I have to RESOLVE some personal issues this year.
    I need RESOLVE to lose weight and to keep going to work out and eat healthy.
    I need to RESOLVE what I really want to do with my life.
    Am hoping to accomplish all this in 2008. Thanks for your support. Best wishes to you and yours in the new year.
    Amy K in FL

  • 112.
    melanie said…

    thank you for all you have done to nurture my creative soul this year. i love the clearing of the boards. and your new word is very powerful.
    my word is PURSUE
    to be active and go after what I want
    pursue peace
    pursue patience
    pursue health
    pursue knowledge
    have a wonderful new year!

  • 113.
    camport said…

    I made a whole heap of friends from your word of the year thing last year. You just wouldn’t even believe the happiness one little word has brought me during this past year. Seriously…it’s amazing.
    This year, my word is going to be “witness.” I have a bunch of different reasons why, but that is the one I keep coming back to.
    Thanks for this idea. :)

  • 114.
    Nadia said…

    OK! I read your blog and then read through the comments and was stuck for quite a while. I kept looking up definitions and I finally found it! My word for 2008 is LIVE! As Bon Jovi says “It’s now or never, I ain’t gonna LIVE forever, I just wanna LIVE while I’m alive, it’s my life!”. Yay! Thanks Ali! My word last year was BOLD and boy oh boy was I BOLD! LOL! Thanks for always sharing and inspiring!

  • 115.
    Heather said…

    While I have made a whole list of goals for the new year and things I wish to accomplish, and I could come up with a few different words to follow…I have chose to use LIVE as my word for 2008.
    We have already made a commitment to ourselves to save more, and get more healthy for the new year. One thing we put on the back burner when we are running around and going back and forth to work is the part of us living the once life we get. Hubby and I have both made another commitment to LIVE each day and expierence new things together.
    Thanks for posting this and the links to Photojojo. Great way to start 2008!! I was thinking of starting a 365 project. I have a new camera and I really need to learn how to use it.
    I also have to thank you for the info on the printer that you use. My husband surprised me with one for christmas and I love it. Such freedom for me because I used to order my pictures online and wait for them to get here. I sooo dont have the patients to do that. This printer really helps!
    Hus and Happy New Year!
    Heather V

  • 116.
    Susan said…

    my word for 2008 is DO. i am such a procrastinator and have so many unfinished projects. i think i’ll have to put a big sign up on my wall (after i paint it ;) happy new year’s to you and your family.

  • 117.

    Hi Ali, my favorite quote right now is this: A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back — but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.
    - Marian Wright Edelman
    So my one word for 2008 is SERVICE. Service to others is my plan for 2008. I truly believe that in serving the needs of the truly needy, we fulfill ourselves.
    Happy New Year!

  • 118.
    Erin Glee said…

    My word for the New Year of 2008 is RELEASE. I joined a “Spa”(sounds more fun than “Gym”) last month with the goal of “releasing” extra, unwanted pounds…well, that didn’t quite work as planned, but maybe I didn’t gain a few more pounds that I would have to release in 2008.
    I RELEASE the past. I RELEASE tension. I RELEASE worry. I RELEASE clutter. I RELEASE body fat. I RELEASE Depression.
    Everyone have a Happy New Year’s Celebration, whatever you are doing-and keep safe-Here’s to a GREAT 2008 for all of us!
    Thank you for all your inspiration, Ali. I love to follow your blog. You are sort of an idol or a Mentor to me. I hope to take a class from you some day!
    Peace and Love,
    Erin : )

  • 119.
    susan opel said…

    My word for 2008 is DARE. I need to DARE myself to try some new things, to get outside my comfort zone, to be a better me.

  • 120.
    karen said…

    My word for 2008 is JOURNEY. It’s so I can remember that life is not about the destination but it’s about the journey and it’s crucial to enjoy every moment and not put off life to “when i reach my destination.”
    I decided to use mine as an art journal this year so you can see the cover, here:
    and I will be using sections from the Tao Te Ching to remind myself so here’s my first page:
    Thank you for the inspiration Ali, may 2008 be a fantastic year full of vitality for you.

  • 121.
    Kori said…

    My word for 2008 is SIMPLIFY. I want to simplify what I buy, what I keep, what I do, and simplify our family’s schedule to only include the most important things that bring us joy.

  • 122.
    Brianna said…

    The word for this year is LOVE.

  • 123.
    Beth said…

    I threw around several different words.. when I came to the one I chose. PAUSE. I am so in need of this word. I need to slow down. Enjoy being, instead of “doing, going, all the time… constant motion”. I’m really going to work hard this year to slow down and enjoy life. Thank you for the gift of one word. I regretted last year not doing it, and am so on board this year for it.

  • 124.
    Jennifer said…

    My word for 2008 is FLOW, as in “go with the…” Moving with intention in body, mind and spirit WITH the flow instead of trying to CREATE the flow. A silly business really, thinking we can create flow when it already exists to guide and sustain us along the journey. So 2008 is about letting go, trusting the flow, simply listening to breath upon breath and releasing myself to the flow of energy that is.

  • 125.
    Patricia said…

    Several words kept popping up: time, family, moments, simplify, rest. But in the end, I chose humility. Wrote a little bit about it on my blog. Blessings, P.

  • 126.
    Mary said…

    I’ve been reading your blog for years, but I think this may be the first time I’ve posted a comment. I am so inspired by your focus on a word=intention for a year and by everyone else’s as I read through the comments. I love the focus idea as opposed to a resolution. Resolutions are easy to break, but the work but the word+intention one can always come back to.
    My word for the new year is QUALITY. To focus on being a quality person, a quality friend, a quality employee. To attempt(!) to perform my daily tasks in a consistently high quality manner… be it a work project, doing the dishes or my daily workout. To purchase one quality good instead of multiple inferior goods. To eat for quality instead of quantity. V. excited about this new word+intention.
    Happy New Year!

  • 127.
    Lourdes said…

    I have been thinking about 2008 word for a few weeks and have decided to go with my gut and use DETAIL. Observe the details, clear the clutter (both in my mind and physically) and focus on details. As Oprah says – Love is in the details.

  • 128.
    Susanne said…

    My word for this year is GRATITUDE. Really stopping to be thankful for this wonderful life I have. Letting go of things that don’t add to my life and celebrating all the wonderful gifts that I have.

  • 129.
    Karen in IA said…

    My word is BE. I want to BE happy, BE bold, and BElieve in myself. Lots of change for me in the new year, my job is being terminated and we are hoping to start a family.

  • 130.
    Carol Anne said…

    My word is: RECOVERY.
    I have so much I need to recover –
    – my health
    – my space
    – my mind (it’s around here someplace…)
    – my sanity
    and much more.
    2008: RECOVERY is great!

  • 131.
    Yanina said…

    Dear Ali,
    Hope you feel better soon. Have a safe and Happy New Year. Yanina

  • 132.
    kim Faucher said…

    wow, how inspiring to see all these comments and read all the words!
    My word for this year is
    integrate…. similiar to your word… I plan to concentrate on balancing it all out, advocating, doing and putting all my ideas into motion.
    Thanks for doing this!Love getting my new year off to such an inspiring start!

  • 133.
    jenn said…

    this year I’m all about GRATITUDE!!! Its the key to happiness right now for me. I have so much to be greatful about, big, small …everyday!

  • 134.
    Susan said…

    Last year my word was balance. This year my word is SEEK – to continue seeking balance, to seek joy in the everyday, to seek new challenges, seek the positive…

  • 135.
    Katy said…

    My word for the year is TRUTH.

  • 136.
    Joanna Rangel said…

    My word for this year came to me when I was reading your blog entry yesterday. You said you were thinking of your word for 2008 and it made me think about the word I chose last year(Open). And the word FRESH just “popped” in to my head, no thought…just there, so I’m going with it. After a heartbreaking divorce in May of this year, a fresh start is just what I need. I’ve bought myself a house, became a single parent, and have made adjustments to the fact that my ex-husband has already “moved on”. I’m ready for a fresh start…I’m ready to move on too. Whatever God has planned for me in 2008…I’m ready.

  • 137.
    Julie said…

    I posted mine a few days ago but my words are “finish” and “escape”. To escape stress and finish projects that I’ve started long ago like losing weight.
    I have them posted on my wall.
    I decided this year I really needed two words.
    Happy New Year everyone

  • 138.
    nicole beltane said…

    H Ali, great idea with the word. mine for last year was Scrap. This year the word i have chosen is – Complete
    “In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”
    in 2008 i would like to Complete – a project / housework once i start it, buliding our house, a scrapping album, the daily challenges on the scrap heap, change my dieting habits and lose weight.

  • 139.
    Liz Ness said…

    I loved this idea from you from last year and found that concentrating on a single word really helped clarify in moments of chaos! Thanks for the guidance!
    This year, my word/intention is “relax.” It’s kind of funny, because I’m starting a bunch of new projects (including a digi business pretty soon), but I don’t want to forget to relax — to do nothing at all, now and then. I have even dusted off an old favorite titled, “The Art of Doing Nothing.” Should be helpful in getting me started (heh-heh).
    Take care and have a Happy and Blessed New Year! Also, I can’t wait to see where your focus for 2008 takes you…”vitality” is so full of possibilities!

  • 140.
    Denise said…

    My word is BEGIN. That is often the hardest step of any journey in my opinion.
    Happy 2008. Let it begin…

  • 141.
    Lisa L. said…

    Wishing you and your family an amazing New Year full of health, love, happiness and creativity.

  • 142.
    Susan C said…

    My word is CHOICES.
    No matter what may happen this year, I always have CHOICES.

  • 143.
    Mary said…

    Happy New Year Ali and family! My word for this year: Courage- the ability to do what frightens one; the strength to face the pain or grief. My greatest fear is to not do what is in my heart in fear that I may be rejected or ignored. This coming year I want to do just the opposite- follow my heart and be brave to actually do it. I know in the end it’ll be worth it.

  • 144.
    Dawn said…

    Ali, I want to take this chance to thank you for the amazing inspiration you have been to me over the last two years. Just visiting your blog everyday gives me something to think about, take action on, dream about. I love your one word challenge and I have again taken it to heart and plan to use it as a guiding force for my life in 2008. I chose Balance for my word…you can read more about it at Looking forward to more from you in the coming year. Oh, PS., I just bought your “new” book and I have to say LOVE IT!! So much to think about, so much inspiration.

  • 145.
    Bee Rozatti said…

    Happy New Year Ali. Briefly read some responses & am amazed at powerful words are being chosen.
    This year, I choose ‘intimacy’. As my pastor elaborated yesterday. . .we long for love, long for intimacy & that resonated with me. I would like to explore intimacy with my God, my loved ones–with my creativity.

  • 146.
    Sue said…

    Hi Ali
    Happy New Year to you and your family! For 2007 I chose “simplify” – a popular word for many this year!! I’m not sure how successful I was in living up to my word last year, so will continue with that again in 2008, but add “gratitude” as well – really trying to incorporate both words into our everyday lives -not just mine, but also my husband’s and my three teenaged children – a challenge yes, but we’ll see how we go!!

  • 147.
    Kelly said…

    My word for 2008 is TRANSFORMATION. I think it’s time for me to focus on my life with a different perspective. One that may even be uncomfortable for me at times…
    Here’s to 2008!

  • 148.
    Aubrey Raney-Avers said…

    My word is definitely play. I’ve got two girls (ages 8 and 8 mths) and play is #98 on my list of 100 priorities in a day. I should be playing with them, for them, to show them that you can be 27 years old and still have fun, and mostly for *me.* If I would play, I’d actually scrapbook instead of just “window shopping” others’ (yours! LOL) and buying tons of amazing things that I never use. Play, play, play. Gotta get that through my head and in my life. Thank you for the idea!

  • 149.
    Suzitee said…

    These comments are all so inspiring, as is your blog Ali.
    My word for this year is AHEAD. I am always saying that I am “so far behind”, so this year is all about being ahead. Thinking ahead, planning ahead, and trying to be anything but behind! As a chronic procrastinator, I think this one little word might prove to be very useful this year.
    Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family xxx

  • 150.
    Carolyn said…

    I decided to choose the word JOURNEY for 2008 as I begin my journey towards wls, towards a healthier me; and towards fulfilling many goals for the future.
    Thank you for being such an inspiration!

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