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January 3, 2009

2009 Words

I must tell you that I was so moved as I read through all the comments from the last few days regarding your words and the reasons for choosing them. They are so very powerful.

Abide
Able
Abundance
Accept
Acceptance
Accomplish
Accountability
Achieve
Acquit
Act
Action
Actualize
Adapt
Adjust
Adore
Adventure
Affectionate
Affirmative
Alive
Allow
Appreciate
Aspire
Attack
Attitude
Authentic
Authenticity
Aware
Awareness
Baby
Balance
Basic
Be
Beautiful
Become
Begin
Beginnings
Belief
Believe
Belong
Beloved
Best
Better
Blessed
Bliss
Blossom
Bottom
Bounce
Boundaries
Brave
Breathe
Brevity
Brighten
Calm
Can
Capture
Care
Carpe Diem
Celebrate
Centered
Challenge
Change
Charity
Cheerfulness
Cherish
Chill
Choice
Choices
Choose
Clarity
Clean
Clear
Commit
Commitment
Communicate
Compassion
Complete
Confidence
Connect
Conquer
Conscious
Consistency
Content
Continue
Control
Courage
Cozy
Create
Cultivate
Cure
Dance
Dare
Dash (It’s All About The Dash)
Decide
Declutter
Dedicated
Deeper
Define
Deliberate
Delight
Determination
Determined
Devote
Devotion
Dignity
Diligence
Discipline
Disciplined
Discover
Disentangle
Divine
Do
Document
Dolce
Don’t
Downsize
Dream
Dynamic
Edit
Effort
Elevate
Embark
Embrace
Emerge
Empower
Endeavor
Endless
Endurance
Energy
Enjoy
Enlighten
Enough
Enrich
Enrichment
Enthusiasm
Evolve
Example
Excellence
Execute
Explore
Express
Facilitate
Faith
Family
Fearless
Feel
Fierce
Find
Finish
Fit
Fitness
Flexibility
Flourish
Flow
Fly
Focus
Focused
Follow-Through
Footprints
Forgive
Forward
Freedom
Fresh
Frugal
Fruitful
FUN ("feeling undeniably new")
Gentle
Gentleness
Give
Glow
Go
Goal
Good Enough
Goodness
Grace
Grateful
Gratitude
Green
Grow
Growth
Half-Full
Happiness
Happy
Harmony
Heal
Healing
Health
Heart
Hold onto Love
Home
Honesty
Honor
Hope
Humility
I
I’m Okay
Idle
Illuminate
Imagine
Imminence
Independence
Initiate
Inner-Strength
Innovate
Inspire
Integrity
Intend
Intention
Intentional
Invest
Involve
Inwardness
Journey
Joy
Jump
Kindness
Laugh
Learn
Less
Let
Let Go
Life
Light
Lightness
Listen
Live
Love
Loving
Lucky
Marathon
Margin
Material
Matter
Maturity
Me
Memory
Mercy
Metamorphosis
Mettle
Mindful
Miracle
Moderation
Moments
Momentum
More
Motion
Motivate
Motivation
Move
Mute
Nascent
Nature
New
No New, Make Do
Non-Reactivity
Notice
Now
Nourish
Nurture
Observe
Open
Opportunity
Optimistic
Optimism
Order
Organize
Organized
Others
Overcome
Pace
Passion
Patience
Pause
Peace
Permission
Perseverance
Persevere
Perspective
Plan
Play
Positive
Positivity
Possibility
Potential
Pray
Prayer
Precious
Prepare
Presence
Present
Preserve
Prevail
Print
Prioritize
Progress
Promise
Prosperity
Pumped
Pure
Purge
Purpose
Purposeful
Pursue
Push
Quiet
Reach
Read
Ready
Realize
Reconnect
Rediscover
Reduce
Refine
Reflect
Regenerate
Reinvent
Rejoice
Relationships
Relax
Release
Relinquish
Remain
Remember
Renaissance
Renew
Resilience
Resolve
Resourceful
Respect
Restore
Results
Revitalize
Revive
Rhythm
Rise
Roll
Run
Sanctuary
Save
Savor
Search
Seasons
Seek
Seize
Self
Self-Assured
Self-Discipline
Sensitive
Serendipity
Serene
Serenity
Seriously
Serve
Shalom
Share
Shift
Shine
Simple
Simplicity
Simplify
Smart
Smile
Soft
Sparkle
Start
Stay
Steadfast
Step
Still
Stillness
Stop
Strength
Strive
Structure
Success
Support
Surprise
Surrender
Surround
Survive
Sustain
Sweeten
Tackle
Ten
Tenacity
Tenderness
Thankful
This is my year.
Threshold
Thrive
Time
Today
Together
Tolerance
Trailblaze
Tranquility
Transformation
Treasure
True
Trust
Truthful
Try
Turn
Uncomplicated
Understanding
Unfold
Unite
Unload
Unplug
Unwritten
Valor
Value
Vibrant
Vision
Vitality
Voice
Wait
Walk
Warmth
Warrior
Welcome
Wellness
Wonder
Worship
Why
Wisdom
Worth
Yes
Zeal

If you don’t see your word in the above list just leave a comment and I will add it. Peace to each and every one of you in 2009.

Comments

  • 1.
    webfrau said…

    Imagine scrapping a page for each of those words and what it means to you. What a story it would tell and what insight we’d achieve.

  • 2.
    Gracie said…

    Wow, how cool to do this? I LOVED reading through all the words and am so inspired. Thanks!

  • 3.
    Denise Kashyap said…

    Thanks for doing this Ali, as it’s awesome to see the words all in one place. Very moving to read.
    Peace to you and the Edwards family and may 2009 bring you much nurturing and joy, especially with the impending arrival of your baby girl. :)
    P.S. Can’t wait to hear what *A* name she will have!

  • 4.
    Stephanie said…

    mine’s not there…BELOVED

  • 5.
    Kathleen said…

    Out of all these words, a couple stood out for me, possibly because they are words whose connotations are old-fashioned, but so appropriate today. They are:
    no new, make do
    valor
    I’m certainly going to add a reminder for no new, make do for my crafting this year!
    Cheers!
    p.s. the word shine is listed twice.

  • 6.
    Alis in Wnderlnd said…

    I posted that mine was VISION…I don’t see it there.
    Creating visions, following my visions, being flexible with my visions (especially when they don’t come together as I had hoped), keeping my visions in perspective….
    Thanks!

  • 7.
    {vicki} said…

    Loved reading thru the list of words. I liked “no new-make do”–I think I should do that too. The lady that chose “ten” really got me to thinking–I’d have to say right now I’m at a 7–so I’ve got some work to do this year.
    my chosen word is pause and so far so good–I’ve taken a couple minutes each day to pause—-to reflect, think, and move on.
    Looking forward to a great year!
    {vicki}

  • 8.
    cheryl yelverton said…

    You missed me. my word is SELF .
    To preface my choice i want to say i have been a single parent for 23 years and have recently become an empty nester. While coming to grips with this i realized i’d lost myself while being mom,dad,granny, provider,friend,dance leader, driver ,chaperone etc. etc. etc.the last couple of months i’ve been thinking of redefining ME. so for 2009 my word is SELF.who am i? what do i like? what would i like to do? where would i like to go? you get the idea. now i have to go call my daughter.this is not easy. thanks,ms.cheryl

  • 9.
    Jen said…

    it surprised me this list made me think, i am now going to read some of the comments would love to know reasons on many of the words, also loved no new, make do, and loved shine and sparkle. Mine also was not there,
    BEAUTIFUL,
    in attitude and behavior first, inside out. Fun exercise… jen

  • 10.
    Ali W said…

    you missed mine – it is prevail

  • 11.
    Daphne said…

    I am emailing for my friend, Sandy B. Her word is Walk.

  • 12.
    alexandra said…

    Hi Ali!
    I finally came up with my word… PLAY.
    I want to let loose and ‘play’ more – in all areas of my life – in my studio, in the kitchen, with my kids, with fashion, with interior design, with life – it’s time to play and grow!
    Thanks so much,
    A.

  • 13.
    Lu said…

    That is one heck of a list. I am already seeing the “Flow” moving through my life since I picked my word. When you are mindful of it, you can not help but become one with it.

  • 14.
    Mary Jo said…

    I didn’t post in time but I see my word is there – determination. Nice to know I’m not alone in thinking this word is perfect for 2009 :0)
    For me it’s about having the determination to take control and have will power over the things in my life that lately feel out of control. And I am hoping that by focusing on my word, I will keep myself on track!

  • 15.
    Barbara C said…

    Thanks for posting the list. I’m still working out my word but I’m leaning toward “reflect”.

  • 16.
    krutten said…

    Hi there…
    Thanks for the great list. I didn’t see my work – BEGIN – though you do have beginnings. A wonderful collection though… :)

  • 17.
    cinback said…

    Hi Ali,
    I don’t see my word on your list…no worries! After I posted it the other day, I could not stop thinking about it. It did not say all that I wanted it to say. The word was REMAIN, but since it was not sitting right with me (and the fact that it was not on your list was confirmation to me!) I am changing my word to STILL. The Bible verse that says, “Be STILL and know that I am God” has been playing gently in my head for a few days. This year I am going to “be STILL” to hear God’s voice, to allow frustration to melt away, to carry on with those things that are working well in my life and to have peace and rest.

  • 18.
    Angela said…

    BREATHE…

  • 19.
    Michelle said…

    Less.
    Less stuff, less is more, less of everything. We have too much “stuff”. Time to pare down to less.

  • 20.
    Helen Shields said…

    Just made my decision on my word for this year and it is search. Time I did some serious searching for many different things. Good luck to all of those who chose a word and may it bring them happiness and insight.

  • 21.
    Michelle said…

    One more comment- we have a get together every year on New Year’s Day with our neighbors. We are a very tight group- like family. I began the discussion of my word (less), and challenged everyone to so the same. Some of the best were from the teenage girls in the group- strong, determination, health, happy.
    We plan to remind each other of our chosen words often and check our progress. We will revisit our words at next year’s party and pick new ones. Thank you for being an inspiration for a neighborhood in Westerville, Ohio!

  • 22.
    Becky P. said…

    I loved reading this list! Thanks for posting and thanks for encouraging so many of us to do this.
    My phrase (this is my year) has already had such a powerful, positive impact on me in the last week. Love it!

  • 23.
    Christina said…

    that is a fabulous list! I did see my word up there (calm). I posted about it and it’s meaning to me on my blog the other day.
    it’s already a challenge and that’s exactly what I need!
    God bless!

  • 24.
    Marlies said…

    Hi Ali,
    I think this post got lost between the other great words; would you mind adding it? Thanks!
    My word for 2009 is PRESENT (“Existing right now, being at this time”. But also:”
    Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; — opposed to absent”.). I want to learn to live more in the moment instead of planning ahead all of the time. I hope this will give me a feeling of peace. Also I want to become present in the life of my family and friends; I’ve been pretty isolated in 2008 and have been cocooning; and that was ok for 2008. In 2009 I want to be more active and social towards the people I care about
    Ali, thank you so much for enabling me to live more consciously; I love it!!

  • 25.
    Denise Conrad said…

    I take a peek in your life every once in a while for inspiration which you have an abundance of – thank you. My word for the year is:
    Finish
    My goal is to finish what I start.
    Happy New Year.

  • 26.
    Beth D said…

    My word is not there exactly :-) My word is ACTION. I see the word ACT and I started with that but decided I needed something more.

  • 27.
    Amy said…

    Connect is my word. It really about making connections and going beyond survival.

  • 28.
    nikki said…

    looks like you missed mine from the original post…
    my word is bounce!

  • 29.
    Darlene said…

    Seeing that list of words is inspirational. I think there are several I could choose from and have a different word every week! This is simply beautiful.

  • 30.
    Stephanie Thiel said…

    brought to my attention by Nina…my oh my…it fits me like a glove
    Nascent..the process of coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential; from the Latin ‘being born’
    absolutely fell in love with this word!
    ps
    tick tick tick :)

  • 31.
    Wendy said…

    I can’t decide if this is too negative or not, but I keep coming back to “reinvent.” I’m not totally dissatisfied with my life, but I’d like to reinvent myself as organized, early-rising, exercise-loving, and more present in each moment. While I keep thinking about “persevere,” “realize,” or “forward,” I somehow think “reinvent” is just a bit more appropriate.

  • 32.

    Wow Ali!
    Thanks so much for creating this list! It is VERY inspiring to see it all in one place. I did finally choose a word for myself “aspire”. I aspire to be more than I am right now.
    Best wishes for a wonderful 2009.
    Melle in FL

  • 33.
    julieH said…

    I’ve thought a lot about what my word should be and in recent days…all my brain seems to be telling me is to FORGIVE. I need to work on forgiving others, myself and to ask for forgiveness. This will be a year for me to work on forgiveness.

  • 34.
    Lisa Day said…

    I finally figured out what my word is and for me it’s perfect! It’s CLEAN. Clean mind, clean soul, clean body, clean slate, clean up my act, clean air, clean my house… So many inspiring words here!!

  • 35.
    Sara Elliott said…

    Mine is: Marathon
    1. long distance race
    2. a race other than a footrace marked especially by great length
    3. an endurance contest
    4. something (as an event, activity, or session) characterized by great length or concentrated effort
    Why: There is much to accomplish in 2009. It will start off slowly but will gradually build up. I believe the 1st half will be a time of training – if you will – for the running I’ll do in the second half.
    I’ll have two kids in organized sports, gymnastics, and school. My daughter Hope will continue dance & Mark will begin music lessons. Both kids will hopefully participate in theatre this summer…to grow, stretch, and build self-confidence.
    As a family I hope to take another family vacation. We visited Disneyland in 2008 and the kids did amazing! We were really proud – the drive was way too long (2.5 extra hrs to drop off Grandma Louise) and we pushed the kids (loads of walking & no naps) for the two days we were at the park. They did outstanding!
    I’ll continue to my education both formally & informally. I will finish my degree & another photography retreat – this one being local and I seriously can not wait!!!
    I plan to continue hosting scrap nights – hopefully monthly – and to continue to perfect my newest hobby into a full blown profession – photography.

  • 36.
    Lynnette said…

    My word is “others”. My goal for 2009 is to think more about others and less about myself.

  • 37.
    enjoli said…

    My word is Tenacity. Last year it was Possibilities and 2008 was actually full of them. I feel that where I want my life to go I need tenacity to make them all come true. I wish there was a way to express how this exercise has made a *GREAT* difference in my life. I chose this word Jan. 1st 09 and I have already shown tenacity in the “everyday” things that I do and it has made all the difference in the world.
    God bless you and yours in the New Year and forever!
    With love,
    Enjoli

  • 38.
    Libby said…

    Hi Ali,
    My word is READY.
    I am READY… to make more friends
    I am READY… to embrace all life offers
    I am READY… to attain all my goals for 2009
    I am READY.. to be the best mother, wife, daughter and friend I can be
    I am READY…to start ticking off my life goals list
    I am READY… to be more FUN
    I am READY… to live more simply in my day to day life
    I am READY… to become the best ME I can be
    Libby

  • 39.
    Cherie said…

    what a great list! So thought provoking! Thanks!

  • 40.
    AmyP said…

    My word is FINISH – not just to start projects, but to FINISH them!

  • 41.
    Janet Ang said…

    Ali,
    I can’t thank you enough for what all your effort and what you do on your blog! You can reach so many readers and inspire so many people in so many ways and you are absolutely doing it…. thank you.
    This is the second year that I’m choosing the word to focus on. For 2008, it was PEACE and for 2009, I choose JOY. Joy is not the same as pleasure and Joy is purposely choosen as a state of being regardless of the circumstances that surrounds…. Hence, I will try my best to constantly choose JOY!
    Janet

  • 42.
    chrissy said…

    I would love to add my word for the year- Enthusiasm.
    Thank you for making the list.

  • 43.
    mary said…

    I love that you do this…thank you for compiling everything! my word for this year is experience (apologies if it’s been added in the comments already). blogged here->http://mere-et-filles.blogspot.com/2009/01/experience.html

  • 44.
    Glenda Alley said…

    I chose “consistency”, but there were several words I could choose. My schedule gets really busy and I don’t take time to scrapbook. I need to schedule in time so there can be consistency and I will see progress.

  • 45.
    jill said…

    dream
    zeal

  • 46.
    Robin Baker said…

    I think I’m going to go with READ. I love to read my Bible and books in general and since I’ve had kids I have gotten out of the habbit. I spend way more time on the computer (now that I discovered blogger and facebook) than I would like to and really want to get back to reading.
    Mat 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’* ”

  • 47.
    kinsey said…

    hey ali,
    my word for this year is ‘fierce’. i’m just going to be more fierce in every aspect. i’m going to tackle my dreams and goals, be passionate in my relationships, really dive head first into my creative projects and just be all in.
    happy new year to you and your family.
    kinsey

  • 48.
    Tiffany R. said…

    Wow! What an inspirational list. My word for the new year is : Follow-through.
    I have tons of things I need to complete and I need to focus on following through with the things that I start!

  • 49.
    Tyra said…

    B L I S S

  • 50.
    Ali said…

    I have updated up to here :) . Thanks guys!

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