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January 1, 2009

One Little Word Giveaways go to…

Thanks everyone for sharing your words (or the word you are thinking about using in 2009).

Reading through all the comments is such an inspiring exercise. To witness the words that others are reflecting on and committing to in their own personal lives is a really cool thing.

A few thoughts as I read through the comments:

Your word can be anything you want it to be – it does not have to be soulful, or clever, or original. It can be practical and tangible. Don’t worry if someone else has chosen the same word as you – this is just for you. You don’t have to be creative – just be true.

As a few people mentioned in the comments this is also a project that can include members of your family. Chris is thinking about a word for himself and I know both my parents are probably thinking on it too (my Mom has gone with peace for the last three years). It makes a great conversation starter.

I am working on compiling a list of all the words so far – feel free to add more to the comments in this post – and I plan to post them tomorrow morning.


The generous One Word giveaways for this week go to:

Lisa Leonard Design Custom Word of the Year Necklace

Happy New Year! This idea is the
best ever! Done it for a few years now after getting the inspiration
right on your site. Thanks! My word for 2009 will be "calm" – as in
taking it easy, getting things together so I will not keep worring
about things. Doing things in a pace that will allow me to enjoy them
instead of just rushing through. Good luck with your intetention and
thanks for helping me find mine!

Posted by:

Liz Lamoreux Soul Mantra Pendant

My word is

Posted by:

Stephanie from Homegrown Hospitality Hand-Drawn Doodle in Frame

word for 2009 will be TEN. This past year a friend asked me how happy I
was on a scale of 1 to 10 and I replied with 9. After saying it I
realized there are only a few areas holding me back from being able to
say 10. Including taking control of my health and adding more structure
to my daily routine. I want to strive this year to change those last few habits that keep
me from living my fullest life and being able to confidently

Posted by: Emilie Ahern

Mari, Tape and Emilie – please email me with your contact information and I will get you in touch with Lisa, Liz and Stephanie.

Look for more giveaways coming again next week.


  • 1.
    Gracie said…

    Congrats everyone!

  • 2.
    Crystal said…

    Last night as we were driving to our New Year’s Eve gathering, I was whispering a little prayer and all of a sudden the word “TRUST” popped in to my head. That will be my word for 2009. It speaks to my faith life, my prayers for our family (especially our grandchildren and health concerns for some family members), concerns about jobs and making a living, simplifying around my home and dreams I have.
    I love your word, Ali. Such a perfect choice for a mom-to-be. May 2009 be a wonderful year for your family! Praying that this last month of pregnancy will be peaceful and your daughter will arrive safely. I can hardly wait to meet her!!!!!

  • 3.
    Carolyn said…

    authentic is my little word :) .
    I am really drawn to Brené Brown’s definition of authenticity:
    “AUTHENTICITY is a daily practice. Living authentically means cultivating the COURAGE to be emotionally honest, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable; exercising COMPASSION that comes from knowing that we are all made of light and darkness, strength and struggle; and nurturing the CONNECTION and sense of belonging that can only happen when we let go of who we are supposed to be and embrace who we are. Authenticity demands WHOLEHEARTED living and loving – even when it’s hard, even when it hurts, and especially when we are wrestling with the shame and fear of ‘not being enough.’ Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives.”

  • 4.
    Lu said…

    My word is Flow. On more levels than I could possibly name here, this word resonates with me.

  • 5.
    Andi said…

    My one little word is SIMPLIFY. This year I just want to keep it simple. No big frills and just concentrate on spending time with my husband and my family when they come to see us this year in England. We are military living in England and sometimes we just lose the plot. This year my goal is to stay on track by keeping things simple and low key.

  • 6.
    Megan said…

    My word for the year is hope. My husband and I have been struggling with infertility for the last two years and this is probably the year that we either get pregnant or end our journey.

  • 7.
    Tanya Pike said…

    My word is GENTLE. To treat myself and others with gentleness will be a gift I need.

  • 8.

    my word will be serenity. if i can hang on to serenity in this very precarious and uncertain new year, it will mean that fear and anger and doubt won’t stand a chance to infiltrate my spirit. serenity for me combines several words – hope, peace, trust, happiness. many blessings to you and your family in the new year.

  • 9.
    melanie said…

    I can hardly believe that this is year 3 of “the word”. My first year was BEGIN. My second year was PAUSE. This year will be APPRECIATE. This is fitting because I am hoping that by taking time to appreciate what I do have… health, family, and yes, even my material stuff…I will be able to save money this year and that my bank account will also APPRECIATE! HA!

  • 10.
    Viki said…

    Oh Everyone’s words are Great!
    Congrats to the winners!
    I finally went with flourish
    as in thrive.
    It evokes a feeling of growth and excitement to me. I don’t want to just live
    I want to Flourish.
    Thanks Ali for making me think.

  • 11.
    tchrtiff said…

    Ali, I joined you and many others last year with one little word. My word for 2008 was fun. I tend to be a very serious person and so I wanted to be a more fun wife and mommy among other things. Having this one word to focus me for the year really changed my way of thinking this past year. I made a conscious effort to be more and have more fun in my life. It was a good year and I thank you.
    This year I’ve decided that my one little word will be CONNECT. I want to connect more with God, my husband, my children, my friends. I want to connect to my life and what I’m doing in my life. I feel this new word will make a huge impact as it did last year.
    I thank you for all that you share with us on your blog and in your books and wish you and your family a happy, safe and prosperous new year! Here’s to a great 2009!

    • ….
      Lore said…

      Absolutely first rate and cortbp-eotpomed, gentlemen!

  • 12.
    Joy Buss said…

    Hey Ali,
    I looked at the list of words and the one that stuck with me is “endurance”. At this time is my life with a husband, 3 busy kids and a job, I feel that I start alot of things for me…and then don’t follow through. I want to endure: stick to, last, continue, withstand fatigue, have fortitude in the goals I have set for myself and actually enjoy the completion of them. I ordered my necklace and am looking at different ways to put this up around the house to remind me. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy 2009!

  • 13.
    Debbie Dow said…

    My word for this year will be “Enjoy”
    I am a huge worrier and I want to spend my energy on Enjoying all that God has given me thru family, friends,His word, and not waste time on what I cannot control! ENJOY

  • 14.
    Janelle said…

    Mine is “pursue.” I have to be more active in going after the things I want out of life…they’re not all just going to come to me on a silver platter!
    Have a blessed 2009, Ali!

  • 15.
    Annette said…

    I had been thinking off and on for a few days of my word but nothing was feeling right. Last night as I was about to fall asleep I was struggling with something in my mind and decided to pray about it. not even thinking about my word my head went ding. PRAYER. it seems odd to me but I can’t let it go. so that is it: prayer.
    loved looking through some of the comments, look forward to seeing the list all together. thanks for taking the time to do that Ali. loved your word and your intentions.

  • 16.
    DebraS said…

    I feel like I need more than one word. I think I will choose to have four words this year, and alternate my focus on them as my life dictates. PATIENCE, LIVE, SIMPLIFY and DO! “Patience” to embrace the things that I cannot control, (my two-year olds moods.) “Live” to remember that I really need to enjoy this life as much as I can. “Simplify” because I believe simplicity is the key to the first two words, and “do” because I really want to get things done. How does that sound? I LOVE your blog and the inspiration you impart on others. Best wishes for your new year!

  • 17.
    Beth said…

    how awesome. I realized today that I picked the wrong word. What I really want my word to be this year.. is Revive. There are so many areas of my life that need to be revived, I think this will be my word this year.

  • 18.
    Gaby Acosta said…

    Hi everyone HAPPY 2009
    Dear Ali, mi word for this year is BRAVE, because i need it for do more things in my life, for example take to risk when i will looking work.
    Sorry for my bad english.

  • 19.
    Alison Behan said…

    I think my word for this year will be ‘Better’. I want to work at being a ‘Better’ Mother, a ‘Better’ wife, a ‘Better’ friend, daughter, sister, person. A ‘Better’ cook, a ‘Better’ scrapbooker, a ‘Better’ homemaker so that my kids get the full benefit of seeing how you are never to old to learn things :-) . I want to try and be ‘Better’ at so many things. I want to get ‘Better’ at being the best person I can be because my family are worth the ‘constant work in progress’ that I am.

  • 20.
    Jocelyn said…

    My word is…
    I have realized that as I am getting older, the journals I keep are becoming more about my hopes and dreams and inspiration for the future, and less about grievances, jealousy, frustration and anger. That is one of the best parts of getting older, the appreciation and awareness you have for the little things that make up a big life.

  • 21.
    Monda said…

    I have settled on a big challenge for me – my word for 2009 is Edit. Edit my stuff, life, commitments, – and papers – I’m drowning in paperwork. I am a caregiver to my Mother with Alzheimer’s and as her only child (albeit I’m 48) I need to edit her stuff as well – and that’s an emotional journey I’ve been avoiding. I need to clear out to make breathing room for the people and things I love. Here’s to the fortitude and strength to make my word for 2009 into action. Happy New Year ~Monda

  • 22.
    Marilyn said…

    Oh Ali, I’m so excited about your little girl. They are such fun! Since Im a Professional Baby Nurse-nurture is a natural for me it just comes forth esp with babies and children. For this year I will add nurture to the major word for me which is DETERMINATION. With determination sometimes there is an edge of “get out of my way” attitude. I want to stay in touch in my natural ability to nurture myself as I perservere and nurture those around me b/c I will be narrow focused. So reminding myself to NURTURE ME through my process of returning to academia is my daily prayer for 2009. EEk!!!!!
    Lots of nurturing karma to you, Ali

  • 23.
    diane said…

    last year my word was embrace, this year I think I am going to need the word courage.

  • 24.
    Sue said…

    My word is NOW. 2007 was a year of significant loss (both my mom and my just-turned-50-year-old brother); 2008 was a year that started the healing process but the past was on my mind so much. In 2009, I want to have more joy and happiness; commit to working out more regularly; have a fantastic time in Hawaii with my husband and my sister and brother-in-law; celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday and our 20th anniversary. I also want to scrapbook and quilt more, procrastinate less, and stop saving things for the future (especially things I don’t need to keep in hopes of using some day). So, as I thought of all these wonderful things in my year ahead, the word NOW just popped into my head and I think it sums things up pretty well. Thank you, Ali, for your inspiration throughout the year, including this thought-provoking exercise.

  • 25.
    Jenna said…

    my word is TRUST. i am going to TRUST that my life is in god’s hands and let go more. i am going to TRUST that it will be ok and not live in fear anymore. i am going to take more risks and TRUST in the one who created me and remember that God doesn’t make mistakes. i will have “confident hope”. my word is TRUST.

  • 26.
    Deborah P said…

    I’m loving reading everyone’s words and the reasons for them – much inspiration here. And also I think that if we all really work toward our words in 2009, each of our individual corners of the world will be a better place. Thanks, Ali, for encouraging us in this.
    Congrats to the winners!

  • 27.
    Kristin Kanner said…

    It’s two words, but having studied Latin for far too long, I chose Carpe Diem. Reminding me to live in the now and be present for all that life brings. Secondarily, I am choosing content. I am so content in my life. I love my marriage, my children, mostly my career, my scrapbooking, everything. I want to slow down and appreciate it all.

  • 28.
    Jody Ferlaak said…

    Happy New Year, Ali and family. I hope it is filled with blessings and wonder. Babies only add to all of that!
    My word this year is intentional. It covers so many things for me and my hope is to be able to look back and notice how being intentional helps me live a better life. Thanks for your ongoing inspiration and challenges here. Best to you in ’09!

  • 29.
    janelleleigh said…

    I happened to stumble on this page and the “one word” idea really struck me. I’ve read all the comments and reasons behind everyone’s words and I wish you all good luck this year. I haven’t chosen my own word yet, but I will…the situations I want to focus on have been running full speed in my mind since I opened this page…and I’m thinking RESILIENCE…a relationship I thought would continue on to marriage and children ended abruptly and I have not had the strength, will or desire to move on. I lived all of 2008 in a depressed kind of “I don’t care” fog and I just don’t want to do that anymore.

  • 30.
    Jane said…

    In my Christmas letter to family and friends I said that in 2009 I wanted to concentrate more on things that mattered and worry less about things that didn’t. So I guess my word for 2009 will be MATTER (to be of importance, make a difference to). Happy new year to everyone.
    Jane from Australia

  • 31.
    Crystal said…

    My word will be Patience.

  • 32.
    Bonnie Lewis-Watts said…

    Have loved this “word for the year” idea since you first came out with it. For 2007 mine was CREATE and create I did – I had a wonderful year making many things and revelled in the freedom I had causes it was my WORD! In 2008 I choose SIMPLIFY because we moved and downsized and I really need to get rid of “stuff” and get organized. By mid December, I realized that I had virtually failed to simplify, so I renamed 2008 “PROCRASTINATE” and have chosen DISCIPLINE for 2009 – discipline in areas of health, habits, organization, projects and any other areas I think of. They say it only takes 21 days to build a new habit, so I guess I’ll take stock on Jan 22…here’s hoping…

  • 33.
    fionaken said…

    I have finally decided on the word Calm for this year. The idea of being calm and having the peace that comes only by knowing that you are in Gods hand despite whatever troubles are going on around you.

  • 34.
    Gypsy Alex said…

    I picked Embrace for 2009! May all your dreams come true in 2009 Ali! xo

  • 35.
    Cherie said…

    Love to read all the words + reasons. Thanks for this little inspiration. My word – cherish – has really gotten my mind turning. Thinking of doing some sort of weekly gratitude something of what I cherish. :) Happy New Year!

  • 36.
    Tiffany said…

    This year I am focusing on the word Rise. Whether it’s rising to an occasion, rising up of the couch to do more or rising up to stand for something. My boyfriends has chosen a word this year as well, his will be thrive.

  • 37.
    Tiffany said…

    This year I am focusing on the word Rise. Whether it’s rising to an occasion, rising up of the couch to do more or rising up to stand for something. My boyfriends has chosen a word this year as well, his will be thrive.

  • 38.
    Tiffany said…

    This year I am focusing on the word Rise. Whether it’s rising to an occasion, rising up of the couch to do more or rising up to stand for something. My boyfriends has chosen a word this year as well, his will be thrive.

  • 39.
    Cameron said…

    I just posted a blog post explaining the significance of my word: cultivate. I’m so excited about this word and this year!
    I’m also offering a special on custom One Word sterling silver necklaces… check out my blog for details! :)
    Thanks Ali! :)

  • 40.
    Dusty Edwards said…

    TURN is the word I have chosen. I wish to TURN toward good and serving those I may have turned away from in the past year. Turning a new leaf…Turn to God Turn to Good TURN to Love

  • 41.
    Deena said…

    My word for this year is “simplify.” DH says it should be “No.” lol. I just want to focus on my family, their needs, and not overextending myself. This is my third year doing this, and it’s really inspired me to focus on what’s important. Than you.

  • 42.
    Cindy Liebel said…

    i look forward to your one little word post every year. my word this year is Create. nothing exciting, but something i wanna do more of for myself this year than i have in the last year. happy new year to you!!

  • 43.
    Bethany said…

    Okay, I’ve decided! My word for 2009 is “WHY?”
    For me, this question will help me live more intentionally and help me keep my many different roles (wife, creative/artist/scrapbooker/photographer, sister/daughter, employee/coworker, homeowner, etc.) in perspective. My approach to find balance and work toward simplicity.
    I was also totally a “Why?” child. I asked a lot of questions about everything, so this word reminds me to continue being curious and experimenting with a childlike enthusiasm.

  • 44.
    Sharon said…

    My word for 2009 is ADVENTURE. I turned 60 in November and decided I need to take on a few more challenges and just have fun. Wherever life takes me, I am certain it will be better if I think of it as an adventure and not so much a burden!

  • 45.
    noell said…

    Congratulations, ladies!
    The word I’m thinking of is CLARITY. I’m not 100% sure the word covers everything I want my word to say, so I’m still open to more brainstorming. That’s just where I am so far. And I’ve been trying to get my systems in order (like Things) so that I can have more of it this year as I work on more and more projects.

  • 46.
    ikuko said…

    Hi Ali. My word for 2009 is “truthful”.
    I wanna be truthful to my family, friends, and to myself.
    Also to my own creativity.
    Do, speak, and listen truthful.
    this is such a genuine word and I want to make it daily practice.

  • 47.
    Esther said…

    I’ve chosen ENJOY! We are expecting our second child in March and I think this will be a good reminder to find pleasure in the small and fleeting moments.
    P.S. Here’s a fun idea: I took the dictionary definition of my word and pasted it into Wordle ( to make a striking visual reminder of my word.

  • 48.
    Kate Anderson said…

    Hi Ali,
    my word for 2009 is
    (as in a good way)
    All the best for 2009 to you and your family .

  • 49.
    Esther said…

    OOOPS! That should be

  • 50.
    betsy said…

    My word this year is “COMPLETE” as in complete something I start. I also mean it as the opposite of procrastinate.
    Thank you so much and enjoy the next couple of months, such a joyous time for your family.

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