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December 29, 2010

One Little Word 2011


My 2011 necklace from the lovely Lisa Leonard. Get one for yourself here.

My word for 2011 is light.

This year my word sure seemed to choose me.

Most years I start thinking about my word for the following year in November or December. I think about it in passing and start listening, looking, and being open to the possibilities of a new word.

This year the word light seemed to be trying to catch my attention.

I found it in books, in magazines, in music, in conversations and in quiet moments.

So I’m going with it. It’s already surprised, delighted, challenged and sparked some new things within me.

Some years I’ve had to look harder or listen longer or simply choose one that fit with what was on my mind and heart at that moment. There’s no right or wrong. The main thing to remember is that this is your word. It’s not for your child, parent, partner, spouse, sister, etc.

And what do you do with this one little word?

You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.

I’d love to read what word you’ve chosen or are considering for 2011. In the comments feel free to simply leave your word as your comment or write a bit about why you are choosing this word.

In a couple of days I’ll post a compilation of the words as an inspirational reminder to us all.

If you’re new to the concept of One Little Word, you can read some of my previous posts here: 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.



NEW FOR 2011 : ONE LITTLE WORD at BIG PICTURE CLASSES

I’m excited to be offering a brand new One Little Word online workshop through Big Picture Classes in 2011 as a way to connect with and honor our words throughout the year.

Each month you’ll receive a prompt with a simple creative project and a gentle reminder to check back in with your word. By the end of the year you’ll have compiled the contents of an 8.5×11 album that documents, defines, celebrates and generally makes your word more visible. Workshop materials include printable elements, full-color PDF handouts, and video presentations.

People have been asking me if you have to be a scrapbooker for this class. My answer is no. Even though we are making an album it’s really more of a journaling/record keeping/thinking/exploring project. I’m excited to see how people interpret the prompts and make them meaningful for their own lives.

This is not complicated and it’s not time-consuming. It’s simply a way we can come together to share our experience with our words throughout the course of the year.

The One Little Word classroom opens on January 1, 2011.

Comments

  • 1.
    Denise said…

    You are such an inspiration and I thank you!

    I have chosen the word surrender. Much like you this word has chosen me and I am excited to see where it takes me.

    Looking forward to your One Little Word class!

    • ….
      andie said…

      what a great choice!

    • ….
      Tab Wolowicz said…

      Still thinking about word for 2011. Part of me thought of the word “tranquil” or “peace”. Something that reminds me to slow down and be present and not let life’s bumps upset me so. Maybe it should be trust??

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      Gail said…

      FORGIVING I know that is what I am running from…but to embrace and follow through I know I could move on to a more artistic, organized me; I am going to try, and thank you:)

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      Aarean said…

      Such a cute little necklace. My word this year is POSITIVE. I actually decided that last week, my new years resolutions is to be just that…more POSITIVE about all aspects in my life. :-)

  • 2.
    Melissa S. said…

    My word for 2011 is “experience.” I want to go and see and do all the wonderful things that life has in store for me this coming year.

    • ….
      Beth said…

      Melissa,
      I’ve been trying to get my desire to “do new things” in 2011 into just one word, but couldn’t quite do it until I saw your word. I think “experience” will be my word too. Thanks!

    • ….
      Jaki said…

      Experience is my word for 2011 too…I want to experience life more this year…to live with purpose instead of just coasting along on auto pilot and suddenly look back in December and wonder where the year has gone!

    • ….
      Katie said…

      Experience is a great word!

    • ….
      Michelle said…

      I was planning on having my word be JOY but it didn’t feel complete. When I read EXPERIENCE, it made my throat knot, so that must be it. Thank you.

    • ….
      Ellen McKinley said…

      Enjoy your adventure, and don’t forget to move just a little beyond your comfort zone–amazing things wait for you there!

    • ….
      Kelsey said…

      I think I’m going to pair this with my word. My word is fearless. I want it to lead to experience.

    • ….
      Anne said…

      FUN. I have only one new years resolution: To become more fun. Somehow, I’ve lost touch with my fun/silly side and I want to find it again this year. :)

  • 3.
    BeverlyBling said…

    I have chosen a word for the past 3 years and each time amazing things happened around that word: firstly Confidence and I gained it; then Happy and I got myself out of a business relationship that made me very unhappy without hurting anyone; 2010 my word was Persistence and I got my book finished and published.

    Focussing on just one word really works!

    My word for 2011 is Prosperous. 2011 will see the end of my financial struggles.

    • ….
      Jessica B said…

      Thank you!!! I read your word “Prosperous” and I thought I like that. However, I don’t just want to be physically prosperous but spiritually and mentally. Which lead me to my word “Bountiful”

      I wish you prosperous blessings.

  • 4.
    Lisa said…

    space – i need more of it.

  • 5.
    Jennifer said…

    My word is CARE. It found me.

  • 6.
    Betsy Partridge said…

    This year is grow. I just found out that I am expecting my first child come August, so this word has a lot of meaning…physical, emotional,personal…I see a lot of growing happening!

    • ….
      Melissa said…

      I’m thinking about using grow too!:)

  • 7.
    PeggyK said…

    SIMPLIFY – Too much stuff, it needs to be in someone else’s home.
    Ali, thanks for the inspiration. This is my third year selecting a word, and I’m amazed at how it makes a difference.

    • ….
      Ruth said…

      This is the word my DH chose.

    • ….
      Andrea Q said…

      I love it! Great idea!

    • ….
      Stephanie said…

      I have chosen simplify as my word also. Everything seems to be so hectic lately and this seems to be what I need to do.

    • ….
      Bonnie said…

      My word too! My mind is scrambling with so many things I need to try to calm it down and I’m hoping my word will remind me daily!

    • ….
      Janet said…

      I was on the fence about this word and the one I ultimately chose. Will keep it on the back burner for 2012!! Great choice…we can all use a little simplifying these days.

    • ….
      Stephanie said…

      Simplify is my word too :) It defitely ‘chose’ me. I have been thinking a lot lately about less stuff and more time. I am hoping in my quest to clear out and lessen the load (both stuff and schedules) I will find more time in my days and weeks! I am really looking forward to organizing my home again and cleaning out my attic (stuff) as well as creating a better home routine and a meal plan (schedule). More organization = more time, right?! I sure hope so!

      This is my first time choosing one little word and I am so excited by it!! Can’t wait for class to begin :)

    • ….
      Cathi Coutu said…

      This is my word as well and it chose me…This is my second year using the one word concept and I hope that Simplify makes as many changes and has the benefits that “forgive” gave me last year. As part of my challenge to myself and in an attempt to “simplify,” I’m going to try to rid my home of 365 “things” in 2011. These will either be donated, sold or simply given to family or friends. Good luck to all! :)

    • ….
      Carla G. said…

      Simplify is also my word. I’ve been thinking about that word for the past month, especially as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season impacted us, the never ending quest to find the right gift, and all the advertisements and product displays that jump out and say, “buy me!!” I’m going back to the basics in 2011!!

    • ….
      Di said…

      Cathi I love your idea of simplifying 1 item a day! Might do that myself!

    • ….
      Jennie said…

      That’s mine too and I couldn’t be more excited about it. A huge attack on all the junk in our house today has me in the mindset already.

    • ….
      Wendy said…

      Me too, SIMPLIFY. Lots of “letting go” in so many areas of my life. My mom inspired my word after such a hectic 2010 – in her words, “I can only do so much”. It sort of hit me over the head and finally sunk in! Thanks, mom!

    • ….
      Liz Ness said…

      I, too, am going with Simplify. In 2011, I expect a lot of growth and change and amazing adventures and it seems that simplify is a great reminder and intention to help guide me through it all.

    • ….
      tiffany said…

      i love “simplify”…i have been toying to “purge”-i so want to purge so much unneeded things in my life..but “simplify” is a much more gracious word…thank you for sharing the word that so simply encompasses my desire to not only purge but get back to basics!

    • ….
      Pat H said…

      Simplify is my word also – it just jumped out and grabbed me!

  • 8.
    Carolin said…

    clarity – it’s what I long for in many different ways.

    This is my first year selecting a word. I’ll be in your BPclass, Ali, and I’m excited! :o )

    • ….
      CB said…

      Without reading your selected word first, I too choose Clarity as my word for 2011. This is my first time at choosing a word of the year.

  • 9.
    stephanie said…

    Serve is my word for 2011. It found me several months ago and I’m excited to see how this will show itself more in the months ahead.

    • ….
      Gina said…

      This is soooo the word for me too. I was trying to think of a word that would emcompass getting involved in my community, my church, my family and my co-workers lives in a more humble and giving way. SERVE is exactly the word that says that to me.

  • 10.
    BEATRIZ said…

    My word for 2011 is “ENJOY (DISFRUTAR)” I think it’s a word that I will support this year and is going to teach me to be happier and do simple things around me.

    • ….
      Jolande said…

      It was my little word for this year. I made a journal in which I everyday wrote, stamped, glued etc something little or big that I enjoyed that day.
      And now I can look back at all the things I enjoyed this year.

    • ….
      Shannon C said…

      I have been pondering this issue for sometime now and ultimately was torn between “FOCUS” and “ENJOY”. To me, they had so much in common, but I finally chose ENJOY. This past year, I found myself bogged down with a lot of negativity and was not as appreciative of all of the good things in my life. SO, my goal for 2011 will be to ENJOY (more than before) my kids, my husband, my life, reading, scrapping, friends, etc. This is my first time choosing a word and I am hopeful that this will keep me on track!

  • 11.
    Susan said…

    Hey Ali,
    My One Little Word for 2011 is GIVE. I have such a difficult time giving – mostly of myself. I want this to be a year of becoming less selfish. Most people probably wouldn’t see me as selfish but I see me that way. So this year is all about giving – of my time, of my talents, of my gifts, of my self. I can see how GIVE can go in many directions and I’m really looking forward to what is in store. I will be signing up for your class later today too! Taking an online class was on my goals list for the year and I thought this would be a great first.

  • 12.
    Ruth said…

    My one little word is ‘better’ ~ things have been tough for my family over the last 18 months and I’m hopeful for light at the end of the tunnel in 2011. See you all in class!

    • ….
      Amanda said…

      Better is my word too….better mother, better organizer, better cook, better blogger, better crafter, better friend, better patient, all things better to start a better life for myself! Best of luck to your “better” year, Ruth.

  • 13.
    Bec Kilgore said…

    My 2011 word is revivify. At the risk of totally revealing my nerdy self, I felt a transitive verb was appropriate for the 2011 journey.

    • ….
      Peggy said…

      I love a one little word that I have to look up a definition for it! Cool one!

    • ….
      Tammy said…

      I Love this work I also had to look it up and it resounds within me.

    • ….
      MichelleGB said…

      Love it! Saw it when I was searching for my word and looked up synonyms for renew.

    • ….
      Kim Woods said…

      That’s a great one! I might have to join you in that one, I’m still waiting for the light bulb.

  • 14.
    Duckienz said…

    ‘Freedom’
    Freedom from pain, freedom from hurt, freedom from the past, freedom to make my own decisions, freedom to do what is best for me. I asked the Universe what my word should be and it popped into my head so I am going with it. Last year was balance and it was good but I didn’t live it as I would have liked. My fiancee has chosen ‘Balance’ as his 2011OLW as he thinks it will serve him well :D
    Looking forward to class, Allie.

    • ….
      Michelle Clark said…

      Great choice I am still narrowing mine down to one word.

  • 15.
    dawn said…

    I have two words that are staying with me and I’m hoping to weave them together. The first word is art (thanks to you Ali, and all that you create, all the painting you do, etc.) so art came to me awhile ago, in any form be it on paper or just by doing home decorating.

    My other word that has spoken loudly these past couple months since my grandpa’s recent death is TIME!! I’m going to make TIME for my extended family instead of just seeing them on major holidays, we are going to start having dinner parties at my house and each month my kids will pick a name of who we should invite over. Also to make more TIME for my kids and start by having one on one dates with them. On New Year’s Day I’m giving them a coupon book with 12 coupons, one good for each month and we will go on dates together. Then there is to make TIME for me ( to make sure I can create some ART and play with ART)

    Thank you Ali for this inspiration as this will be my first year choosing a word. I’m looking forward to this new year with you and the others who are joining.

    • ….
      Janet said…

      I love the idea of Time. It can take so many directions, but your idea about making time for extended family and having dinner parties is superb!! What a fun way to include the kids, too!

    • ….
      Cindy said…

      I’ve been tossing around a few “words”, seeing which one speaks to me the loudest. I agree with your choice of “time”. I think the idea of giving my two boys coupons for special time set aside just for them is great. But I also think that I need to give myself some coupons as well. Not enough time for myself lately, too much to do, being pulled in too many directions. Good luck with your goals for this new year!

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Thank you for comments and support ladies. I love the idea of making coupons for myself, need to make time for me this year and learn more about myself. Good luck on your new word and have a Happy New Year.

    • ….
      Calliprune said…

      Thanks Ali for all your ideas. It will be my first year also to choosen word. I choose “TIME”, in french “prendre le temps”.

      Take time for my family, my friends (some of them I never saw since many years), reading, writing, scrap, every thing in my life.

      Happy new year to you and each of your readers.

    • ….
      Julie-Ann said…

      Renee, It sounds like you could use this print on your desk too, I love mine!
      http://www.etsy.com/listing/64978759/make-time-for-your-art-doodlemagnet

    • ….
      Julie-Ann said…

      I’m sorry, I meant Dawn, not Renee! Good luck making TIME for your ART and other things! :)

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Thank you for this link Julie-ann. This is perfect and just what I need to keep motivated and focused. Good luck with your word and have a Happy New Year.

      It’s great reading all your comments and so neat that some of you have the word time as your word also. Looking forward to learning more and seeing more from everyone on this journey.

    • ….
      Maddy said…

      I liked your ideas about inviting extended family over and creating a coupon book. I have my own pity party in winter about not visiting. What a great idea to have a dinner party since one of my intentions is to try new recipes. (Have to try them first before I invite some over to sample! :)

  • 16.
    emily said…

    my one word is to LISTEN.

    • ….
      Daphne said…

      I chosed LISTEN as well; my comment was below. I looked (thought I did) at all the comments prior to mine and didnt see anybody with LISTEN. We should exchange emails and keep each other motivated! Are you taking her class? Good Luck!

      My post:
      47.December 29, 2010
      Daphne said…
      My word is LISTEN. First, I need to listen to God. I need to learn to listen more to my family; my husband, my children and my immediate family and friends. Sometimes, I get caught up in MY everyday activities and I JUST dont take the time to do it! I think; I am combining my One Little Word class with my Project Life 2011. I am looking forward to it!

      Thank you, Ali for being a continual source of inspiration to all of us!!

  • 17.
    Lee said…

    DO :: the reasons can be found here http://thelinarstudio.typepad.com/embracelife/2010/12/2011-do.html

    Love the idea of “light”. Looking forward to how you interpret it.

    • ….
      Pam said…

      This is my word too!
      DO- because I feel like this year has so much potential for me to get things done… and there is much I want to actually accomplish.

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      Lisa said…

      My word is DO as well. It seems like I spent all of 2010 holding myself back, not wanting to invest myself in anything…not feeling like I had the resources (time, strength, health, money, attention span, etc.).
      It will be a surprise to no one if I say that didn’t work out for me.
      So now my word is DO:
      –Do show your loved ones how much you care for them.
      –Do start taking care of the body that is wrapped around this mind of yours. Do eat healthy and exercise like you should.
      –Do express yourself: With your words in your writing; with your hands, creating; with your feelings. No one is going to laugh.
      –Do help others.
      –Do read. You miss it.
      –Do the best job you can do homeschooling your son.
      –Do reach out and make friends.

    • ….
      Thea said…

      I have just signed myself up for the class and hope to incorporate my word in my life throughout the year. My word is also ‘Do’. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I would like to do, rather than actually doing it, and I really want to change that around this year. Like a lot of commentators here, I feel this word found me rather than the other way around. I am off to visit the link Lee mentioned.

    • ….
      tam.me. said…

      do :: my word also! i need to DO instead of spending all of my time planning, dreaming, stalling, being afraid…

    • ….
      Lu said…

      I have picked DO too. I like your idea of a word Ali. I tried it half way through last year when I saw it on Abby’s blog but it didn’t work too well for me. But this year will be different!

  • 18.
    Stephanie said…

    Zen.
    Is it a word? Is mine.
    Life is so stressful! I run, I no longer take the time to look around me, listening to those around me … Zen means taking care of myself and others.

  • 19.
    Haley D. said…

    The word that keeps popping up to me is “family.” I don’t know if that is definitely my word for 2011 (the first time I’ve ever done this) but it speaks volumes to me. I am loving all the words I am reading here!

    • ….
      PattiP said…

      Family was my word for 2010. It turned out to be a very good word for the year, in ways I never would have imagined when I picked it. It helped ground me and keep my focus in some tough times, and reminded me how much I have to be thankful for all year long.

    • ….
      Lynn said…

      My word for 2011 is also “Family”. Our family is growing and changing. One child growing up and getting ready to leave the nest in a couple of years. One child, living with our family for almost three years now, will become a permanent member of our family legally this year. We’re so excited. I need to refocus my energies, anything that isn’t connected to my FAMILY needs to scaled way back this year.

  • 20.
    Jennifer said…

    The word that I’m leaning towards is vitality.
    –noun, plural -ties.
    1. exuberant physical strength or mental vigor: a person of great vitality.
    2. capacity for survival or for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence: the vitality of an institution.
    3. power to live or grow: the vitality of a language.
    4. vital force or principle.
    I’m on a weight loss journey and I also want to do more for my family. Be more present, find peace and happiness…

    • ….
      Sharon in California said…

      love your word Jennifer

    • ….
      Carrie S. said…

      Wow, Jennifer. That is an excellent word. I picked diligent, but vitality seems to embody everything I want to strive for in 2011. I might have to follow your lead. :)

    • ….
      jamie said…

      i love this word.
      great definition!!!!

  • 21.
    Genevieve said…

    Risk(s). Taking them, embracing them, and learning from them.

    Both in the bigger things in life (starting a new business) and the smaller things (dying my hair a strange colour).

    Can’t wait!

    • ….
      brandy messer said…

      love the word risk!! very good choice, indeed!!

    • ….
      Megs said…

      I just ran across this idea today. When I read your word, risk, it literally sent shivers down my spine. I need to think about it for a few more days, but what a great word! This is totally what I need right now.

  • 22.
    PiaAmes said…

    I have chosen the word “responsibility”.

  • 23.
    caro said…

    Hi Ali, I’ve chosen MOVE as my 2011 word. As in “out of my rut/comfort zone . . .” There are 3 big areas that this applies in my life and I too am excited about your class – my jazzy red album is ready!

    • ….
      Andi Sexton said…

      This is one of my ‘top 3′ words!!!

    • ….
      jamie said…

      another great word!
      it is so defining of many things.
      good for you!

    • ….
      Christi said…

      MOVE is my word too. ;)

  • 24.
    Jenny said…

    My word seemed to choose me this year too. I wrote this almost a month ago, as part of a daily journal entry: “Focus. In all things, I need focus. Less distraction, less procrastination, less avoidance. Focus on what is important. Focus on getting things done. Focus on my relationship. Focus on the decisions that will shape our future. Focus on my health and welfare. Focus on my job.” So that’s my word – FOCUS.

    • ….
      Terri Porter said…

      That’s my word too, Jenny — FOCUS. At first, it came to be because it’s the thing in photography that I most need to work on, but as I thought about it, it is something I need in my life as well. Everything you said goes for me as well regarding the need for focus in my life. I plan to order my Lisa Leonard necklace today. My birthday is January 2, so it will be a birthday present to myself.

    • ….
      Donna said…

      Have you checked out Leo’s (zenhabits.NET)e-book,Focus? Very good read.

    • ….
      Jenny said…

      Thanks for that, I’ve just downloaded the free version of the e-book as a starting point!

    • ….
      Stacy Simpson said…

      FOCUS – it hit me last night that this would be my word! I just purchased the Kindle version of Leo Babauta’s book – thanks for the suggestion.

      I am purchasing supplies for class today – can’t wait!

    • ….
      Robin said…

      Mine is focus too! I feel so all over the place lately–can’t find stuff, can’t finish stuff, can’t remember stuff. I need to focus on me and what I want to accomplish this year. In general it’ll make me a better wife and mother if I do.

    • ….
      Nancy Nally said…

      I think mine is going to be focus as well. I was leaning toward something else but then I realized that it probably won’t be as much a theme for the whole year (I hope) as focus needs to be.

      Focus has two meanings for me. I was recently diagnosed with ADHD, so that meaning is obvious. But it also means to get better at narrowing my priorities and shutting out extraneous stuff that distracts me from them. Choose my goals and go for them.

    • ….
      Melissa said…

      My word last year was focus. I loved it! I kind of want to use it again!

    • ….
      Peggy Leland said…

      I too chose focus. I need to focus on my job, my home and my health. I hope to break the months up into the different things I want to focus on.

    • ….
      Kelly McCord said…

      Count me in the “Focus” Group.

      I really need to Focus on getting things done this year – No more starting and stopping or forgetting them all together. Focus on getting myself and my family where we need to be.

      Who knows, maybe I’ll even apply Focus to finally learning how to use my new camera!

    • ….
      Alayna said…

      Focus is my word too! I ran across someone’s thoughts on this word and it really stuck with me. Still need to explore my thoughts on it further, but I think this is my word!

    • ….
      linda said…

      Put me in the FOCUS group. Can’t wait for the class

    • ….
      Kerry said…

      My word is focus too, I can’t wait. I have lots of things to focus on this year and that books sounds a good starting point!

    • ….

      Jenny, FOCUS was my word in 2008 – I knew I was going to have a newborn baby and was going to start homeschooling…so I knew I’d need focus in my life! :) It’s such a great word!!!

    • ….
      Megan said…

      “Focus” was my word last year. I was unemployed after being laid off and I needed “focus” in order to figure out where my next steps were going to be and get myself back on track. It really helped me last year. It is a great word to live by!

    • ….
      mary said…

      focus is my word, too, for 2011. I love that it’s a noun and a verb, with a bit of photography thrown in, too. looking forward to the class and to seeing how the year evolves with focus.

    • ….
      Denise said…

      FOCUS is the word that chose me, as well. Good luck!

  • 25.
    Cheri said…

    I was working on using the word Focus, but it was sounding like work and not fun. Then I started reading the book “Manifesting Change” and the word “HAPPY” found me!

    • ….
      Philarney said…

      my word is happy too… finding happiness in anything and everything that may come my way in 2011… and I love how that ties in to manifesting change – thanks for more inspiration.
      And thanks to Ali for so much inspiration to so many people

    • ….
      Heather C. said…

      I have also chosen Happy. I’ve noticed that over the past few years I developed a habit of focusing on the negative stuff in my life way too much. So recently I’ve been learning how to focus on being happy, just because. I decided this morning to make that my word for the year, then later when I was putting up my 2011 Mary Engelbreit calendar that I bought 2 months ago I saw that it is called, “All the Happiness You Can Handle!” I love life’s little synchronicities… they make me happy. hee hee :-)

  • 26.
    Melissa C said…

    Growth – in relationships, health, life, pocketbook, space

  • 27.
    s.patel said…

    i’ve chosen “intention” as my word for the 2011. i want to be more present, be more conscious of what i am doing, and live with purpose instead of just coasting along on auto pilot! this is my first year doing this-excited to see how this unfolds.

    • ….
      Melissa said…

      You pretty much nailed it on the head for me too. Intention is also my word and this is the first time I have chosen a word. Should be an interesting journey.

    • ….
      Lindsey said…

      LOVE that word!! What a great choice!

    • ….
      Tammy Eberhard said…

      chose a similar word for very similar reasons – AWAKE

    • ….
      Patsy said…

      This is my word too. I saw it in print a few days ago and it just clicked!

    • ….
      Marina D-k said…

      This will also be my first year with a One Little Word and I’ve also chosen the word INTENTION after a couple weeks of thinking it over.

      Though I didn’t choose a 2010 word I think it would have been LEARN. I learned a lot more about myself, my relationships, my role as a parent, manager, etc, etc.

      Given what I LEARNed this year I want my actions in 2011 to be truly INTENTIONal. Really looking forward to this journey!

    • ….

      INTENTION speaks to me as well. Here’s to fully living 2011!

    • ….
      Kathryn said…

      My word is “intention,” too – for the same reasons as some of the others. Yes, sometimes things/events/opportunities we want to happen do so without any effort on our part but I’m tired of just waiting for them to happen. I don’t know how I got to this point but it ends this year!

  • 28.
    Lainey said…

    I’ve let myself slip a lot in the past few months and have decided to take control of my body and my life. I started a blog called The Year of Me and have joined your BPC class. My 2011 word is RENEW. Thanks so much for the inspiration, Ali!

    • ….
      dawn said…

      I love this idea Lainey!! Good Luck and have fun in the class!

    • ….
      Phaedra said…

      My word is Renew, as well! I need to renew my physical, emotional & mental resources and start things (again) that bring a sense of wellbeing into my life. I’ve poured all of myself into being a (single) mother & now its time to renew & replenish!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Lainey
      I almost went with renew too, then at he 11th hour I changed to reform, as I actually want to change the way I do things as well as start things again. I am spelling it both as reform, and as re-form (like reforumlate) as I think there are subtle differences between the two spellings.

    • ….
      loribee said…

      That is my word too! I think it chose me. I have contemplated a few words, but keep coming back to this one.

    • ….
      Kelley said…

      Just found your blog post on choosing a word for the year..what a great idea! I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find my word, or have it find me, but then reading thru the comments my word just jumped out at me..RENEW..it’s perfect! I want to renew my health this year,my self, my life, renew my creativity,my faith, and hopefully renew a love relationship that means the world to me..thank you for such a great inspiration!! RENEW, RENEW, RENEW!

  • 29.
    Thinkie said…

    I have chosen ‘learn’ as my word for 2011. Or rather, it has chosen me. I have finally found, and just started, a bachelor study that is SO ME and doable with my health limitations and I have been learning a lot about myself lately and hope to continue to do that in 2011!

    • ….
      Andrea said…

      This is also my word, but in a different direction. Yes, I’d like to get back into school after taking this last year off, but this word is about learning who I am and learning to be a better me. I had kids and got married right out of high school, and I never really learned who I am besides a wife and mom. Everything I do is because I am someone for someone else – I have no idea who I am as an individual or even how to be by myself. 2011 is about learning who I am as an individual to be a better person only other roles.

    • ….

      I chose learn as my word last year, and I was amazed at the things I picked up last year simply because I was in a frame of mind to think about what I was learning. Have a fun 2011 learning and discovering all kinds of new things.

    • ….
      Maureen said…

      “Learn” is my word for 2011 also. It kept coming back to me over and over again, mostly in the context of ‘lessons I must learn’. While that sounds or could be ‘heavy’, I kept the word as my word, and am trying to remain open to whatever learning experiences may come my way and try not to pass judgment on them. One would think I might know better about hasty judgments by now, but I often don’t! Time to learn?

    • ….
      Melissa said…

      Andrea, you should listen to Reba McEntire’s song “Is There Life Out There”. If you have never heard it, you might relate to what she is saying in the lyrics. Sounds like you have worked hard at being a wife and mother and now just want to be you. Good for you and good luck on your journey.

    • ….
      Michelle said…

      Learn is also my word. Learn many different things in many different areas of my life. Learn to be a better wife/mother. Learn how to be a better/happier me. Learn to use things better EX: my computer, photoshop, digital scrapping. Learn learn learn.

  • 30.
    Dorothy F said…

    My word is Happy. I want to spend more time being happy and less time being obsessive about a lot of things. This word just keeps reappearing in everything I think and do.

    • ….
      Marcie said…

      ‘Happy’ has also choosen me. This is my first time choosing ‘one little word’, and the fit seems to be perfect in this time of my life. I’m choosing to rewrite my story and journey of life, and I want/need to find happiness. Can’t wait to get started with the BPclass. :)

    • ….
      Leauriy said…

      I’m also going along with the same idea HAPPYNESS (spelling it this way cause it makes it makes me HAPPY) will be my word. I just want to be happy about all aspects of my life; (relationships, home, work, play, family, health/weight, choices and creativity). And i think that this word will have me be patient, content, and grateful not to mention i would have to surrender and give up all the little unnecessary unimportant things that get in my way.

  • 31.
    sharongrey8 said…

    Thinking about the word Journey…

    • ….
      wanda said…

      that was my word for 2010. saw it everywhere. I chose it from a comment my son made about the harry potter books “It’s about his Journey”. I found it required work, and I enjoyed the paths I took. Have a wonderful 2011 Journey.

    • ….
      Karen S. said…

      Journey is my word for this year. I’m starting a weight loss journey…beginning my 30th year at the same job…will attend my 35th high school reunion…celebrate 25 years of marriage…attend my oldest child’s college graduation…and take a journey with my husband’s extended family to Kenya to visit the place they lived for many years as missionaries. It will be a very full year and I want to enjoy the journey.

  • 32.
    Jan B. said…

    My word for this year is FOCUS. It comes as a result of feeling frustrated about all the things I have flying around in my head – problem solving, scrapbooking projects, art journal pages and a myriad of untackled projects stemming from last year’s word which was Simplify – that I just couldn’t seem to get to. I feel time management is a big contributor to that frustration and almost thought my word should be Time. But I realize that my problem is that I may have too much on my plate. I need to figure out how to spend the precious time I have and it all comes down to focusing on what I choose to do, putting my energy into that and being content with it.

    I’m so excited to be taking your class, Ali, because I feel it will really help me accomplish that goal. A nice little New Year’s gift necklace wouldn’t hurt, either!

  • 33.
    Maureen said…

    I am thinking about clean,clean eating, clean house, clean & simple approach to all things in 2011.

    • ….
      Susan Anderson said…

      Great word and ideas…

    • ….
      Christine said…

      Good choice! Clean is my secondary word!

    • ….
      Maureen said…

      I’m a Maureen too, and as a Virgo, clean is a lifetime word for me!

  • 34.
    Sally said…

    “JOY.” Like you Ali – my word has followed me around during this entire holiday season, causing me to look deeper at things I do, and why I do them. It has shown up in all different places, and I want to start paying attention to it. Looking forward to the journey! As always – thanks for the inspiration!

    • ….
      Priscila said…

      That’s my word, too! It just popped into my head when I decided to have a word for this year, but I thought maybe I should think about it a little more. But it just kept coming back to me… So I decided to surrender to it! I’ve decided to choose joy next year even in situations it will be hard to do so…

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      Marybeth said…

      I chose JOY, too. I think in being joyful, we must be thankful, happy, and purposeful,as well. Other words that I thought about were grace,health, and shine…but I think joy covers them all.

      Marybeth

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      wakana said…

      my word is joy too. I want to find joy in everyday things this new year… I believe in the power of language, too, but never thought of doing this. What a great idea!

    • ….
      dawn said…

      I love this word. Joy was my word of the month. I decided to spread joy to people during this crazy, stressful month. It really worked to keep me in a joyful spirit and I touched alot of people by surprising them with joyful actions. Great choice of word ladies. I hope you all have a joyful year.

    • ….
      Michelle M. said…

      I love the word joy! My favorite aunt who passed away about 5 years ago was named Joy and everytime I saw/heard that word this past holiday season, I especially thought of her. I was going to use the word “embrace” but I think that “Joy” was speaking to me! I have never done OLW so this will be a new thing for me. Guess it’s time to sign up for Ali’s class!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • ….
      Stacey K said…

      I’ve been lying here with words & feelings rushing over me & I was struggling to find The One Litle Word to encompass what I want to achieve for 2011, I was thinking let-go but that wasn’t working, release wasn’t strong enough, enjoy was getting there but it wasn’t until I started looking up words in the dictionary that I found the definition of what I want to do & feel – Joy is a feeling of delight so deep and so lasting that one radiates happiness and expresses it spontaneously: my word is joy!

    • ….
      Samantha said…

      So well put, Sally! Yes, Joy has also followed me around this season and it was my first choice. Reading along here, I sure could several of these words as my focus, focus actually being one of them!!! But I’m going with Joy!

    • ….
      Sally said…

      Hey Ladies – I can’t believe so many have responded here! I’m very excited about our WORD! I think that God has big things for us this year. There are SO many different things that can be included in JOY (wonder, thankfulness, happiness, intentional appreciation…), and it is not just something to be enjoyed by ourselves – but rather, something to SHARE. Praying that your JOY may be full in 2011! ~Sally

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      Michelle M. said…

      Since I picked the word “Joy” yesterday, I have seen it maybe 4 or 5 different times, in very different places! I know that Christmas just finished but only 1 of those times was even holiday related! I think it is definitely a sign that joy is the right word for me! Thanks again, Sally! :)

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      Karen P. said…

      My word also is “joy.” (find, recognize, feel, cause, share, etc.)

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      Angie said…

      My word is also JOY it found me, after a very hard and unhappy year. I’m going to make JOY my focus this year!

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      Julie-Ann said…

      I’m a “JOY” girl this year as well. I have a silver ring I bought myself a while back that says JOY on it and I find myself choosing to wear it on days when I need a little extra luck or on special days. So when it came time to choose something for this year, it was an easy answer.

      I’m getting married in August, and I *really* want to remember that this event is about joy and love, and NOT about STRESS! :)

      Good luck everyone! and thanks for being so inspiring Ali!

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      Pam said…

      I’ve chosen joy too. It ecompasses so much…from finding joy, being joyful, and enjoying.

  • 35.
    Kim said…

    My word, and it chose me, will be action. I need and want to take action on all my good intentions, my desires, and the things that are necessary. I want to live my life and the only way to do that is to take action.
    Can’t wait for your BPC class to start!

    • ….
      Taya said…

      I’m still contemplating my word, but wanted to say yours is wonderful!!! I may have to join you, hmmmmmmmmm…. let me explore a bit more :)

  • 36.
    Jori said…

    My word for 2011 is RELEASE. I’ve held on to too much, not letting go of “good” so that I can have “great”.

    I plan on using Ali’s class this year to make my word a significant part of ‘two thousand and heaven’ (another blogger’s FABULOUS way of referring to the coming year being as great as she wants it to be)!!!

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      Collette said…

      I like your approach to this. Great!

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      andrea said…

      Hi Jori!
      My word for 2010 was release! It has been amazing having that word in my life!!! I released disappointments, released kilos, released hang ups, released expectations from people who will never change, i released anger, frustration etc etc – i love that word! I think my 2011 word is change, but i am struggling – i have a least 10 words i LOVE!
      love from andrea in australia – am SO excited to participate in BP class!

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      Tinka said…

      I think I just found my word!! I’ve been struggling with different ideas and nothing really fit…I was kind of leaning towards “self” but it still wasn’t feeling right. Then as soon as I read your post,Jodi, the proverbial lightbulb went on! “Release” more truly encompasses everything I want to achieve in 2011!! Thanks so much!

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      Pam said…

      My word is ‘release’ also. There is so much I want to let go of – unrealistic expectations, things I can no longer do now that I’m getting older, things that clutter up my life. I’m excited to see where else this word takes me this year.

  • 37.
    Dellie said…

    My word is going to be “fearless”

    I feel that I hold back a lot because I am afraid. Afraid of what people think, what will happen, what won’t happen. Too many roadblocks

    I just want to be fearless for a while.

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      macy said…

      LOVE your word Dellie!! This word has been inspiring me lately too. I’ve been reading the inside cover of Taylor Swift’s album Fearless. Love what she wrote about the word.

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      Janet said…

      My word is also FEARLESS. I have so many things that I want/need to do this year and always put off taking the 1st step because I’m worried about failure and rejection. I’m going to use my word to hold my head up and take on my fears face on!

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      Sandi Keene said…

      My 2010 word was Fearless. It was a bold and pushy word that guided me through some very difficult times. It was important for me to remember that the goal was to fear LESS as without fear was not realistic – at least for me. Good luck with fearless in 2011!

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      cyndee said…

      I have been searching for my word and when I saw ‘fearless’ I knew that was IT!
      2010 has been a good life changing year. One of those changes was taking care of myself and losing 80 pounds! I think I carried that weight as a shield, to keep people at a distance… to keep me from getting hurt. You can’t be rejected if you keep everybody at a distance, right?
      Part of the reason I want to be ‘fearless’ is I am divorced (18 years now!) with grown children and I am SO tired of being alone, but have been too scared to meet new people… so my word is going to be ‘fearless’ and I am very excited about it!!!

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      Sharon said…

      Fearless is my word as well! I, too have been letting the fear of too many things stifle me.

  • 38.
    Allyson said…

    feast.

  • 39.
    Heather said…

    I just started reading your blog this fall, so the One Word project is a new one to me.

    The last few weeks I’ve been thinking A LOT about the word “compassion”.

    It’s clear that this is the word for me.

  • 40.
    madeline St onge said…

    My word it ‘LESS’

    I need LESS clutter and confusion in my life and 2011 is the year I want to accomplish that
    Can’t wait for class to start

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      Gina Crowley said…

      I keep coming back to this word too! I just can’t wrap my arms around it yet. Glad to hear someone else is using it.

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      Jannie said…

      Thank you, Madeline! I have been trying to find the right word that captured the feeling of what I want to focus on…the closest I had gotten was simplicity. When I saw your word, less, I realized that perfectly described what I am craving for the new year!

      Thank you, Ali, for this fabulous class. This is my first time participating in OLW and I am really excited!

    • ….
      Shanda said…

      I was reading the comments looking for someone else who had chosen LESS as their word. I need so much LESS in my life right now (clutter, weight, calories, stress.) I know focusing on LESS will ultimately give me MORE of what I really need.

      Best wishes to you in 2011!

    • ….
      Carol S. said…

      I was originally thinking declutter and then saw simplify, but this is it – LESS. I like it. I need less in my life: less stress, less clutter, less sleep actually. Thanks for the suggestion. It’s perfect.

  • 41.
    Cynthia said…

    My word found me during Advent: SERVANT.

  • 42.
    Tracy Richardson said…

    Dream

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      JennL said…

      Tracy – my word for this year is Dream also. Last year my word was Hope and I found an increased awareness of my word all around me. It looked for hope and hope found me.

      This year I am looking to translate my hopes into dreams that I can move forward with. I just love the idea of taking control of my dreams.

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      Dreamweaver said…

      My word is dream, too.

      I’ve begun my dream, in midlife, graduated last spring, got a degree, a job in my field. Now I dream of the day when I will be financially stable and able to offer my services as a therapist to others on a sliding fee scale and help others to live their dreams too…when I set my own schedule and rest, dance, and dream.

  • 43.
    Cathy said…

    My word this year is change. It means so many things to me. Change in my house (cleaning up and tossing stuff and making more space) and changing my habits (eating more, moving less), changing how I feel when I get up in the morning (less rushed, and more laughing). It’s not too specific so that it is open to interpretation and the ability to grow into what it will. I keep trying to find another word but this one stuck with me!

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      andrea said…

      Hi Cathy!
      Change is my word – i resisted it, i hated it but it kept nagging at me! I wanted a fun, happy, glittery word, but change is perfect for me as i am want to change and need to change and am excited to change everything about my life! good luck with ‘change’
      andrea

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      Kim said…

      Change is also my word…and it too found me. I started seeing it…noticing it popping out at me several weeks ago. Even before I ever considered signing up to follow along with OLW. I’m really open to what this word will bring in 2011.

      I found a ring in Target yesterday. (which was also the point in which I truly surrendered to this word-I was almost in tears when I saw it-and it was the only one with my word). They have a section of silvery jewelery with words on it. The little silver ring is a perfect fit for my pinky finger and reads: Be the change you wish to see in the world.

    • ….
      Jeanne said…

      My 2010 word was CHANGE. It was the perfect word for me. I changed in so many ways that were for the better. It was a word that just fit with and encouraged me all year long. Good luck with your word!

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      Traci said…

      This is new for me, but I think change will be my word too. I just finished up my degree program to get my teaching license and will experience a lot of change in the coming year.

      As a secondary word, I think it would be create. My creative side has been stifled the last three years in school and I hope to get back to creating, by myself and with my girls.

  • 44.
    Jennifer said…

    My word for 2011 is CHANGE. There was alot of CHANGE in 2010 that I have to get used to & there are alot of things in my life that need to CHANGE in 2011.

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      andrea said…

      me too!!!! good luck!

  • 45.
    Amy B said…

    My word is MOMENT. As in, stop looking ahead and planning all the time and enjoy the MOMENT.

    Happy New Year!

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      Terri Porter said…

      Love your word, Amy! That is something I have been trying to do as well. My word is FOCUS for a lot of the same reasons you stated for choosing MOMENT — needing to focus on the here and now.

    • ….
      Tina said…

      Really like your word too Amy!

    • ….
      Laura T. said…

      Love your word!

  • 46.
    Barbara said…

    My word is LEARN. My computer is full of things that I have collected but have yet learned to use. Then I kept thinking of other things that I need to learn such as how to better use my time. This will be a great word on which to focus in 2011.

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      Katie Johnson said…

      I am leaning towards this word as well. I want to learn more about photography and photoshop, about American History (because my nephews are making me feel dumb), about my family and friends, and even about myself.

  • 47.
    Daphne said…

    My word is LISTEN. First, I need to listen to God. I need to learn to listen more to my family; my husband, my children and my immediate family and friends. Sometimes, I get caught up in MY everyday activities and I JUST dont take the time to do it! I think; I am combining my One Little Word class with my Project Life 2011. I am looking forward to it!

    Thank you, Ali for being a continual source of inspiration to all of us!!

    • ….
      Hashi said…

      Daphne, my word is also LISTEN this year. I need to listen to my body, listen to my heart. Listen when people speak, not just to their words, but to the humanity behind the words. I have some big decisions to make, and I need to keep very still and listen for wisdom.

  • 48.
    Debbie said…

    Last year’s word, “focus”, led me to this year’s word—”create”.

    It just keeps appearing on ever expanding levels ….from the word popping out of ads in quilt and scrapbook magazines to recurring memories of my home church litergy—’create in me a clean heart O Lord and renew a right spirit within me’…yep, it’s the one for 2011.

    Focus was a great word and it will be carried forward..along with “simplify” and “balance” from the years before….it seems all these words will link together at some point.

    see you in class!

    • ….
      Collette said…

      Love, love how God’s Word spoke to you in this. I smiled big!

    • ….
      DawnS said…

      My word last year was also focus http://everyday-glimpses.blogspot.com/2010/01/focus-on-gratitude.html

      …and my word for this year is the same as yours: Create!

      I want to create more art with my photography and open an etsy shop
      I want to create a healthier “me” (drink more water,floss more,etc)
      I want to create a less cluttered & more organized home
      I want to create more smiles and joy and happiness :)

    • ….
      Debbie said…

      Dawn S…love your blog!
      And we must be connected somehow…we focus on so many of the same things..you even had my “life song” on your site…the shaker Gift hymn…good to know you are out there! Hope you have a very creative year!
      Debbie

    • ….
      donna vw said…

      I chose CREATE as well. And my daughter chose FOCUS. I think they are both great words! This is my first time choosing OLW. I can’t wait to see what this experience brings to me.

  • 49.
    Sharolyn said…

    Passion~ This will be my first year with a chosen word. A word that was placed on my heart at Christmas Eve midnight Mass. Can’t wait to see where it leads me~

    • ….
      Brittany Gerth said…

      Passion is my chosen word as well this year. This is the year I have decided to follow my passion(s) and make something of them.

  • 50.
    Renee said…

    Believe. My words in years past have been charmed, grace and peace. This year while we were watching the Polar Express, Believe just set itself up in my heart and mind for this year. It really follows in my line of words. I am looking forward to your One Little Word class. I signed up for it on Monday. Happy New Year to you.

    • ….
      Susan Anderson said…

      Renee thank you for your post. Up until I read it my word was going to be connect. After seeing your post BELIEVE jumped into my heart. I recently lost my job, health insurance, relocated and started a new relationship. I believe all this will work out for the best. I believe in the power of love and friends. Can’t wait to see where believe takes me…thank you.

    • ….
      Renee said…

      Susan – I am glad it was helpful to you. I also believe in these things, just sometimes I need to remind myself to really and truly believe – thus my selection for the year. Best wishes!

    • ….
      Janna S. said…

      I am choosing BELIEVE also for my one word. This is my first year on the one word journey and the same day I decided I wanted to participate my aunt sent me this word as away to accept what every day brings…believe! I am excited to see how I can take this word journey and help me accept all the things coming my way with our family of 5…with 3 boys! 5yr, and a set of 3 yr twins…

    • ….
      Marti Richards said…

      This is also my word. I have been digging deep and kept thinking that my word was going to be self. I just turned 39 and have been doing a mini book to document my year- a year about me. I really am trying to dig deep and discover who I am and I vow this year to be happy and let go of anger and sadness. So, I thought happy. But, then I was looking through some inspirational quotes and this one from Audrey Hepburn jumped out at me and spoke to my heart: “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” Looking forward to the class, too!

    • ….
      nancy said…

      I also picked Believe! Can’t wait for the class to get underway.

    • ….
      Celia said…

      BELIEVE…..that is my word too. It picked me a few months ago…it just seemed to keep showing up….and I just wasn’t paying attention….until I found this blog and read about One Little Word….when I read this post I knew that Believe was my word.

    • ….
      Cloud9 Design said…

      Thank you Ali for creating such a wonderful class with such a lively and inspiring community!!! This is my first year to participate in OLW.

      My word was there all along. I saw it, but didn’t “see” it…passed over it, thought my word was something else, but then, I realized I had seen it in so many different places.

      After seeing it at the end of a friend’s email…just the simple word: BELIEVE!, and I just knew that was the word for me! :) I am really looking forward to starting this journey and becoming a part of this beautiful community!!!

      May God bless you all abundantly!

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