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January 5, 2011

One Little Word 2011 | A Reading Of The Words

My friend Liz did something special and unexpected for me yesterday: she sent me an email with a voice recording of herself reading all the 2011 words (listed on my blog up until about mid-day pacific time yesterday).

She decided to do it because she thought I might not have read them aloud (which I hadn’t) and that it might be something I’d like to listen to while I work to soak up a bit of each word.

I pushed play and I was overcome with emotion.

Hearing all those words read aloud was just awesome. Imagining the potential of each of those words in each one of your lives was pure magic.

She ended her email by saying, I love that your readers have created a poem of possibility.

Here’s Liz reading the list of words (again, it’s just the words listed about half-way through the day yesterday):

words from liz lamoreux (click to play)

Maybe we each need to take a couple minutes and read them aloud to ourselves as a way of really honoring the collective spirit of possibility.

Liz also makes awesome jewelry available through her etsy site. Check out the (whispered) soul mantra lockets like the one I purchased above. She’s also got a great new book called Inner Excavation (which I mentioned I was reading last week) and she runs Be Present Retreats here in Oregon.


  • 1.
    Beth said…

    What a great friend! How sweet.

  • 2.
    Sian said…

    In a lovely coincidence “Inner Excavation” just arrived in the mail for me 30 minutes ago – so I will listen and browse Liz’s gorgeous book at the same time. Thank you for letting me hear her voice.

  • 3.
    creole wisdom said…

    What a thoughtful thing to do. I decided that my “theme” for the year is: Go Hard. I just had to do a phrase. I’ll check back and listen for the full version, and I love that charm necklace!

  • 4.
    jen said…

    Wow … what a powerful message. Thanks for sharing!!

  • 5.
    MichelleGB said…

    What a wonderful, cool thing to do! I love it! And I love the expression “poem of possibility”. It’s beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing this!

  • 6.
    Deb said…

    Such a great idea. What a great friend you have. xo

  • 7.
    Dawn Nikol said…

    That was such a fabulous and thoughtful thing. And, can I just say, her voice is awesome!! I love the lockets too… love, love, love.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • 8.
    scrappysue said…

    Wow, that was so lovely to hear. I love Liz’s necklaces too; I had to order the raindrop one, it was totally calling my name!

  • 9.
    Donelle said…

    How powerful to listen to all the words. Loved being inspired by everyones choices and hearing mine Momentum resonate from them all.
    The charm is just beautiful.

  • 10.
    hannahk said…

    Liz’s reading is awesome

  • 11.
    Kirsten said…

    a poem of possibility and a reading of community. It’s wonderful seeing the list but yes, hearing it read out loud makes me realize how much more we are all connected. Thanks for helping create this moment.

  • 12.
    Karen M. said…

    I haven’t had a chance to share my word yet. It’s storyteller. My mother-in-law died a couple of months ago and I had this realization that we are now the oldest generation. She told me so many stories – and left me her pictures. My promise to the three generations that already follow her is to share her stories. And to share her pictures with context. And share my own along the way. I am a storyteller.

    • ….
      Kristal said…

      Love that, Karen. I feel the same way and I am the only person in my family who is passionate about telling the stories. So…the job is mine.

      Good luck with your storytelling!

  • 13.
    Marina Chiaradia Mendes said…

    Love it! So many hiden feelings…

  • 14.
    Hee Jin said…

    What a wonderful friend and idea!

  • 15.

    Oh, I love this. Thanks for sharing Liz’s voice with us!

  • 16.
    Carrie Rosalind said…

    What a wonderful idea to read them aloud! This will be nice to listen to as I work today! :)

  • 17.
    Maica said…

    Thanks to Liz and to you for share the sound of the poem.

  • 18.
    Helen said…


  • 19.
    rkokes said…

    That was cool. Thank you for sharing!

  • 20.
    Nancy Jones said…

    That rocks!!!

  • 21.
    Catherine said…


    How moving! I absolutely loved listening to everyone’s words for 2011. Thank you very much for all of your inspiration and day-to-day ideas. My word for 2011 is “journey.”

  • 22.
    Jennifer said…

    As I listen, I have tears in my eyes. What a sweet idea. People are wonderfully amazing!

  • 23.
    Jen said…

    Perfect! I love the poem of possibility. Thank you for sharing this story & recording, and thank you for the OLW experience. I am especially enjoying the BPS OLW experience this year. Let the journey begin!

  • 24.
    dawn said…

    This is such a sweet thing for her to do for you. Our sound off the computer hasn’t worked in a couple months so sadly I can’t listen to it. Love love the locket.

  • 25.
    Debbie D. Dodd said…

    I was de-light-ed when I saw the photo of your locket today as I was just thinking I should comment with my ‘one little word’ – LIGHT! I chose it because it is the root word in so many things I want to do this year: Light=take off some extra weight and get healthy; Enlighten=spend more time studying instead of just reading; Lighten Up=cultivate a light spirit and worry less; Lighten=divest myself of ‘stuff’ and the burden of taking care of it; Delight=take joy in everything! Ddd

  • 26.
    Karen said…

    I actually didn’t think I would like listening to it. Good thing, I decided to try it on for size, so to speak. And, wondering what I think now??


    She’s spot on, it IS the ‘perfect poem of possibility’!! :>

  • 27.
    betty said…

    WOW HOW COOL WAS THAT? It’s amazing what the WORDS can be collectivly, just awesome!

  • 28.
    Maureen said…

    Thank you both so much!a poem of possibility. Wow.

  • 29.
    Marit said…

    How amazing! What a beautiful way to express all the little words for 2011. :)

  • 30.
    Heather said…

    This was beautiful! I loved it, beyond amazing.. I find myself identifying with so many of the words.. Though we all have our own lives, own reasons it reminds me at the core we all want much of the same things..

  • 31.
    Judy Webb said…

    I am loving “one little word.”

  • 32.
    Marsaille said…

    Two people have used my word on my behalf. The Universe is listening. I hope I have the senses to know what it is telling me. This is no small thing she did for you- she said a prayer for all of us. Wonderful! Please thank her for me.

  • 33.

    liz and allie – two of my favorite people. thank you.

    • ….

      ok obviously not supposed to write this. ali – yes I can spell your name. sheesh. off to work on my lame proofreading skills.

  • 34.

    where is spell check LOL.

    again. liz and alli – two of my favorite people. thank you. :)

  • 35.
    Jules Q said…

    Hearing the words aloud is so powerful and reminded me how important “community” is in life. I immediately wrote a blog post about the experience! The words chosen by others have been transcendental this year:

  • 36.
    cindy b. said…

    that was cool!

  • 37.
    Elizabeth*S* said…

    Beautiful. ty

  • 38.
    Sherry said…

    Hey Ali,
    I picked up Liz’s book after reading your post & I am enjoying it. The photography gives me lots ideas for 365 photos a day project & I like her word tool box ideas. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • 39.

    incredible!! i loved listening to it- it is a powerful collective piece of poetry.

  • 40.

    This is powerful. Beautiful gift…thanks for sharing it.

  • 41.
    Ingrid said…

    Simply beautiful. My thanks.

  • 42.
    playcrane said…

    Thanks for sharing.

    Lovely voice.

    Awesome list!

  • 43.
    {vicki} said…

    I’ve read the words aloud every year whenever you post them!

  • 44.
    Elizabeth said…


  • 45.
    Sarah said…

    That was Beautiful Liz and Ali,
    thank you so much for sharing.
    Ali, would it be ok if I put the wordle and the poem into my blog when I talk about my word – rhythym?

    How do I do that??

    Thank you again

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Sarah – the wordle you can access by going here:

      The audio can by holding down option and clicking with your mouse on the link (it will go to where-ever downloads go on your computer).

  • 46.
    Patricia Rogers said…

    A grateful heart thanks you both for such a vigorous beginning to a new year of creativity and blessing.

  • 47.
    chrissy said…

    love liz. love her voice. her wisdom. her talent. i was blessed to attend a BE PRESENT retreat a year ago last october. her first one. it was wonderful. thank you for the encouragement of the ONE WORD.

  • 48.
    karen said…

    Ohmigod! I now know what my word is – it wasn’t until I heard Liz voice ALLOW that I knew – I just knew – that was my word! thank you x

  • 49.
    Jennifer said…

    What an awesome friend! Call me crazy but I got tears in my eyes listening to these words. Because they’re not just words, they have such meaning and determination behind them! Love it! ‘Course my hubby said, what are you listening to?

  • 50.
    Christina said…

    Liz is amazing… as are you, Ali! I’ve been thinking of you–I’m out in Eugene visiting my sister and have been half expecting to bump into you at Full City (how fun that would be!)

    My word for this year is FRUITION.

    I picked a word last year because of your post about it–and found it to be so much more meaningful than defining resolutions… xoxo.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I would have LOVED to run into you Christina :) .

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