One Little Word 2012


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My word for 2012 is up.

It came to me one day last month while I was working in the kitchen and the kids were watching the movie Up. My initial connection to the word stems from the part towards the end where the old man is looking at the scrapbook his wife made and a note she wrote to him at the end which says something along the lines of "Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one." (Found the clip here.)

That's the attitude I'd like to be working towards and embracing in 2012 - giving thanks for the things that were great about my marriage and then moving forward and welcoming whatever is coming next.

Up | ready, eager, open, awake, into a happy mood

There were so many words I could have chosen for what I want for myself in 2012. This one simply feels like a good starting place. I will also be carrying three of my past words close to my heart again in 2012: light, story, and peace.

Are you considering selecting a word for yourself (or letting one find you)? 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 2012. 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 days I'll combine all the words into a single post - super inspiring to see all the words in one place.

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, 2010 and 2011.

Above is an image of all my prompts from my album that I made for my One Little Word class at Big Picture in 2011.

Registration is open for 2012 and you're invited to join the journey.

Each month you'll receive a prompt with a simple creative, writing, or photography 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 8.5x11 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, 2012.


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  1. Joyce

    2012-02-09 11:02:29 -0800

    I changed "commit" to "enjoy". I think I have been too committed all my life. I will still commit but want to enjoy everything I do. I'm looking forward to this year with joy.

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  2. Josh

    2012-02-13 08:26:17 -0800

    I'm a couple months late to the party, but I stumbled upon this blog and love the concept. My word for 2012 is "goals". There's so much I want to accomplish this year, and there's so much my wife and I want to accomplish together - adopting a child, losing weight, making our home-based business successful, and so much more.

    Thanks again!

    * edited 08/11/14 04:35AM
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  7. Shabari Karumbaya

    2012-11-04 01:49:35 -0700

    This is my first time chosing a word of the year. I tried to do this when my son was a year old but as a single working mother the only word I could have chosen then was "survive". This year I am picking SEEK...as in seek out new experieces, new opportunities and new friendhips and relationships!

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  11. Rhonda

    2012-12-27 22:02:58 -0800

    My word for the coming year is "Happy". Doing things that make me happy brings joy not only to myself but to those around me. Finding the simple things in life that bring joy and satisfaction make me Happy!

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    2013-03-18 19:10:02 -0700

    I ended up on this page and read a few of the OLW's listed. I was moved to say my word would be "except" and it is March 2013. It didnt take as long as I though it would to think of a word. I want to learn to "except" more of everything as it is. It sure would make my life, and I am sure your's alot easier and more pleasent too. We are here to love, learen and except each other for who and what we are all about. we cannot control much of anyone or anything so let's just learn to "EXCEPT". :)

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