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January 2, 2012

One Little Word 2012 | The Words

Thank you so much for sharing your words in the comments of my first 2012 One Little Word post.

The comments, as always, are so uplifting and inspiring. If you don’t see your word included below please leave it in the comments and I’m happy to add it to this list.

Here’s the collected words for 2012 (updated 11pm Pacific on 1/2/11):

abide

abundance

accept

achieve

acknowledgment

act

action

active

adapt

adventure

ahead

alignment

anew

animate

anything

aperture

apologize

appreciate

aroha

art

artful

assuage

attention

attitude

authentic

awake

balance

bathroom

be

be

begin

behold

believe

better

bloom

blossom

body

bold

brave

bravery

breakthrough

breathe

bright

build

butterfly

calm

can

care

carpe diem

celebrate

challenge

change

changes

charge

cherish

choice

choose

clarity

clean

clear

closure

comfort

commit

commitment

complete

confidence

connect

conscientious

consistent

content

control

core

courage

create

cultivate

curious

dare

decide

dedication

deep

deeper

define

deliberate

delight

deserving

design

determination

develop

direction

discipline

discover

distance

do

document

dream

easy

economical

efficient

eliminate

embrace

emerge

empower

energy

engage

engender

enjoy

enough

equilibrium

everyday

evolve

exercise

exhilarate

expand

experience

explore

express

faith

faithful

faithfulness

family

fear

fearless

feel

find

finish

fit

float

flourish

flower

fly

focus

forge

forgiveness

fortify

forward

free

fresh

fulfill

fulfilled

future

generous

gentle

gift

give

glow

go

goal

grace

gracious

grateful

gratitude

gravity

grow

gumption

happiness

happy

harmony

heal

healthy

heart

hello

help

home

hope

hopeful

humble

ignite

illuminate

imagination

imagine

improve

in

inspire

integrity

intent

intention

intentional

intuition

invigorate

invite

involved

join

journey

joy

jump

kindness

kitchen-table

laugh

leap

learn

less

life

lift

light

lighten

limitless

listen

live

lose

love

loved

loving

loyalty

madness

magic

magnify

make

manage

me

melt

mind

mindful

mission

moderation

moment

money

more

move

nature

nest

new

nourish

now

nurture

occupy

one

open

order

ordinary

organic

organized

overcome

pace

passion

patience

pause

peace

perseverance

persevere

perspective

place

play

pleasure

polish

positive

positivity

possibilities

possibility

practice

praise

pray

prepare

preparation

present

preserve

pretty

pride

prioritize

progress

project

promise

proof

prosper

purpose

purposeful

pursue

push

quest

quiet

reach

ready

real

realistic

reason

receptive

reclaim

reconnect

reconstruction

record

redemption

redirect

rediscover

reduce

refine

refresh

rejuvenate

relationship

relax

release

release

relinquish

relish

remember

renew

resolve

rest

restore

resume

reverent

revitalize

rhythm

rise

sail

satisfied

savor

scarcity

scatterjoy

scrapbook

search

season

see

selective

self

self-control

selfless

serenite

serenity

service

share

shift

shine

simple

simplicity

simplify

smile

soar

solid

soul

sparkle

spirit

stand

start

steady

story

streamline

strength

stretch

strive

strong

stronger

sufficient

support

surrender

sweat

talk

tend

thankful

thanksgiving

thanksliving

think

thrive

time

together

tone

transcend

transform

transformation

travel

treasure

true

trust

truth

try

unclutter

uncomfortable

understanding

unencumbered

unity

unlock

up

uplift

value

variety

venture

view

vigor

visible

walk

well

well-being

wellness

whatever

whimsical

whole

wholehearted

wholeness

wisdom

within

wonder

work

worship

write

yes

yet

Comments

  • 1.
    dawn said…

    I loved reading these words and so excited for everyone and their new journey’s with them. How inspiring all of them are in a list like this.

    Just have to say I’d like to know more about the words “bathroom” and hokey pokey and why they were picked.

    • ….
      Tashia D said…

      Dawn,
      I was reading comments on the first post for OLW and the woman who chose the word bathroom said that she has a bathroom remodeling project that she wants to start and complete in the new year, so that’s why she chose “bathroom”. It looks sort of funny in the list with all the others!

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Thanks Tashia,
      I figured that’s what it was about. How great for her to choose this word and all the fun she will have making it happen. Thanks again.

    • ….
      Debbie W said…

      and the hokey pokey one was I believe around post 500 or higher – relatively new. She wanted to “put her whole self in” to remember to dance, shake it all around, etc. to be present and remember to have fun it seems like.

    • ….
      Dawaila said…

      I loved the reason for the “hokey pokey” that is super creative! Good luck to her

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Thank you Debbie !! That is an awesome word for the year, what a fun way to choose to be present. Really love reading these OLW not sure how I missed these two earlier, so thanks ladies for the help.

      I hope these words work well with them for 2012!!

  • 2.
    Kara M said…

    These are awesome and I forgot to post mine so here is mine: MISSION

  • 3.
    Anita T said…

    I wish everyone a wonderful journey with their OLW. For 2012 I have chosen the word pride.

  • 4.
    EssenseVibez said…

    my word is: S O U L

    • ….
      Paula G said…

      I chose this word for 2011 and loved what I learned. Hope the same for you. It is such a moving word that I am “keeping it going” along with “hopeful.”

  • 5.
    Kat said…

    Great list, my word is ACHIEVE

  • 6.
    Tracey Holdyk said…

    So loved reading this list, how very inspiring and uplifting. Thank you for sharing these amazing words and I wish everyone a wonderful journey with their OLW.
    love me :-)

  • 7.
    jamie said…

    My 2012 word is GIFT.
    It is already a wonderful match.
    Thank you, Ali, for all you put into this project.
    ~j

  • 8.
    Katie Orse said…

    My One Little Word for 2012 is : Pause :

    • ….
      Anna said…

      I love this word. Don’t we all need to pause sometimes? Great choice!

  • 9.
    Miranda said…

    Such great words all around, my word for this year will be involved!!

    Thanks for sharing all the words!!

  • 10.
    kathy P said…

    Ali, could you please add “goal” to your list. Thank You.

  • 11.
    Lori P. said…

    My word is WONDER.

  • 12.
    Marie-Pierre said…

    Hi Ali, my word is Energy. Have to go to bed earlier. I started yesterday. :) happy 2012!!

  • 13.
    Tawnda Andrews said…

    My word for 2012 is: purposeful

  • 14.
    Jocelyn Smith said…

    A couple of my colleagues choose a guiding word every year. In fact, one of them posted this to the other on Facebook and I happened to see it. I’ve decided to join in – my word is rise.
    Thanks for doing this! Happy New Year!

  • 15.
    patty said…

    thanks for making the list!
    love seeing all the inspiring words…

  • 16.
    Stephanie said…

    What an inspiring list! I’m looking forward to growing with my word!

  • 17.
    Jeanne M said…

    I’m still vacillating between two words. Either connect, which is on the list, or glow, which is not. I’m going to have to listen and see which one is speaking more loudly to me right now.

    • ….
      Stacey said…

      My 2010 word was connect and in that year I’ve made two of the best friends I’ve ever had! Good luck.

  • 18.
    Christie said…

    My word for 2012: BEHOLD

  • 19.
    Jenny S said…

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing the inspiration! My word is: receptive

  • 20.
    Casie said…

    OLW 2011: RESOLVE

  • 21.
    Susie Nam said…

    Hi Ali,
    After jotting down a list – word after word, my OLW is PURPOSE.
    Surprisingly, I didn’t see it on this list.
    I hope this word helps some others looking for their OLW.

    To me, PURPOSE means:
    To live with intention, planned and thoughtfully.
    To create/preserve calmness by preplanning.
    To truly enjoy, delight in, cherish and celebrate little and big life moments by not allowing chaos rule my life.

    My word last year was MOVE.
    And boy, did I! Not only physically in location, but emotionally and all aspects… But with it came a lot of chaos.

    Happy NEW YEAR Ali!!!
    Wishing you and the kids great adventures and moments in 2012.

    • ….
      leanne said…

      Susie, I just wanted to tell you I love this word, AND your writing behind it. Happy New Year!

    • ….
      Sarah said…

      My word is also purpose, I love your writing on it, it touched me and added meaning to my goals for the year.

    • ….
      Suzette said…

      I also made a list and looked up definitions/synonyms. I was toying with focus, joy, do and create. Then PURPOSE found me and seemed to encompass everything I was looking for this year. I love your writing about the word. Are you taking Ali’s OLW class?

  • 22.
    Ellen C said…

    My word for 2012 is comfort. In day one I discovered even more facets to this word as I ran, planned my week, played, did chores and worked on our holiday letter. Hello 2012.

  • 23.
    Denise said…

    Project is my word…as in finsihing up a bunch of projects…health wise, financially, home wise, and art wise:)

  • 24.
    BarbaraLH said…

    My 2012 word (phrase?) is Well-Being.
    2011 was Present

  • 25.
    Kathleen said…

    My word for 2012 is GENTLE.

    • ….
      Claudia said…

      Hi Kathleen (and Ali). My OLW is Gentle; glad to share it with someone else. I had contemplated doing OLW 2012, and up until then, I had decided against it because I didn’t have a word. My OLW came to me on the night of December 30th; my first inclination was to look up the word in the bible. Sure enough, I knew then and there that it was my word, and signed up to take Ali’s class the next morning.

  • 26.
    Ellie A. said…

    My Word for 2012 is Perseverance.

  • 27.
    Mary said…

    Mine is efficient!

  • 28.
    june w said…

    My word for 2012 is resolve

  • 29.
    Deb J said…

    What an interesting and exciting list. I pray that everyone has a wonderful year where they are able to go through the year living and working with their word. Blessings everyone.

  • 30.
    Susan Ringler said…

    Well, I keep hesitating but I believe my word for 2012 is Thrive. Thanks for putting up the list.

    • ….
      Tasha said…

      Susan… My word last year was Flourish, which in large part meant thrive to me. It had a wonderful effect on my life.

  • 31.
    diana willis said…

    Thought i had my word..VISION but havent 100% committed to it yet…love the word VICTORY but more importantly when i keep this word in front of me it is a huge part of who I am! I also thought about Dream but now will go and do a little more digging into a few others such as expectation and purpose…thanks Ali for doing this again!

  • 32.
    Linda Auclair said…

    My word for 2012 isn’t on the list yet. It is NEST.

  • 33.
    Mindy said…

    After much contemplation the past two weeks, I’ve finally settled on REFINE.

  • 34.
    Erin said…

    Gosh, what an awesome list! Truly motivating!!!

  • 35.
    MonicaB said…

    Great list of words. My word is not on the list yet. Define is my word for 2012.

  • 36.
    Carey Bridges said…

    It’s already on your list, but I’m choosing COMPLETE. Last year my word was FOCUS, and I plan to continue that word as well.

  • 37.
    susan said…

    thank you Ali for posting this incredible list of words – I just picked my word today. After reading about (& very much relating to) Oskar’s “heavy boots in the fantastic novel (& new movie) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer my word is lighten. I also LOVE your word “up” so simple, so little yet so meaningful & in so many ways.

  • 38.
    Tina said…

    My word for 2012 is CHOOSE !!

    • ….
      Susan R said…

      My word is CHOOSE also! Hope I choose wisely!

  • 39.
    Janet said…

    Thanks for posting the list. My word for 2012 is “loved”. :)

  • 40.
    Noell said…

    My word is BLOOM.

    I was thinking in terms of taking some areas of focus and interest and really doing more with them (more doing, less thinking). The words I was initially looking at were “develop” and “progress” because I want to progress more in developing certain areas of my life that I’ve been spotty in working on in the past.

    But I wanted something more metaphorical than those two words. And I attending my second painting workshop this year, both called, “Bloom True.” So BLOOM seemed like the word.

    • ….
      Judith said…

      Bloom was my word last year and it was great. Very inspirational and allowed me to be more creative. Enjoy your journey…

  • 41.
    Melissa said…

    LOVE this project and am so excited for 2012. My word is create. So much plays into this word for me. Thanks, Ali for the inspiration and motivation this year :)

  • 42.
    Lindsay said…

    Beautiful list. My word for this year is ACTIVE.

  • 43.
    Traci said…

    My word is (Re)construction.

  • 44.
    Jackie said…

    I love reading everyone’s one litrle word. I signed up for your class @BPS

  • 45.
    Ruby said…

    My word is TRY. Thanks for all the inspiration, Ali!

  • 46.

    hi ali, last year, i loved it when liz made a little voice message where she read all our words out… and you posted it on your blog. it was pretty amazing hearing them spoken. an affirmation of all the intentions we’re all carrying.

    you’re awesome ali, here’s to a year full of ‘up’

    xoxx

  • 47.
    *Dream Weaver* said…

    Mine is explore

  • 48.
    Carina said…

    Hi Ali!
    I´m on my third year with OLW and I had the hardest time ever to choose a word for this year. For 2011 I chose “fresh”,but the last year came to be one of our WORST years ever as a family. I keep thinking that maybe this year we will se some good coming from all the pain and sorrow that we´ve been dealing with.
    So for this year I´m sticking with “HAPPY” and hoping that things will settle down and get closure on some things. At least that´s what I´ve chosen right now….

  • 49.
    Karin said…

    Hi Ali, I am surprised not to see my word. I picked (or the word picked me) a word that is so simple I thought it would be on your list for sure!

    My word for 2012 is: ‘New’

    • ….
      Kim said…

      New – is the word that I picked also. I thought about restore….but there are some things I wish not to have restored….so NEW it was!

  • 50.
    ConnieKay said…

    My one little word is Balance- with a full time career as part of a hospital administrative team, volunteer director of a free health clinic and completing 14 hours of post grad work in 2012 I have to focus in balance. Balance will mean time for me and my family. Time to spend not only giving but receiving makes balance.

    • ….
      Leigh McDonald said…

      Great word. I thought that my word was going to be Balance… but Grace kept nudging me, so Grace it is. However, for me, achieving a state of grace will come from achieving better balance in my life… reducing the chaos and the frenzy or rather, not reacting to it so that I can be more calm and centred… happy journeying with your word!

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