One Little Word 2013

One Little Word necklace from Lisa Leonard.

My word for 2013 is open.

Last year I had a great story about how my word came to me. This year it was more of a whisper and to be honest I'm not really sure what it means for me right now, or what it will end up meaning for me 12-months from now. And I'm okay with that.

Open is an attitude and an approach. It's a reminder to live wholeheartedly, to enter the ring, to live the length and the width. It's how I want to tackle this year.

I love that open is an action & a re-action. I can act with an open heart; I can re-act with an open heart.

I want to be open to it all - the amazing and the challenging. Wide open.

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 2013. 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.

If you’re new to the concept of One Little Word, you can read some of my previous posts here: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

One Little Word necklace from Liz Lamoreux. Use ONELITTLEWORD and receive 15% off through Jan 31.


Registration is open for 2013 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, 2013.

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    [...] I am going to do the best I can. This year I also decided to participate in Ali Edward’s One Little Word Project. I even asked my second graders to pick a word that would inspire them for the year. I was amazed [...]

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    [...] I am going to do the best I can. This year I also decided to participate in Ali Edward’s One Little Word Project. I even asked my second graders to pick a word that would inspire them for the year. I was amazed [...]

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  7. Terri

    2013-03-02 11:59:42 -0500

    In the past I have had the words JOURNEY which was great... and SPARKLE... also good. My OLW for this year is TRUST. Trust God in some sticky places where I am having trouble with that... trust that we will be brought through and there are other things coming. Trust my young adult children with their choices (and that they will adjust if things don't go right.) Trust myself with my choices... (and that I will be able to re-do/plan if need be, too!) Many situations exist right now that I can't imagine where they're going... TRUST is really good for this year! Faith for me is more global... trust is more intimate and immediate. Thank you for giving me this to think about!!

  8. Frances

    2013-03-05 08:57:20 -0500

    I am late. Can I post a word anyway?
    Mine is "help"
    Give it. Get it. Ask. Don't help. And so on.

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  11. My One Little Word & Pictures - Emily Sue

    2013-05-21 08:36:42 -0400

    [...] Ali Edwards encourages her readers to choose One Little Word for the year.  The idea is to have that word drive you, encourage you, or call you to action…whatever you want it to do. You choose the word and there is no right or wrong here. Will you join me and choose a little word for 2013? I have goals and dreams that I am trying to achieve in 2013 {I wrote about them HERE & HERE}, so I was trying to think of a word that went along with them or would help me stay focused to achieve them…a word that described a character trait that I wanted to develop and a word that would also motivate me. Sometimes words don’t come to me when I want them to, but this one did: consistency. I want to strive forward consistently towards my goals. I tend to give up too easily. I need to create good habits and live by them. I can do this, friends!I decided to go further than just picking out a word. I have taken some time to write out my goals for several different areas of my life, and Jeff and I will be sitting down every week to draw out a game plan for taking action that next week, checking our progress from the week before, and making any needed adjustments. A great book to read on game planning and getting things done is The Twelve Week Year by Brian Moran {it’s also a quick & easy read!}. In addition to writing the 20 Questions for Reflecting on 2012 that I answered in THIS post, The Simple Mom also wrote a post called New Year, New Goals that has downloadable goal-setting questions for you. I am also ordering a necklace with “consistency” etched on it. I’m so excited to have a daily reminder of my word with me all the time. And I love a good excuse to buy something I already want…don’t tell Jeff! {Wink}All of this really ties right back into my upcoming God-Sized Dreams series. I’ll be starting the series on Tuesday, so please come back and take this exciting journey with me! Here are some pictures from our trip to see my family up in Minnesota.  Sisters + their favorite brother-in-law  This little planter might have been my first DIY project ever. Oh the memories… My little brother stealing the show. Charlie is one spoiled puppy. [...]

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    [...] the past few years, designer and blogger Ali Edwards has run a feature on her blog called One Little Word. Instead of creating a long list of resolutions each January, Ali simply chooses one word that she [...]

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  22. Audrey

    2014-01-14 13:39:42 -0500

    My word for 2014 is ENERGY - positive, focused energy. Also considering how I keep up energy levels...getting enough sleep, working out, eating clean, and being excited about my present & future.

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    […] HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!! Wondering why I wrote New New New in my title of this post. Last year about halfway through I stumbled on a post by Alie Edwards. She had chosen a word at the beginning of the year and lived by that words all year. She said the word you chose is your word. Not a word for your spouse or your child but for you. She went on to say  Your word “You live with it. You invite it into your life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.”   You can read all about it here.  ( […]

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