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January 1, 2013

One Little Word 2013 | The Words

Thank you so much for sharing your words in the comments of my first 2013 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 as it’s totally possible we missed one or more were added before we developed the list. Last updated 1/6/13.

abandon

abide

abundance

accept

accomplish

accomplishment

achieve

act

action

active

actualize

adventure

aim

air

alive

allot

anticipate

anything

anyway

aproveitar

archive

art

aspire

assert

authenticity

author

aware

balance

be

become

becoming

begin

beginnings

believe

benvenuto

better

blessed

blessing

bliss

bloom

blossom

blossom

bold

boundaries

brave

breath

breathe

bright

build

cadence

calm

capture

captured

care

celebrate

center

challenge

chances

change

cherish

chill

choices

choose

clarify

clarity

class

clean

clear

closeness

color

commit

compete

complete

completed

completion

concept

confidence

confident

connect

conscious

consistent

content

control

corner

count

courage

crabby

craft

create

cultivate

curate

curiosity

daily

dare

declutter

deep

delight

design

detachment

determine

develop

devoted

different

diligence

direction

disciple

discover

distance

do

document

dream

drive

dulce

ease

effort

Embrace

endeavor

endurance

enduring

energizing

engaged

enjoy

enough

enthusiasm

essential

evolve

expand

experience

explore

faith

family

favor

fearless

feast

filled

finish

fit

flexible

flourish

flow

focus

forgiveness

forward

free

freedom

fresh

fruition

fulfill

fullfillment

fully

fun

generosity

gentle

gently

get

give

glow

go

good

grace

grateful

gratitude

grief

grow

grow

habiter

handmade

happen

happiness

happy

harmony

heal

healed

health

healthy

heart

herz

higher

home

hope

hopeful

humble

humor

illuminate

imperfect

improve

in

inhabit

inspire

integrity

intent

intention

intentional

intimate

invest

journal

journey

joy

joy -ful

jump

ken

kind

kind

kindle

laugh

leap

learning

less

light

lighter

listen

live

live

living

look

love

lovely

lucky

magic

magical

maintenant

make

manifesto

manner

margin

me

measles

mindful

mindfulness

mingle

miracle

moderation

moment

momentum

more

move

moxie

neat

nest

new

new

next

nourish

now

nurture

obedience

onward

open

order

organize

outside

ownership

pace

paramount

patience

patients

pause

peace

perceive

persevere

perspective

place

plan

play

pollyanna

positivity

powerful

practice

prayer

prepare

presence

present

press

prioritize

progress

proof

prosper

pure

purge

purposeful

pursue

push

quality

quest

reach

real

rebuild

reclaim

reconnect

recover

reduce

reflection

refreshed

rejoice

rejuvenate

rekindle

release

relinquish

remember

renew

resilience

resolve

respect

rest

restoration

revel

revive

revolution

rhythm

rise

risk

satisfied

save

savor

say

see

seek

select

self

sense

serve

shed

shift

shine

sideways

silent

simple

simplicity

simplify

smile

soar

song

source

space

sparkle

sparkle

speak

spirit

stand

start

stay

steadfast

steps

still

stillness

stop

story

straight

strength

strengthen

strive

strong

structure

sure

surrender

survive

taste

tend

testify

there

thrift

thrive

tidy

time

today

together

transform

transition

trust

truth

try

understand

unoffended

unstruck

unsubscribe

up

useful

value

view

vigor

virtue

vital

vitality

vivacious

wait

walk

wander

weight

welcome

whimsy

whole

wholeness

wish

wonderstruck

words

words

work

worthy

write

yes

zen

zip

Comments

  • 1.
    ruth said…

    i have chosen the word moxie. See you in class.

    • ….
      Michelle said…

      This needs a LIKE button!

  • 2.
    ChristyR said…

    Pollyanna is my word for 2013. More often than not I don’t: : a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything….but I want to.

    • ….
      Heather said…

      I think you have a great word. It made me smile. I have been told so often in my life to stop being a Pollyana. This is just how Gid made me. So to see positive affirmation of the word brings joy to my soul…

      There is a phrase I always say but it escapes me know. I alway give everyone the benefit if doubt… I don’t want to be the person who did not believe in them even though what appeared to be them was bad in someway. Sometimes I am proven wrong and people lie but there are the times I am right and someone proves God’s grace.

    • ….
      ChristyR said…

      Thank you, Heather. I have a friend who has that very same outlook and I admire her. I think that her heart is always free from the negative and while she gives others the benefit of the doubt, that she herself, is the true receiver. I’m glad you like it and that it made you smile. =)

    • ….
      JudyJ said…

      Love it! Great choice.

  • 3.
    KristineS said…

    My word is TODAY. Today is a world of possiblity…

    • ….
      Joanna said…

      That’s my word too! This year I had so many to choose from, but Today really sums them all up!

  • 4.
    Grungedandy said…

    Since its not on the list my word is ME
    I’ve spent a life time always thinking of others I won’t really stop that but I will try and concentrate on making me happier this year! Sometimes you just have to start with yourself! Seeya hugya G

    • ….
      Sandy said…

      Two years ago, my word was my own name! I spent that year learning what self-care means. You’ll be blessed!

    • ….
      Mandy said…

      That is so awesome…

    • ….
      Denise said…

      Great word! I think we all struggle with focusing on ourselves. Don’t want to seem selfish. My word is “change” which is about me and the changes I want in my life whether good or bad.

    • ….
      Christine said…

      That is such a good word and perfect reasoning behind it. I also pay more attention to others than myself, and totally need to do that more. Good luck!

  • 5.
    dawn said…

    LOVE reading these words Ali! So excited for this new year and whatever it may bring. Read your first message in OLW and even more excited now. Thanks so much for inspiring us and letting us go on this journey with you!

    Happy New Year!

  • 6.
    coffeebabs said…

    “Chill” is my One Little Word for 2013, reminding me to relax and just let things be, not to get so worked up, frustrated and impatient. We are going thru a major life change this year and I want to try to approach it with expectation, excitement and fun instead of what I usually do!

  • 7.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

    Loving the list of words, including my own.

  • 8.
    Shelley said…

    Confident and engaged…

  • 9.
    Amy Nabors said…

    My word always chooses me it seems. This year 2 have. Trust and Unoffended.

  • 10.
    F. said…

    My word for 2013 is ‘Energizing’. I don’t just want to live my life but I want to make it more ‘energizing’. I am looking forward to the class!

  • 11.
    Marge G. said…

    My word for this year is FLEXIBLE. It’s so very easy to do things the same way all the time (it’s the safe thing to do!), that I need to let go of the sameness and be more flexible!

  • 12.
    L.M. said…

    Hi Ali, I’m so excited for a new year and a new word! I have chosen zip!

  • 13.
    ana roat said…

    Happy New Year everyone!!!

  • 14.
    Carol said…

    Rebuild!!!

  • 15.
    Melanie said…

    My word last year was Shift and it really was where I was at in my life. I remember you really liking my word last year when we were at Your Story. Happy New Year!

  • 16.
    Judi said…

    Nourish is my OLW

    • ….
      Karen said…

      Judi…that is my word too!
      Nourish my body better,
      Nourish my soul with more consistent Bible reading,
      Nourish my family with love
      Nourish my friendships
      Nourish my creativity by dedicating more time to my pursuits
      And so on!

    • ….
      Julie said…

      Ive read through all the words…and nourish means the most to me. So life giving in every way.. I hope to nourish every part of my life this year! Thank you for summing up ll my feelingsin one word.

  • 17.
    christy said…

    happy new year all, excited to make a final choice on my word today!…..for last year, my word was YES (thought you might want to add it to the list)
    XO

  • 18.
    Mabel M said…

    My word for 2013 is energy, this year changes coming to my life, need resting me, need to recover after the difficulties of 2012 and I need all the energy to carry it out

    and Happy New Year to you and all your readers!! :)

  • 19.
    Sandy said…

    My word for this year is abide. Learning to be present in this one, beautiful moment instead of dragging in the past or rushing ahead to the future. So hard, but hopefully worth it.

  • 20.
    Rinda said…

    Thanks for the list. I had chosen prioritize, but last night I changed it (after working with the thesaurus and quote finders). Instead, I’m going with paramount. It’s a similar idea, but a prettier word and more on-the-nose for what I want.
    Rinda

    • ….
      donna said…

      Oh how intersting. i had been struggling and when i heard the word prioritize it seemed to answer my question and so i have stopped thinking about! i think it will work for me..i hope it wil! I chose quest last year and I don’t think it was right but I did stick with it…a friend suggested discover would have been an easier way to go perhaps.

      such a fascinating project!! so interesting to hear others coming to their word and their thoughts! thank you for sharing.

  • 21.
    Natalie said…

    I haven’t finalized my word yet – there are several in my mind.

    I did have a question – is there a promo for the Alumni from the past years. I heard mention of it – but didn’t get an email regarding it. Can anyone advise – Thanks
    Happy New Year!!!

  • 22.
    Jodi said…

    My OLW for 2013 is refreshed

  • 23.
    Robyn said…

    My word is SAVE

  • 24.
    Lisa J said…

    My word is “IN”

  • 25.
    Marilyn said…

    My word is RECLAIM. So many changes to start to reclaim and reconfirm my life as I want it to be.

  • 26.
    nicole said…

    My word is Lucky, because I am and I need to focus on it more.

    • ….
      Terri said…

      You took the words out of my mouth! I couldn’t agree more….LUCKY and want to start living that way.

  • 27.
    Wendy said…

    Ali, I love the idea of one little word, I will be signing up later this week and hope to really grab a hold of my word and have an amazing and life changing year. The last few years have not been easy and I have struggled with life and at many times felt like my life was running me. I struggled with depression and a way over scheduled life and family all adding to more stress and a sence of helplessness. Last year after reading about this concept I decided to give it a try, I didn’t sign up for the class, but I did choose a word and it was happy. Just choosing a word and trying to focus on it was huge. I felt like I really could be happy, and for the first time in a really long time I felt that way. Not all the time, but I had made a choice to try and that choice made all the difference in my life. So Ali, thank you so much for all you do with this, one little word really can change your life, it may have actually saved mine. I can’t wait to actually take the class and truly embrace my word for this year, CONNECT. I am going to actually plug in and connect with my life, truly connect with my husband and kids, and really connect with others. I can’t wait to see where this will take me.

    • ….
      Denise said…

      So happy you are doing this Wendy! I can relate to a lot of what you are saying!!! 2013 WILL be a better year for all of us!

    • ….
      Stacey said…

      Wendy, that was my 2010 OLW and it worked wonders – good luck!

  • 28.
    Marina D-k said…

    I love reading the list of words each year. Definitely a fave post.

  • 29.
    amy tangerine said…

    my word is “neat”

    love this list!!

  • 30.
    Machelle said…

    The word I am choosing is Thrive. Last year I think I merely exsisted. This year I want to thrive! 1 : to grow vigorously : FLOURISH 2 : PROSPER 3 : to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances —

    • ….
      Emily said…

      That is my word as well! Enjoy the journey!

  • 31.

    My OLW is humble. I need some more humility in my life.

  • 32.
    Cady said…

    My word is curiosity! And I’m so excited to approach this year with curiosity and wonderment. I’m ready to try new things and focus on what really interests me.

  • 33.
    Mary Smith said…

    My word is PROGRESS, I want to be able to look back at this year and see progress in a couple areas of my life. Like weight, I get discouraged when I weight each day but now its about the whole year not that one day. It’s about my daily life choices that in the end will add up to progress. I will also be taking on the second half of our house remodel, so I will definately see progress there! I am excited to start the OLW class and see where 2013 takes me!

  • 34.
    Julie said…

    My word is PROGRESS. :)

  • 35.
    Keela said…

    Mine is moderation. :)

  • 36.
    Bela said…

    My OLW is “journey”. Love reading the list.

  • 37.
    Faith said…

    My word is Nourish

  • 38.
    Cathy G said…

    My OLW for 2013 is CRAFT, back to basics this year :)

  • 39.
    Anita said…

    mine is – reconnect- with family, friends, with nature, with myself…..

  • 40.
    Jennifer said…

    challenge. I want to challenge myself to be my best and do my best this year

  • 41.
    pen said…

    My word is NOURISHMENT and I’m determined to complete One Little Word this year :)

  • 42.
    Julie Paule said…

    Mine is restored.

  • 43.
    Jeanne Ann said…

    My OLW had not shown its face to me until I was reading through the list and comments. Over the years I have been purposefully growing as a person, each year trying to become better than the last and I had put some thought into what I wanted to improve on in 2013 but I didn’t realize until just now that I want to RENEW myself in more ways that in years past. Thanks Ali and all for the inspiration to carry on.

  • 44.
    Donna M said…

    My word is simplicity.

  • 45.
    Amanda Susan said…

    My word is VIEW. Excited to see where this takes me.

  • 46.
    Teresa said…

    taste

  • 47.
    Marilyn said…

    Are we able to get our word in the circle design. I am seeing lots of people posting there word this way. Thanks

  • 48.
    Yvonne Blair said…

    My word this year is ASPIRE. I want to aspire more…organization, activity, self improvement, grateful, open. I love what this word represents to me. I have done OLW for the last four years and truly am thankful for what it has brought or taught me! Thank you for being such a positive inspiration Ali…you really touch so many lives.
    Happy New Year!

    • ….
      Natalie said…

      mine too…
      that is so awesome,
      we each get courage from each other :)

  • 49.
    Melanie K said…

    I am choosing SATISFIED. Something i need to be more of in my life.

  • 50.
    Beverly said…

    In trying to live more purposefully each day and not be insane about planning the next day or week or month :) I chose the word TODAY!

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