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January 3, 2014

One Little Word® 2014 | The List & The Reading Of The Words

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One of the traditions I started a couple years back was to have my friend Liz Lamoreux record herself reading the words that people have left in the comments of my annual One Little Word® blog post.

She’s back again this year and I’m super happy to have her.

Click below to hear her read the words (compiled from the list through Jan 2nd at 7pm):


You can hear her read the 2013 list here, the 2012 list here and the 2011 list here.

Liz is a dear friend, a wonderful retreat leader, and a jewelry designer. Check out her beautiful collection of soul mantras and other stories in her etsy shop. She made a bracelet for me this year (shown above) – love mixing it up for 2014.

Here are the words compiled from my blog post comments through yesterday:

accept

accomplish

act

action

adapt

advance

adventure

aim

allow

and

appreciate

appreciate

arena

attract

authentic

authenticity

balance

be

become

begin

believe

believe

believe

better

bliss

bold

brave

breathe

build

calm

capture

care

celebrate

center

centered

change

cherish

choice

choose

chosen

clarity

cleanse

clear

color

commitment

committ

compass

compassion

complete

confidence

connect

connections

content

control

core

courage

create

creation

cultivate

curate

dare

dare

decide

declutter

deeper

deliberate

direction

discipline

discover

do

drive

elevate

embrace

emerge

empower

endure

enjoy

enough

enrich

enthuse

equation

essence

evolve

explore

faith

farther

fearless

fierce

finish

fitness

flow

focus

focus

forward

foster

free

fresh

froeard

fun

gift

give

glorify

go

goodness

grace

gratitude

grit

grow

habit

happy

harmony

heal

healing

health

healthy

heart

hello

home

homemaker

hope

illuminate

influence

inspire

intention

intentional

invent

joy

kaleidoscopic

kind

kindness

lark

leap

learn

light

lighten

listen

live

live

look

love

magic

magnifique

make

margin

me

mindful

mindfullness

minimize

miracle

moment

more

motion

motivated

move

moxie

newness

next

nourish

onward

open

organize

patience

peace

plan

play

positive

power

pray

present

prevail

progress

promise

prosper

purge

pursue

quiet

radiant

reclaim

reduce

refresh

reimagine

relax

release

renew

responsibility

rest

restoration

reveal

roar

root

save

savor

see

seek

self

serendipity

serve

shape

shine

simple

simplify

smile

spark

sparkle

stable

stand

stewardship

still

stillness

stop

strength

strengthen

strive

strong

submit

surrender

sweet

tend

think

thrifty

thrive

time

today

transform

transition

treasure

true

trust

unafraid

underreact

unique

unwind

up

visible

vision

whole

wisdom

witness

word

work

yield


Registration is still open for my workshop One Little Word® (and will remain open throughout the year). The simple premise is to make your word more visible for you throughout the year with a single, focused creative prompt at the beginning of each month. Joining up is not a huge time commitment over the course of the year and you don’t have to be into scrapbooking to participate.

Comments

  • 1.
    kelly libby said…

    Thanks, Ali! This is such an inspiring list!

  • 2.
    Tiffany said…

    Hey Ali! I’m not sure if you saw, but 52 lists is returning on Moorea-seal’s blog in 2014. I saw the link in your archives, and since I’m a fan of the lists as well, I thought I would let you know! :]

    http://www.moorea-seal.com/2014/01/52-lists-project-week-1-list-words-that.html

  • 3.
    Denae said…

    Nurture.

  • 4.
    Ma Laarni said…

    Favored.

  • 5.
    Leslie H. said…

    I love the lists of words-so inspiring. Mine is simply love this year.

  • 6.
    Deb Donlon said…

    Safe

  • 7.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Love your bracelet by Liz. Hearing the words reaad is so inspiring. Really excited about OLW this year and my word Focus.

  • 8.
    Jamie said…

    Behold

  • 9.
    Jane said…

    I soooo love Liz’s annual “reading of the words”. I was thrilled to also receive my word BRAVE on a bracelet for Christmas… I didn’t even know my husband listened when I rattle on about how much I love this ritual. 2014 is my 7th year doing this! :-)

  • 10.
    Sonja said…

    Engage

    • ….
      Dani said…

      This was my word last year! It was awesome and truly had a great impact on my life. Great word!

  • 11.
    Kelley said…

    Less.

    • ….
      Kassie said…

      Shiver me timbers, them’s some great inmrofation.

  • 12.
    Belinda said…

    This is my first OLW and my word for this year is consistency.

  • 13.
    lin marie said…

    mine is FIND (put it on the FB page, but didn’t think to include it on your blog)

  • 14.
    Wendy said…

    Share

  • 15.
    Michelle t. said…

    Truly inspiring. I have a lot to learn from my word. I’m so happy I took the leap to OPEN up and do this. Thanks. Michelle t.

  • 16.

    I don’t know how I’m going to do this, but my word is NO. Not in a negative way, in a healthy way. I need to learn to say no.

    You can read why I’ve chosen “no” as my word here: http://www.confessionsofafatchick.org/1/post/2013/12/learning-to-say-no.html

  • 17.
    Nicole said…

    perseverance

  • 18.

    My word is Rebel (v.)

    - I am going to rebel against the things I’ve cowered under for too long. I am going to stop rebelling against responsible things like brushing my teeth and doing the dishes :) and I am going to start rebelling against Fear, Hatred, Shame, Opinions, Darkness.

    Rebel!

  • 19.
    Elizabeth said…

    Mmmmmmm. Listening to Liz read the list feels so nourishing.

  • 20.
    Verona said…

    My word found me on New Year’s Day. I had been searching and trying out other words for over a month. It is Bloom. This is year six for me

  • 21.
    Brooke said…

    This is my first OLW class, very excited.
    So I thought I had my word twice now. I finally realized there has been a word all along right in front of me that I just realized that I need this year.

    It is Gentle.

    It is a word we have been using a lot in our house lately and it finally rang true that Gentle is what I need to focus on.
    The word first came when my oldest son’s therapist used it. We have focused on it with him a lot this year he is 3. ALso with my 2 year old teaching him to be Gentle.
    I realize I need to be Gentle with myself, the way I talk about myself. Not putting myself down.
    The way I react to my kids when they are both throwing tantrums and upset.
    I could go on and on. My word was in front of me all along, glad I finally saw it.

  • 22.
    Liz Wills said…

    Hi Ali, I didn’t see my word PASSION. ❤️

  • 23.
    Dawn said…

    What I find interesting is that after choosing a word, if I second guess myself or think that it’s not good enough, I feel it in my chest that I can’t change the word – my word is my word. And, incidentally, my word for this year is health.

  • 24.
    Michele said…

    My word is imperfection. I feel I need to embrace being imperfect and let go of being perfect.

  • 25.
    Nicki bishop said…

    Mine is NOW. I included it on FB page but not on your blog comments!

  • 26.
    annette allen said…

    wow wee so awesome..

  • 27.
    Molly said…

    My 9-year-old has decided to join me on this journey. At first, she was going to pick her own name, which I think is quite profound! Then she thought some more and decided on: “Selfie.” Love!

  • 28.
    Jessica said…

    I’m a little late to the game, as it took me a while to narrow it down, but I’ve finally decided on CALM. And I think it’s going to be a little harder than it sounds.

    Here’s my blog post on the subject: http://www.thebauerbunch.com/2014/01/one-little-word.html

  • 29.
    Amber said…

    Reflect is going to be my word of focus for the 2014 year.

  • 30.
    angela said…

    My word is RELEASE.

  • 31.
    Karen said…

    The bracelet idea is a great way to keep your word close by and in view. My word is EVERGREEN.

  • 32.
    Sharon said…

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. My word is flourish. It means to grow luxuriantly which is my wish for my granddaghters.

  • 33.
    Melissa said…

    My word is flourish.

  • 34.
    Sylvia H said…

    Great giveaway as usual! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  • 35.
    Jenn said…

    My OLW this year is ADVENTURE… my life fell apart in 2013 and even though my kids and I have been through Hell, I’m choosing to start 2014 with a positive outlook. My only resolution this year was to say “yes” to anything that could be seen as an adventure. I’m hopeful that it will lead to a little fun, a little failure, a lot of living, and no regrets.

  • 36.
    Angie said…

    I love this! My OLW is Strength, and my mantra is: do no harm, but take no shit!

  • 37.
    Alysia H said…

    My OLW is ATTEND, attend to my family, attend to my projects, home, work and life in general! Thanks for the inspiration Ali!

  • 38.
    Cynthia said…

    My One Little Word is BECOMING! What does that mean exactly? Well, I’m looking for methodologies/teachings that I can incorporate in my life to become the best parent, teacher, blogger, etc. that I can be–in other words, I’m looking for new concepts/ideas to improve in each of the roles I have taken on in my life.

    Cynthia@ The Things You Can Read
    http://thethingsyoucanread.blogspot.com

  • 39.
    jadell said…

    2014 is PUSH for me.

  • 40.
    Cynthia said…

    I always love hearing the words spoken out loud by Liz. It’s really quite emotional for me to hear all the words that other people have chosen–what amazing stories are surely behind the reasons why those particular words will be lived with for a year.

    Thank you for continuing that tradition!

  • 41.
    Charmayne Bowling said…

    My word is Succeed

  • 42.
    Catharine said…

    My word is EASE. As in, ease into life, let things happen, breathe, be rather than force, push etc. Also, I think of EASE as reminding me to be easy on myself (and others).
    Thanks for the list Ali. Lots of inspiration.

  • 43.

    Faith

  • 44.
    Rachel said…

    Hi Ali, I’m just wondering if Liz is going to do an updated reading of the words with the updated list?

  • 45.
    katie scott said…

    I finally decided on my word: IMPROVEMENT.

  • 46.
    Angela said…

    This is my 7th year of OLW….I love everything about this concept! This year my word is FOCUS!!!
    Here’s my blog link sharing what FOCUS means for me in 2014

    http://angelamoore.typepad.com/my_life/2013/12/2014-word-of-the-year-focus.html

  • 47.
    angela said…

    My word is WAIT. Because waiting is sometimes and for me all the time something that needs work. When you wait you are doing something. Something big.
    Wait.

  • 48.
    Kirsty said…

    My word is resilient.. And lots of it… A challenging/Interesting husband and a teenage son with multiple disabilities I love following your blogs so inspiring

  • 49.
    Noelle said…

    Try. I’m really getting so much out of this word this year to live a better, more fulfilled life and be a better person. And it’s not even February!

  • 50.
    Judy Rozema said…

    My word is *essential*.

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