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One Little Word 2010

I am a fan of welcoming the new year with open arms. I love fresh starts, new opportunities, clean slates, possibilities.

Back in January 2007, as a way to celebrate these beginnings, I started a public tradition of choosing a single word to focus on over the course of the year.

Many of you are familiar with this tradition and have been joining me in selecting a new word each year. If this is your first time reading about the idea of one little word I recommend taking a few minutes to read my original post here.

Here's a look at my words from the past three years with links to the original posts.

2007 : Peace [ read my post for 2007 ]
2008 : Vitality [ read my post for 2008 ]
2009 : Nurture [ read my post for 2009 ]

Essentially the idea is to choose a word (or let it choose you) that has the potential to make an impact on your life.

Maybe you want to invite something or maybe you are hoping to subtract something. Maybe your word will be practical or hopeful or creative or fanciful. Maybe you need a big word, something in-your-face that will challenge you everyday. Maybe you need something smaller and quieter that will whisper gentle tidings as you make your way throughout the year.

Whatever word you end up with, make sure it is your word (not your sister's, mom's, partner's, child's, etc). You can share it publicly or keep it close to your heart.

My word for 2010 is STORY.

I'm planning to do a post with more details on my thoughts about this word on Wednesday (look for the finishing pages of my December Daily tomorrow). I am hoping to use my word as a springboard for a variety of different projects and inspirations, in my life and my scrapbooking, over the next 365 days.

Have you chosen your word yet?

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  1. Allie says…
    12/28/2009

    I choose 'treasure.' Because I need to remember to treasure moments. Because I need to create treasures to honor those moments. And because it reminds me of The Goonies, which just makes me happy. :)

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  2. LJM says…
    12/28/2009

    The word that picked me is awaken.

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  3. Laurel says…
    12/28/2009

    Ali,
    I am so thankful you are so willing to share a bit of you with all of us! You are thoughtful and inspiring.
    As I read what other woman said their word for the day was I wasn't sure what mine would be. Then a little voice said it would be TRUST. I need to have more faith that all aspects of raising children will be okay. The pressure of being a perfect parent is overwhelming. In 2010 I will have to let go a little and Trust more.
    Happy New Year

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  4. Janet says…
    12/28/2009

    My word for 2010 is "survive". I love what I found in the thesaurus: (verb) To exist in spite of adversity; come through; last; persist; pull through; ride out; weather..
    That has been what my family has been doing all throughout 2009. Through the grace of God we will continue to survive throughout 2010.

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  5. pen* says…
    12/28/2009

    my word for 2010 is ACTION.
    i have so many ideas,
    and i am continually inspired,
    but what i've lacked so far is the doing part.
    so no more excuses.
    2010 is a year of ACTION!
    ps. and that includes completing yesterday&today retrospectively ~ truly one of the best online classes i have done (and i've done a few!) and i sincerely hope you will be doing more online teaching in the near future. thanks for being so inspiring ali.

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  6. connie carpenter macko says…
    12/28/2009

    my word is PROMISE
    ...as in fulfilling "she had so much PROMISE when she was younger" and "I PROMISE I will keep my promises" - to myself especially

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  7. connie carpenter macko says…
    12/28/2009

    PULL! (I get it too!)

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  8. Shanie says…
    12/28/2009

    My word is STABILITY. It is something I and my family need so much right now with all of the chaos of late due to a move and also a new diagnoses for our son of cerebal palsy and possible aspergers. Thanks Ali for one word. :)

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  9. Anne says…
    12/28/2009

    I've also decided to take part in this little tradition of yours. After much thinking, the only thing that kept coming back in my mind was GRATITUDE. I know I should feel grateful for a lot of things in my life, but I tend to focus more on what is going wrong or what should be improved.
    This year I want to focus on what is good or beautiful in me or around me and celebrate it!

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  10. Monika Wright says…
    12/28/2009

    I want to TRANSFORM me into something better and improved...more accepting of things that cannot change, more patient with those around me, more forgiving when something doesn't go right, moving from "just" (don't really mean that, but I'm sure many of you know what I mean) a SAHM into one that uses her talents to further her happiness and contributes to the household and more aware of the other 4 wonderful people that make up our content family.

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  11. kelley says…
    12/28/2009

    peace

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  12. Joyce says…
    12/28/2009

    My word for the year....experience.....there was quite a list of them though!

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  13. Gaby Acosta says…
    12/28/2009

    I had chosen Accept for my word to the next year, but, when I reading your post, something came up inside me and found that the word I really need and want for my 2010 is Hope, hope for a better world, hope for we all do well, hope that God is always with me but sometimes I forget.

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  14. april n. says…
    12/28/2009

    I love the word story and may just have to piggy back off of your idea. I want to create a daily album that records the little moments I want to remember all year. This is such a big year for us in 2010 because we will be adding a little boy to our family soon. That will complete our family and it would be a treasure to be able to record every little moment through a story. I began a journal of stories when my little girl was born a year and a half ago. I love it and continue to journal in there a few times each month. It will be a journal I'll pass on to her at some point in her life...college graduation or her wedding. It will be something she will treasure always, so for me, this year will be all about the story.

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  15. Donna says…
    12/28/2009

    I couldn't decide between 2 words this year so I decided to have them both for 2010. Learn (less mindless tv & reading and more doing or reading something every day that I can learn from) and Live (live life with passion, live for today, live a healthy lifestyle etc)

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  16. sharonpdx says…
    12/28/2009

    my word for 2010 is INTENTIONAL. happy [almost] new year!

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  17. Nancy says…
    12/28/2009

    My word for 2010 is INVOLVED. There's so much in my world that I could be more INVOLVED in. I want to be more INVOLVED with my daughter, I want to be more INVOLVED with my husband, I want to be more INVOLVED with my passions (Scrapbooking, Decorating, Cooking, Organizing).
    At the same time though, the word INVOLVED also says to me that I should slow down in order to INVOLVE myself. This year is going to be able spending a little more time getting INVOLVED.

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  18. tara pakosta says…
    12/28/2009

    My word is going to be FINISH!
    as in finish what you started!
    re: weight loss, college, bible studies etc.
    I always seem to go right up until the last second an quit everything! So, this is going to be the year I finish everything, or follow through....is there a different word that would be better to say "finish"?!
    tara

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  19. cindy mandernach says…
    12/28/2009

    i think my word this year will be "hopeful" . hopeful that my husband finds a job after being forced out of GM in october. hopeful that we don't lose our house. hopeful that we won't have to move out of state to get a job.
    hopeful will get me/us through 2010...unscathed, hopefully. :)
    cindy

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  20. Kellee says…
    12/28/2009

    I'm thinking my word this year will be "pause" but open to suggestions from this wonderful community!

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  21. Jennifer says…
    12/28/2009

    My word for this coming year is persevere...
    I has been unofficially for the past 2 years... but I need to make it more official, to help me continue through the difficult time we are having with trying to build our house. The bad just keeps getting worse and we need to persevere through like we have been. I have used my word for 2009 which was gratitude to get me through, but now more than ever I need perseverence!

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  22. Rena says…
    12/28/2009

    I am going with Grace. I plan on getting rub on letters and spelling Grace on the wall in our mudroom for us to see the visual reminder everyday.

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  23. Wendy says…
    12/28/2009

    My word for 2010 is Steer.

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  24. Jolande says…
    12/28/2009

    My little word is going to be ENJOY.

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  25. Jolande says…
    12/28/2009

    My little word is going to be ENJOY.

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