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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. Lynn says…
    12/28/2009

    I love that your word is STORY. I think it is a great approach to a new year, to dive in head first and look for all the bits to carry with you through the year, through your life, good & bad, to make your own story. I love it!
    This year, my word is BALANCE. I would like to find a bit more in my life. It's funny how quickly the scales tip when you have so much going on, 4 children, 3 under the age of 3! And a house to maintain, a business in it's start-up phase, a new home, a new town, a lot of change... so BALANCE. I'd like to bring a bit more of it into my daily life, stir it together with the joys that are already there, and help bring out the true flavour and richness of it all!

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  2. Michelle says…
    12/28/2009

    I believe my 2010 word will be CONTENTMENT. It's something I have been struggling with in this past year in many areas of my life. Way past time to be still, to be content, not always wishing and hoping for more. Because, when I look in the faces of those I love, I am reminded that I already have it all.
    Contentment.

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  3. natalie says…
    12/28/2009

    Shannon,
    I'm not sure about the etiquette of commenting to people's comments, but I APPLAUD your words! Good for you for making the commitment to lose and replace!!!

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  4. Jean says…
    12/28/2009

    EXPERIENCE. I'm done with STUFF, as in I've shedding my attachment to it and want instead to focus my energies towards experiencing life. At the same time, I'd like to document those experiences with thoughtful and intentional journaling and photographs.

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  5. Jackie says…
    12/28/2009

    my word for 2009 was "believe"...it helped me so much!
    i got a tattoo of my word this past summer. my word for 2010 is "cherish". i want to cherish every moment and every person in my life. thanks ali...for inspiring all of us!

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  6. natalie says…
    12/28/2009

    I, too, loved reading so many words for 2010! I've been thinking about my word for some time now and I think I'm going with DISCOVERY. I've let some things go that I need to reDISCOVER and I need reflect and discover why I am the way I am about so many things. I want 2010 to be a year of discovery: about myself, about my family, about my community...about things I don't even realize I need to discover.

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  7. Emily says…
    12/28/2009

    What an excellent idea!
    My word for this year is Give.
    I am going to challenge myself to come out of shell and give of myself in time, talents, and money!
    I am loving reading through everyone's words

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  8. Jill in Chicago says…
    12/28/2009

    Brave!

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  9. Kelli says…
    12/28/2009

    My word is blossom. I am terribly shy but love to cautiously explore different artistic mediums. This year, I'd like to remind myself it's OK to grow, it's OK to blossom.

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  10. Shiree Johnston says…
    12/28/2009

    what wonderful inspirational words everyone is coming up with, and what a great idea this is, I have some new ideas that will be coming into fruition later this year, so I choose challenges. It is treasure that everyone is sharing this, thanks everyone!

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  11. Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach says…
    12/28/2009

    My word is "Sooner". Every aspect of life can get better when you take a step "sooner". Love your tradition of ONE word. We were doing this on LinkedIn last year and got a great discussion going.
    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach
    http://katenasser.com

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  12. Karen Poirier-Brode says…
    12/28/2009

    I like this idea. My word is COURAGE. I am so often fearful. Having to face life changes because of a disability has been scary. I was struggling to have a normal life and only now that I am away from work can I see how I was destroying myself trying to pretend I had no problem. Now, I'm not working and face new fears with that situation. So, I'm going for courage. I thought of hope, peace and love for my word. All are wonderful words but not for this year. I do like the eastern philosophy that says courage is derived from love. That should keep the balance avoiding the lack (cowardice) and the excess (recklessness) to strive for the ideal of the virtue.
    Thanks, Ali, for this idea. I like having MY word for the year. Wonderful concept!

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  13. Deb J says…
    12/28/2009

    My word this year is Intentional. I need to be more tuned in to what I am doing and why.

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  14. Jes says…
    12/28/2009

    I've read about your one little word for the last 3 years but have never participated.
    2010 is a big year for us - our first year as a family of 3, and I've decided that I must participate. My word goes along well with yours - Document. I want to document my baby's first year, to treasure this time of learning (for all of us), to document her growth and really enjoy this time as a new mom.
    To do this, I've purchased Becky Higgins' Project Life kit and am really looking forward to getting started documenting our first year together. Thanks for the inspiration Ali!

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  15. Siobhan Johnson says…
    12/28/2009

    My word is Faith..thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. arrica says…
    12/28/2009

    It is with anxiety and resolve that I type this word...(I know, that was slightly paradoxal)my word is . It encompasses all that is needed at this time in my life. Thanks for challenging us readers to slow down and define our moment.

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  17. [email protected] says…
    12/28/2009

    Peace. That's my 2010 word.
    Peace in life, finances, raising my kids, my parents divorce after 37 years. Peace.

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  18. Shannon says…
    12/28/2009

    My word chose me: EMBRACE.
    "The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will EMBRACE for that day."
    I am choosing to EMBRACE life and all the nasty, wonderful, humorous, or challenging curves it throws at me. Bring it on! I've got it covered!

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  19. trisha says…
    12/28/2009

    My word is ORGANIZE. I find that when I take a little time to focus on this aspect of my life I have so much more of me to share with others I love and time for myself too.

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  20. Tina says…
    12/28/2009

    My word is FRIENDSHIP. It's in honor of an amazing friend who passed away this past month, way too young. She was an incredible woman and friend, and I want to be the friend to others that she was to me.

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  21. Ngaire B says…
    12/28/2009

    Ali this year I am going with EXPLORE. We have recently moved to a new town and are going to build a new house. There are so many new things to explore. Lots of new opportunities and lots of new places. Even though I choose a new word each year I try not to loose sight of the words from previous years. Each old word somehow gets built into the new year.

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  22. Ngaire B says…
    12/28/2009

    Ali this year I am going with EXPLORE. We have recently moved to a new town and are going to build a new house. There are so many new things to explore. Lots of new opportunities and lots of new places. Even though I choose a new word each year I try not to loose sight of the words from previous years. Each old word somehow gets built into the new year.

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  23. lilly says…
    12/28/2009

    nurture
    2010 it's going to be a BIG year for our family. adoption #2 is going to happen in February and we all need to be nurtured in so many ways.

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  24. leanne says…
    12/28/2009

    This year - CREATE. Art, photography, writing, inspirations, dreams, happiness. ALL of it, and ALL YEAR LONG. This will be my year to let all inhibitions go and DO. CREATE. BE. . . sigh . . . I'm almost tired just thinking about it! ;)
    Thanks for your constant inspiration. It always helps!

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  25. Sherri N. says…
    12/28/2009

    My word will be FAITH.
    Faith in myself as I finish my degree.
    Faith in the Lord.
    Faith that my husband will find a job SOON!
    Faith that our rental house will sell, so we can feel better fiancially.

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