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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. Angie says…
    12/28/2009

    Thanks for posting this and sharing again, Ali!
    I have read through the comments and the post about past words and have come up with MY word: mission. I have written out the changes that I hope to make in the upcoming year and so, I have decided that I am on a mission to make those changes happen. Also, I want to use those changes to write my own personal mission statement that will guide me in 2010 and beyond!

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  2. Lydia says…
    12/28/2009

    Look forward to New Year's simply for the opportunity to choose one little word for another year! Much better than resolutions for making change in my life. My word for 2009 was Courage and for much of the year I thought I wasn't making progress with it, but in hindsight it was perfect. Need a few more days to consider my word for 2010. So many changes I'd like to make, how to find one word to speak to all of them? My short list is: Embrace, Explore, Create. Embrace has been whispering to me for awhile now, but the others bear pondering, too.

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  3. Becky P. says…
    12/28/2009

    I have always loved this idea. Last year I used the phrase "This is my year." Some unexpected things were thrown our way this year but I truly feel like I was able to make the best of it all and embrace it.
    This year I am super excited for my word: Charity.

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  4. cate says…
    12/28/2009

    In 2009, I chose CREATE, and ended up creating a new life! In 2010 my word is CHANGE... as I focus on those "things" that I feel need to be changed in our lives from poor diet and exercise to neglecting telling our stories this past year...

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  5. Michele in Texas says…
    12/28/2009

    Ali - thank you for all that you do everyday. You are an inspiration to so many. My word is SIMPLIFY. And that is exactly what I want to do next year, simplify.

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  6. ~Kathryn~ says…
    12/28/2009

    my word is LIVE
    i am going to LIVE MY LIFE
    LIVE every second of it
    not waste one MOMENT
    and be grateful for it

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  7. Teri says…
    12/28/2009

    Ali, thanks for such an inspiring post. I've had a word stuck in my head all day long, and it's of the kind that are best kept to oneself...thank you for this. I think it will truly help to keep me focused...it's not even the new year yet, and already it's popping into my head when I have decisions to make. Your post today was a "God Breeze". Thank you ever so much. :)

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  8. Anna Aspnes says…
    12/28/2009

    Time.

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  9. TracieClaiborne says…
    12/28/2009

    I love you Ali Edwards. That's all.
    (Haven't chosen my word yet - just thankful for how inspiring you are.)

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  10. Bev Baird says…
    12/28/2009

    My word for 2009 was BELIEVE -in myself, my art, in so many things.
    For 2010 athe word will be YES - just say YES - to healthy living, to creating, to doing, to being!

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  11. Maria Ontiveros says…
    12/28/2009

    I've done this with you since 2007 ("open"). For 2008, I chose "flow" and for 2009, I chose "accomplish."
    For 2010, my word is "horizon." I'm very excited about it.
    Rinda

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  12. kristina p says…
    12/28/2009

    hello :)
    i gave birth prematurely to a baby boy on Christmas day and he is in intensive care fighting for his chances to live.
    since Christmas day, i have never really understood the truer meaning of LIFE. and so for 2010, no matter how profound its meaning can be, I am choosing the word LIFE as my one "little word"

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  13. Tona says…
    12/28/2009

    My word is Embrace...embrace change, embrace new experiences...

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  14. Janine says…
    12/28/2009

    Hi Ali
    I always look forward to choosing a new word. My 2010 word is "Discover". I want to "Discover" if self employment is a possibility for me. I want to "Discover" the opportunities that this year will bring. More importantly I want to "Discover" what I want from my life.

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  15. suzanne Kalkman says…
    12/28/2009

    There are several word possibilities I could choose this year as my life is going to change drastically and I have no idea where I will end up! Even as I write this, there is one little word that just pops into my mind: LEAP. I feel as though I am leaping into the unknown, just like Jonathon Livingston Seagull, and that I am risking everything in the hope of gaining everything I dream of. I do this every year with you Ali, and so far it has worked for me!!! I am taking that LEAP of faith, of courage, of hope, of determination, of belief in myself and my abilities to turn my life into the one I always hoped I would live.
    Suzanne x

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  16. Tiff Sawyer says…
    12/28/2009

    My word for 2010 is FEARLESS. Since my son was diagnosed with autism, I worry about everything, the future, finances, health, etc, the list goes on. It is so, so energy consuming and I just want to put all that worry to the wind and enjoy each day, right now and live life without fear for a while. I'm hanging this word in large letters in my studio so I can be reminded of it at all times, thanks for the awesome tradition Ali :):):)

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  17. Trina says…
    12/28/2009

    My word for the year is CHANGE. There are things in my life that I would like to change from simple things like the decor in my house to improving our financial situtaion and the one I find the hardest to change, like most, my weight - so bring on 2010 I am ready for CHANGE.
    Thanks also to everyone it has been great reading the different words for the year, they are been so inspirational.

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  18. justjane says…
    12/28/2009

    My word for 2010 is "reduce". I need to look at limiting not only the material things in my life (the overflowing linen shelves, the amount of outgrown children's toys, the over abundant scrap stash, the amount of half finished projects, etc) but to also spend less time on the inconsequential things, the stresses in my life, the long list of "things" I feel I must do in any given week. I need to pull back and just plain "reduce".

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  19. Ranne Cassia says…
    12/28/2009

    hi ... my name is Ranne Cassia... I met his blog yesterday and I am delighted by his words ... I am Brazilian and I do not speak English, so I'm sorry for the bad writing ... I really liked your project on a simple word for the year and I chose my words ... the year 2010 I want to be inspired by the word EVERYDAY ... I realized that in 2009 I did not watch every step in my life ... as if everything had happened randomly ... with the word following me everyday in the year 2010, I pay attention to small details ... I want to live every minute, every second of my life ... I want to note my children ... my husband ... my work ... my art ... thank you for this wonderful inspiration in my life!

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  20. Kristine S says…
    12/28/2009

    CHANGE--only i can create this for myself and my family for the better

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  21. Cyndi says…
    12/29/2009

    My word is "change." I blogged about it:
    http://wetfishdesigns.com/blog
    Thanks for the inspiration as always!
    Best,
    Cyndi

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  22. janie says…
    12/29/2009

    EMBRACE - That needs to be my word this year. I need to embrace the good, bad, and ugly. I have learned so much from all of the "bad and ugly" but I need to embrace it and not just "learn" from it. I thought I knew who I was...but it is in those "bad" times that we truly get to know who we really are...way down to the heart. I am faced with some challenges and the greatest one is...embracing what really matters.

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  23. Jules says…
    12/29/2009

    My word for the year is: SIMPLIFY! I have big plans for this word, from my house, to my creative projects, to everything. This is my goal for the year. Ahhh... I love it already!

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  24. Dorah says…
    12/29/2009

    My word for this year is LIFE. I want to document it, enjoy it, live it and let its beauty flow around me.

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  25. Jenny says…
    12/29/2009

    I'm scooping up a word from a past year of yours: "nurture." I'm pregnant with my first baby, expecting in July, so nurture feels more right than any other word I've picked in the past three years. :)

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