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One Little Word 2012


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My word for 2012 is up.

It came to me one day last month while I was working in the kitchen and the kids were watching the movie Up. My initial connection to the word stems from the part towards the end where the old man is looking at the scrapbook his wife made and a note she wrote to him at the end which says something along the lines of "Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one." (Found the clip here.)

That's the attitude I'd like to be working towards and embracing in 2012 - giving thanks for the things that were great about my marriage and then moving forward and welcoming whatever is coming next.

Up | ready, eager, open, awake, into a happy mood

There were so many words I could have chosen for what I want for myself in 2012. This one simply feels like a good starting place. I will also be carrying three of my past words close to my heart again in 2012: light, story, and peace.

Are you considering selecting a word for yourself (or letting one find you)? There's no right or wrong. The main thing to remember is that this is your word. It's not for your child, parent, partner, spouse, sister, etc.

And what do you do with this one little word?

You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.

I'd love to read what word you've chosen or are considering for 2012. In the comments feel free to simply leave your word as your comment or write a bit about why you are choosing this word. In a couple days I'll combine all the words into a single post - super inspiring to see all the words in one place.

In a couple of days I'll post a compilation of the words as an inspirational reminder to us all.

If you’re new to the concept of One Little Word, you can read some of my previous posts here: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Above is an image of all my prompts from my album that I made for my One Little Word class at Big Picture in 2011.

Registration is open for 2012 and you're invited to join the journey.

Each month you'll receive a prompt with a simple creative, writing, or photography project and a gentle reminder to check back in with your word. By the end of the year you'll have compiled the contents of an 8.5x11 album that documents, defines, celebrates and generally makes your word more visible. Workshop materials include printable elements, full-color PDF handouts, and video presentations.

People have been asking me if you have to be a scrapbooker for this class. My answer is no. Even though we are making an album it's really more of a journaling/record keeping/thinking/exploring project. I'm excited to see how people interpret the prompts and make them meaningful for their own lives.

This is not complicated and it's not time-consuming. It's simply a way we can come together to share our experience with our words throughout the course of the year.

The One Little Word classroom opens on January 1, 2012.


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  1. Jenn H says…
    12/26/2011

    I have chosen embrace...I am going to embrace all things...the good and the bad.

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  2. Karen Mountcastle says…
    12/26/2011

    My word for 2012 is fearless. I have been thinking about how as I get older I seem to resist change and put up more barriers and don't try as many new things. I don't want to be that old woman whose world is so narrow and small. I want to learn to let go and be fearless!

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  3. heather diane says…
    12/26/2011

    Uplift...

    "May Christ Lift Thee Up." Moroni 9:25

    To accept all the support and strength from Christ... to share that light with others by being an uplifting and positive person... to uplift my family by doing my duties happily (this is the hard one for me!)

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  4. Steph S says…
    12/26/2011

    Ali - I am so excited about the 2012 word! I this movie so so so much, it's my favorite all time movie! It is so inspiring and it reminds me of my late grandparents, they were so much like this! and even after my grandmother passed away my Grandpa, although so hard, had a full life for the next 5 years ... GREAT CHOICE! I am signing up right now! lots of happy thoughts in my heart right now. thanks, thanks, thanks so super cool! :) Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  5. carol says…
    12/26/2011

    Ali, I watched the link to the movie UP that you posted and I found it so moving. You have picked an awesome word.
    My word is gratitude. It has found me. I am looking forward to sharing this experience with my family so we all may grow.
    I just joined your one little word class at Big Picture and I am very excited!
    Happy 2012. May it be UPlifting for you and your family.

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  6. Sarah Jermyn says…
    12/26/2011

    My word for 2012 is 'carpe diem', I am embarking on Project Life and want 2012 to be about making the most of each day and the little things, as it's usually these that matter more than the big events.

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  7. Lisa W. says…
    12/26/2011

    HOPE...I choose hope, hoping I can help a person get through a tragedy. Ali, your inspiration and positive attitude is remarkable. You truly are a inspiration to us all!!!

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  8. Jennifer D says…
    12/26/2011

    My word this year (my first year choosing a word) will be thanksgiving. Hoping to take your class!

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  9. Julie says…
    12/26/2011

    My word is renew.

    It's time to renew alot of areas in my life.

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  10. rebecca says…
    12/26/2011

    Last year my word was "RELEASE" and I didn't do anything with it - I think because I was focusing on what I didn't want, i.e. "release the stress, release the guilt". This time I am focusing on what I do want. My word for 2012 is "FUTURE". I tend to make choices throughout may day not considering how it will affect my future, and the future of my children. This encompasses everything, from establishing good habits, to my health, to the way that I choose to spend every minute of my day. Happy new year Ali :)

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    1. Stephanie says…
      01/04/2012

      Thanks for sharing. I was considering "release" but your comments about what you didn't want are helpful. I'm considering simplify, simple or simplicity...

  11. Emilie says…
    12/26/2011

    My word for 2012 is Intention.
    I took your class last year and loved it, signed up again.
    In the class "The Art of Composition", Tracey Clark used the word intention alot, so it is just stuck in my head. I believe it can be used in all parts of my life no matter what I'm doing (to focus and take my time).

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  12. LisaMK says…
    12/26/2011

    I have lived, and survived in the most awesome ways possible through 2011's REVOLUTION. Still amazes me every year the power of one little word :)
    for 2012 there is only one word my thoughts turn to, maybe after so much personal revolution one needs, Discipline!

    this quote hit the nail on the head for me;
    Discipline in its highest notion is not punishment or self-punishment. It is rather something seminal to the self. It is our foundation. It is our architecture. It gives us structure. It allows us to steer our energies and pull our wagon. ~ Noah Benshea

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  13. khloe says…
    12/26/2011

    "Determinazione"
    (determination) IT - voglio sviluppare questa parola per vincere l'indolenza che a volte mi prende, voglio fare un viaggio dentro di me per sviluppare le mie potenzialità, e questo può avvenire solo con tanta determinazione!

    EN - I want to develop this word to overcome the laziness that sometimes takes me, I want to take a trip inside of me to develop my potential, and this can only happen with such determination!

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  14. Claire says…
    12/26/2011

    My word for 2012 is Happiness.it just feels right.

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  15. Stephanie Jones says…
    12/26/2011

    "Release" will be my word. Letting go of my worries, fears and anxieties. Deep breath. Feeling the shoulders relax and a smile on my face. Get back to my "faith not fear" attitude.

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  16. Deb J says…
    12/26/2011

    My word for 2012 is FOCUS. I want to focus on spiritual growth, deepening my relationships and really being aware of what is going on around me. FOCUS seems to fit all of these.

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  17. Schtanzerl says…
    12/26/2011

    Sparkle

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  18. Amy Berkey says…
    12/26/2011

    My word for 2012 is LIVE!

    This is my first time choosing a word for myself. I plan to "LIVE" life in 2012. I've been suffering from back pain for several years but 2011 has been the worst. I had back surgery just over 3 weeks ago & I'm already feeling tons better. I still have a little ways to go but I know I'll get there. I'm just thinking of all the fun things my family use to do & it seems we (due to my back) missed out on a lot this year. I am sooooo looking forward to a happy & healthy new year. Bring on 2012!

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  19. Jolynn says…
    12/26/2011

    Focus. There are many words that I was considering and then focus found me.

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  20. Claudia says…
    12/26/2011

    Focus... 1st time joining, I really wanted to last year but couldn't decide on a word. The one word I started with really followed me around and has made such an impact on my daily life through the year. I can't wait to see what this word brings :)

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  21. dnobles says…
    12/26/2011

    "be"
    I will also be keeping my words from the past few years with me...order, focus, create....for they are all part of this year's word....be...just be.

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  22. Stefanie says…
    12/26/2011

    Complete

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  23. jo says…
    12/26/2011

    My word for this year is 'FOCUS' - I see Michelle (post 47) has also chossen this word. Good luck to you for the coming year.

    My last two words were simplify and believe and I will also keep these in mind throughout the year as well as they have helped on numerous occassions since I chose them.

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  24. RebeccaHoot says…
    12/26/2011

    My one little word for 2012: Create... it just kept coming back t me everytime I would think of what my word would be this year.

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  25. Jen Day says…
    12/26/2011

    Mindful

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