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One Little Word 2012 | The Words

Thank you so much for sharing your words in the comments of my first 2012 One Little Word post.

The comments, as always, are so uplifting and inspiring. If you don't see your word included below please leave it in the comments and I'm happy to add it to this list.

Here's the collected words for 2012 (updated 11pm Pacific on 1/2/11):

abide

abundance

accept

achieve

acknowledgment

act

action

active

adapt

adventure

ahead

alignment

anew

animate

anything

aperture

apologize

appreciate

aroha

art

artful

assuage

attention

attitude

authentic

awake

balance

bathroom

be

be

begin

behold

believe

better

bloom

blossom

body

bold

brave

bravery

breakthrough

breathe

bright

build

butterfly

calm

can

care

carpe diem

celebrate

challenge

change

changes

charge

cherish

choice

choose

clarity

clean

clear

closure

comfort

commit

commitment

complete

confidence

connect

conscientious

consistent

content

control

core

courage

create

cultivate

curious

dare

decide

dedication

deep

deeper

define

deliberate

delight

deserving

design

determination

develop

direction

discipline

discover

distance

do

document

dream

easy

economical

efficient

eliminate

embrace

emerge

empower

energy

engage

engender

enjoy

enough

equilibrium

everyday

evolve

exercise

exhilarate

expand

experience

explore

express

faith

faithful

faithfulness

family

fear

fearless

feel

find

finish

fit

float

flourish

flower

fly

focus

forge

forgiveness

fortify

forward

free

fresh

fulfill

fulfilled

future

generous

gentle

gift

give

glow

go

goal

grace

gracious

grateful

gratitude

gravity

grow

gumption

happiness

happy

harmony

heal

healthy

heart

hello

help

home

hope

hopeful

humble

ignite

illuminate

imagination

imagine

improve

in

inspire

integrity

intent

intention

intentional

intuition

invigorate

invite

involved

join

journey

joy

jump

kindness

kitchen-table

laugh

leap

learn

less

life

lift

light

lighten

limitless

listen

live

lose

love

loved

loving

loyalty

madness

magic

magnify

make

manage

me

melt

mind

mindful

mission

moderation

moment

money

more

move

nature

nest

new

nourish

now

nurture

occupy

one

open

order

ordinary

organic

organized

overcome

pace

passion

patience

pause

peace

perseverance

persevere

perspective

place

play

pleasure

polish

positive

positivity

possibilities

possibility

practice

praise

pray

prepare

preparation

present

preserve

pretty

pride

prioritize

progress

project

promise

proof

prosper

purpose

purposeful

pursue

push

quest

quiet

reach

ready

real

realistic

reason

receptive

reclaim

reconnect

reconstruction

record

redemption

redirect

rediscover

reduce

refine

refresh

rejuvenate

relationship

relax

release

release

relinquish

relish

remember

renew

resolve

rest

restore

resume

reverent

revitalize

rhythm

rise

sail

satisfied

savor

scarcity

scatterjoy

scrapbook

search

season

see

selective

self

self-control

selfless

serenite

serenity

service

share

shift

shine

simple

simplicity

simplify

smile

soar

solid

soul

sparkle

spirit

stand

start

steady

story

streamline

strength

stretch

strive

strong

stronger

sufficient

support

surrender

sweat

talk

tend

thankful

thanksgiving

thanksliving

think

thrive

time

together

tone

transcend

transform

transformation

travel

treasure

true

trust

truth

try

unclutter

uncomfortable

understanding

unencumbered

unity

unlock

up

uplift

value

variety

venture

view

vigor

visible

walk

well

well-being

wellness

whatever

whimsical

whole

wholehearted

wholeness

wisdom

within

wonder

work

worship

write

yes

yet

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292 thoughts

  1. carriep says…
    01/02/2012

    I love this start to the year. Mine is focus on the Lord.

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  2. Nancy says…
    01/02/2012

    The list of words is intriguing making me want to go back and read the comments associated with them. I've tried in the past to choose a word, but they all felt forced. This year's word - RESUME - came to me during an internal monologue. I was thinking about a number of things and how I need to get my backside (I used a different word in my thoughts.) into gear and get back to all of the things I've left hanging. RESUME seemed a much more positive way of thinking about that approach/task. Happy new year!

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  3. Michelle says…
    01/02/2012

    I have chosen Carpe Diem...so that I take every opportunity every day.

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  4. Colleen says…
    01/02/2012

    My word for 2012: clear

    I like that it is a verb and an adjective - both uses have meaning for me. I want to "clear" out the clutter and detrius that does not add to my life, while being more "clear" on my goals and the priorities in my life.

    It took me a while to come up with this year's word, but now I am in "word love"

    Some of my past words ...
    2011: content
    2010: edit
    2009: purpose
    2008: bliss

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    1. Stephanie says…
      01/02/2012

      Love it! This my first year with OLW. My "theme" is get organized... but physically and emotionally. I was thinking of "release" and then started to favor "free", but your word "clear" mightvwork as well. I'm learning so much through this process thanks for sharing!!

  5. ValerieMN says…
    01/02/2012

    Mine is SHARE.

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  6. Tracey Jackson says…
    01/02/2012

    Hi Ali, my 'one little word' is POSITIVITY, so not really a little word but the one I have chosen to inspire me in your project. I have been reading your blog and intending to join in this each year but this is the first time I have actually stopped procrastinating long enough to do it - thankyou for the inspiration xxx

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  7. northernval says…
    01/02/2012

    Mine is TOGETHER. When your children are young, we put our main focus on them; but as you get older, they don't need you as much and so often you are at a loss. Now with the kids "gone," I would like to focus once more on my husband & I. Therefore, my choice is TOGETHER.

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  8. Julie C says…
    01/02/2012

    Love the list...been trying to figure mine out. I'm going with Purpose. Need to remember to find my purpose in who I am and to do things with a purpose.

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  9. Kim H. says…
    01/02/2012

    SUPPORT was my word last year and it was a tough one. I'm carrying it over into this year as well.

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  10. Kathy Simmons says…
    01/02/2012

    I also didn't post mine, just thought of it yesterday. PROMISE, I want to remember the promises of scripture that can help me through anything, anytime. Kathy

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  11. margaret in AZ says…
    01/02/2012

    I chose PROSPER; I like the scriptures that include prosper in them and it has a different nuance to me than grow.

    I think my daughter has ended up with VALUE, but I don't know for sure. I might have bullied her a little on her other similar choice. (Bad mom, that I am!!!)

    Thanks, Ali, for doing this each year. Last year's word was a disaster for both my daughter and me. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep this new word in mind as I prosper this year!!

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  12. April says…
    01/02/2012

    Self-control.
    I have it in a seed form. It is a fruit of the spirit. I need to water it and make it grow.

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  13. Cathy says…
    01/02/2012

    These are some fabulous words! My 'One Little Word' for 2012 is simplify - http://www.mateoandtobias.com/2011/12/one-little-word-2012.html

    Happy New Year!

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  14. Isabelle says…
    01/02/2012

    My one little word for 2012 is "confiance". In English, I would translate it by CONFIDENCE.

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  15. Courtney Newton says…
    01/02/2012

    OLW 2012: Talk. I think it will be a challenge for this shy girl.

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  16. Louise says…
    01/02/2012

    Mine's CLEAN

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  17. deborah says…
    01/02/2012

    My word for 2012 is FEAR.

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  18. Amy says…
    01/02/2012

    My word is thrive :)

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  19. VickiR says…
    01/02/2012

    Mine "choose"

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  20. Kathryn Benfiet says…
    01/02/2012

    My word is revitalize. My body and health...my relationships, my dreams for myself. So thrilled to begin a new year and have a fresh new perspective to start anew. Wishing you a wonderful UP year.

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  21. Amy says…
    01/02/2012

    Hey didn't see my word on there- I've finally decided on bright after weeks of debate. Looking forward to where my word takes me!

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  22. Stephanie says…
    01/02/2012

    BEHOLD

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  23. Paulette Sarsfield says…
    01/02/2012

    it finally came to me though a great friend: Space.

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  24. Sheila says…
    01/02/2012

    I love to read this list every year and have done this since you first introduced it. I also still have a ring made every year with my word stamped on it as a constant reset for my focus. My word this year is REFRESH...it encompases so much I need to do for me this year. Clean out the ick in my head and heart and refill and take care of me. It also means all the other aspects time to renew and restart plus refresh is a word that brings to mind clean, and pure open...it makes me feel light and I need some light back into my world. I want to find my glow again this year!

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  25. EmJay says…
    01/02/2012

    My word this year is Core. I want to focus on strengthening my core, physically, mentally and spiritually. Derived from heart it will be my constant reminder to get to the heart of the matter, figure out what is most important and focus on that. Thanks. This will be my first year doing the class, but my fourth year picking a work. It is nothing is remarkable how amazing just picking the word can be. I'm excited for 2012 and what my word will teach me.

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    1. Sheila says…
      01/03/2012

      I really love this one!! So strong on so many levels! Good luck to you in your year!! Thank you for sharing!

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