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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. Linda says…
    01/02/2012

    My word is MANAGE ~ handle, control, to be in charge of and responsible for the outcome

    I struggled with this word being too generic & administrative, but since choosing it, the 'process-based' logic of my mind kicked in and I'm so excited for my 2012 goals!

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  2. unleash | cherishbryckphotography says…
    01/02/2012

    [...] that is my new word for 2012 – UNLEASH. Lots of folks out there are doing this.  Some people I know are being brave and bold with their words to help [...]

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  3. Lisa says…
    01/02/2012

    This is my first year to participate.
    I've chose EXHILARATE. I hope this will
    Help remind me that it's ok to be happy and
    Find joy, not only with the fun events in life,
    but the trials and mundane moments as well. I often
    Forget to find the pleasure in my blessings.

    Exhilarate:

    tr.v. ex·hil·a·rat·ed, ex·hil·a·rat·ing, ex·hil·a·rates
    1. To cause to feel happily refreshed and energetic; elate: We were exhilarated by the cool, pine-scented air.
    2. To invigorate; stimulate: bold designs that exhilarate the viewer's imagination.

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  4. taranicole says…
    01/02/2012

    Assuage ... lessen intensity, quiet, ease.

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  5. Lotlot says…
    01/02/2012

    I would like to add REDEMPTION.

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  6. Judith says…
    01/02/2012

    This year I am going to FOCUS. My word was bloom last year which was a lovely journey, even though I am very behind in the class, but I have signed up again because I enjoy the prompts and inspiration even if I don't get things done....but then again, that is why I chose FOCUS cos I hope to finish a few things, and focus on what I want...

    Ali, I was hoping to access the notes from December 2011 for OLW but I forgot to look before the classroom closed. Is there anyway of getting access to the handout? thanks.

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  7. { one little word… the beginning } | every snapshot says…
    01/02/2012

    [...]  If you aren’t familiar with the idea here is a link to Ali Edwards’ class and her blog that can tell you more about it.  (I have joined her class and have been following her blog for a [...]

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  8. Mel H :) says…
    01/02/2012

    I read about this challenge/idea from a Pinterest Pin. After a full day of teacher training which we discussed vocabulary at length, I decided to attempt this project with my 6th graders. This should be a fun and interesting journey!

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    1. Ali says…
      01/03/2012

      I think that is awesome.

  9. Rosalie says…
    01/02/2012

    It sound kind of boring, but I am choosing think....

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  10. sugarcreekfarm says…
    01/02/2012

    Loved reading thru this list! My word for 2012 is "wholehearted". This one word just seemed to claim me when I watched Brene Brown's talk on vulnerability!

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  11. Linda Baie says…
    01/02/2012

    I haven't started yet, but am signed up for your class. Finally, I think I have my word, and it is "comfort".

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  12. Erika N says…
    01/02/2012

    My word is not here- but it is
    EQUILBRIUM

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  13. Diane Standish says…
    01/02/2012

    After reading this post and wonderful word list, I have decided my word for 2012 is "BEGIN". I have such a difficult time just doing what I want to do-I let so many little things distract me-so I have to just begin and let creative self free! Thanks for all the inspiration you provide-so excited to follow along with everyones journeys! Blessings to you in 2012

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  14. Anna Aspnes says…
    01/02/2012

    PACE

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  15. Jennifer says…
    01/02/2012

    This is such a fantastic list of such inspiring words! Kudos for compiling them all in one location.

    My word for 2012 is: REASON

    Initially, the word chose me because one of my mantras is that "things happen for a reason". I've whole-heartedly believed this for better than the last decade.

    Can't wait to figure out the many and varied ways the verb and noun aspects of REASON will impact my life over the next 12 months! Will be taking the class to keep me motivated to embrace my word and paste it uppermost in my mind throughout the year.

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  16. Amy says…
    01/02/2012

    My word is stretch.

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  17. jeri says…
    01/02/2012

    I thought I had posted my word...EXPLORE

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  18. Cathy says…
    01/02/2012

    My one little word is passion. Passion for everything I do in my life. A health scare this December puts things in new perspective. Life is too short not to have passion. I have signed up for the class and am ready to go!

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  19. Cele Schaffer says…
    01/02/2012

    BEGIN...

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  20. Tasha says…
    01/02/2012

    Thanks for this wonderful list. I'm looking forward to a new year and our new class. I've finally landed on CREATE, which you already have on the list. Create in the way of having intention and bringing things into being and of course being creative too. I hesitated to use such a common word with my peers, but it says what I want to focus on this year. I choose to CREATE the life I want to live in all the ways I can. Last year was FLOURISH and it was wonderful!

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  21. Sarah says…
    01/02/2012

    My word is GIVE.. After spending much time preparing for this year, I just want to give more of myself to my family, to be present with them all the time, to give to my community and fellow man out of my time, my heart, my passions and talents.. Its a year to give back all that has made my life so richly blessed for so many years.

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  22. Wendy T. says…
    01/02/2012

    What an inspiring list. This is my first year choosing a word. After giving a good deal of thought, I've decided on DECIDE. I want to decide what is worthy of me/my time and then commit to making it happen :)

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  23. Val'ee says…
    01/02/2012

    Ali, please add my word "selfless" - as in thinking, doing, acting for others, rather than myself. Letting God shine and work thru me. Thank you.

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  24. Lisa Wilkinson says…
    01/02/2012

    beautiful list! my word will be "search" this year....

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  25. Queen Mary says…
    01/03/2012

    So excited! Someone has my word from last year! I wonder if s/he'll post more than I did and what his/her take will be!

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