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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. Deanna says…
    01/03/2012

    My word is FULFILL...I tend to come up with a lot of great plans, ideas, and projects that don't end up coming to fruition. This is my year to focus on a few great ideas and see them through to completion! Thanks for all of your inspiring comments, and to you Ali for creating this class...Happy New Year everyone!

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  2. Laurel says…
    01/03/2012

    The word that keeps coming to me is "Curious". I am not sure why the word seems so right but I think it has to do with asking more questions, being more humble, deepening understanding, and seeking out more boldly the possibilities that come with being more open and curious about myself and the world around me.

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  3. Barb in AK says…
    01/03/2012

    Great list! A few have me baffled, and I'd LOVE to know what is behind them:
    aroha
    bathroom
    hokey-pokey

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  4. Janine says…
    01/03/2012

    Hi thank you for this wonderful idea! I started doing this about 4 years ago. It is an incredible way to focus on something important for the year. We (my husband and I )have decided on relationship. That is every kind of relationship! Thank you Ali

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  5. Ali says…
    01/03/2012

    Words updated to here.

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  6. Sue Lelli says…
    01/03/2012

    Thanks for the list Ali! It was inspiring to see all of the words together in one place! I feel that participating in this OLW will make 2012 BETTER for ALL of us!

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  7. Donna says…
    01/03/2012

    I have decided to stay with Possibilities for a second year!

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  8. Alida Post says…
    01/03/2012

    Some great words already! I'm not sure why, but I'm so excited about this year. My word is FLOURISH.

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  9. Lynnette says…
    01/03/2012

    I've picked words the past few years, but this year I'm really embracing it. My word for 2012 is WORK.

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  10. Esther says…
    01/03/2012

    Mine isn't on the list yet. It will be ANYTHING this year. I was contemplating a few words I liked and they all would fit. It can be anything, I thought, so 'anything' it will be. Imagine the possibilities! I can try anything, have an open mind to anything, don't limit myself, anything is possible!

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  11. Crystal says…
    01/03/2012

    Mine just came to me today - ABIDE.
    Thanks for putting them all up so we can encourage each other.

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  12. Nina says…
    01/03/2012

    Hi, Ali. Just wanted to share my art journal for 2012, with my word for the year in front. =)

    http://pasigmom.blogspot.com/2012/01/random.html

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    *hugs*

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  13. Nancy G. says…
    01/03/2012

    My word will be SAIL.

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  14. Kirstin says…
    01/03/2012

    Hi Everyone,

    What a fabulous and varied list. My word is BRAVERY and 2012 is going to be my year of bravery.
    Such an inspiring project. Thank you

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  15. Kathy W says…
    01/03/2012

    My word is "adapt". Having grown up in mild weathered western Oregon, and having a bit of transition in four years in Utah, I am thrown in this year to the winters of New England. Overcoming fears of driving in snow/black ice and adapting to the coldest temps I've ever known as well as adapting to rural rather than suburban life will be my goals of 2012. Already I'm adapting to temps: 20 degrees seems like a heat wave after below zero temps.

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  16. jen says…
    01/03/2012

    for this year i have chosen the word focus. i see it is already on your list and that i should be original but it's a word that keeps coming up in my life all the time - i have the hardest time focusing!!! so this year i have taken on the task to focus - in life, photography, on myself for once, on a career.... - it just seems to speak - well scream - to me. also another one that i will have at the back of my mind is dare. i want to dare myself to take that extra step - to leap this year. i want to double-dog dare myself to do things that normally hold me back and that i think will make our life better. i want to dare myself to love more. to relax more. to accomplish more.

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  17. libby gordon says…
    01/03/2012

    What a powerful list of words! love seeing them! Have a great day everyone!

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  18. Margaret says…
    01/03/2012

    What a great list. I really like unencumbered. That's the attitude I need to have this year!

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  19. Sue TR (Your Story 2011) says…
    01/03/2012

    The word you ladies gave me at your story last summer ... BRAVE

    am also going to keep my word from last year "prosper" close to me this year

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  20. Vanessa Babin says…
    01/03/2012

    I love all the words mentioned, but for me my word is "hope." Hope for my son's healing, hope for my daughter to have a healthy baby & hope for me to have strength to face the challenge of caring for a quadraplegic son& finding time for myself!

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  21. Melissa Rydjeski says…
    01/03/2012

    My word will be "anew"--I want to see things anew and have a chance at a fresh start in this new year.

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  22. Tracey Monette says…
    01/03/2012

    dedication

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  23. Karen anderson says…
    01/03/2012

    My word is 'Balance' and I'm pleased to see I'm not alone in choosing that one! I need to balance my work and my family, address my bank balance a little more and take a look at those bathroom scales too - I love having a word for the year, its been such a positive and powerful thing in my life.

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    1. Gypsy Chaos says…
      01/03/2012

      I LOVE your explanation of balance. Maybe balance will click with me? thank you.

  24. Candace says…
    01/03/2012

    I'm going with Simplify.
    I think I may have chosen that for a sub-2011 word too, but with our second baby arriving in a month...simplification in our house is needed.

    What does this mean to me? To simplify our life, our home...to purge and value, to enjoy small moments, to not fret over things...to enjoy. :)

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  25. Marygail says…
    01/03/2012

    I wanted to share my Word of the Year. First, my previous years' words were 2010 - Finish (as in finish things I start) and 2011 -tenacity. It took me an evening to decide on Prosper. I've been mulling on words for awhile and prosper feels right for me.

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