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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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  1. Becca Groves says…
    01/03/2012

    My word(s) for the year is: Kitchen Table. For real. I know it's two words, I know it's a noun, but I'm really, really excited about all that it means to me this year. I just wrote about it at www.beccagroves.blogspot.com and can't wait to live this one out.

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  2. Michelle says…
    01/03/2012

    My word is CHANGE.

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  3. Natalie Hall says…
    01/03/2012

    Thanks for the list!

    My word for 2012 is: CARE.

    I want to take better care of myself.
    I need to give some tender loving care to the people I love.
    I hope to handle the challenges of this year with care.

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  4. Peg says…
    01/03/2012

    Hey Ali,
    Please add my word FLOURISH. Thanks!

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  5. Gypsy Chaos says…
    01/03/2012

    My OLW 2011 was ACT. I fell off the bandwagon in May....
    This year I MUST find a source of income. The basement finishing fund has allowed us to float for quite awhile - but the end is in sight.

    motivate focus explore quiet entrepreneur finance provide nourish business career change (re)invention direction purpose

    blech. I'm struggling.

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  6. Angie says…
    01/03/2012

    Didn't see mine on the list, so I'll add it here. "Maximize." I plan to maximize my adventures, my relationships, my experiences/opportunities, my fitness... and so much else about my life.

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  7. Jay says…
    01/03/2012

    These are all just great words!!! I am very excited to see what we are doing with them!!!!

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  8. Terri says…
    01/03/2012

    Happy New Year Ali!

    My word is SELECTIVE.

    In 2012 I want to be more SELECTIVE where my money goes, where I shop, how I spend my time, who gets my time, what I eat, how I use my energy and on and on.

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  9. jael deyoung says…
    01/03/2012

    My word is "challenge"
    looking forward to where this word leads me.

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  10. Karen says…
    01/03/2012

    Forge:

    1) To move ahead with increased speed and effectiveness
    (I feel like I've been stuck in a rut this past year)

    2) To form or make, especially by concentrated effort
    (I'm going to make a concentrated effort to do more crafty things AND forge new ties)

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  11. 2012 One Little Word: RENEW « Got My Reservations says…
    01/03/2012

    [...] where it wouldn’t matter if I had a coughing fit, I met a new reader who introduced me to the One Little Word family — thanks, Merrick – and I have chosen RENEW for my 2012 word. There’s a [...]

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  12. Taraleigh Gray says…
    01/03/2012

    My word for 2012 is QUIET. My husband wants to play along this year and his word is MIND. I don't see either on your list yet.

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  13. Robin says…
    01/03/2012

    Thank you for posting all the words. I too enjoy reading through them all and seeing what people chose. It is my first time doing this and even submitting entries. I am trying new things. :)

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  14. michele says…
    01/03/2012

    My word is VENTURE. I need to stop playing it so safe...push the envelope a little more (ok...a lot more). Doing more art and not being afraid to put it out there where people can see it. I hope I can stick to it!

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  15. Kaly says…
    01/03/2012

    My One Little Word for 2012 is PREPARE.

    It came to me one day and immediately I thought of the scripture: "Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God."

    I want to prepare every physical thing (ie. be more organized, plan ahead, etc), but mostly, I want to prepare my heart to invite the Lord's Spirit to dwell. I know that if I invite Him, my life will be blessed with peace - in my heart, home, and family.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. [email protected] says…
    01/03/2012

    I was inspired by your idea of one word to drive intentional decision-making in 2012, so I joined up on my blog. I'll keep in touch!

    http://gotmyreservations.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/2012-one-little-word-renew/#comment-724

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  17. One Little Word 2012::SOAR | HKPowerStudio…cultivating creative solutions says…
    01/03/2012

    [...] year I intend to SOAR!  What is your intention for the year?  Right Here is a fantastic comprehensive list of word ideas if you haven’t picked a word for the year [...]

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  18. Merrick says…
    01/03/2012

    My word for this year is Reverent.

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  19. shaina longstreet says…
    01/03/2012

    my word wasn't in the list so I thought I'd share: flourish.

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  20. Candice says…
    01/03/2012

    I have chosen F E E L - as in feel peace, feel joy, feel deeply, feel profoundly, feel even stronger than I know possible! I love the Hokey Pokey, though, it goes right along with my reasoning. :) It may be my caption line :)

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  21. daisy says…
    01/03/2012

    My word is *true*. As in being true. True to what is in my heart. True to the woman I would like to be. True to how my kids see me. True as in matching words and actions to what is inside, and making the inside match what I speak. Genuine. Authentic. Real. True.

    But I love that hokey pokey one, too! How wonderful that is.

    Thanks, Ali, and everyone else, for sharing!

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  22. Stacey says…
    01/03/2012

    I need help choosing my 2012 word! Thinking about nourish, transformation and purposeful among others. I don't want to end up with "indecisive" by default. Click here to help :-) http://sleepyhead922.blogspot.com/2012/01/one-little-word.html

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  23. Emma says…
    01/03/2012

    Love this! my word is pursue i want to pursue the things i've put off, as well as pursue new activitys.

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  24. {amy k.} says…
    01/03/2012

    what a fabulous list of words! i posted about my one little word over on my blog: http://amykcreates.blogspot.com/2012/01/well-hello.html

    thanks ali for the constant inspiration!

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  25. Ali says…
    01/04/2012

    Updated to here.

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