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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. Margot/NZ says…
    01/04/2012

    My word for 2012 is SLOW - I recognise a need in myself to take things more slowly. The word was slow in coming to me too - it wasn't until I was driving somewhere behind a slow vehicle and I realised I was quite enjoying the more relaxed pace.
    Thanks, Ali, for publishing the compilation of words - as always it is an inspiring
    read.

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  2. Kate Ware says…
    01/04/2012

    Is there a blog badge for One Little Word?

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  3. Jill says…
    01/04/2012

    My word is MATTER.

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  4. Jessica Bailey says…
    01/04/2012

    My OLW for 2012 is Accomplish... I am so excited about this word. After years of needing my words to be Hope, Believe and Calm I am thrilled to spend a year with a word so full of life and energy!

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  5. Simone / Germany says…
    01/04/2012

    I've chose BLESSINGS. Yes, I prefer the English version. It sounds much greater. Gen 12:2 is leading me...

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  6. Amy D says…
    01/04/2012

    Vitality. My word for 2012 is "vitality."

    Vitality of mind. Of body. Of spirit.

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  7. jeanie cullip says…
    01/04/2012

    Thanksgiving!

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  8. Cele Schaffer says…
    01/04/2012

    Changed my word to NEXT! Somehow this word just has energy in it and motivation...

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  9. Ett ord för 2012 | Tedags hos Tant Ninette says…
    01/04/2012

    [...] Edwards har skrivit om sitt One Little Word här. I det här inlägget finns exempel på andra mänskors inspirerande ord. Marolle har även hon skrivit på sin danska [...]

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  10. Debbie says…
    01/04/2012

    "ALL"

    Loving God with ALL my heart, soul, and mind...and my neighbor as myself (Matthew 22:37-40).

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  11. Heather says…
    01/04/2012

    Love it! Always so fun to come back and see what everyone else has chosen for 2012... lots of words I could have picked! You can see my post about what one little word has done for me over the years here, http://heathersharmony.typepad.com/heathers-harmony/2012/01/one-little-word.html

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  12. Kristin says…
    01/04/2012

    My word is "Begin". I got divorced last year and I am ready to begin the new chapter of my life. "Just begin and all the rest will fall into place". It's a time of new beginnings for me, of leaving the old life behind, all the hurts and the bad emotions of 2011. I want 2012 to be a metamorphasis of sorts for me. I am ready to begin again with no regrets and look to the future.

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  13. Sara B says…
    01/04/2012

    My word is Capture. I want to try and capture more of our everyday stories and not feel like time is flying by with only a little evidence of what we were doing each day.

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  14. Cindy Andrews says…
    01/04/2012

    My OLW is "need"

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  15. kat-in-texas says…
    01/04/2012

    I see my word.....faith. What I really want to put:

    supercalifragilistiexpialidocious

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  16. Andrea M. says…
    01/04/2012

    My word for 2012 is REDEFINE. There are changes I am choosing to make and am excited about regarding my health and taking on new career challenges. There are changes that are happening naturally and I adore, as my daughter grows from a baby into a toddler! And there are changes that have been thrust upon me, as I've been a primary caregiver and advocate for my mom and her medical needs for the past few years but she passed away this December. So this year, I will redefine myself a bit, both personally and professionally.

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  17. Arlene Alog-David says…
    01/04/2012

    thank you for posting the WORDS i love reading them ;-)

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  18. Nancy Frazier says…
    01/04/2012

    proclaim

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  19. Jen says…
    01/04/2012

    Compassion. For myself when I make mistakes. For my children when they're driving me crazy :) my coworkers, friends and strangers. Even the bad drivers. This is my year to practice compassion in a real and meaningful way.

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  20. Helen says…
    01/05/2012

    my word has changed :) I am going to have the word "accept" instead of trust ...I need to accept a lot of things in my life so my OLW can help me move forwards with that ...

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  21. JenMarv says…
    01/05/2012

    How about GIGGLE... want to remember to not take things so seriously this coming year and enjoy everything - good and bad.

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  22. Angi in CO says…
    01/05/2012

    Is it too late to add my word? My word finally settled on me: tide
    My zodiac sign is Aquarius and this year I have so many changes coming that I know of (can't imagine what I don't!) and tide being the ebb and flow of the oceans just seems to fit. Whew...feeling a little bit teary...looking forward to OLW. Off to join the BPC class. Thanks, Ali for being so brave and generous with your talents and gifts!

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  23. Anne S says…
    01/05/2012

    I have decided to pick the word SENSE. I liked this word because in my job and around me a need to and want to understand how the people around me feel. I also want to become aware of what God is doing in my life. I feel that SENSE is a great word to sum up what I would like to experience and see in the New Year!

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  24. Amy svob says…
    01/05/2012

    Love the list. Humbling to read. My word is "walk". Anxious to get this started but finishing up my December daily lol!

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  25. Hilary says…
    01/05/2012

    I read an incredible blog post today on parenting - in particular the challenge of it - and in doing so my "One Little Word" found me. It is kairos, meaning "the appointed time in the purpose of God." In 2012 i will seek to recognize and differentiate between chronos time and kairos time - being mindful and thankful for the latter most of all. You can find the post here: http://momastery.com/blog/2012/01/04/2011-lesson-2-dont-carpe-diem/ It has had over 30,000 shares on Facebook at this point - for a good reason!

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