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One Little Word 2013

One Little Word necklace from Lisa Leonard.

My word for 2013 is open.

Last year I had a great story about how my word came to me. This year it was more of a whisper and to be honest I'm not really sure what it means for me right now, or what it will end up meaning for me 12-months from now. And I'm okay with that.

Open is an attitude and an approach. It's a reminder to live wholeheartedly, to enter the ring, to live the length and the width. It's how I want to tackle this year.

I love that open is an action & a re-action. I can act with an open heart; I can re-act with an open heart.

I want to be open to it all - the amazing and the challenging. Wide open.

Are you considering selecting a word for yourself (or letting one find you)? There's no right or wrong. The main thing to remember is that this is your word. It's not for your child, parent, partner, spouse, sister, etc.

And what do you do with this one little word?

You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.

I'd love to read what word you've chosen or are considering for 2013. In the comments feel free to simply leave your word as your comment or write a bit about why you are choosing this word. In a couple days I'll combine all the words into a single post - super inspiring to see all the words in one place.

If you’re new to the concept of One Little Word, you can read some of my previous posts here: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

One Little Word necklace from Liz Lamoreux. Use ONELITTLEWORD and receive 15% off through Jan 31.

ONE LITTLE WORD WORKSHOP

Registration is open for 2013 and you're invited to join the journey.

Each month you'll receive a prompt with a simple creative, writing, or photography project and a gentle reminder to check back in with your word. By the end of the year you'll have compiled the contents of an 8.5x11 album that documents, defines, celebrates and generally makes your word more visible. Workshop materials include printable elements, full-color PDF handouts, and video presentations.

People have been asking me if you have to be a scrapbooker for this class. My answer is no. Even though we are making an album it's really more of a journaling/record keeping/thinking/exploring project. I'm excited to see how people interpret the prompts and make them meaningful for their own lives.

This is not complicated and it's not time-consuming. It's simply a way we  can come together to share our experience with our words throughout the  course of the year.

The One Little Word classroom opens on January 1, 2013.

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916 thoughts

  1. Jeanne says…
    12/26/2012

    I've chosen "Move" as my word. It's intended as a practical probe: I've been getting too sedentary and it's causing me to miss out of some things. This is the year to change that. It can, of course, have many other meanings and those will be fun to explore. Looking forward to the class.

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  2. Julie says…
    12/26/2012

    Bring on 2013 and Adventure!

    We had alot of death this year and it's a reminder that each moment is important. Get off the couch and do it! Life is an adventure, something new, risk, excitement, living out loud!

    If pysched!
    Julie

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    1. Julie says…
      12/26/2012

      I'm so excited I can't spell.

      I'm psyched not if..

      haha

  3. Armalite says…
    12/26/2012

    My little word for 2013 is Perspective, and I wrote about it (in french) there:
    http://leroseetlenoir.blogspot.fr/2012/12/un-mot-pour-2013.html
    As a very anxious person, I would like to stop looking at the world through dark glasses, be able to step out of myself and look at what I'm going through from a distance, in order to have a more relaxed attitude toward things.

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  4. Carrie Rosalind says…
    12/26/2012

    I love picking one little word each year...thanks for the inspiration! I am still a tiny bit up in the air, but I'm pretty sure my word for 2013 is OWNERSHIP. I wanted to do "no excuses" or something along those lines, but I like that "ownership" is positive. Love your word this year and love your necklace!!

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  5. lee says…
    12/26/2012

    In 2013, my word will be virtue.

    In the past few months, as I look ahead to a 2013 that will have some interesting life changes, I've felt a calling in my heart that says it's time to take the things I find frustrating about myself or in my life, and to actually do something...and a reading that I've felt drawn to as I work on that is Proverbs 31 (which talks of a virtuous woman). Hence, my word. =)

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    1. Pidgen says…
      12/31/2012

      I love Proverbs 31! As a single lady, I find it a fun, challenging and always a good read! :)

  6. JC says…
    12/26/2012

    My word for 2013 is SAY -- be it with words, art, or any form of expression, I'm challenging myself to get what swirls in my heart and head out into the world.
    (John Mayer's song "Say" from some years ago really brought this one out for me. :))

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  7. Jamie R. says…
    12/26/2012

    My word is focus. It's time to spend my energy on the things that matter most. To consciously focus on them and let everything else fall away.

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  8. slmnontec says…
    12/26/2012

    Open was my word for last year (2012) and I learned SO MUCH.

    "Give" seems to be calling me for 2013.

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  9. Theresa says…
    12/26/2012

    My word for the year is accomplish. I'm in my last year of law school and I want to remind myself to accomplish my goals this year.

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  10. Ellie Augustin says…
    12/26/2012

    My word for this year will be Accomplishment. No matter how small it might be I will remember it is one as I had a year of trails and I see now I didn't give myself enough credit so this year it's about finishing what I start! Here is to an awesome 2013 for us all :)

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  11. Lisa says…
    12/26/2012

    The word EMBRACE keeps coming back and nudging me. I liked my 2012 word, invest, because it applied to so many different areas of my life. So will embrace, if that's what I choose as my word. I'm also thinking of doing what you did one year, Ali, which was to have a main, public word and then a secondary word that goes with it. We shall see.

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  12. Paula says…
    12/26/2012

    My word was going to be "embrace" and at the last minute I changed it to "understand." As I thought about the word embrace, it is really a quest for understanding so many of the factors of my life and how my family situation affects it .... once I can increase my understanding, I am open to embracing life more. I am hoping to understand more of what I can and can't change and understand how to make things work better or more peacefully in my life. I also want to understand how to handle the challenges that aren't going to go away with a better clarity and inner peace.
    This word is still spinning in me, not sure how I am going to get this understanding yet, but hopefully the word itself will make me seek ways to make it happen. It's a challenging word for me, but I'm going for it.

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  13. TRACY B. says…
    12/26/2012

    My one little word for 2012 is ACCEPT. It almost brings me to tears to even say it. I must be able to accept the good and the bad that is bound to come my way this year. Accept the repurcussions of the choices I make. Accept myself for who I am. Accept everything for what it is and not use so much energy trying to change or modify.

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  14. karen c says…
    12/26/2012

    sideways

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    1. Laura BC says…
      12/27/2012

      I like the quirkiness of this word! It will be an interesting year for you I'm sure.

  15. Dana says…
    12/26/2012

    My word for 2013 is PERSPECTIVE. Just changing the way I think of things will make my life more calm, more happy and less drama filled.

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  16. Wendy says…
    12/26/2012

    My OLW2013 is RENEW. Lots of things that need dusting off and starting again with new commitment.

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  17. Kim says…
    12/26/2012

    Can't wait to begin the journey on Jan. 1! My word chose me about 2 months ago -'BECOME.' Several years ago I discovered the quote, "It's never too late to become what you might have been." It has continued to inspire me that it is never too late to make changes in myself and become better than who I am today.
    For 2013, with my oldest child graduating in June and my youngest finishing kindergarten I feel that I really need to focus on becoming the woman I know I can be, the wife and mother I want to be. I'm really not sure what exactly this word will bring me this year but I am hopeful and open to what I can become and what my marriage and family can become.
    Ali, thank you so much for offering this opportunity again.

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  18. M Wyatt says…
    12/26/2012

    I am condsidering BE or NOW. After losing my mother this year these words are my attempt to move forward and live my to the fullest.

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  19. Kelly says…
    12/26/2012

    Hi Ali! Looking forward to my first year participating in OLW! I have chosen the word "plan." It's defined as "a scheme or method of acting, doing, making, proceding, etc, developed in advance." There seems to be so many synonyms of the word that I feel I connected with and I look forward to how this word will keep its presence in my world during 2013!

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  20. Beth R. says…
    12/26/2012

    I'm recycling my word from last year.. and using Revive. I had big plans for my word, and my year, and then right around February, my whole life fell apart and, well.. it wasn't a good year and needless to say I lost my word in the mess. As I begin to move forward, I think now more than ever, I need this word for 2013.

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  21. marisa says…
    12/26/2012

    consistent. I so need this.

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  22. Robyn :) says…
    12/26/2012

    My word is Nurture. I felt strongly this is the word for me. What it means is that I am going to nurture my relatationships, especially with my husband, continue making our new home ours, nurturing myself by eating better and exercising and possibly getting pregnant.

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    1. Lauren F. says…
      12/28/2012

      This was my word last year :) My finances, relationships (with husband and others) our home, and my "diet/health" were all part of the plan. And it all came together towards the ultimate goal (Pregnancy!). I am now "nurturing" a 4 month-along pregnancy. It is amazing what can happen in just a year when you use this word as a basis for the decisions and mindsets that you make. Good luck!! :)

  23. Sandy says…
    12/26/2012

    My word is grateful.

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  24. Peg D says…
    12/26/2012

    I'm leaning toward DISCOVER and/or DOCUMENT.

    It's been a rough couple of years so I'm hoping to focus on the active. Discover health, Discover stories, Discover answers. But as I think of it, it won't be enough to just Discover-- I actually have to to Document it so that the impact is that much greater. Guess I have some more thinking to do on it.

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  25. Myra says…
    12/26/2012

    First timer here and my word is STILL.

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