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One Little Word® 2014

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My One Little Word for 2014 is thrive.

This year, more than any other I can remember, I'm starting off the year with questions. What does it mean for me to thrive? What does it look like? What does it fee like? Are there areas in which I'm already thriving? What's realistic vs. visions of what I have in my head of what it means to thrive?

Open was an awesome word for me last year. It was a touchstone as I navigated my way through growing pains and man oh man did it work in a million different ways I could not have imagined when I started 2013. More often than not when faced with a decision, I chose to open more rather than closing off which was my number one intention last year. That said, I feel like I've been spinning in circles a lot this past year. I've been reacting vs. being proactive and have been dealing with a variety of issues related to stress and growth (totally all part of my own life journey).

To me thriving is optimal living. It's being present and awake and stepping up to be my best self physically, emotionally, spiritually, creatively and within my relationships.

It's not a quest for perfection. It's an opportunity to continue choosing to let go of things outside of my control and to figure out who that best-me-right-now really is.

It will be a whole new journey and I'm here to tell you I welcome it wholeheartedly.

Bring on 2014.

This year I invited my friend Elise Blaha Cripe to film a little video about her experience with One Little Word. One of the reasons I admire Elise is that she is awesome at follow-through and documentation. I've loved reading about her experience with her words over the last few years on her blog and she inspires me consistently with her projects and her real-life reflections.

Here's Elise in her own words:

Thank you Elise for sharing about your own journey here.


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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.

SHARE YOUR WORD THE COMMENTS | I’d love to read what word you’ve chosen or are considering for 2014. 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, 2012 and 2013.


ONE LITTLE WORD® 2014 | To help keep your One Little Word® more visible throughout the year I offer a year-long workshop featuring one prompt per month. Read all the details and sign up here. Registration is $5 off until December 31.

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  1. Kelly N says…
    01/20/2014

    I've decided on 'Evolution'. I love that it's a process.

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  5. Linda says…
    01/25/2014

    It is with great excitement that I look forward to the opportunities that will be presented with this course.
    My word for 2014 has to be "Opportunities."

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  7. Rachael Hectus says…
    01/30/2014

    My word is trust.

    Trust myself and my emotions. Trust others to take care of themselves. Trust the Universe to provide for our needs and provide opportunities. Trust my marriage and the love that it holds. Trust.

    It is a huge one for me.

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  9. Sue says…
    02/03/2014

    CREATE!

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  13. Louise237 says…
    02/12/2014

    You have inspired me. I had thought of a word for 2014 but didn't really focus on it until I read your post. My word is : Forward.

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  18. Roberta says…
    02/13/2014

    I'm new to this, but I chose the word "commit". I've got so many things happening to me this year, and I need to remember to commit myself to finishing my goals and projects before moving on to new ones. Also committing to healthier lifestyle, and a happier marriage and family.

    Thanks for this concept!

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  24. Ericca H. says…
    02/20/2014

    I FINALLY found my word!! I struggled w/ choosing....some words I considered were: actualize, endeavor and strive....& then I found "potential" & it felt right.

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