One Little Word® 2016 | The Reading Of The Words

As has become tradition, I've once again invited Liz Lamoreux to read the words for us. 

Click here to listen to Liz read the words for 2016.

I love hearing them all out loud. 

The large word in the main photo at the top of this post was created for me by my lovely friend Colleen Attara (my "Be Amazing" sweater is from Old Navy a couple of years ago). If you are looking for something smaller check out the custom acrylic words I'm offering (hand-drawn by me) this year in the shop - choose between white or black. People have been ordering family names, places, and other special words as well as their word for 2016. 

Also, there is absolutely still time to join the One Little Word® workshop if you are interested in making your word visible this year and sharing the journey with others. 

Here is the collected list as of the morning of 1/4/15: 

Accept

Acceptance

Achieve

Add

Adventure

Align

All in

Allow

Anchor

And/&

Awe

Balance

Be

Begin

Believe

Better

Bloom

Bold

Boundaries

Brave

Breathe

Bright

Build

Capture

Care

Celebrate

Challenge

Change

Cherish

Choose

Comeback

Committed

Compassion

Complete

Completion

Compose

Connect

Courage

Create

Cultivate

Dapper (Dutch for brave)

Decrease

Delight

Devote

Discipline

Do

Dwell

Embody

Embrace

Emerge

Enjoy

Enough

Epicurian

Experience

Experiment

Explore

Faithful

Flourish

Fly

Focus

Forge

Forward

Fountain, not a drain.

Free

Freedom

Fresh

Future

Gainz

Generous

Gently

Give

Go

Goals

Grace

Grow

Habit

Happiness

Happy

Heart

Home

Honest

Immersion

Intention

Intentional

Intrepid

Invest

Journey

Joy

Learn

Less

Light

Listen

Love

Magic

Make

Margin

Meaningful

Mercy

Metanoia

Mindful

Mindfulness

Misericorde (Mercy)

Moment

More

Move

Must

Myself

Nourish

Nurture

Open

Order

Patience

Peace

Persevere

Play

Positiv

Practice

Prayer

Prepare

Present

Progress

Purge

Purpose

Quiet

Reduce

Refresh

Release

Renew

Renovate

Reset

Revive

Rise

Saba (Hebrew for “to be satisfied”)

Seek

Selah

Self-love

Share

Shine

Show up

Simple

Simplify

Sing

Smile

Solace

Soul

Space

Sparkle

Speak

Stark (German for “strong’)

Strengthen

Strive

Strong

Surrender

Thrive

Time

Treasure

True

Trust

Understand

Value

Wander

wAnder/wOnder

Wellness

Whole

Wholehearted

Wild

Wisdom

Work

Wow

Zuversicht (German for Reliance or Confidence)

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43 thoughts

  1. Bethhardingerblog says…
    01/04/2016

    Mine is Action. So far, it's a good word, since we decided to move out of state at the end of January.

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    1. ShirshaG says…
      01/05/2016

      Hi Beth, my word is "Action" too! I just need to throw off the shackles of my own laziness and get shit done. I have so many plans and ambitions, but I just let them be, without doing anything about them. This year, little by little, I am getting into "action" mode, and making things happen. Good luck to you with your word!

  2. lorelei says…
    01/04/2016

    My word is LIMIT :)
    'Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending'

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  3. virginiegoujon says…
    01/04/2016

    Ali
    I liked to read this list.
    This year I didn't sign up for the workshop One Little Word. I did it last year and thought , as I hadn't done anything , it was a complete failure for me. My 2015 word was BE. When I thought about this word, I was going to forget me , forbade me to do things or thought not to be able to do those things. Too many fears (new places, new people, what if I fail, what do people think about me..). I needed to BE brave, feminine, aware of who I am...
    After 3 months and nothing jotted down, I said to myself "ok this is not for me, I can't write anything" But was still looking at the lessons. Later, I thought "perhaps I haven't CHOOSE the right word. Perhaps CHOOSE should be my word (another fear: what if I'm making the wrong choice)." Then (a couple months later), you write posts for the 2016 OLW. I bought the gold and creme album with the idea of not using it for OLW because I would not do OLW. The word CHOOSE reappeared, trotting in my head. But I chose not to do OLW.
    By reading these words , I thought about this choice and the past year. Last year, I met new people, went to new places, was more feminine (as I used to be in the past), I allowed myself to do more, thinking "I can do this". I even drove alone for 7 hours to go to a place I did not know, full of unknown people (crop EA in Montpellier). And I'm really glad I did. I will never thank you enough for that because if you hadn't been there, I wouldn't probably have done it.
    Finally this is not a complete failure.
    This is not a failure and now it's time to be a CHOOSER.
    Thank you
    Virginie

    ps: sorry if I'm not clear

    Reply 8 Replies
    1. AliEdwards says…
      01/04/2016

      I'm so glad you showed up in Montpellier too!

    2. virginiegoujon says…
      01/04/2016

      Ah thank you!

    3. mtercha says…
      01/04/2016

      Thanks for sharing. You are so brave to meet new people, go new places (drive for 7hrs? Awesome!), and do new things. Awesome. You go,Virginie!

    4. virginiegoujon says…
      01/05/2016

      Thank you Michelle.
      Best wishes!

    5. BronwenC says…
      01/05/2016

      You showed up, Virginie. You did it! You're amazing. All the best to you. <3

    6. virginiegoujon says…
      01/06/2016

      Thank you BronwenC! All the best to you too!

    7. Cookingmylife says…
      01/06/2016

      You're never a failure even if you feel you fail at certain things. Be kind to you. <3

    8. virginiegoujon says…
      01/13/2016

      Thank you Cookingmylife

  4. Afink26 says…
    01/04/2016

    There is power in hearing these words out loud! Thank you Liz for reading them again!!

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  5. boopsnro says…
    01/04/2016

    Mine is Transform. I added it to the FB Group but never commented here!

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  6. mtercha says…
    01/04/2016

    Thanks Ali, for compiling the list and to your friend, Liz, for reading them. I agree it is powerful to hear them. Michelle t

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  7. Yuka says…
    01/04/2016

    My word is NOW and I'd like to enjoy my life fully and focus on happiness right in front of me.
    Ali, can I ask where the list of words above were collected? I wasn't sure where to mention my word to be in the list. Thanks!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      01/04/2016
    2. Yuka says…
      01/04/2016

      Thanks!

  8. happymomof3girls says…
    01/04/2016

    My word is healthy. I need to focus on getting my body and mind healthy this year. This is the perfect opportunity to do just that. I am so happy I found OLW.

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  9. pnorman says…
    01/04/2016

    My word is ACT. I put it on the FB group but not here.

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  10. Hollyjill says…
    01/04/2016

    My word is already on the list, nurture. I'm really looking forward to doing this project!!!

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  11. Philarney says…
    01/04/2016

    My word is AUTHENTICITY. I also added it to the FB list.

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  12. JulesG says…
    01/04/2016

    Hi Ali, I love seeing and hearing many different One Little Words. A few days ago and just in time for the new year, I first learned about your OLW project through Elise's podcast (it's my favorite :) ). I was stuck briefly until OLW hit me: Leap. I don't see it on your list, and that excites me AND freaks me out - ha! On my blog, I wrote about why I chose it and the excitement it's generated so far. I'm attempting to transition into a creative career as a solo-preneur, and I think "leap" will be the kick on the booty that I'll need - often - in 2016. I think I'll order an acrylic mini of it and maybe sign up for the class too so that I can give and receive support and share in the OLW journey with the community. Thanks for this. :) ~Jules

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  13. bbankhead says…
    01/05/2016

    This is my first time joining OLW, and I'm excited for the adventure. My word is Fearless.

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  14. teabiscuit says…
    01/05/2016

    Me too! Mine is healthy.

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  15. KirstenJ says…
    01/05/2016

    My word is confidence.

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  16. sustout says…
    01/05/2016

    My word is aim-so much symbolism and possibility in this word for me!

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  17. polepole says…
    01/05/2016

    Hello!
    My word? REVOLUTION! :)

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  18. shannon80 says…
    01/05/2016

    It is amazing to hear all all of the words read aloud. Liz is very relaxing to listen to

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  19. Cendrine says…
    01/05/2016

    Hello Ali
    Mine is CARPE DIEM... I posted it in the forum but don't see it in the list;-) Thanks for this incredible course

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  20. louella333 says…
    01/05/2016

    My word Is still me being torn between PROSPER and PROSPERITY. I wasn't going to mention it because I thought it would be on the list but it's not this year. I took a couple years off but am happy to be back!

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  21. PamBaldwin says…
    01/05/2016

    How on earth did I not think of getting other words/names as well?!? That's brilliant! Totally going to get my kids names for their baby books :)

    Reply 2 Replies
    1. virginiegoujon says…
      01/05/2016

      Totally agree!!!!! Clever idea!
      Another Liam for me Ali!! :)

    2. AliEdwards says…
      01/05/2016

      Awesome :)

  22. silvarerum says…
    01/05/2016

    It's like meditation to listen to Liz reading the words, - meditate - probably my word for next year. This year I registered the first time for OLW - my word is kindness. It makes already a difference to follow and work through the lessons. It's my first online-class, too and the content/videos/explanations are greatly prepared. I am really excited to be on this journey and hope to stay on track.

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  23. PoochPatrol says…
    01/05/2016

    Hi Ali,

    What a wonderful idea! I want to order 2 different words, but I seem to be able to only order them individually, thereby getting a double shipping charge. Is there something I am doing wrong? Thanks for your help.

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  24. charris says…
    01/06/2016

    What is the best way to adhere these acrylic words to a scrapbook page? Thanks all!

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  25. Cookingmylife says…
    01/06/2016

    My word, again, is space. I've made progress and I want to continue - clearing away the unnecessary for ..whatever may come!

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