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One Little Word 2011


My 2011 necklace from the lovely Lisa Leonard. Get one for yourself here.

My word for 2011 is light.

This year my word sure seemed to choose me.

Most years I start thinking about my word for the following year in November or December. I think about it in passing and start listening, looking, and being open to the possibilities of a new word.

This year the word light seemed to be trying to catch my attention.

I found it in books, in magazines, in music, in conversations and in quiet moments.

So I'm going with it. It's already surprised, delighted, challenged and sparked some new things within me.

Some years I've had to look harder or listen longer or simply choose one that fit with what was on my mind and heart at that moment. 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 2011. 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 of days I'll post a compilation of the words as an inspirational reminder to us all.

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



NEW FOR 2011 : ONE LITTLE WORD at BIG PICTURE CLASSES

I'm excited to be offering a brand new One Little Word online workshop through Big Picture Classes in 2011 as a way to connect with and honor our words throughout the year.

Each month you'll receive a prompt with a simple creative 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, 2011.

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  1. Carrie O says…
    12/29/2010

    My word Energy Definition: Internal or inherent power; capacity of acting, operating, or producing an effect, whether exerted or not. I just like the definition and I want to be effective this year.

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  2. Shannon says…
    12/29/2010

    Educate. I want to learn more in so many aspects of my life and teach my daughters as much as I can.

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  3. Britta Swiderski says…
    12/29/2010

    My word for this year is Reach. It's all about reaching to make myself a better person, to expand my world, and to go outside my comfort zone. I did a lot of this in the last year and it was such an amazing experience, so I'm making that my goal for this year. :) Thank YOU, Ali, for making this project one that positively impacts so many lives. You rock. :)

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  4. abbeyviolet says…
    12/29/2010

    I think I have settled on mine (for the first time) "Savor" this captures the two things I want to work on next year 1) Savoring/being fully present in the moment instead of trying to do too many things at once and failing to appreciate the NOW and 2) savoring and really enjoying small bits of food rather than overeating. I have gotten pretty good at "move more" but need to work on the "eat less" part. I love food and know if I take time to savor it I can be satisfied with less and with healthier fare.

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  5. Barbara B. says…
    12/29/2010

    My word is organize - it sounds a bit boring, but the word has chosen me!

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  6. Marina Chiaradia Mendes says…
    12/29/2010

    My word for 2011 is GRATITUDE. ... because I have many things to be thankful and also have to learn to be grateful for many others...

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  7. Tina Lee says…
    12/29/2010

    My word for 2011 is Act. This past December was the first time I joined you in making a DD album - still working on mine. So I finally acted on what I wanted to do. So this coming year, for me, its time to act and do.

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  8. kelly libby says…
    12/29/2010

    Hi Ali,

    I have a few choices that I will narrow down to one little word for 2011.

    * cultivate
    * fearless
    * Courageous

    This is such a fun idea. Winter, to me, is the perfect time to reflect and create.

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  9. Sarah says…
    12/29/2010

    After a year of PRUDENCE (my 2010 OLW) I feel like I need a year of PLAY. Now that I'm a mom with more responsibility than I ever imagined, I think it's become important to give myself permission to play more often, whether it's with my toddler, friends, or hobbies.

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  10. kimberlee says…
    12/29/2010

    I think my word for 2011 is going to be SPARKLE.

    I'm really looking forward to the workshop. :D

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    1. Donna B says…
      01/01/2011

      SPARKLE is my word, too!

      1. sparkle - merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye"; "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"
      spark, twinkle, light
      verve, vitality - an energetic style

      2. sparkle - the occurrence of a small flash or spark
      - a sudden intense burst of radiant energy

      3. sparkle - the quality of shining with a bright reflected light

      4. To be brilliant in performance.

      5. To shine with animation: He has eyes that sparkle. To flash with wit: Her conversation sparkled all evening.

      After simplifying last year, I am ready to SPARKLE this year!

    2. Ronnie says…
      01/01/2011

      Sparkle is also my word for 2011

      a spark, a fiery particle, to effervesce, to be brilliant.
      Sparkling clean and new.

      I love this word.

  11. Megan says…
    12/29/2010

    Commitment.

    This was my first entry in the #reverb10 project - and my first page of my December Daily. Here is an excerpt:

    In 2011 I want to commit to making my dreams and hobbies a real lucrative revenue building business. I will commit to my significant other in year 2011 through an impending engagement. I want to commit to taking care of myself and staying close to my family. I want to commit to my work to help people preserve their moements and document their memories. I will commit to preserving my own memories as well. I commit to doing what I love everyday so I never have to "work" another day in my life.

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  12. Denise says…
    12/29/2010

    My one little word is:

    Invest (in myself, in timeliness, in relationships, for the present and future, in the obvious financial aspect, etc...so many different ways that this word expresses itself)

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    1. Ali says…
      01/03/2011

      I really like this word.

  13. Clair says…
    12/29/2010

    My word for 2011 will be SHIFT meaning to alter, exchange, switch gears, change direction - and, more importantly, shift myself!

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  14. Becky says…
    12/29/2010

    I've tried to make it go away... but I'm pretty sure the word that I am supposed to focus on this year is "Accept"

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  15. Marge says…
    12/29/2010

    I haven't ever chosen one little word before, but I have for 2011, and that word is LEARN. I joined our amateur church choir this Christmas, and discovered that others were starting to depend on me to teach them their singing parts. That really motivated me to know the parts well, and, although I have always loved to learn, I noticed I have more self-confidence when others are depending on me. Now I want to learn what God wants to teach me, and that I can hopefully help others along the way.

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  16. Christine H says…
    12/29/2010

    My word is Action. This past year has been full of lots of thoughts of "i should," "maybe I could," etc. This year is going to be about action. And my first action was to sign up for your class!

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  17. Jana says…
    12/29/2010

    My word is Abundance - starting right now! Our life is full, abundant, but with this as a focus, I'm feeling better about handling our up & down finances, but also appreciating the abundance we already experience! I also love how the word dance is tucked inside, something I try to do every day, and often do in the kitchen with my family which all comes together to create happiness!

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  18. Cherie says…
    12/29/2010

    my word for this year is balance and I just signed up for your class!

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  19. Chris H says…
    12/29/2010

    DISCOVER. Geographically, personally, internally.

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  20. Heather V says…
    12/29/2010

    My one little word for 2011 is "WELL". As in be well, and do well. I had a tough year this past year and want to make strides to make myself wholistically well - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I also am embarking on some new journeys and hope to do well in all of them.

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  21. Peggy says…
    12/29/2010

    My word is Journey. My oldest is now 13 and my youngest 11. I am no longer the mother of little boys. I am 42 so I am now in the next phase of life. I feel like I'm at a crossroads and trying to figure out what this new phase will look like. Journey is from old French and means "a day's journey" from jour -French for day. Journey will be my reminder to take one day at a time. (Journal has a similar origin reminding me to write it all down.) Journey has been whispering and shouting for the last month and is my 2011 word. :-)

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  22. Misty Hofbauer says…
    12/29/2010

    My word for this year is ACTIVE.

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  23. Felecia says…
    12/29/2010

    My word for the year is BUILD. I have had a "tear down" kind of year and its time to do some building!!!

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    1. stephanie c says…
      01/04/2011

      I like your choice - good luck with your "construction"!

  24. Rachel Celeste says…
    12/29/2010

    my one little word for 2011 is believe.
    believe in myself; believe that i can do all of the things i want to do.

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    12/29/2010

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