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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. Scrapsy says…
    12/29/2010

    My word is also "believe". I spend a lot of time thinking that I am not good enough, in life, scrapbooking, work, everything and so 2011 will be the year for me to believe in myself and my abilities.

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  2. Melanie says…
    12/29/2010

    I had some words hoovering... I wasnt sure which I should choose... I wrote them down and underneath each added my reasons/thoughts behind each one. in moments there was a clear winner - with five hundred {or thereabouts ;)} reasons and meanings for me.
    My word is balance.

    Balance between thinking it over and over thinking.
    Between doing some art work and staying up for three hours too many after midnight
    Between being letting it go and fighting them all the way
    Between hearing the comment and over thinking it
    Between helping out and feeling used.
    Between wanting it right and setting ridiculous standards.
    Looking forward to your class Ali :)

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  3. Kimberly K says…
    12/29/2010

    My word for 2011 is going to be "healthy." I want to work on being more physically healthy, emotionally healthy and spiritually healthy. 2010 was a really tough year and I feel like focusing on taking care of myself and regaining my health will propel me to progress, happiness and peace.

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  4. Jadell says…
    12/29/2010

    I was going to 'renew' this year, but decided 'begin' is a better choice for me. I will begin....

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  5. nitasha says…
    12/29/2010

    My word for 2011 is "Push"! It means several things to me but primarily that I have generally coasted through life and now it's time for me to be much more proactive and Push to get things done in terms of health, personal and professional goals, financial goals and just about all realms of my life. I need to Push to see things change instead of just floating through! Oh and BTW, love your 2011 necklace! What a great a idea to keep your word fresh in your mind!

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  6. Nancy Wyatt says…
    12/29/2010

    Last year my word was accomplish and it did help me learn to start and finish what I started. But this year I need to do some self love and self appreciation so.......

    my word is TRUE
    I need to learn to be TRUE to myself, I find myself trying to please so many people that often I am not TRUE to myself.

    Thanks for this Ali!! You are an amazing woman and I feel blessed to have you in my life as such an incredible inspiration!

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  7. Laurel says…
    12/29/2010

    My word is Happiness - it seems the last few years I have been white knuckling my way through life and I am ready for happiness to make an appearance again. I signed up for your class at BPC and I have my album and I am ready for Happiness in 2011!

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  8. Jeni says…
    12/29/2010

    My word is LOVE. It found me when my baby was born 2 weeks ago. Love for her, love for my husband, love for family and friends, love for me...

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  9. ArlaMo says…
    12/29/2010

    My word for 2011 is IMPROVE. My word/goals/intentions for 2010 got hit with lots of setbacks due to a serious health diagnosis and I struggled to come to terms with that. Improve has been rolling around in my brain all month - improve will cover both the very small things (which may be all I can do) or larger things if my health...improves.

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    1. Beth says…
      12/30/2010

      IMPROVE is my word too.....I hope you signed up for the class...it will be nice to chat with you and talk about our IMPROVEMENTS!

  10. Andrea D says…
    12/29/2010

    I love your word-of-the-year idea! That necklace is beautiful with your word on it to remind you every day!

    I think I'm going with MOTIVATION for 2011. I haven't been very motivated lately & feel like I need to find my motivation in all things again. Thanks for all your great ideas that you share!

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  11. Kristi SB says…
    12/29/2010

    strong

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  12. Chris Wenzel says…
    12/29/2010

    Mine is "firework"...I am so conservative...and the Katie Perry song makes me feel special, like I can do anything...I always underestimate myself...

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    1. Cinnibonbon says…
      12/30/2010

      I love this. It's funny--because that song actually makes me get a lump in my throat. I think it's the perfect song to live by. Everytime I hear it, suddenly it becomes an excellent reminder of what we are worth!! Way to go firework!!!

    2. Miss Sarah says…
      12/29/2010

      Love this!

    3. Ali says…
      01/03/2011

      I love this too.

    4. Alexandra says…
      01/01/2011

      Her song is part of the reason why I chose 'shine' for my word.
      Great song - fun and so inspirational!!

      P.S. I underestimate myself all the time too - it's time we stopped doing that :)

  13. Debby says…
    12/29/2010

    Time

    In my busy world I often do not take time for the most important people or things in my life. I want my word to remind me and guide me to take time for Life.

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  14. Jill B says…
    12/29/2010

    There have been two words entwining into my life recently- light and love. I combined them into another word I am drawn to- DEVOTION- love with vision and commitment.

    I am looking forward to exploring love and light with you in your class, Ali!

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  15. Robbie says…
    12/29/2010

    Renew - is the word that keeps coming to my mind. Renewal in so many areas of my life. Not that anything is bad, just that I need to focus in and make things new again, better, have a renewed sense of purpose and zeal!

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    1. MichelleGB says…
      12/31/2010

      This word is calling to me too...so many things that I can make better.

  16. Melanie says…
    12/29/2010

    I had some words hovering... I wasnt sure which I should choose... I wrote them down and underneath each added my reasons/thoughts behind each one. in moments there was a clear winner - with five hundred {or thereabouts ;)} reasons and meanings for me.
    My word is balance.

    Balance between thinking it over and over thinking.
    Between doing some art work and staying up for three hours too many after midnight
    Between being letting it go and fighting them all the way
    Between hearing the comment and over thinking it
    Between helping out and feeling used.
    Between wanting it right and setting ridiculous standards.
    Looking forward to your class Ali :)

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  17. Lourdes says…
    12/29/2010

    The word that chose me was movement.

    Looking back on the year 2010 I would have to say that the word that defined it was stagnant.

    I am ready (and yearning) for movement. Moving my body, Moving my spirit. Moving my finances. Moving my projects along. So yeah, movement it is!

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  18. Kelli says…
    12/29/2010

    Cultivate - the dual meaning/use of this word/implement is exactly what I need (yes, I'm a farmer's daughter!) A cultivator loosens the soil to prepare it for planting & growth... and later removes the weeds from around the growing plants. I'm looking forward to growth this coming year, but also need to weed out the things in my life that don't fit anymore.

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  19. Kathleen says…
    12/29/2010

    My word is change---it sounds cliche when I say it, but I think we are in for a lot of change in our lives this year---new city, new home, new schools (for me--I teach, my son), new friends, new church---change, change, CHANGE!!! And it's not all bad---new grandbaby!!! But I think it will be a year of change whether it's my word or not. I'm choosing to embrace the change---not begrudge it---to find the "sweet" in it, not just the negative---but the beautiful. I'm looking forward to what the Lord will teach me during this year and how I will respond---not react---to the CHANGE!! Thanks Ali for helping me focus---

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  20. CarrieB says…
    12/29/2010

    My one little word for 2011 is LESS as in consume less, spend less, weigh less, worry less, obsess less, waste less. I have taken on a lot of new responsibility and my roles have changed. I am now a working mom. I have not transitioned as well as I would have liked and need to streamline my lifestyle so I am not so wasteful. So less, it is!

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  21. Raylene says…
    12/29/2010

    Maybe I'm just a day late and a dollar short, but the word STORY is just jumping out at me. This year's Dec Daily introduced me to the word and I'd like to continue to see where it leads.

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  22. Samantha says…
    12/29/2010

    I just love this project Ali! Thank you for the inspiration each year!

    I haven't chosen my word yet but I have narrowed it down to 3 choices. I know whichever I choose will be great for me, as my words were in previous years.)

    RESCUE - Based on the volunteer work with a dog rescue organization I have been doing and will be doing more with in 2011. I have time to give and I want to use it the best I can.

    JOURNEY - Enjoy the journey and focus less on the destination. Know that my specific journey in life is perfect for me.

    MOMENT - Try less to capture those perfect moments with my camera instead of actually living them. Also, focus more on specific moments and what is special about them instead of the past and future.

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  23. Christina Lam says…
    12/29/2010

    hi Ali,

    not sure if you'll get this message, but it's worth a try!

    we met back in 2005 at a CKU where I was in your class "A Week in the Life." It was an awesome project and I loved capturingn the everday minutae that made up my life.

    One little problem. Fast forward to 2010 and I've been divorced for about 4 years. This year I decided this final vestige of my former marriage had to go, but with it goes my project.

    I have plenty to be happy about in the here and now and would love to capture another week in my life. Would you, could you, pretty please send me the instructions for the album using the 12 x 12 Scrapworks (now called Anthologie I think) for a week in the life?

    I'd love to start over, but need some help creating the template. Many thanks & hope this year is filled with light for you.

    xo,
    Christina Lam

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    1. Ali says…
      01/03/2011

      Hi Christina - unfortunately I don't have access to those instructions anymore but I do have a whole series set up here on my site for creating new week in the life projects. You can check them out here: http://aliedwards.com/2010/01/week-in-the-life.html

  24. sarah says…
    12/29/2010

    I have thought about the word off and on for a few weeks, but it was a process of events and thoughts and paths that chose the word for me this year. I love having that happen, it puts great anticipation in my soul. This year it is plant, and everytime I think of how it might play itself out, tears well up in my eyes. Wish I could join your class, but as always just inspired by what you already share. Happiest of New Years Ali.

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  25. Marci says…
    12/29/2010

    Organize- Life, Time, Space. As a new mom this feels this most:)

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