Update in op: Is anyone going to do the "One Little Word" exercise this year?

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Posted: 12/27/2012 7:42:39 PM
Update: So, since I'm not good at completing projects, I put together a facebook page that will be a compilation of journaling prompts, OLW encouragement and the 365 Project . I've done parts of all of these for several years and I thought maybe we could encourage each other. Who wants to join in?

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I am! My OLW *edited* OWL was "intentional" and I did refer back to it quite often over the year! I haven't decide on one for this year but I want to.

Anyone else?

eta*maybe mine should be imperfection-because I have to accept so many.


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Posted: 12/27/2012 7:47:09 PM
I want to! My word last year was gracious, need to think of a new one. Hmmmm ....

Anyone want to share theirs?

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Posted: 12/27/2012 7:59:09 PM
Can you explain the exercise? Is it one word to describe 2012 or the upcoming year?

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Posted: 12/27/2012 8:07:46 PM
My word for 2012 was choices. I found a bracelet with choices on it and wore it all year to remind me. My 2013 word is likely going to be grace.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 8:32:18 PM
My 2013 word will be Believe; I've been shaken to the core of my existence. I need some belief back in my world.

2012 was empower

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Posted: 12/27/2012 8:33:10 PM
My 2012 word was "renovation" and I think 2013 is going to be "acceptance".

I love this idea btw, I wish I had heard of it years ago.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 8:35:12 PM
I posted about this last week. My word this year was miracles. For 2013 it will be joy.


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Posted: 12/27/2012 8:39:55 PM
My word for 2012 is "change". And it definitely has been a year of change! Not sure bout 2013 yet.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 9:55:36 PM
enjoytotheend~I'm sorry I missed your post! I love the word, "joy".

catholicone~I'm sure others can explain it much better than me but it's basically one word that is your motto for the year. It's a fun, easy exercise that actually did help me stay focused a little!

Keep the ideas coming!


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Posted: 12/27/2012 9:58:21 PM
I picked my word a few days ago. This year it will be SOAR.

Last year it was Faith - it was the first time I picked a word and I was really surprised how much it impacted my year. I was a bit leary at first but it did make a difference.

I'm looking forward to 2013 and SOAR!


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Posted: 12/27/2012 10:03:49 PM
In late 2011 someone told me, "watch your horizons" and that really stuck with me so I made horizon my 2012 word. I made a Pinterest board and whenever I saw something that reminded me of that, I pinned it. Kept it in my mind all year and it was the perfect word for 2012.

I choose "limitless" for my 2013 word.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 10:07:32 PM
My 2012 word was "moment," as in appreciate and live in the moment with my family.

This year I want to do "prosper." It feels somehow on contrast to last year's word, as if living in the moment and prospering are mutually exclusive (by focusing on my family I earned less money and didn't propel my business ventures forward)

I might switch to "balance" or something like that.

I paid for Ali's class and did the first assignment but then I got stressed for time and stopped.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 10:20:17 PM
I think my word last year was intentional and I think I did pretty good with it.

I don't know what my word this year will be? I want to get better at saving money and being happy with what I have.

I don't really celebrate or recognize NYE as a significant day, and I absolutely loathe (loath?) the whole resolutions rahrah, but the concept of One Little Word worked well for me


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Posted: 12/27/2012 10:47:42 PM
I am choosing STEADY as my word for this year. I will be having twins in the first weeks of the year and I want to be steady. I know my personality can so veer off of that path, but I want to be calm and steady. I also have lost weight with this pregnancy. In the past I tend to lose 45 pounds afterward. I want to keep a "steady" amount of weight loss going as I know this is my big chance to start very strong and have terrific results!

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Posted: 12/27/2012 10:49:08 PM
My friend is doing the word anyway. After the Martina's Macbride song Anyway! Love that meaning. I am doing commit. Commit to ME. exercise less stress.taking more

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Posted: 12/27/2012 10:53:17 PM
I've done OLW for a few years. I had to check my blog to remember them all!

Here are my past words:
2008: FOCUS
2011: LOVE
2012: MORE

Still undecided for 2013...

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Posted: 12/27/2012 11:09:34 PM
My OWL for 2011 was peace. I was having a rough time letting go of control in a lot of my life and I needed something to focus on. I prayed the Serenity Prayer before I got out of bed every morning and before I went to sleep at night. I focused on the word and it really helped me.

For 2012, my word was Connections. I needed to reconnect with friends and family. I needed to reconnect with DH because we were suddenly faced with an empty nest. And I needed to reconnect with me after so many years of being wrapped up in being "Mom" before any other identity.

For 2013, I was torn between Strong and Brave. I think I am going to go with strong. Continuing on last year's theme, I want stronger friendships, a stronger family, and a stronger marriage. I alo want a stronger me, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

I think I am actually going to take the class.

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Posted: 12/27/2012 11:16:14 PM
Mine will be Generous (in all things- time, love, finances, spirit, affection, etc.)
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Posted: 12/27/2012 11:35:44 PM
2012 was the word "fresh" - I have October's done except for the decorative portion, November's prompt I have not done and I have not yet listened to December.

The word fresh did help me throughout 2012 and our goal (which was achieved and probably why I slacked off towards the end of the year).

Not sure about a word for 2013 - I was thinking "time" because I never seem to have enough of it, so I need to make more time for myself which might seem selfish.


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Posted: 12/27/2012 11:41:23 PM
2007: success
2008: potential
2009: yes
2010: extraordinary
2011: babysteps
2012: relationship
2013: haven't decided for sure yet, but I have a pretty good idea what it will be

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Posted: 12/28/2012 12:55:47 AM
2010 was complete, 2011 was courage, 2012 was celebrate (I flunked), and I don't know yet what 2013 will be. I'm thinking about "pause" because I act or speak without thinking more than I like.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:12:08 AM
Wow. I've never heard of this. It sounds encouraging. Does anyone know if the class will be renewed, or do you just sign up for the archived class?

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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:23:02 AM
Here is Ali Edwards's blog post about OLW and the workshop registration-- link

I haven't done the workshop before, but I'm thinking about doing it this year. If anyone here has any reviews I'd love to read them.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:34:48 AM
I'm not following the class or anything like that. Just doing my own thing, with my word of the year.

My word for 2013 is... "re-defining".

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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:39:00 AM
I'm not sure what my word will be, but it's become a tradition for me now, so I know I'll think of something. Maybe "pending" will be my word.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:44:01 AM
My 2011 word was "heal".

My 2012 word has been "peace" as kind of an anchor to this quote:

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm.

I found a little silver band that I have been wearing all year and that has really helped in certain situations to the point where I have actually ran my finger back and forth.

I am not sure what I am doing this year. I have been rereading some of the recent pins on my "wise words" Pinterest board thinking that a word will pop out at me.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melody Beattie

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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:30:27 AM
My OWL for 2012 was Happy. I did okay with it, better than previous years.

I originally picked Health for 2013 for several reasons but yesterday I had one of those lightning bolt moments and my word is going to be Live. Health will still be a part of what that word means to me but I'm choosing a bigger word that encompasses more of what I need to focus on this year.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:35:13 AM
Mine is "clarity".

For an explanation of OLW, follow this link to Ali Edwards site.

Ali Edwards One Little Word


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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:52:22 AM
My OLW for 2012 was Joy. It's always been a character trait of mine to live with joy- and somewhere along the way, I'd lost it. So my focus last year was to find, embrace and scatter joy. I feel so much more like myself!

My word this year (2013) picked me: Surrender. Makes me nervous, honestly. I struggled with it because I'm a control freak, and because it's a much heavier word in my head. I needed to rediscover the joy in my life last year- but this just seems more intense to me.

I have so many ideas, and plans, and expectations [of myself/my life], and that often turns into anxiety and guilt for all the things I'm not doing... I need to surrender my life again to the Lord, and be watchful for His work in my life... stop being anxious over the future, and instead commit my life, my family and my work to His plans for me, and trust Him to have it all under control.

2013 is going to be an amazing year!

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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:59:48 AM
I've never done the Ali Edwards workshop. I just choose a word that I want to make sure to focus on throughout the year. For me, "choices" was a good thing last year. I had to make some hard choices and decisions. But I learned that if I make a bad choice, I have the abilty to start over the next day and make better choices. I saw how my little choices added up to make big changes in my life. It was kind of empowering.

I want to learn to live in "grace" in 2013. I want to live in elegance, be kind to myself and others, be forgiving to myself and others, be peaceful.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:00:22 AM
I've been thinking of a word. I've never done this before, but I like this idea better than having a resolution... so my word for 2013 is Positive.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:15:56 AM
If the project is called One Little Word, why is the acronym OWL instead of OLW?

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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:19:03 AM
I couldn't decide on a word until 1/2 of the year was over.

It was Possibilities

My word right now is Thankful.

I'm sure I'll change it!


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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:27:28 AM
Mine is going to be Grace. Fr many reasons I need to work on that.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:00:08 AM
I've never done this before either...but I think my word this year will be "better".

Better choices... better health... Better relationships... Making the house look better.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:08:33 AM
Sigh, nobody knows why it's called OWL? Anyway, I'm going to do it, and my word of choice is 'Completion'.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:25:03 AM
I'm doing it this year for the first time, my word is calm


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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:32:18 AM
Our family word is perseverance - for many reasons


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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:41:26 AM
This is my first year to do it, and I'm going with LOVE.

Give love, feel love, show love to my family and friends, love strangers, love myself, and find out what it really means to love God.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:43:19 AM

If the project is called One Little Word, why is the acronym OWL instead of OLW?

It's not called OWL. I think some people are mis-typing or not thinking of the correct order of the letters.


This doesn't mean I have to improve everything 100%.
It just means that I should make an effort every day to make an improvement on something - anything.
It doesn't matter how small or large the improvement is.
It just matters that improvement has been attempted!

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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:53:56 AM
I haven't done this before, but it's speaking to me this year. My word is choose. I'm having time issues and I need to take responsibility for the choices I am making with my time and other things in my life (health, relationships). I think "choose" will find me on 2peas less and I think that will be a good thing!

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Posted: 12/28/2012 12:16:13 PM
I can't think of my 2013 word yet, but I will most definately be participating in OLW this year for myself.

I loved Ali's necklace with her word on it, I need to do that too!


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Posted: 12/28/2012 12:16:59 PM
I am my word for 2013 is EMBRACE. I have a tendency to focus on what went wrong yesterday and what would happen tomorrow. So in 2013, I will embrace the day and live each moment to the fullest.

2012 was PEACE. I did find peace in a few areas of my life but not all. Maybe by embracing the present next year I will find peace in all aspects of my life.


"Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise." - Alice Walker


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Posted: 12/28/2012 12:21:42 PM
My word for 2013 is going to be progress. I am an excellent procrastinator in a lot of areas of my life. I think by using the word progress as a mantra I can accomplish a lot more in 2013.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 12:22:51 PM
I figured out today that my word will be RELEASE.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 12:23:50 PM
Thanks, Mary Kay! I see the OP made a mistake and probably other posters just followed along.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 12:30:41 PM
I haven't done it before, but due to some things coming up in my schedule starting next week, the word STRETCH has been bouncing around in my head.



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Posted: 12/28/2012 12:33:52 PM
This will be my first year. I am thinking BRAVE or TOUGH. This year is going to be rough but I am brave and I am tough so I will get through it. I might need the reminder though.

I am seriously thinking of doing the class. It's only $36 and I think that is a deal if it can help me!


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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:50:43 PM
This is going to be my first year doing this and I haven't picked my word yet, but I have a couple in mind, but none that have spoken to me yet.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:53:52 PM
If I do this, it will be health.


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