What’s Your One Word 2012?

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“It becomes a filter, a diving board, a prod.”

Last year, we entered into 2011 laying down New Year’s Resolutions and deciding on ONE WORD to live from. I have practiced this for years now and it’s been one of the most powerful ways for me to stay focused, get challenged and expand into the purposes of God. I remember the year I chose “light” (as in “not heavy”). There’s been a “confidence” year. Last year, my word was “roar.”

Here’s why I love the “one word” practice:

  •  Having a one word is deeply personal.
  • It requires listening to the One who knows us and wants the best for us.
  • It’s easy to remember.
  • It becomes a filter, a diving board, a prod.
  • It’s measurable. (Did I ____ this year?)

Here are some of our contributors reflecting on their One Word 2011:

-Ashley Mandanici: Repair

-Helen Burns: Rise

-Kelley Johnson-Nikondeha: Delve

-Musu Taylor-Lewis: Rest

-Shelagh Hardern: Fulfillment

-Tina Francis: Leap

-Vera Raposo: Open

One Word 365
This year, Alece Ronzino of gritandglory.com has taken the “One Word” idea to a whole new level and rolled out OneWord365.com. A-ma-zing.

We are joining in with Alece’s challenge: “Scrap the long list of resolutions you want to make this year (even though you know you really won’t keep them) and instead, pick just one word.”

One word.

“One word that will serve as a compass for your actions, decisions, and priorities. All year long.”

What’s your one word for this year?

Mine is:

#drumroll

SOAR

What’s yours?

Please write your “one word” in the comments. Also, let’s join @gritandglory’s Twitter conversation with the hashtag #oneword365.

idelette
xoxo

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Idelette McVicker
I like soggy cereal and I would like to go to every spot on the map of the earth to meet our world’s women. I dream of a world where no women or girls are for sale. I dream of a world where women and men are partners in doing the work that brings down a new Heaven on earth. My word last year was “roar” and I learned it’s not about my voice rising as much as it is about our collective voices rising in unison to bring down walls of injustice. This year, my own word is “soar.” I have three children and this place–right here, called shelovesmagazine.com–is my fourth baby. I am African, although my skin colour doesn’t tell you that story. I am also a little bit Chinese, because my heart lives there amongst the tall skyscrapers of Taipei and the mountains of Chiufen. Give me sweet chai and I think I’m in heaven. I live in Vancouver, Canada and I pledged my heart to Scott 11 years ago. I believe in kindness and calling out the song in each other’s hearts. I also believe that Love covers–my gaps, my mistakes and the distances between us. I blog at idelette.com and tweet @idelette.
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  • Your word fits you so well.

    Mine? Risk. 🙂

    • I started with “fly” … that was the word that kept coming to my spirit, but when I wrote it down, I kept having to say–the verb, not the bug. Haha. So, I looked for an alternative. “Soar” worked beautifully. Apparently I am just changing letters this year. From “roar” to “soar.”

      Risk? Wow! More risk???? I am so excited to see how this pans out for you.

      • Ahhh… but you arrived at the right place. When you fly, you’re doing all the work and doing all the flapping. When you soar… you catch the thermals. When you soar, you are going with an invisible wave of energy and power. 🙂

        And yes… I play it so safe, and hide so much, it’s not even funny. Time to let that go!

        • Ooo, I love that … thank you. You’re right. // Dorothea has really challenged me about Who is the wind beneath my wings. That works so well with “soar.” Thank you.

          I look forward to seeing more of you. No hiding. Yes, yes, yes. xoxo

  • Kelley Johnson Nikondeha

    Love SOAR!!!

    Last year for me was DELVE – the active process of going deep. I thought I knew the general direction of my word, where I would need to delve in my life. Interesting thing – I have noticed what I delve past this year to get to the deeper things, the core things for me. I moved past lesser things and even great things that were distractions (for me) and delve into my truer call. I tell stories, I do theological reflection on everyday living, I soak in word / ideas. I also delve into amazing relationships… with soul friends from South Africa, British Columbia / Surrey, Santa Barbara and even in Arizona. But it was a year of delving into deeper calling, deeper relationships, deeper meaning for me.

    And for 2012… I think I know, but I am still sitting with it!

    Can’t wait to hear more Words from the SheLovers!

    • Thank you … Like I told Erin, it was “fly” originally, but as I was writing the post, I kept having to say–the verb, not the bug. I realized the word wasn’t right. So, I found a synonym. And this one really is it. I loved what Erin said–that it’s about “catching the thermals” and “going with an invisible wave of energy and power.”

      As for delve–O, my goodness! How about ShePonders? That is SOOOOO delving. I love it!!!! What a way for the word to come to fulfillment.

      “It was a year of delving into deeper calling, deeper relationships, deeper meaning for me.” Indeed it was. I am looking forward to *more* of Kelley, indeed.

  • Svetlana Minchenko

    What a great way to look forward to a year ahead. This is the first time I’ve come across using one word and will have to think on what my word would be. Thanks for the idea.
    Last year’s word would have been Beauty. My eyes were open to the beautiful things of creation and the Creator: I saw cherry blossoms on my street for the first time in the eight years I’ve lived there! 🙂 But I know this only came about from going through a season of just ‘being’ and not being so caught up in ‘doing’ (the year before that).

    I’m excited for what is in store for me in 2012. Thanks again!

    • Svetlana, I love that you knew your word for 2011, even though it wasn’t necessarily intentional. How stunning that your eyes were open this year and you got to see the cherry blossoms on your street. I have to say, those are some of my favourite moments in Vancouver ever year … when the streets are draped in pink. It feels like Heaven is showing off.

      I’m excited to hear when you have your word for 2012. “Being” definitely, and not so much “doing.” We can all take a good dose of that. In fact, I was reading about Mary and Martha again this morning and these words really jumped out at me: “But Martha was pulled away but all she had to DO … ” I am still learning the balance, to be honest.

      Much Love. xo

  • Karen Ougden

    Like an eagle…SOAR. absolutely!

    Mine is FEARLESS.

    xo Karen xo

    • What a powerful word, Karen. Fearless. I wish/pray/hope we can ALL move into that space of fearlessness. Wow. I look forward to hearing how your word takes shape this year. Much Love. xo

  • Daniela

    Change. As in: be the change, I can change, the world can change.

    • Daniela

      My husband can change……hehe just kidding. Sort of

    • Ah-ma-zing. Run, run, run, sweet hardcore Daniela! Yes, you can. O yes, we can. #thrilled

  • Last year was the first year that I actually had a very clear ‘word’– eka grata- in Sanskrit, meaning single pointed concentration within. There was a foot on the pedal for this one. It really shaped many of my behaviors, honed my focus which kept my energy and intention aligned with the vision God has for my life, what I have been gifted with to shepherd. Known for my ‘whirling dervish’ tendencies, this eka grata has made all the difference in the world, and I am just now, by His favor, starting to see the fruits on my labor. Happy New Year, SheLovers!

    • I so love what you bring to the table, Ali. “Eka Grata.”

      Single pointed concentration within.

      Wow.

      I need me some of that.

      I too am known for “whirling dervish” tendencies.” I see myself flutter between tasks, esp. in the kitchen. But I love that this concentration is within. And how you say it is an intentional alignment with the vision God has for our lives. You say Sanskrit. I say, Give me More. Please.

  • Melody Wright

    So cool. ‘Soar’ is a great word…and seems perfect for all that SheLoves is – and is becoming…thanks for the challenge of choosing, ‘one word.’ 🙂

    My word for 2012 is ‘rediscover.’ Time to rediscover life, my voice, my calling, my laugh, my kids and my size 4 clothes. 🙂

    Two years ago my three teenagers and I moved my mother in with us – to ‘serve her and love her to heaven’ as she lived out the last part of her life on this earth with late stage Alzheimer’s.

    My mom ‘graduated’ to heaven in November. She is a new creation – restored and rejoicing in His presence. I’m so thankful for the legacy of faith both she and my father left me. On this side of heaven, I miss her sweet smile, peaceful spirit (she was non-verbal for a year and a half) and presence. My work, my schedule and my life were all wrapped around her care.

    Being the poster child for the ‘sandwich generation’ has been an exhausting adventure, however during the last two years of 24/7 care for her, God granted me supernatural strength, courage and health as I balanced work (I quit my job to care for her and started my own company – basing from home to be available for her care), my mom’s care (no hired help) and my three teenagers (I had been a single mom for 8 years).

    Now, it’s time to ‘rediscover’ all the things I’d ‘discovered’ before – kids, career, calling, exercise, music, a new marriage and life balance to name a few…. only now, things look different through the lens of living a life of extreme faith the last two years. I’m so thankful – and still tired! LOL! The experience was a gift my kids and I received that definitely didn’t come wrapped with a bow.

    So here’s to a 2012 of Re (again, anew) discover (to see, get knowledge of, learn of, find, or find out; gain sight or knowledge of something previously unseen or unknown) ing (action or process).

    Happy New Year to the fabulous women of SheLoves. Maybe….SheLoves Rediscovering! 🙂
    Melody

    • Hi Melody! Your size 4 clothes–whooooot!

      I read your comment and I couldn’t help but think about my mom-in-law. We just said goodbye to Grandma about a month ago … My mom-in-law had cared for her so beautifully for the past many many years. I loved how you said, “to serve and love her to heaven.” What a beautiful way of putting that. I read the book “Still Alice” and for the first time got some insight into what it would be like to live with or live with someone with Alzheimer’s. I can’t help but be amazed at how beautifully you speak of your experience. Wow. You wrap it in honour.

      I pray you do rediscover the things you had laid down for a season. I trust these will be restored to you.

      And yes, SheLoves Rediscovering! 🙂

    • This is really beautiful, Melody. Thank you for sharing. My Nana had severe dementia the last few years of her life and it caused so much pain and regret in our family. It’s an encouragement and a comfort to hear someone speak about it in a way which is, as Idelette said, so honouring.

  • Sharlynne Pickering

    Mine is “reach”
    I thought maybe it was connect, but for me
    reach is more of an action word. This year
    for me is all about, reaching-out, up, in,
    reaching people, reaching goals for the first
    time.
    Thanks Idelette:) I look forward to watching
    you soar!!

    • Reach–I love it. I can already see you stretching, reaching … moving towards your Destiny. Great word, my friend. Let’s reach for a Tim H. lunch date. 🙂

  • I’m so excited for this year! Mine is Renew for this year.

    • “Renew.” Such a great word. “Look, I make everything new … ” I look forward to hearing how you are renewed this year.

  • Shelagh Hardern

    Persevere.

    Not active (persevering), because it’s not something I am dong under my own power.

    Persevere.

    Something that I will do, or rather something that will be done for me, by my God, who sustains me.

    • Yes! You go, girl … I loved your insights into “fulfillment.” I haven’t even written my “roar” reflection. It turned out so differently from what I’d expected. Good, but different. Love you. #hugs

      • Thanks. Oops this is a women’s magazine? Teeheehee – I got this link from a tweet….by a guy.

        • We’ve very appreciative of men around here. And “One Word” is not gender specific. Haha. Perfect. Thanks for joining the conversation!

  • Mine is Reemergence

    • Fabulous! Thank you for sharing. Btw, love your email handle. Got a really good chuckle out of that.

  • Andrea Bolliger

    Great word Idelette and great writting.

    My word for 2012 is Shape I’m excidet about

    • Thank you, Andrea! “Shape” is a great word … I am excited to see how God “shapes” you and moulds you for service. What a blessing you are. xoxo

  • My word is savour. (Or at least it will be once I can sort out the savor/savour debate. I think I’m partial to the U.)

    I read a post years ago from this reporter who got to watch the 4th of July fireworks strapped to the runner of a helicopter. He wrote about seeing the fireworks at eye level and how he said to himself, “Pay attention, you’re going to want to remember this.” For me, that’s savour. Pay attention, drink it all in. You’re going to want to remember this.

    • Ok, I’m trying to imagine being strapped to a helicopter and watching the fireworks. I think you’re gonna remember that moment. Hehe. But true … So true. That is savouring, indeed. I am partial to the u. Unless I am writing for our American friends. Then I’m happiily savoring too. How about Saveur? Then you become the one who savours with a French accent to boot.

  • Michelle

    I have thought about it for the last hour and had a few words cross my mind, I looked up definitions to see which one best fit my state of mind lately.

    Renew.

    “to begin again. renew implies a restoration of what had become faded…”

    Something strange happens after you have worked so long to get to where you want to be. You revel in the moments of joy, inhale the glory of what has been given to you and you breath a sigh of relief. Then you start living.
    As each day passes I move further from who I was and move closer to who I wanted to be-I see it in my daughter’s eyes. I bring joy, safety, comfort and love, I give it all to her.

    I am happy to say I have not failed my child, but I have forgotten about myself. I want to look into the mirror and feel full and complete as a woman-not just a mother.
    So this year I will focus on being renewed. I need to worry less about what is going on outside of myself and be concerned with feeding my heart, mind and soul. Everything else will fall into place when I start walking in wholeness.

    I looked out the window and saw it was snowing. I know I have the right word. God knows how much my heart loves a good snowfall.

    • Daniela

      I love that Michelle. xo

    • Michelle, wowiewow. I love what you said: “I want to look into the mirror and feel full and complete as a woman-not just a mother.”

      And this: “Something strange happens after you have worked so long to get to where you want to be.” I look forward to the day when you tell more of your story … And I look forward to see how your word comes to fruition. Beautiful!

  • I love this! I never heard of it before but God put this word on my heart this week and I decided that my theme for 2012 will be Move.

    Move forward, move up, move out, move back, move in, move ahead, move down, move over.

    • Hi Kathleen! I love how God speaks, even if you hadn’t heard of the concept. And what a great word.

      Move over? Watch out, world! Love it.

  • Hey Girly…long time no chat! I miss you and Tina! I’ve come out of hiding and my word for this year is COLORFUL! Because color is more fun than black and white…and I need more color in my life…so I’m going to stop waiting for color to happen, and just create it myself!!! I’m starting a new blog site…my first post will be up tomorrow morning. Check it out if you get a chance…it’s very colorful! And I’d love to chat again about being part of the “team” if you’d have me back. We need to chat on the phone…so much to catch up on.

    • Hi Gorgeous … I miss you too. What a GREAT word. Colorful. Beautiful!!! And yes, let’s chat! xoxo

    • Kim, your comment reminded me of a great song, Welcome Back Colour by Tina Dico. She’s a Danish singer, but sings in English 😉 The chorus says “The olden days are black and white… and nowadays the future looks the same to me, Unless you and I remind each other to welcome back colour”. Maybe you can keep reminding us too… 🙂

      • Now I want to go listen to that song! Thanks for the heads up, Fiona.

  • My word for 2012 is RELEASE. I am a partner in the Deep Dark Secret ministry with Kelita Haverland, and it is our desire to see many survivors of childhood sexual abuse and child trafficking find Release, and walk into freedom and healing. Kelita lives in the Vancouver area and shares her message of hope through her gift of music.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Releasing-the-Deep-Dark-Secret/152008191518371

    • Catherine, what a powerful word. I sense it’s a word that is part of your Destiny, as much as it might be the word for this year. Thank you for your passion and your critical contribution … I look forward to hearing more and connecting more deeply this year. xo

  • My word is “surrender.” I was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and of the many, many things God taught me through that journey, surrender was the all-encompassing lesson. I have found that the place of surrender is a place of such freedom and perfect peace. When I was challenged to come up with one word for 2012, “surrender” came to my mind immediately. It’s the place I want to stay, and it’s a challenge to do so in the midst of the rest of my life. So, “surrender” it is! Happy New Year to all of you!

    • Wow. “Surrender” has to be one of the most powerful words for me … I love that you are choosing to stay in it, and with such JOY. Thank you for inspiring me.

    • Kelley Johnson Nikondeha

      Laura – such a potent yet tender word. The 2009 year continues to have lingering impact, and I am amazed at how you are holding it, leaning into it, learning from it and not running from it. I admire the courage you show and love that you surrender… knowing God continues to do His good and perfecting work in / through you!

      So glad to be on this journey together! Embracing 2012 – still waiting for my word to become clear!

  • I love it…soar! You will be studying the life of eagles perhaps?

    My one word for 2011…drumroll…is RECLAIM! The dictionary defines Reclaim: to claim or demand the return or restoration of, as a right, a possession.

    Yup, it is pretty feisty and I feel like I have my hand on my hips and a firm stance as I declare this as my one word. I believe this will be a year that I will see the restoration of many things both personally, in the Church and in this nation.

    Bring it on…

    .

    • Ooooo, I love it! ” … I feel like I have my hand on my hips and a firm stance as I declare this as my one word.” LOVE that!!!!! I am excited to see you do JUST that, with God working through you. Reclaim. What a POWERFUL definition! I am tingling, just thinking about what this means for all of us. Wow. Thank you.

  • Teri Longnecker

    My one word: Trust.
    Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

    I have struggled with trust all my life. That someone is Jesus. He is trust worthy, true, reliable, able, and strong. I am learning a new habit of saying “I trust you Jesus” ..it might be the only prayer of the morning, but I will trust Him.

    • An amazing word, Teri. Such a key to our relationship with Jesus. And those words, “I trust you, Jesus.” What a beautiful way to start every morning.

    • Kelley Johnson Nikondeha

      Teri~
      Remember that scene from While You Were Sleeping where Jack is leaning into Lucy… and the neighbor noticed he is ‘leaning’ which involved wanting, longing…

      This has been my image for trust – leaning! Leaning into God. Somehow it makes it easier for me to imagine… leaning into Him. For me leaning is an expression of trust!

      So blessings to you as you trust / lean into Him in 2012! Hope we can be together in Burundi this summer, friend!

  • Sandy

    My word is LAUGHTER. Laughter shows joy, happiness, acceptance, approval, pleasure, affection, and encouragement. Laughter is also contagious. When you laugh you smile this too is contagious.

    • O, Sandy, that sounds like a fabulous year ahead … Yes, “laughter is so contagious.” The *best* kind of contagion. May your joy and laughter spread widely. 🙂

  • I LOVE this idea!!

    My word will be REDUCE!

    Reduce weight, reduce debt, reduce stress etc… I know I can do this.

    Thanks for the awesome idea! Can’t wait to see what 2012 holds.

    • Hi Kristi!

      I’m so with you … In order to soar, I need to cut the strings on many things. Letting go … Not shrinking, but focusing on the things that really matter. It sounds like you are reducing, so you can increase in strength, capacity and peace. Love that.

      I look forward to hearing more from you and how your word pans out!

      • Kristi

        Awww, those were awesome thoughts and opened up more possibilities. I started a journal for this year and I printed out your comments and pasted in my journal. Here’s to a new year and a new me. Thanks!

        Kristi

  • Sanja Poitras

    FAVOR…..or FAVOUR…….depending on how you like to spell it.

    I am declaring God’s FAVOR in every area of my life: my family, my job, my neighbors, in the market place and in places where I will travel.

    The words of our mouth, our confessions, are powerful and this year FAVOR is in my vocabulary.

    Most of the time I find myself just “thinking” . 2012 will see me DECLARING.

    oh yes and AMEN!

    • Sanja, I pray you will enjoy amazing favour AND favor. 🙂 All of it. EVERYTHING God has in store for you for this year … for where your hands touch, your heart sees and your feet take you. May you be so so blessed. And I love this: “2012 will see me DECLARING.” Yes, yes, yes!

  • Love your word, friend. Mine is “choose”. Because while there is a lot I may lack, I always have a choice. And I want to choose well.

    Thank you for the link love for #OneWord365. I appreciate it!

    • Hi Alece! Thank you, friend. I saw your word … so good and especially your explanation. // May this go far and wide. #OneWord365. #Sisterhood xoxo

  • Jenna

    My family and I already chatted through our ‘words for 2012’ at Christmas, as we took on this concept a couple years back. We always discuss it as a family and encourage/challenge each other to go for our ‘words’.

    Mine this year was definitely plunked firmly into my Spirit but none other than our big huge massive God as more of a challenge…. Something that perhaps needs to be worked on… So here goes:

    My word for everything I plan on loving, putting my hand to, working at, building, birthing (HA!), desiring, is

    PASSION!

    Defined as…. A strong or EXTRAVAGANT enthusiasm or desire.

    And to that, I say BRING IT ON!!!

    Passionately,

    Jenna

    • Jenna becoming even MORE PASSIONATE? Wooohooo. I’m scared! Just kidding. I love the definition you give with it: A strong or EXTRAVAGANT enthusiasm or desire. You will bring it on, Jenna-jenna, you will! xoxo

  • My word is BRAVE.
    I want to find the courage to pursue the new paths I see opening in front of me. I want to be brave in this new city and country I’ve recently arrived in, brave to step out and meet people, brave to get stuck in from the start. I want to be braver with my writing, braver with voicing my opinion. I want to be braver in my faith, in trusting. I want courage to inspire my days from start to finish.

    And I take so much inspiration from seeing so many women above me choosing their words and choosing to define their years by what they want to become. It’s a beautiful thing.

    • Hi Fiona! Thank you for sharing your word … I love this: “I want courage to inspire my days from start to finish.”

      I noticed you are following us on Twitter now too–I’m looking forward to connecting more! I’d love to hear how you are adjusting in Luxembourg and reading more of your posts. We love “brave” around here.

  • I was really excited to figure out what my one word was. But this year I didn’t choose it, so much as it chose me.

    http://soheresus.com/2012/01/02/one-word-2012/

    I know God has something interesting in store… (which is a bit scary to be honest). My word is: DREAM.

    • Hi Christie! “Dream” has to be one of my favourite words … I loved the book “The Dreamgiver” and I still keep a few feathers around my house to remind me of the dreams in our hearts. I would love to hear more of how your word unfolds …

  • Loreili

    Once I took the time to think about what my One word would be it came to me quite quickly and clearly. For over 8 years now I have had a dream to do something and finally at such a time as this my eyes were opened to why I waited so long. The whole time I knew I was called but I am awakened by the fact that I am also Chosen. My word is CHOSEN- the one who chooses to accept. We here the verse in the bible that talks about how many are called but few are chosen but the only reason why so few are chosen is because we don’t choose to accept all God has for us. I am CHOSEN to be a faithful follower of Christ and through the spirit of God who lives and breathes in me I accept to proclaim justice to the nations. Thank you Idelette for inspiring me to reach what God has for me this year. Love you.

    • Tammie

      Love your word!

    • Loreili, that is so so powerful. What a beautiful insight: “The whole time I knew I was called but I am awakened by the fact that I am also Chosen.

      And your definition of chosen, as being “one who chooses to accept.” I love that. Many are called, but few choose to accept. That certainly puts a different spin on it–with the onus on us to accept and walk into the calling. I would love to hear MORE of what is on your heart. Beautiful!

  • Tammie

    My word came to me this morning as I was sitting at a table holding my baby girl and listening to women get up and tell their one word. I was feeling discouraged as I had no ‘word’ yet, but all of a sudden like a jack-in-the-box there it was ‘PRAY’.

    The last 2 weeks of December rocked my world a bit, I was feeling devastated over a situation and felt completely helpless in every way. I didn’t know how to handle it, who do I tell, who do I not tell, do I tell? My stomach was in knots everyday. But as I prayed the burden got lighter and lighter. And I felt God lead me to tell the people I was supposed to tell, and give me peace when I couldn’t sleep at night and be my comfort when all I felt like doing was crying.

    Some of the definitions I found for pray are: 1.to offer devout petition, praise, thanks, etc., to (God). 2.to make petition or entreaty for. 3. to bring or put (by praying)

    I am ready to learn to pray like I never have before, to offer my devout petition, praise and thanks, to bring this huge situation and anything else that God puts on my heart to Him and put it in His hands. From where I am there is absolutely nothing I can do physically but I know that through prayer and God’s faithfulness the battle is already won! So I will Pray!

    • Dear Tammie, I saw you holding your darling girl at the table. She had the cutest little pair of pants on. I am so blown away by how you have responded to the circumstances in your life … What a powerful call to prayer. And how you have taken it up–standing in that, raw and ready.

      This speaks so strongly: “I am ready to learn to pray like I never have before, to offer my devout petition, praise and thanks …”

      And: “So I will pray!” // I am so moved by how you are standing in this one thing that you CAN do. How powerful. And especially as a mom with little ones … The verse I clung to (and still do, actually): “He gently leads those who have young.” May you find God’s gentle leading and Presence as you press in and stand. #warrior!

    • That last word I wrote, Tammie–you have to know that now I will see you as a WARRIOR. So powerful.

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  • Trinity

    Courage.

  • I didn’t think I was going to do this, but Alece’s post and so many responses here encouraged me. I pondered this over the weekend. I didn’t officially choose a word last year, but I realized that I went through 3 journals and every one had the word “begin” written on the front of it. I did a lot of new things last year.

    This year, i can predict, will involve a lot of change, and new beginnings, too. but it is time to do something with the things I began other than think about them.

    I tend to exercise my fears by not beginning, by overthinking, procrastinating, and holding off to avoid failure. So I think I’m going to continue with my word “begin” for 2012.

    I want to start things, not just dream about them.

    🙂 thanks!

    • Dear Jana, I am so grateful that you began another something by jumping into your “one word” this year. It’s been one of my favourite practices these past many years. Thank you so much for sharing your word … I would love to hear how it develops for you.

  • Joryli Muyco

    Really love having One word to help shape my year, decisions, life, etc…

    After sitting with it for a while, I really couldn’t think of a word, or which way I wanted to go this year. Just like Ang was saying, I was wrestling with words that were aggressive, but I just wasn’t sure. Then the word “purpose” came into mind. And even then I wasn’t sure. But I thought about it, sat on it, and just kept hearing it everywhere I went, and seemed to frame what it is I would like to do this year.

    Last year my word was focus. This year, it’s purpose.

    Definition for purpose the reason for which something exists or is done, intended result, aim, goal, determination, to have a purpose.

    I love it because I’m able to use it in so many different contexts. (I love having options) I am purposed. I HAVE a purpose. I will LIVE on purpose FOR a purpose.

    I’m believing this will shape how I do things from work, relationships, how I do my day, how I make decisions (does it align with what it is I’m suppose to do?)

    Excited for what’s to come for 2012!

    • Joryli, I love the progression: Focus——>>>>Purpose. I can only imagine what a year would look like through the lens of “purpose.” May you discover and enjoy exactly what it is you are meant to do. Can’t help but think of the Creator’s words to Moses: Where you are standing is holy ground.

  • Vanessa

    i love the word “soar” — what a great word to shape a year.

    this humble reader has decided to participate this year…my word is:

    CONNECT

    with friends, with family, with hubbie, with our first little one on the way, with myself, with activities i miss, with projects that feed my soul, with the natural beauty all around me, with the outdoors, but most importantly with God. Not that any of these connections has been lost or broken, just that they all could use a little effort from me. isn’t that always the case?

    (i’d also like to say [just to keep myself honest] that I’m not sure this means more time connecting digitally, although there will be some of that too…i’m pretty sure i want less digital and more personal conversations over cups of tea when possible.)

    • Thank you so much, Vanessa! “Soar” has taken on a whole life of itself already and the year is only a few days in … I am so thankful for this “one word” process, actually.

      Also: I really appreciate how you explain your word “connect ” … AND you have a first little one on the way? How precious. I can so relate: “Not that any of these connections has been lost or broken, just that they all could use a little effort from me.” // I love the intention behind your “connecting.”

      More cups of tea sound just wonderful.

  • Katherine

    Okay, I got my one word today. “Embrace”.

    ‘To clasp or hold close with the arms, usually an expression of affection.
    To surround; enclose. To twine around (give support).
    To include as part of something broader.
    To take up willingly or eagerly; embrace a social cause

    An act of holding close
    An enclosure or encirclement
    Eager acceptance’

    • Stunning, stunning, stunning …

  • Ashley Rogers

    Last year my word was TRUST because I had to learn to trust again + learn to truly trust God. This year my word is PUSH. Push for more. Don’t stay still satisfied with life but PUSH.

    • I can’t even tell you how excited I am to see what “Push” will bring through you this year … pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. I love seeing you rise and rise and rise … xo

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  • Ann Marie

    I read about this last year and was to chicken to choose a word. But on Sunday, listening to Angela preach at Relate Church, my word came clear as a bell. ABLE. As a person who has worn the label disabled since birth, my word was a bit of a surprise. As I turned 50 last year I’ve seen myself start to make excuses for slowing down – since I’ve already accomplished more than anyone ever would have imagined, and my life is more challenging than the average- but God doesn’t accept those excuses and doesn’t want me giving in yet. I’m ABLE to regain lost strength, I’m ABLE to face new challenges at work, I’m ABLE to walk in love when I’m tired, I’m ABLE to do whstever God wants me to do. Phil 4:13 is the verse to support my word for the year “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
    Thanks for giving me a place to share this.

    • Ann Marie, Your comment moved me so powerfully. I love your heart behind the word ABLE. Amazing. ” I’m ABLE to walk in love when I’m tired.” I can take that to heart too. xo

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  • neritia

    The word is – S H I F T

    …and no, it’s not the undergarment! 🙂

    xoxo

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