What’s Your One Word 2012?


“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:



What’s yours?

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


Idelette McVicker
If you only know one thing about me, I'd love for you to know this: I love Jesus, justice and living juicy. I also happen to drive a minivan and drink my lattes plain. (My life is exciting enough!) Nineteen years ago, I moved from Taiwan to Canada to marry Scott. We have two teenagers, a preteen, a Bernese Mountain dog and a restaurant. (Ask Scott to tell you our love story.) In 2010, I founded SheLovesmagazine.com and it has now grown to include a Dangerous Women membership community, a Red Couch Bookclub, events and gatherings. I'd like to think of it as curating transformational spaces for women in community. I long for women to be strong in our faith and voice, so we can be advocates for God’s heart for justice here on earth. As an Afrikaner woman, born and raised in South Africa during Apartheid, my story humbly compels me to step out for justice and everyday peacemaking. I have also seen firsthand the impact injustice has had on the lives and stories of women around the world. I refuse to stay silent. I am anti-racist and also a recovering racist. I am a Seven on the Enneagram, an INFP and I mostly wear black, with a dash of animal print or faux fur.
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