Word of the Year

Have you chosen a Word of the Year?

Apparently, a Word of the Year is the new New Years resolution.

Basically, you choose one word that has the potential to inspire you and create intention in your life, all year long.

My word for 2012 is up, and it was recently inspired by these two…

…who also bought a house that needed lots of TLC…

I saw the movie “Up” for the first time a couple of weeks ago (Thanks to several friendly Twitter peeps for recommending it!), and MAN did it have a powerful effect on me. I loved the story, and the adventure…and how fun and fearless little Ellie was.

(It actually inspired the Up-themed photo shoot we did with Kev’s parents I blogged about the other day, too!)

I also chose the word up because it symbolizes a positive direction and will serve as a powerful reminder to be excited about, and up for trying things I’ve never tried before. (Especially if they’re outside this slightly-agoraphobic gal’s comfort zone!) This year, I’m going to make a point to harness my inner-Ellie by doing some of the things I said no to, out of fear, in 2011.

The word up will also remind me to be more intentional about giving. Among other things, up means “a feeling or state of happiness, exuberance, or elation“. I can’t think of a more fitting group of words to describe the feelings that go along with giving, and I hope I can do lots more lifting up this year, too.

Last but not least, I’ll look to the word up to encourage me widen my horizons this year. There are no boundaries up in the sky, and as life loop-de-loops this year, I’m going to try to be better about keeping my hands loose on the wheel.

Or should I say garden hose?

I’ve found that there’s no better way to put a plan into action than by putting it down on paper (or ‘puter!) first- so I’m hoping that writing this post will help to kick-off to a up-inspired 2012!

I’d love to hear all about which Word you chose chose you this year, too- so I’m throwing a “This Little Word Of Mine (I’m gonna let it shine!)” link party on Monday, January 16th. I really hope you swing by and share your Word post- the more positivity loop-de-loopin’ around out there, the better! Which reminds me, if you do link up, you’re welcome to use the badge below to invite more play-along peeps to the party…

And if you don’t have a blog post to link up, (*cough* Mom, Katie, Aunt Chriss *cough*) I’d love to read about the words you chose in the comments sections that day!

Here’s to a transformative 2012!

Pssst! Having trouble choosing one word? Choose one that will serve as a guide as you make decisions throughout the year!


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  1. says

    LOVE the word you chose. I’ve been doing this for the last four years and it is such a wonderful practice! This year I chose the word OPEN. If you’re looking for an online community, join the Ali Edwards-lead class here: http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/onelittleword.php it is a wonderful way to actively engage your word into your life each month Have fun!

  2. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Last year, my word was PERSEVERANCE. It was a fabulous word. So fabulous, I wanted to have this word tattoo’d on my arm! That’s alot of ink and pain. :-)
    It got my husband and I thru a year of job searching and “hanging in there”. (Actually, he searched for 2 1/2 years) Jobs in Central FL were few. Especially for a 63 year old man!
    This year, we are living in a new area, my DH has a new job, a job that he LOVES —– and we are living each day with an extremely grateful heart. I’m working on my 2012 word!!!!!
    It won’t be “UP” for us ——- but things are certainly looking “UP”. OK, now back to thinking…………hummmmmmmmmmm

  3. Paulette says

    What a great word! I saw the movie last year and totally loved it…in fact, someone commented on Pinterest that it was the greatest 8 (?) minute love story …even better than the Twilight series and I agree. I might just plagiarize you, Layla. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. says

    I LOVE that you chose a preposition for your word of the year! We’re doing this this year too – for the first time – just wrote about it on Wednesday. Looking forward to the link-up!

  5. danica furman says

    what a fabulous idea~i adore the movie up. such a beautiful beginning. makes me cry every time. :)

  6. says

    I love your word! It’s very appropriate!

    My word for 2012 is RENEW.

    When you’ve lost 200 lbs, you tend to just keep on doing your thing but I’d like to renew our commitment, enthusiasm and passion for new things this year and see where it takes us!

  7. says

    The first 15 minutes of that movie just slays me. Every time. I haven’t come up with my word yet. I am leaning toward Hope.

  8. says

    Oh my! That’s our favorite family movie! My husband and I love it, as do the kids. They often quote from it. Such a wonderful message that you don’t need to go looking for adventure, it’s right in front of you happening everyday with the ones you love. Enjoy your adventure in the New Year! Here’s to “UP!”

  9. says

    Great word! Great movie! I came up with my word a few weeks ago during all of the holiday chaos. SIMPLICITY. In my home, in my artwork, in the foods I eat, and the way I live in general. I hope simplicity will be as simple as it sounds. :) I’ll try and remember to stop by on the 16th.

  10. Paulina J! says

    I cried like a baby with that movie and just thinking about it makes me tear up. I held my husband’s hand for the remainder of the movie. I definitely need to think of a word this year :)

  11. says

    I love that movie. I cry every time. Love the music too. Good word for the year. A good reminder where to always look when hope seems futile.

  12. says

    Love this- The post, the movie, your word of the year! I picked “discipline” a couple years back, but sorta crashed and burned with that one :) I listed several words I hope will describe 2012 on my “new year” blog header picture … but now to choose just one….hmmm. :)

  13. says

    I absolutely love this! I have picked a word every year for the past 3 years – or maybe I should say God has picked it for me ;-)
    Thank you so much for sharing yours, and encouraging us to be accountable and get our own choice in writing! Although I wish I could just steal yours – it is pretty good!

  14. says

    Funny you should mention a new word for the year – I was just thinking I needed to find a new and different word to use in place of “awesome” or “wonderful” or ‘lovely’ or some of the other words I use. They just lose effectiveness when you use them repeatedly. I think I need to go to the thesarus and find a good one now! Happy New Year focusing on ‘up!’

  15. says

    e n c h a n t i n g

    –be enchanting, treat others as if they are enchanting, animals are enchanting, children are truly enchnting, look for things that fill your soul with smiles for they are enchanting, surround yourself with people that are enchanting. i guess it just brings me back to an era where life was more about beautiful things and ideals. it reminds me of times when people treated each other with more respect and dignity and daily shows, news, events were not always so negative. i think of musicals and lovely dresses and people that were enchanting in their conversations. i think this is why i really love your blog for it is truly enchanting.

    best for 2012,

  16. says

    Great idea for a linky party!
    I love that movie too, We’ve watched it several times and I cry every.single.time!
    Last year my word was ENJOY because I needed a reminder to enjoy all the little things that I sometimes take for granted. When we had 21 relatives visiting from out of town and they were driving me batty, I reminded myself to ENJOY this time with them because I wouldn’t see them for another year. When my kids left their dirty laundry on the floor I reminded myself to enjoy them being little because they grow up too fast.
    Still praying and thinking about this years word….hopefully I will have it by the 16th :)

  17. Louise says

    Oh, I love the intro to that movie! Just watched it again on YouTube, and now that I know about you and Kevin, the first part really reminds me of you two, decorating your lovely home.

    I think my word for this year needs to be POSITIVE. I can be quite negative sometimes. Your blog is so positive and upbeat, and you seem to make such wonderful progress! Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration!

  18. Jeannette says

    I find with the New Year this year I am in graditude for so many things and people. So If I am to pick a word for this year, 2012, it is ” awe “. I am in awe of the beauty of all my surroundings and the people I am friends with and all I come in contact wth evertday. AWE is my word.

  19. says

    My word last year was “open.” It is amazing how many times I thought about the word before making a decision. This year I have a short phrase…”Step in” as in take an action step of faith. I am excited to see what transpires! -Becky

  20. Sandy says

    That was really cool…the movie up…said more in their non-verbal segment of the movie than most movies do in two hours! You got me thinking what my word would be….I think IGNITE will be my word. IGNITE my life to live more passionately for God…and to IGNITE those around me to love life…and live it to the fullest!!

  21. Donna Thompson says

    The first word I thought of was HEALTHY. I lost 30 pounds last year, losing along with the weight the diagnosis of pre-diabetic. My numbers are all great, however, I have a ways to go to get to a healthy weight. I have learned to cook more healthy, and I want to establish is at a lifestyle.

  22. says

    This is something I have wanted to try. I think I have my word chosen but I am still thinking about it.
    I love how you took the word “up” so simple and gave it such depth and inspiration for your new word. It is a word that many would never consider. I, too, loved this movie. It was such a heartwarming story.


  23. says

    I like your word! Looking up can be hard to do sometimes, but it’s a good idea to stop our navel-gazing and “lift our eyes unto the hills, whence cometh our help.”

    I’m excited about your party–I actually HAVE chosen a word for this year, and this is the first time I’ve ever done it! I feel so fashionable now! :)

  24. says

    Last year’s word was POSSIBILITIES. This year….jury is still out. When we hear it, we will both know! We’ll check back and let you know!
    ~Kristin & Chris Ann

  25. says

    Have been doing a word with my home church group for several years. My foundational one is “rejoice.” This year, though, with my leaving a 20-year career in communications at the end of this month to something all my own–the word is “adventure.” And like all adventures there will be soaring exhilaration along with the anxiety of the unknown that is to be handled through courage to keep on keepin’ on. Love reading your thoughts Layla. “Up” is a great word.

  26. says

    Loved the movie and excellent “word” choice. After reading your post I’ll have to ponder over my “word” just a bit. Happy 2012!

  27. says

    I absolutely love that movie. When I teach college courses I often show it now! It is one of my favorites. We saw it in the theatres when our (then) 3 yr old daughter was fighting cancer. I sat and balled. It totally captured how I want to get out “there” and grab hold of life and live BIG! :)

  28. Cheryl F says

    Love it Layla! I will be pondering my word for the year for the remainder of the day – although UP is such a good one I may have to use it as well. For the last few years instead of a resolution I’ve assigned a theme for the year. One year was Raise The Bar – do everything just a little better and set new goals, another year was Get Closer where I made a point of strengthening bonds with my female friends, spending time with elderly relatives, and telling people how much I love and appreciate them. One year my theme was Kick Some Butt, and boy did I!! Lots of good changes that year. This year my theme is simply Peace Love and Happiness. I’m walking away from drama and negativity and embracing the positive, and pursuing happiness.
    My best wishes to you this year that you live it up, love it up, and keep your face up – into the sun, with a smile :)

  29. Barbara says

    I love this Layla and think I’m gonna choose the word “GRATEFUL” because I need to remind myself to be through difficult times. I have a lot to be grateful for and if I remember that, the rest seems a lot easier to take. Thanks for this post. I love your word, too.

  30. says

    If we were in 3rd grade – I would SOO copy you and make you my new BFF. I love your word “up”! I think my 2012 word will be GROW. Grow our family strong. Grow strong financially. Go outside of my comfort zone, Grow personally! I think “UP” would be a close second! I can’t watch that movie without crying – just love it ;)

  31. Aunt Chriss says

    Once again you have made my day and inspired my life.


    Aunt Chriss

  32. says

    Up is a super cute and fun movie! I love that you choose up as your word this year. Hmmm, I’ll have to think of one for me!

  33. says

    Isn’t it great how in about 8 minutes they told an entire love story. Most of the time, Hollywood can’t do that in two hours.

  34. Linda Hilbrands says

    Precious is the word for that movie. I also cry every time. It makes me think of not looking only to my needs but loving others(even unexpected others) well. The word that has been resinating in my heart is has been gratitude but out of that I think my word will be (Serve). How can I serve others better this year. Love on them well. My family..husband,children,girlfriends but also the not so easy ones,the outcasts, the ones that bring me out of my clean,safe,easy bubble of life.Thanks Layla inspiring us to look UP!

  35. says

    Judging from all the comments, we’re just going to have to see that movie! Can hardly wait…I’m going to spend a few days really thinking about my word and about posting about it. I love reading about all the words here in the comments. All so inspiring. So looking forward to this little project!

  36. Geri-Lynn says

    I haven’t decided on my word(s) for this year. I started this last year and what a year it was with two words. I choose joy and (selfishly) husband. I choose those two because I needed to be set free from obsessing about not being married and to have joy in my life. (I was 34 and struggling with being single) I decided that I would start praying more for my future husband (not obsessing) and that joy would fill me and share in others joy. Well, February came and I started dating an amazing man. Nine months later we married two days after my birthday. My year truly was filled with joy. Just wanted to share my experience with choosing a word(s) for the year. Hmm should I choose baby this year. (don’t think I’m ready yet, ha). When I have one or two I will post. Looking forward to another great year.

  37. says

    In December I was inspired to create a slogan or mantra to focus on for 2012….mine is, Business is Booming…Life is Improving!
    so I think to reduce that into a word it’s IMPROVING. For two and a half years my family has been on the unemployment rollar coaster, finally we have a good job and a vision for recovery. I hope to IMPROVE in all areas.
    I love your word! Happy 2012 Layla. Up,up,up!

  38. Kim says

    I didn’t know about this trend and have to think about a word for myself! I like this trend! But I can’t believe no one has told me to see the movie up yet because my 2 peanuts-almost 3 and 1 and a half are named Karl and Ellie! Now I have to watch it!

  39. says

    Wow, what a lovely and inspiring post this is! I’ve never chosen a word before for a new year, but you got me thinking… I think I’ll have to go with ENJOY. I was in doubt about GROW, and even though there’s always room to grow personally & professionally. And ideas and dreams can grow too…
    But maybe the biggest trick this year is to learn to enjoy the little things in life more! I don’t always have to make a fuss about some things, which I do sometimes. :-)
    My parents are getting older and I still have to enjoy more time with them because my dad isn’t all too well. So maybe this year has to be about enjoying time, enjoying the company, enjoy the ride, the adventures and what 2012 has got in store for us. Also, my baby boy just got 1 years old and time goes so fast… I sometimes forget to enjoy watching him grow! :-) And I definitely have to sit down and enjoy UP for the very first time in my life, if you say it’s such a great movie! :-)
    Thanks so much for this post, it was so inspirational. I hope 2012 will bring you more inspiration, passion and UPlifting moments than ever!
    Love, Inge x

  40. says

    My favorite word, every day, every year, is OPPORTUNITY. It’s always there,… it’s just up to me to make the choice to take it. A great lesson for my kids, too.

  41. Janice says

    I’ve picked a word for the last three years. This year is embrace. Life has been oh-so-difficult for several years so I’ve been doing more surviving than living. As things are improving (I started my dream job on January 2nd!) I want to remember to cherish and enjoy it all, little and big things, people and experiences. I want to be open and welcoming. And I wouldn’t mind hugging a lot more too :)

  42. says

    I’ve been thinking about this and my word is going to be “wait”. I tend to react instead of “wait” a day, Speak my mind instead of “wait” a moment . Panic instead of “wait” a minute for the answer…you get the drift :) Inspiring post about “up”! I like it :)

  43. kelly in georgia says

    That word is PERFECT for you! Like everyone else, I loooved that movie! We have 2 disney/pixar addicts in the house – the oldest even flew to California to tour the Pixar studios and see the very premiere of one of the Toy Story movies there.. The word that has chosen me is the NEXT Disney/Pixar film release – BRAVE. I am fearless with alot of things – open my mouth too much when I am knowledgeable or experienced – but that is not really true bravery. I want to learn more and do more so that I can be brave in new areas. (i.e. a blog, photography, ….) Kind of scares me that the word has “chosen me” – makes me wonder what God has in store for me this year!
    Thanks for the up-lifting post!

  44. Shawna says

    This is by far my favorite movie besides Cars from Pixar and i bought it the day it came out on DVD and that was before we had our son :) we have a dog his name is hunter but he is exactly the same as the dog in this movie and i absolutely LOVE Russel!!

  45. says

    Hey, Layla, I’ll put it on my schedule and join the party. I don’t have a word yet, but I will have one by then. I’m feeling might optimistic about the new year, and it will be impactful from what I’ve been through last year. Can’t wait for more & more this year!

    Loved UP, great movie, so sweet! xoxo

  46. says

    I saw the movie with my husband. We shed a tear or two when he realized that he had given her an adventure of a lifetime! I’m at ways telling my husband how thankful I am that I got in the car with him.

    I love the idea of choosing a word for the year.

  47. Angela says

    Up is me and my husband’s favorite movie. I cry every time in the beginning…and the middle…and the end. We just found out we’re expecting our first baby and we’re going to do an Up inspired nursery.

  48. Kelly says

    Great word & great thoughts. The first thing I thought of when I read your post was to look “up” to God. Let him lead your life, and he will take you further than you could ever imagine! Blessings!

  49. meredith says

    “Finish” I’m amazed how choosing one word has changed me already.
    I have a few projects I’d like to complete this year. I tend to finish 99.9% of tasks I start. We moved into a new home a year ago. Six months later we were faced with a health crisis with one of our children. Making our house a home was set aside as her treatment required my attention. I intend to finish getting settled in. What I didn’t realize is how repeating the word in my daily tasks has created a sense of “completeness” within myself. Simple things such as hanging my coat and putting my purse away when I come home rather than throwing it on a chair, finishing putting the laundry away or really finishing kitchen clean up after a meal (rather than leaving a pot or two to soak). To “finish” what I’ve started has kept me in the moment. As I repeat the word in my daily interactions with my children I hope they see how rewarding “finishing” something can be. Thank you for your post, it has allowed me time to reflect on the rewards of making a change.

  50. says

    Reduce, as in everything in my life. We have been doing the 40 bags in 40 days that I saw on a blog, as in a bag a day to the Goodwill. Wow my kitchen and pantry look amazing. Started on closets even have my husband in on this one and he is blazing through things he has saved for years. We emptied the attic of yarn my mother brought to us 25 years ago and it has never been touch, except by mice. GONE Try it you will feel so liberated.

  51. says

    Ali Edwards also chose “up” for her one little word of 2012. Check out her blog to read what she wrote- aliedwards.com/blog.

    My word is intentional.

  52. says

    Well, no.. I haven’t thought of a word.. but love the concept.. so now I will.

    Since your word is ‘up’ I thought I’d share my vanity license plate, “exalt”.. Whenever people ask what it means, first thing I do is lift my arms up as I explain.

    dee :)

  53. Krista says

    My word for the year is WISDOM. God says if we ask for it, He will give it . . . and boy, do I need it!

  54. Lynn Fagan says

    I am going to pick the word “flourish.” I was going to pick the word “expand” but thought that might happen to my waistband.

  55. Erin says

    Embrace. Because there is peace is being grateful for where you are with what you have. This year I will embrace my blessings rather than yearning for more.

  56. says

    My word would be ‘Faith’. We never know what the future will hold so it’s important to “walk by faith,not by sight.” ~2 Corinthians 5:7

    I still need to see that movie, I’ve heard great things about it! :)

  57. Susan says

    I have done this for a few years… last year my word was grateful…this year i am thinking about joyful or joyfilled…. something that i want to work on more in my life.
    Love your site…i have never blogged before…another thing i want to do this year…

  58. Ann e mullins says

    HAPPY is my word. Although I AM happy, I know I forget to act like it and show it sometimes. I get caught up in a mini-frustration of the moment. I want my family and those around me to SEE the happy that I am!!

  59. Sheila says

    Hmm. What an interesting idea. Having just finished a year long treatment for breast cancer on December 27, I think I will just choose the word LIVE. That seems to be most important to me at the moment and if I could add one more word it would be INTENTIONALLY. Life is truly good.

  60. gina says

    What a wonderful post! Makes me want to see the movie again….it’s been a long time. I’m raking my brain now for a word. YES keeps popping into it but I realize I may be in trouble if I say YES to everything! I do remember one time a tennis instructor told me to say “yes” as I hit the ball even if it’s under my breath. It a positive flow of air and you can’t help but smile as it leaves your lips. It does have a positive effect on my tennis game! Another word that comes to mind is JOY. Ashley (LittleBlueBoo) has inspired this.

    Perhaps I’ll will choose the two……YES, JOY!!

  61. says

    I LOVE Up! That movie is the sweetest. I guess my word would be “Focus.” On what I need to do, and what I want to do. Great post. :)

  62. says


    This is the year for me to discover what direction I will be pointing my life in for the next third of my life. I’m in my 50’s and I probably have another good 30 years in me. My kids are all over the age of 21. 3 of the 5 are married. 1 engaged. A husband embarking on his new direction. What’s for me? I’m setting out to discover what that looks like.

    Thank you so much for this post. And what a fabulous site!

    • Layla says

      Fantastic word, Gail!
      I’ve become e-friends with your daughter, Meg, over the past few months- and it’s so nice to see your comment from you here today! :-D

  63. JolieAnne says

    This may sound so insignificant but I cut my long hair to my shoulders and worried about it later! It will grow again right? But it was not something I really wanted to do. I just went for it and decided a change would do me good! I was so happy that my husband liked it! He said I looked like a “new woman”-I guess that’s good! I am loving the find your word topic on some of the blogs I read. I really like your’s Layla. I am not ready to reveal mine yet. I think living up to a word will be my challenge but it
    will be fun, too!

  64. says

    I had not heard about this until I read your post. What a great idea! I gave it some thought and used a worksheet I found online. My word for 2012 will be Freedom!
    Happy 2012!

  65. says

    i absolutely adore this, and that movie! it’s so much more inspiration than people think while they are watching it, but their love and adventure was just too perfect. i think i want my word to be progress. i think it’s so important for us to always be progressing, no matter how big or little. thanks for the motivation!! :)
    xo TJ

  66. Natalie H.B. says

    Just as I am looking at this entry in your blog and trying to figure what my word for this year will be Up! is playing on TV. I have never seen this movie it sounds wonderful. As for my word I have read all the other entries and marked alot of them down. I will have to let them sit a while. I love this concept of choosing a word instead of making a New Year’s resolutions.

    Keep looking Up!

  67. kristin mccullough says

    I enrolled in ONE LITTLE WORD by big picture classes (link here; http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/onelittleword.php ) to help me in focusing & documenting my year-long journey with my word which is CELEBRATE. I turned 50 this year which I approached with both terror and triumph. My sister died at 50 and I am exceedingly grateful to be here happy, healthy & alive!!!!! I plan to celebrate this year. Every day, every relationship, every accomplishment or lazy day. I plan on hosting more suppers, popping more corks, baking more cakes & toasting more gatherings. This year I will celebrate.

  68. Nicki says

    I FINALLY rented this movie and watched it the other night. I have to say it is a favorite now. Love to see your word for the year. My word for 2012 is intentional. I feel like I’ve just been living from day to day just reacting to life and I’ve decided I’m not going to let that happen anymore. I’m going to be making intentional decisions and it’s going to be my best year yet!

  69. Terry says

    Love this idea. My word for 2012 is SMILE. I’m going to SMILE at people I pass in the mall, on the street, anywhere. Just a little SMILE can make the difference in someone’s day, not to mention your own. Happy New Year!

  70. says

    My word for this year is FLY.

    I grew up in a very, shall we say uber-critical environment. For most of my life, I’ve been told what a failure I was and how I couldn’t do anything right so why did I bother? With the help of an amazing therapist – and the love and support of my amazing husband – I’ve come a long way but I’ve continued to allow others to dictate my self-worth and, as a result, I’ve allowed my wings to be clipped and done everything I can to stay “safe” and grounded. I stopped putting myself out there and trying to achieve any goals because, after all, I’d only wind up failing so what would be the point, right?

    So this year, 2012, my word is FLY because I finally intend to get out into this beautiful world and finally start LIVING instead of merely going through the motions and playing it safe by staying almost entirely indoors in my house.

    I wish you all luck and hope you live up to your own chosen words and that 2012 is the best year yet for us all! ;)

  71. says

    Doncha love it!? Our church does a sermon series dedicated to One Word at the begining of ever year…it’s such a renewing time. Looking forward to the linky:)

  72. says

    1. I LOVE “UP”
    2. My word is…”EMERGE” i…t is on a little Beth Mueller vase that my Best Friend gave me after my Mom died…4 years ago…and back then it meant to me…come out of the depths of sadness, but now as I am strong and I have done that I want to take it to an NEW level. Words can mean something different at different points in time… it means something different to me now, and I will make it my mantra!

  73. says

    The word of the year is the OLD New Resolution for me~ I’ve been doing this for years…and I’m glad to see others doing it too.
    I’m HAPPY to see a party now!

    I’m ALL in–

  74. says

    A great word because you can always go up. The first word to come to mind is COURAGE. I am going to link up my post … you have enCouraged me to think…

  75. Melissa says

    My word for the year is CONTENT. Instead of looking for ways to seek more, I am working on being content with what I have, thus also being grateful!

  76. says

    I love this idea. This is the first year that I’ve blogged and just found this linking party via Miss Mustard Seed’s email. I would have to say that my Word Of The Year is HAPPY. Like many cancer survivors, I am HAPPY to be alive, I am HAPPY to be here, I am HAPPY to have found blogging, I am HAPPY that people like what I do, I am HAPPY that I have found so many friends via blogging, I am HAPPY to be refinishing, restyling, repurposing, recycling, and reinventing my way through life. Heather
    PS. This may sound a bit cheesy but it’s all so true, I’m HAPPY!

    • Layla says

      I love your word, Heather, and I’m so HAPPY that you stopped by and left me such an UPlifting comment today. XO :-)

  77. says

    My word for 2012 is Thrive. Wrote about it on my blog and created an mixed media art canvas so I can remember to thrive. I love your blog!

  78. Shannon says

    For the last 4 years the Lord has given me a word each year to learn and be taught by. I have had the words, Joy, Peace, Hope and this year it is Mercy. Last year I lost 5 very close friends and my dear sister in law who was only 39. Believe me I really understand the power of Hope now. And the power of God’s word. God is faithful and continues to teach me so very much. So I know he has something to teach me with Mercy . So excited others are doing this and great reading others Word of the year.

  79. says

    I adore this post!! I think I will make this one a family affair. I think our family word of the year should be BELIEVE.

  80. says

    C h a l l e n g e
    This is my year to challenge myself in my business & in my blog – challenge myself to grow & to learn. At the end of 2012, I can’t wait to look back to see how I did!

  81. says

    Great idea..you always come up with such clever ideas. My word is “light” My family is the “light of my life”, the “light” within, will strive to always “light my fire”..the “light” from above. So as we enter 2012, I will embrace all the “lights” of my life and hope to inspire with help from the “light above”

    May you forever look “up” for inspiration and look “up” to your mentors and loved ones!

  82. says

    Oh, I love, love, love this idea! What a great way to set the tone for the year. And UP, perfect – and great movie!
    A few blog friends (we all have small-ish, new-ish blogs) and I introduced a new challenge idea yesterday and it would be so fun if you want to join. If you have a second, check in at http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/imagine-the-impossibilities-challenge/ to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
    I think my word then has to be IMAGINE!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  83. says

    Thank you for inspiring me to think of a 2012 word of the year!
    Looking forward to linking up with you January 16th.

    Also, just went to your about page and saw Maximus!!
    Is he a min-pin? I recued a red min-pin named Daphne who is 10 years-old now and often makes it onto my blog! :)
    (And is already in my avitar!)

    All the best,
    Mixed-Media Map Art

    • Layla says

      Hi Mary!

      Thank you for the sweet comment! :-)
      Max is actually a chihuahua, but he sure does look a lot like a min pin, doesn’t he?
      Glad to hear you have a little Daphne to snuggle with!

  84. Mrs. Smith says

    My word for the year is Enjoy! In November, my mother passed away after a brief battle with lung cancer. One of the last things she did was give my sister and me directions on making her Thanksgiving dressing. After she finished, I asked if there was anything more. She thought for a moment and said, “Enjoy!” This year and every year after, I will take her advice and honor her memory by enjoying each and every moment of every day.

    Happy New Year

  85. Jenn C. says

    I love the idea of a word of the year. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want for 2012. 2010 stunk, 2011 was ok, so I’m determined that 2012 is going to be awesome! My 2012 word of the year is: INTENTIONAL!
    I want to be more intentional with my life. In how I take care of myself, how I spend my time, how I love my husband and family, how I think, feel and act and how I take time to appreciate the wonderful life God has given me. I’m determined that 2012 is going to be amazing!

  86. says

    I love this idea .I am so inspired by your word. I strive to live my life with intention and to sum it up with one word will take careful thought. Thanks so much and I hope I can meet this meaningful challenge.

  87. Karon Nichols says

    My word for the year~curative . I have stopped taking medications that do not cure but just mask the symptoms. I have discovered that my asthma, phobia”s ( I also have suffered from agoraphobia)and anxiety are from Adrenal Gland Exhaustion caused by a deficiancy of B5 and B6 and eating too much sugar and carbs. Curative means for me~ healthy diet, healthy thought life, healthy relationships. Praising God for His goodness and faithfulness in showing me these things. Blessings, Karon Jean

  88. colleen says

    we are all in different places in our lives, it saddens me when working folks have struggled to find a job for yrs. espcially since my 60 yr old husband will retire next month. he has been making a good paycheck but just couldn’t deal with the frustration any longer. this maynot be the wisest financial decision we have ever made but it is the healthiest! so my word this year is “NO FEAR” [i know it looks like 2 words but its my story and i’m sticking to it ;)]

  89. says

    What a great idea Layla! I just picked my word and will be writing a post over the weekend. I am new to the world of blogging so my word has a lot to do with that (as well as many other changes going on in my life). Thank you for being an inspiration!

  90. says

    Hello world! My word is all about my new blog….it was my nickname thrown in with my sense of style…maybe I am cheating here by putting 2 words together….but hey…its a chance to be creative. So my blog is called BlossomStyled…I have been tossing around words for 2 years…but i finally overcame the fear of doing a blog and settled on BlossomStyled…its all about taking your passions and dreams and joys and letting them Blossom into your style…hence BlossomStyled. Get a chance, come visit my newly created and developing blog…at http://www.BlossomStyled.blogspot.com ! Hope you don’t mind me throwing it in…but sometime, somewhere you have to take a chance.

  91. carol says

    GRATITUDE is my word. Gratitude for all that I have without wishing for that which I don’t /can’t have or have lost. Being “thankful” everyday no strings attached.

  92. Cindy says

    My word for 2012 —(can I get a drumroll please!?!) is SPARKLE!!!
    I want to commit to make each day SPARKLE & I can think of thousands of ways to incorporate this! I also want my INNER self to SPARLKLE! So, c’mon…let’s roll…& don’t forget…”MAKE TODAY SPARKLE!”

  93. says

    My Word for 2012 is Acceptance. I want to celebrate life and accept the small to huge things in my life as well as live in the present and treat each new day as something special! Thanks for sharing!

  94. says

    My word is GROW, as in, always green (my favorite color) and growing, always working my way toward the Sun and bring joy to myself and my family, and hopefully everyone with whom I come in contact.

  95. nancy d. says

    My daughter, who is in 8th grade, decided that her word of the year as she began the school year would be “Embrace.” She wanted to “embrace” all the opportunities that came her way in her last year of elementary school. Since September, she has participated in as many sports and clubs/activities as possible so she can fully enjoy her last year before she attends high school. Her positive attitude inspires me. Yes, sometimes the children do the teaching!

  96. says

    Love the choice of “up” for your word. I’ve chosen a word this year after wanting to try it for several now. It’s already been such a cool way to focus on the important people and things that bring us joy! WordJaney.blogspot.com

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