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One Little Word

We’ve posted quite a bit about having one little word to live by since we began blogging in 2007.  If you’re unfamiliar with the idea of one little word, then type “one little word” into the search bar on the top right of this blog and you’ll find a bunch of posts that explain it in greater detail.

2011 is just a few days from being history.  Instead of thinking about a new year’s resolution for 2012, consider thinking about one little word you’ll live by this-coming year.  Living with one little word as your guide throughout an entire year provides you with more clarity.  Also, if you find yourself getting off-track from the one little word you want to live by (e.g., If health is your one little word and you stop exercising by February 15th, you can work towards getting yourself back on-track with your exercise routine rather than throwing up your hands and feeling like you broke your New Year’s resolution.), then all you have to do is remind yourself of your one little word to help you refocus your priorities.

I’m trying to decide what my one little word will be for 2012.  Some of the words I’m considering are: active, blessings, cherish, happiness, nurture, and wonder.  (I’ll let you know what I pick next week.)  If you need help finding one little word to guide you through 2012, then click here for an alphabetized list of words.

Do you already have your word?  Please share it by leaving a comment (below).  If you really want to take your one little word to the next level, then check out Ali Edwards’ Blog for information about her One Little Word 2012 Class.

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Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

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  1. Still thinking about my word. At first I was considering “question” but I realized that I was thinking more about my students, and how inquiry and questioning is a focus in my classroom. As I looked more at myself, I’m deciding between “leap” and “push”. I think I’m ready to take a leap into a new chapter in my life. At the same time, I know there are other areas in which I need a push. So I will continue to mull it over.

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  2. I love this idea and have been giving it much thought since I read this post. Here it is New Year’s Eve and I am still wrestling with this! I’ve even had my thesaurus out, trying to find the right combination of a word that means “take the risk,” “try new things,” “consider a new idea.” I am finding that I am a whole lot more routinized, set in my ways – and one not so good aspect of this is that I avoid some new and good possibilities. I’m going to go with “flexibility” – in my teaching, in my thinking, and in my body! 😉 Happy New Year, one and all. TwoWritingTeachers is one of my real positives from 2011.

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  3. My OLW for 2012 is FOCUS.
    In 2011 I spent so much time at the computer, neglecting everything else. (I have no kids at home) I really need some focus in my life and it’s amazing how much I’ve accomplished at home and on the ‘puter since finding my word! I have signed on for Ali’s class, a Round Up class (organizing your files, photos, & clean up monthly) and a time management class already!

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  4. For 2012, my OLW is “Explore”.
    I will be getting married next year, move house, turn 30 and go on a 20 day trip to Europe. Instead of sitting on the sidelines and talking and daydreaming about things, 2012 will hopefully be about actually exploring new ideas and opportunities and trying new things for the first time. I can’t wait! 🙂

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  5. I read about this a lot last year but never set myself in the path of a particular word. JOY and THRIVE are standing out to me as ways to guide my days with action and purpose.

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  6. This will be my third year with a OLW, and I am so thankful that I originally heard of the word from this site!

    I have chosen Gratitude for 2012 and will be doing a scrapbook to go along with it for the first year (I posted more about my word and the scrapbook here: http://www.enbuscadeequilibrio.blogspot.com/2011/12/2012-olw-and-album.html). I also just signed up for Ali Edwards’ class. I am excited to focus on my word more consistently through her class.

    I love reading about everyone else’s words, continuing to expand the possibilities. Such a fun time of year. Hearing about everyone’s OLW is starting to be something to look forward to at the end of each year.

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  7. My word is “presence”. I am trying more and more to be present and fully engaged in whatever I am doing at the moment. This word also goes along with letting go of fear because if I am “present in the moment” then I can’t think about fear or uncertainty about the future. It just is and it’s all good.

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  8. I love this idea. I find it interesting that words can mean so many things to us both professionally and personally. I chose the word PURPOSE. I want my life to have more purpose, I want to give purpose to assignments I give my students , I want relationships to grow with a sense of purpose. My boss gave us the word “wonder” as a school mantra this year and it has been exciting watching the learning activities to spark the wonder of learning. Thanks for the thought provoking simple task.

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  9. Stacey – Love that word WONDER – I claimed it a few years ago and it was so good for my work with young children.
    Diana – also love THREAD – and as a knitter, fabric crafter, quilter, it sings to me
    Paige – enjoy your word – it will be a wonderful companion in the new year

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  10. It is so interesting that this post is waiting this morning. I woke up thinking about my word. Over the last few months, the word JOY keeps coming into my life and my thinking and I have been trying it out a bit. But I am considering Ali’s advice about what you want to invite into your life with this word and JOY is already a big part of my life. So this morning I am doing some reading and thinking and trying to stay OPEN (my 2011 word) to what that new word might be. Can’t wait to see what words everyone with claim.

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    • @Juliann: I love the idea of inviting something new into one’s life too. Hence, I’m leaning towards the word wonder. It’s been interesting to watch the way my daughter looks at the world. Everything is explored. She wonders when she looks at something. Perhaps I would benefit from wondering a bit more too. Not sure. The jury’s still out on my word. SAS

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