one little word 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ali Edwards began a tradition five or six years ago to select “One Little Word” in lieu of New Year’s traditions. One word to focus on for the year – one word to keep your purpose clear and driven.

I’ve never participated in this concept. I’ve never been one to be too focused on making New Year’s resolutions (and even worse at keeping them if I did make them). Last year I attempted the Happiness Project and dropped off the bandwagon quickly. Boiling down an effort to improve myself into one little word is both appealing and frightening. Appealing in the sense of simplifying, frightening because I might choose the wrong word.

I’ve spent a few days pondering my goals for myself, for our family, for 2012. And there is one big overlying theme – we have too much excess, too many distractions. We’ve been blessed with so many things in life – both in terms of people and material things. But those materials things are getting in the way of what is truly important in life, and they definitely do not bring me lasting joy. I know I can’t make this change for my entire family, but I’m hoping by setting an example, I can affect a positive change in all of our lives.

So my “one little word” for 2012 is Less.

Less technology. Less web-time. And yes, less blog-time.

Less junk food. Less eating out.  Less excuses for not exercising.

Less spending. Less shopping at Amazon, Target and craft/scrapbook stores and sites (eek!).  Less grocery shopping without a list!

Less possessions. Less clutter.  Less of what we don’t use.

Less stress in December by making 1 handmade gift a month. :)

Less over-analyzing. Less self-deprecation. Less excuses. Period.

My hope is that all this “less” will bring me more of what matters. More focused time with my husband and son. More time and energy to do the things that I truly enjoy – crafting, scrapbooking, baking, and even a bit of blogging. More living with intent. More living in the moment.

If you are interested, Ali has an online class for her “One Little Word” program that looks fantastic. Normally, my interest in something like this would get me jumping into buying the class right away. But I’m going with the “less spending” and “less web-time” and am practicing restraint. I am going to give this a shot on my own!

Happy New Year! What are your resolutions?


  1. Funny, I also thought I'd play along this year. The word that kept coming back to me was "simply". Very similar to your goals however - get back to the basics and be thankful for what we have. Cut out the "excess". Here's to finding balance!

  2. great list and several I certainly i identify with. we CAN do it!

  3. "less clutter" means to spend more time to clean up. MD


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