One Word

by Elena on January 8, 2012 in Be Enough Me

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One word to describe a year.  One word to describe a feeling. One word that depicts the way you would like to live for a year.

I have seen posts all over Twitter, Facebook, and across the blogs of friends where people paint a picture with their one word for 2012. Several years ago Chris Brogan asked people to come up with three words to help define goals.  I remember picking three words to describe my professional goals before starting a school year a few years back.

The truth is that I am wordy. I am scattered. I have a hard enough time depicting my feelings and thoughts in 140 characters or less…one word seems unlikely.

One of the popular words I have seen bouncing around is simplifying. It is a great word.  It is a powerful word.  And although I know that I need to simplify my life and my world, it is simply not going to happen in 2012. Sure I might be able to take a few steps, but I know myself.

Another front runner for words has been balance.  Here is the thing. Of course I need balance in my life. I am a mom, a full time teacher, a wife. I have two blogs, freelancing, and oh right…things like running or triathlon training.  What I would not give to find balance.  But my truth is unbalanced. My truth is that although I am striving for balance, I try do the best that I can for me and for my family.  It may not always be a perfectly even balance, but on most days, it works. And when it doesn’t, I adjust.  Also? I have a pretty good feeling that  life is going to get a whole lot more unbalanced before tilting back the other way in 2012.

I read the words of so many that I respect and admire their intentions and their goals.  But like any other thing, I know that I have to make this one word idea work for me.

Which brings me to my words.

Turning a dream into reality | Ciao Mom

quote by John C. Maxwell

Passion, Energy, Dream

I want 2012, (and beyond really) to be about dreaming, making things happen, and knowing that I am doing everything in my power.

I want to know that I modeled this for Principessa. I want to know that I tried with all of my might. I want to know that this was the year that I pushed myself past my comfort zone.

Professionally, personally, if fitness and in health….I could not want anything more than passion, energy, and dreams. Time will only tell how my goals will play out, but for now, I will put aside the doubts, the insecurities, the unanswered questions, and I will trust that my intention, my words, and my heart are enough.

What about you? What are your goals? For today, tomorrow, this month, or this year?



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Wendy @ mama one to three January 8, 2012 at 10:25 pm

So inspired by this! While I have some concrete-ish goals for the year, I so hope my heart and best efforts will guide me toward those accomplishments I cannot even imagine.

Sweaty January 9, 2012 at 1:14 am

I’ve always thought you have a way of getting your point across concisely, Elena! But yes, “simplifying” is definitely on my agenda also. 2011 was a year full of “complications” for me, so 2012 is going to be the year filled with a whole lot of simplifying :)

Kimberly January 9, 2012 at 8:30 am

This year is my year of the MOMENT. I’m living in it. Trying hard not to look back and cringe. Trying hard not to look too far forward and get overwhelmed. Just living and loving the moment I have right now.

Love your words. They’re powerful, encompassing and so inspiring!

Tania Elfersy January 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

I love your words :-)

My official single word is empowered. When I meet situations in my day, I ask myself, “Does this makes me feel empowered?” If the answer is no, then I change it, and that is in turn empowering! I like the way the word is working so far; it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The Drama Mama January 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

I keep forgetting to “Choose” a word or words to symbolize the year. Meh, I never have before. Perhaps its not my style. Or else I haven’t slowed down enough to think about it.

Dreams is a fabulous word though, and I know I have enough of them. Here’s to 2012 and the passion, energy and dreams you could wish for.

Tracie January 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I picked hope for this year….it has a lot in common with dreams.

MJ from iNeedaPlaydate January 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

This is very inspiring. Nice job!

Miss Marina Star January 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone is such a wonderful goal for 2012! I often feel the same way about ‘simplifying’ and ‘balance’ and am so inspired that you found a way to motivate yourself through the year, without weighing you down with guilt for things you can, or will, not change.

Meredith January 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

My word for the year is “Do”…I posted about it here…

Rocket January 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

How about “strategery”? 😉

Leighann January 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Your words are perfect for you! They model exactly where you are headed in 2012!!

moosh in indy. January 9, 2012 at 11:37 pm


Storytelling is mine.

I hope I do it justice.

Gianna January 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Dreams is an awesome word.
For me, I was thinking action.
But really I think the best word you picked (for me anyway) is energy.
Energy to do the things I need to do to make my dreams happen.
Energy to keep going to the neverending things around the house.
Energy to do the right things and not the wasting away things.
Energy is a great word!

Jade @ Tasting Grace January 10, 2012 at 5:08 am

I find it impossible to distill a year into one word too. I suppose if pushed to, I might simply say, “Live.” In every sense of the word, I hope this year I allow myself the space to come fully alive, and not merely exist or float my way through existence on autopilot, but live with intention and purpose and fulfillment. Those four letters make for a very big word, no?

tracy@sellabitmum January 10, 2012 at 6:30 am

I don’t have a word. I’m not organized enough for that. Mothering would be a good one though. It’s when I’m the most happy. My kids are happy then too.

Jessica January 10, 2012 at 7:33 am

Hmmm, I think my word would be balance. I’m not good at it, it’s either all or nothing for me and I usually am the one who gets the “nothing” part.

Elaine January 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

I’m not a one word person either. Too limiting for me. But I love your words up there because they are SO true and pretty perfect if you ask me.

Happy 2012!! :)

Jack@TheJackB January 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

This year I want to do more and be more.

molly January 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I have seen this trend throughout the blogosphere. The picking one word thing. So I thought about it and picked mine . . .

My word is POSITIVE. I am so negative much of the time. I’m tired of that. So I’m going to try to think of my word every time I open my mouth or type something that reeks of negativity. I hope it helps!

CJ January 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

Three words?!? I had a hard enough time coming up with ONE! I am also wordy and am trying to say as much as possible with as few words as I can this year!

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