One Little Word 2012

Monday, January 2nd, 2012 39

One little word for 2012. That’s what I’ve been reflecting on for the past few weeks…what will be my one little word for this brand new year? Last year marked the first time I ever chose a word as a theme for myself for the year, and I have to say my word (creativity) did provide me focus and intention. So as December was drawing to a close, I started to meditate on what my word would be for 2012. I journaled the possibilities and let the list of words reverberate in my heart and mind for a week or so. And one word kept calling to me. At first I didn’t really want to listen to this word…it isn’t a juicy or sexy or dreamy word in any way. But, it’s the word that echoed the loudest and the longest. It’s the word that rung the most true for me, right now.


Practice is so very layered with meaning (for me). Practice = habit. Practice means “repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency.” Practice refers to the process of doing something. Practice also encompasses focusing less on being perfect. With these meanings in mind, I want 2012 to be a year of practice. A year of cultivating daily habits of photography and creativity. A year of engaging in regular self-care for my body, mind, and spirit. A year of focusing on the process rather than the product. A year of not comparing myself to others’ work and accomplishments, but of growing and developing and becoming.

So today, I put practice out to the Universe. In the words of Ali Edwards, I invite practice into my life. I make space to let practice speak to me. And I’m incredibly excited to follow where practice leads me.

Do you have one little word for 2012? Speaking of practice, join me in a fun photography project for 2012 that is all about shooting with film (a definite practice in my book!).

39 Responses

  1. Practice is a great word. I love your choice!

  2. darlene says:

    my word is Revive

    the definiton is – to restore to consciousness or life , to restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state : bring back , to renew in the mind or memory

    I need to do all of the above since battling Breast Cancer in 2011 – I stayed positive and kept my photography going but I feel like I missed out on alot since I was recovering most of the year. 2012 is my come back year – hoping to be at camp shutter sisters this year too!!

  3. Emily says:

    I haven’t had a chance to decide on a word quite yet but I keep coming back to “peace” — with myself, with others, with each day. I’ll let you know if any others come to mind but this one might be the winner. And I wish you all the best in your “practice” in 2012 — as I know great things will come of it.

  4. damlucy says:

    I love this word. GREAT choice! Looking forward to following your journey!

  5. Wendy T says:

    Awesome word, Meghan. I love it even more after reading your definition of it and how it will guide you through the year 🙂

  6. Melissa says:

    What a great word! I love it and I love your interpretation of it. Thanks for sharing on here. I found my word for 2011 (courage) so powerful as a guide for me throughout the year.The past couple of weeks, I was struggling to find another word that would resonate so strongly. There were lots of words I loved, but none of them encompassed what I want 2012 to be about. Then I hit on “unstoppable”. My mission for 2012 is to keep taking steps toward my dreams and not let anything distract or stop me. The word feels so liberating and exciting to me, I’m looking forward to living it through the year.

  7. love it dear one! I’m still ruminating on mine..hope to come to a conclusion by tomorrow. when life gets back to reality..xoxo

  8. Debra says:

    I know what it’s like to balk a little at first thought of your word but then settle into it as being exactly right. Wishing you joyful Practice my friend.

  9. Check out this group of ladies who ‘practice’ every day with their photography and making ‘habit’ to capture and celebrate bits of our daily lives, which might otherwise go unnoticed or be glanced over.

    Best of wishes in your endeavour!

  10. Jenn says:

    Practice is just a perfect word. My words are: hug, read and write. So, I guess it’s about getting down to the simpler things in my life to make this year really stand out.

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  12. Siobhan Wolf says:

    I like practice very much. I look forward to seeing how it unfolds for you. Here’s to a fantastic journey.

  13. Marcie says:

    Practice is such a perfect word. It’s been my mantra..and my reason for doing what I do for years!!! And to that – here’s to a process filled year!!!

  14. Thea says:

    This is so right on and in line with what I want to focus on…ease is another word that is resonating with me. To allow life to be easy. I tend to complicate things. LOL.

  15. Celina says:

    Great word. Great intentions for bringing it to light. I wasn’t feeling like my word was very exciting either but it seems fitting. So with that I think the not so pretty words can be just as powerful!

  16. Kristina says:

    Love your word! And especially the notion of ” A year of not comparing myself to others’ work and accomplishments, but of growing and developing and becoming.”

    I’ve decided on “Focus.” For me it means focusing on the things in my life that are most important to me. To focus on the projects at hand and not get too scattered (this will be hard for me–argh…). I’m looking forward to putting my word into practice. 🙂

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  18. rebecca says:

    I think there is a LOT of power behind this little word of yours. I can’t wait to see where it takes you! 🙂

  19. Heather says:

    Great word!! My word is warrior(ess). I’m hoping to gain bravery throughout the new year. Being myself without apology. There are so many things within this topic that need “practice” 🙂

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