2012 Word of the Year and a Giveaway

I chose my very first Word of the year in 2009 .

My 2009 Word of the Year was Joy.

Joy has since become my Word for Life.  I want to remember daily to find Joy in my Journey.  Joy is a choice.

My 2010 Word of the Year was {re}.

A strange word, I know but it was my word.  You can read more about it here.

It was all about {re}turning, {re}fining, and {re}claiming.

My 2011 Word of the Year was Focus

I wanted to define and refine my focus.

I spend a lot of time contemplating and praying about what my word should be for each year.  I have discovered that when I do this my word finds me.  I don’t find it.

After much thought I had decided that my word was grateful. It was after I found the quote I used on my family Christmas card that my word found me.

I originally chose the quote because it had my Word for Life in it – Joy.  But I soon realized that you can’t have Joy without being Grateful.  The two are interconnected.  They are joined at the hip.

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
Ralph H. Blum

  So I thought my word was Grateful.

Then one day I was out for a run and I realized that my word needed to be TWO words.  It was suppose to be BE GRATEFUL.  Gratitude is not just an attitude.  It is an action.  My Word need to have an action word – BE.

So my 2012 Word of the Year is….

This year I want to Be Grateful.  I want to show my gratitude through the way I live my life, the things I say and think and the things I do for others.

I have been given much and am richly blessed.  I need to Be more Grateful for all that I have and to show and share my gratitude on a daily basis.

My sweet friend Meg gave me this for Christmas and it expresses what I want my word to be all about perfectly.  I want to be GrateFULL every day.

There are days when that is easier than others.  But I have learned there is always something to be grateful for.  Thanks to Pollyanna for teaching me how to play the Glad game!

So 2012 is going to be the year full of  Being Grateful.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie,
Quoted in “Simple Abundance”, by Sarah Ban Breathnach

I am going to BE more Grateful by recording each day something I am grateful for in this cute little journal I purchased here

I am going to Be Grateful by expressing my gratitude for others more through handwritten notes and by developing and improving relationships with people I love and those I want to get to know better.

I am going to Be Grateful by sharing my time, energy and means with others.  Even when I don’t think I have enough to share.

I am going to record through photographs the big and little things I am Grateful for. (more on this later)

When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears. – Anthony Robbins

My gratitude is not going to be silent gratitude – it is going to be a loud and important part of my daily life.

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.
G. B. Stern

I have put little reminders around my house so I don’t forget to Be Grateful!

And of course I had to make a pillow for my Word pillow collection.

I’d love to know what your Word of the Year is.  If you would leave a comment below and share your word you will be entered into a giveaway!  (The giveaway is closed but I’d still love to hear your word!) I will hand make a pillow for you with your Word of the Year on it!!  I can’t wait to hear what your words are.

Word of the Year pillows are also available in my etsy shop.


  1. 101
    Melissa A. says:

    I think my word this year will be Refresh.

  2. 102
    Merrilee says:


    As in,
    Where I am planted,
    Grow my family,
    Nurture myself.

  3. 103
    Kathryn says:

    The word that has popped into my head is “opportunity”. I need to recognize the many opportunities that come to me daily.

  4. 104
    Stella B. says:

    My word for this year is “Renew”. I want to renew my creative endeavors, renew my enthusiasm for life in general, renew the romance in my marriage of 18 years, and renew my positive attitude.

  5. 105
    annika says:

    My word is PEACE. Hard to achieve sometimes in a house with small kids….
    “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

  6. 106
    Laurie says:

    Leigh Anne, You’re always inspiring! My word for this year is “Thankful”… and similar to you, it’s really two words: “Be Thankful”. This encourages an action on my part to not just sit back and appreciate but to BE thankful. I’m specifically being aware how much I say “Thank you” to others and to really recognize the “positives” of each day and taking the time to BE Thankful for them. “I am thankful for…” will be my sentence to finish each evening.

  7. 107
    Karen vanWisse says:

    My word is return – as in return to the path. It is impossible not to stray, my job is to return as soon as I can, as gently as I can, like I would direct a child who had run off, take her small hand and say “there, there, this is the direction we are going, over here, follow me.”

  8. 108
    julyn says:

    My word is PERSPECTIVE.

    Life is constantly handing out opportunities, challenges, trials, triumphs, adventures, reality, chances to bump elbows with amazing people…based on your perspective your outcome is formed. God has intended us to be incredible amazing individuals with the help of those we come in contact with. We can with the gift of perspective. Thank you for the ideas on how to place your word around your world.

  9. 109
    Lisa says:

    My word this year will be ENJOY. ENJOY my new baby, my other two kids, my husband, my hobbies, my blessings, my life!

  10. 110
    Cheryl says:

    Be Cheerful. I want to focus on being more cheerful and optimistic for the new year. I think by doing so we can lift ourselves, as well as those around us. Love your pillows!

  11. 111
    Carolyn says:

    My word for the year is “Discipline”. I decided that I truly need this in my life. Discipline to stay with good eating habits. read my scriptures daily, take time for me, exercise, etc. That is my word for this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. 112
    Stephanie says:

    My word is PURPOSE. Proverbs 19:21-”Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”

  13. 113
    Vicki says:

    My word is ATTENTIVE. Psalm 32:8 ~ I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

    I blogged about it here: http://gardengal1.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/2012-w-o-t-y/.

    I love seeing all the great words – inspiring!
    Vicki recently posted..A domestic Thursday

  14. 114
    Alison L says:

    My word for 2012 is REACH. As in reach out to others, reach my goals, reach a great level of spirituality, reach for my children more, etc. I think it will be a good year!

  15. 115

    My word of the year is Ignite :)

    Rebecca @This Nest is Best recently posted..Word of the Year: 2012

  16. 116
    Dianne says:

    My word of the year is Change! (And it is already happening…)

  17. 117
    Annalea says:

    Thank you so much for posting about your word on facebook, and for this blog post. Those prompts have brought me much closer to my phrase for 2013: “Gently becoming”. There’s so much more that I want to be, but fighting my way to it hasn’t worked . . . and it’s only in the last week that I even realized that was what I was doing. Fwiw, you’ve made a big difference in how I’m going to approach next year. Thank you!


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