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.

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. julie bell says

    i think i am going to steal your word from last year, leigh anne…i need some focus in my life – on my health, on my family and inside….so thank you for the inspiration…and YOU enjoy your “be grateful” journal.


  2. Linda M. says

    My word for this year is Balance— I realize that I need to have my life a bit more balanced than it has been lately. Sometimes I find that I am focusing too much on one thing or another, swinging like a pendulum…….so Balance it is!

    One of your cute pillows would help me stay on track!

  3. says

    That was actually the word I had decided for this year and was one of my main resolutions for the year! Hope more will do this. The world needs to see a little more gratitude and joy.

  4. Malinda Milbrandt says

    My word this year needs to be TRUST, that God has a plan and knows what is best for my life,even though I may not see it.

  5. Bethany Jones says

    My word for the year is “lighten”…I need to lighten up more, lighten my weight, (declutter and) lighten my home, lighten others burdens…and so on. It came to me one day and then I saw it on another’s blog the very next day. I still haven’t listed all of the ways I can lighten my life this year…but I plan on doing as many as I can! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Karen Emerson says

    My 2012 word is Balance. It will be a great reminder when I’m caught up into any one thing to remember all the other things in my life.

  7. says

    I have decided that my word for the year needs to be…Happiness. 2011 was a VERY difficult year for me and so this year I want to focus on the happiness in my life.

  8. says

    I have a phrase for the year…”be present in the moment”. I really, really, really want to achieve this. It means a lot to me. I have been thinking about it a lot lately. I want to live more in the moment instead of thinking about the next five tasks that need to be done after I do what I’m doing. It feels like I am always multi tasking in my mind. I get cranky while doing dishes, or mopping the floors or scrubbing the wall behind the trash can…and I cannot wait to move on to the next thing. I ask myself why…I am teaching myself that what I am doing IS important, it’s work, it’s a part of my day and it should be done with pride, for I am keeping house and creating a place of love and comfort for my family. Also, when I play a game of checkers with my kids, or listen to them talk about the levels they have created in their video games, or the characters they like in Pokemon, I am teaching myself to really listen to them and hear what they are saying…take the time to be in the moment with them. There’s no rush. I am here, I am blessed to be a stay at home mom, I don’t have to be off and running somewhere…I really want to be present in the moment with my children instead of half listening to them and half looking at the mess on the floor behind them…..be present in the moment.

  9. Tamara says

    Thanks Leigh Anne for your continual INSPIRATION. I too am going to steal your words and BE GRATEFUL. I have been listing for years in my journal things I am grateful for. But this year I want to look beyond the normal things and truly BE GRATEFUL for the unseen, the unappreciated, and so many things I take for granted. Have already ordered a pillow to remind me. THANKS!

  10. Diana says

    My word for 2012 is Peace. With the quick pace of life I want to be sure to take time out for peace in my life and spread that to my family as well. I LOVED your idea that you shared for the Let’s do this in 2012. We all filled one out in our family and I will have dinner the 1st of each month so we can revisit our goals, reconnect and see how we are doing!

  11. Daney Breault says

    Great idea Leigh Anne! This is definitely an “aerobic” exercise” for our minds. To stop and really think about what matters most, what we’ve learned and an attitude of renewal. A chance to publicly declare our hopes and dreams. I have chosen the word “REMEMBER”
    As a new empty nester, I have traveled a long journey into what life means for me now. Instead of lamenting over “what was” (although I have done my share of that) I have chosen to “REMEMBER” who God created me to be. To “REMEMBER” my past accomplishments and mistakes with a prayer of thanksgiving and to “REMEMBER” that with life’s changes comes growth, wisdom and perspective that will propel me into this next chapter with joyful anticipation.

  12. Krista Johnston says

    Grateful was definitely on the top of my list, but I decided a few days ago to choose the word SHARE. To me, being grateful is something I’ve been working at for awhile, but sharing my gratitude and my time are my number one resolutions this year. I have a 2 year old daughter named Juliet who I constantly try to teach the concept of sharing, yet as an adult we tend to stop thinking about what it means to share. I say that word to myself often to re-inspire myself, and remind me how good it feels inside to share with others.

  13. says

    I love that you always have a word of the year, and it has inspired me to do the same! My word in the past as been “consistency”, and this year, my word is “diligence”. I think there is a pattern here….

  14. Krista Johnston says

    I want my girls to develop sharing as a habit…sharing toys or a snack now, sharing their time and their love later.

  15. says

    My word of the year is going to be “HOPE”. Hope is optimistic and faithful…hope never yields to despair or apathy. “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.” I need to be more hopeful!

  16. says

    Thank you for choosing the same word I choice. My RS Predident asked all to keep a daily record of the word that we choice and tell why we choose that word. I started it on the 1st of the year and the word Grateful came to my mine….. So each day at the end I write in my book of the things I was grateful for that day with my wonderful husband or our children or grandchildren.

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  17. says

    I love reading about your word of the year and the process you go through. It’s awesome that it “finds you.” 😉 I’ve been trying to come up with mine and I really want it to mean something.
    Oh and Pollyanna is one of my favorites. :)

  18. says

    Great word. There is so much to be grateful for in our lives – our husbands, our children, our health, our extended families, the time to be able to pursue interests and hobbies and relationships that are found blogging. I am grateful that I found your blog as you always inspire whether through food, crafts or sharing your thoughts and wisdom.

  19. says

    Love it…and the pillow is adorable. Our words for the year are…GIVE THANKS…they are wooden words above the kitchen window. S simple reminder to give thanks no matter what. I was do moved by a sermon that I knew it would be what our family would work on for the year. Hope you are having a lovely start to 2012!

  20. says

    The word I have chosen for this year is LISTEN. During the October session of General Conference I really felt like it was important for me to listen. As I listened to conference, these words came to mind which I turned into a poem:

    Listening is more than hearing
    The words that are spoken
    Listening is sensing things
    That others can’t see or hear
    Listening is following your heart
    When your mind tells you not to
    By listening with your heart
    Instead of just your ears
    You can hear the messages
    That are hidden inside
    The words that weren’t spoken.

    Listening to me will have many different meanings throughout the year. I want to focus on listening to my husband, my daughter, church leaders, the spirit, and listening to me.

  21. Kim W says

    My word is HOME. It seems like life is crazy with the kids needing to be so many places and it has made everything at our house chaos. I decided that our house needs to be more of a refuge so my focus needs to be on our home and making it the place where my family can just be calm and feel peace.

  22. Andrea D. says

    I would pick the word JOY just like you did because I need to focus on all the joy that I really do have in my life.

  23. Misty Winner says

    thank you for always sharing with us Leigh Anne :)

    My word for this year is BALANCE…2010 and 2011 brought a lot of change to my family. Some change was GREAT and some not so much, but all and all what kept things together for us was the Focus, Love, Family and Friends. Through the last few years, I realized/learned keeping a good BALANCE of the things and people that matter the most is what matters in life.


  24. diane says

    My word for the year is LIGHT. My goal is to bring the Light of the gospel of Jesus Christ into all parts of my life. Light into my home, my service and my attitude.

  25. Emily H. says

    Hi Leigh Anne!

    My word this year is “FEARLESS”. I realized this past year that I make so many decisions based on fear, and I hate living that way. This year, I am going to take risks and be FEARLESS, even if it means inviting a bit more calamity and chaos into my life. A little disorder will do me some good! Thank you for sharing your word. I love it, and it’s so inspiring.

    -Emily H.

  26. Kylie says

    I’m so glad you posted about this! It’s the first year I have chosen a word for myself and it took a lot of pray and contemplation. The word is “PONDER.” I need to ponder more on the decisions I make, the priorities I have, and the answers I give people – I want to think hard about the repercussions of my thoughts, words and actions. And I want to study the scriptures more. It’s a loaded word, but it does encompass all of my goals for the year.

  27. Kimberly Wright says

    My word to sum up 2011 would be “blessed”. I may not have everything or be super rich but when I see the world around me I feel very lucky. I have a beautiful son, a loving husband, a good job and family, I can’t think of any other word it could be.
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  28. says

    I just blogged about my “word” for the year! Except I’m calling it a motto because it’s more than one word. But for me, my focus this year will be on *Living Purposefully*. Thanks for sharing yours! It’s always fun to get inspiration from others.

  29. Joanne says

    My word for 2011 was the same as yours, FOCUS. And I did much better at focusing on both big and small things. And I have a beautiful pillow from your Etsy shop that reminded me of it all year! This year my word is PATIENCE. I have high expectations for 2012 and I have to remember that it may not all happen in my time. Patience will have to be my guiding work. (I’ll be getting a new pillow even if I don’t win one.)

  30. Ashley Anderson says

    Your post really inspired me think of what I want this year to be filled with and I was led to the word Purpose. I want everything I do, my time and my resources, my relationships and ultimately my entire life to be filled with purpose.

  31. Kari Howell says

    My word would have to be “Believe”. I have to stop my negative thoughts and “believe” that good things are going to happen!

  32. Diane Melendez says

    I am grateful you decided to post this. Grateful and inspired. Your words were what I needed to hear to start this new year and with your permission, I intend to follow your lead and focus on all that is good in my life. Well done and thank you so very much!

  33. Lulu521 says

    My word is BELIEVE, and like many before me, I think my word chose me! I BELIEVE that I can achieve physical fitness by enjoying healthy food and engaging in fun activities. I also BELIEVE that I can become more organized in my work and family lives.

  34. Heather A says

    My word this year is Happiness. I want to focus on the happiness in my life as well as bringing happiness to my family and friends.

  35. Ginger says

    I am grateful to hear about this one little word. I love coming to your blog, and being uplifted, and fed (delicious recipes!–cranberry salsa is to die for!) My word for 2012 is LIFT. I want to lift those around me. I want to lift my feelings to a higher level, I want to give my home an organizational face-LIFT.

  36. Angie Young says

    “Be Healthy” My health and the health of my family are priorities for this year. Life is so miseable w/out your health. There is so much about our health that we are in control of. That is my word for this year. I would love a handmade pillow to remind me of this :)

  37. lorene says

    my word last year was simplify. I have to pick it again this year! still working on it! LOL…..



  38. Stacey says

    My word is also Gratitude. I recently saw a quote that I love and can’t get out of my mind so that’s the reason I chose it. It reads, “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” Things seem so much simpler to me with this in mind.

  39. says

    Thanks to your great New Years Eve post our entire family choose a word for the year…what a GREAT concept!

    My word for 2012 is Momentum…I need to start the ball rolling in several areas of my life! :)


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