One Word. One Year.

I…am a lover of words. Just thought I’d point that out.

I bust through word count limits. I talk a lot, especially when I’m nervous. I often know the answer when someone asks, “What does [obscure word] mean?”

Short story long, I’m prolific, you guys.

So when I first found out about OneWord365, my immediate thought was, “Impossible!” followed by a lengthy dissertation on why that was Impossible! for someone like me.

(Did anyone else notice it took me half of this post to tell you what this post was about? No one? Good.)

A few days before 2012, I was going down the list of my half-hearted New Year’s Resolutions, and one word (see what I did there?) kept cropping up:

(See also: on purpose. But that’s two words.)

And what a fancy word, right!

But it is what I want to be this year. In every aspect.

Deliberate in my relationships. With my husband, my children, my family, my friends. When I find myself losing patience, I will on purpose lower my voice, inhale nice and deep, and start anew. I don’t ever want my loved ones to feel as if they are an afterthought or a nuisance or a bother, so I will drive home the point that their presence makes me soar.

Deliberate in my well-being. I will on purpose drink lots of water, eat lots of what is good for me, and wake up early to get to the gym. (BOOOOO!) But. My skinny jeans will thank me. At least until it’s sundress season. (I’m looking at you, Spring.)

Deliberate in my writing. This is going to be a big one for me. Until I have a paycheck to tack onto my excessive word count, there is nothing holding me to the passion God has grown in me this past year. I will on purpose write more, write often, and, eventually, write better. Always better. I think it is high time I stepped out of my comfort zone and pushed my words just a little bit farther, and maybe to expect them to start pulling their weight around here.

Deliberate in my faith. Yes. I will on purpose saturate God’s presence, soak up His character, and fill myself more with Jesus, so that He is what overflows out of me. Amen.

What is your One Word for 2012?



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31 responses to “One Word. One Year.

  1. Love it! My word is expect. I’ve been blogging about it the past few days, nothing great, but I’m still chewing on it.

  2. Nice choice. Simple, yet not.

  3. Love it. I’ve been thinking about doing OneWord365. Maybe I need to be more deliberate in my effort. 🙂

  4. My word is “Ballin'”. I plan to live up to that.

  5. My one word is: Potato. No, that’s terrible.
    I chose: Purpose. Similar to yours, but spelled different and fewer syllables.

  6. Good stuff, JButt. And for the record, I noticed. (Because we share a need to shatter word counts).

    Mine is “connect.” I want to connect more with my wife, my kids, my friends (online and off), other people I don’t even know, and with writing.

    I tend to want to make my universe very small and manageable because that gives me control, but life is much more rich when my universe opens up to new things/people.

    Good grief. Even my comments are rambly.

  7. Love this! Being deliberate will invoke good, positive change. I can’t wait to see where it takes you. Especially with your writing!

    My OneWord365 post is going up Monday. So you’re just going to have to wait. 🙂

  8. I love your word choice, deliberate. Mine is “Hope”. I wrote a short post about it at the beginning of the year.


  9. I think that one word packs a lot of punch!

  10. My word is implode.

    This bar mitzvah is going to be me undoing. I’m trying to be deliberate, but no one else is cooperating. It is hurting my head and my heart. Which I don’t think it is supposed to do.

    I think I just started a blog post.

  11. Here’s the thing. I have my word. But I keep seeing everyone else’s word and then I have word envy. And I don’t want my word to BE envy. I just have a bit of envy. (And maybe a problem with being prolific as well.)


    Because deliberate is GREAT. As was “peace” which I just saw and also “fearless” which I admire.

    Still. I’m going to go ahead and stick to my guns and go with JOY.
    Joy. Yes.

    Because really, what’s better than that?

    (Besides, of course, ballin’.)


  12. Deliberate is an excellent word. It sums up a lot of what I want for 2012 as well.

    Mine would have to be diligent. I’ve decided this is going to be a big year for me. I already have an illustration job and the first draft of my new junior novel turned out better than I expected. So diligent with my art, my writing and my editing.


  13. bev

    I chose faithful…. i feel like there has to be a different word out there, but this is the one that wouldn’t leave my frontal lobe alone. post is up if ya wanna read.
    thanks for sparking the more concise goal for the year!

  14. LarryTheDeuce

    Deliberate is a great word. Mine is Community.

  15. I’m deliberately commenting on way too many of your posts tonight. I like you, JButt.

  16. Hi,,, great word…mine is PLENITUDE !!!
    Great 2012 !

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