My One Word

Again this year, my word found me. I clicked a link to a post on the one-word theme and there it was.

You know how things stick in your brain? They take up residence and stand sentry, saying, “For now, you will see everything through my lens.” Ideas do that to me, as do perspectives and my heart’s greatest desires.

And words. Words do that to me all the time.

This one has unequivocally moved in. It has brought its things—its toiletries and its lists and its ambitions—and it appears intent on staying here through the year. So I’ve decided to let it.


Image credit: D Sharon Pruitt on Flickr


vi·brant [vahy-bruhnt]


1. pulsating with vigor and energy: the vibrant life of a large city.

2. vigorous; energetic; vital: a vibrant personality.




Full of life.

Last year, my word (“seek”) was a verb. I never realized it until now, comparing the two. But a verb it was, and a verb was what I needed.

This year my word is an adjective, and that seems appropriate too. It describes how I want to be, and feel, and live my life.

So “vibrant” it is.

2012, let’s do this.



  1. I so love that word!
    It’s perfectly you.

  2. Great word! What a year you’ve had…and great things for the future.

  3. I love it!!! May you live that word fully.

  4. Perfect word.
    I hope that you get to experience that in all you do this year.

  5. Sounds like a perfect word to follow up with your word from last year! Looking forward to seeing your “vibrance” in the coming year!

  6. Best. Word. Ever!!!

  7. @yaelsaar says:

    Oh, yes!!!

  8. Eric Storch says:

    That seems perfect! After the 2011 you had, Vibrant seems to be convey such a wonderfully positive outlook.

    Good luck in 2012!

  9. What a great word … and had not thought about viewing our words as nouns and verbs or suchlike … just words. But we can play with them, and grow them and align them into our lives and the way we wish them to be …
    Much love to you in 2012 – may it bring all you wish for!

  10. Oooh, I liked vibrant when you mentioned it previously, and I am glad you went with it. It’s perfect :)

  11. It’s good. So, so very good.


  12. Awesome word… Vibrant. Wow.
    It can be so many things.

    Can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for you!

  13. What an awesome word. Love it. And look forward to you living it!

  14. That’s a word that, despite not being a verb, has the potential for a lot of movement! I shall rejoice in the glow of your vibrancy! :)

  15. This is a great word for you!

  16. And from what I have read here recently, VIBRANT, is what you already are. Can’t wait to see you SHINE in 2012!!!

  17. What a great choice!!

    The year will be great with a word like that… there isn’t any other choice!

  18. Vibrant! I love it. My word of the year is similar (but I haven’t blogged about it yet…)

  19. I still haven’t come up with my one word yet. (At this point, I guess it’s just not going to happen.) But I love vibrant. Great choice!

  20. I am just catching up on everyone’s one word blogs and I love your description best of all. It is so true that a word or phrase can grab your attention and become the lens you look through for a time. Hope you don’t mind that I linked you on my post! Happy New Year! Hope Calgary treats you well and that 2012 is a very vibrant year for you!


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