One Word 365

Last year at this time, a favorite blogger of mine - Melanie from Only a Breath - shared something she'd discovered: OneWord365.  The idea is that, instead of making lists of things you want to change or creating resolutions that never go anywhere, you choose one word which you then live out through the year.

For 2012, Melanie chose "give."  I've watched as she and the online community she influences were blessed by everything that one word led to.

I did some research and discovered just what a huge movement this one-word idea has grown into.  Actually, there are communities/individuals who do this with no affiliation with/knowledge of the OneWord365 site.  I've decided to try it myself.  Maybe I'll make it a lifetime tradition.

My word for 2013 is...

If any of you, my lovely readers, want to join this year's journey, here's a link that you may find helpful: Choosing Your One Word.  I also like looking through one photographer's friends and family, whom she has photographed holding their 2012 word.

When I was first looking into this idea, I was curious - what do people do once they choose their word?  I know every word has different actions attached to it, but I wanted to find some things that I could do every year, regardless of what my word is.  So here's a list I've come up with from around the web.

Claim your word - with free blog buttons made by Melanie, personalized with your word to match your blog design (the images above? those are buttons she made for me!).  You  can also share your word on, and link up a post about it on Melanie's blog here.

Wear your word - on personalized jewelry from Etsy!  You might know of an Etsy shop that makes personalized, hand-stamped jewelry.  If not, here are a few I've found: Tiny Tokens DesignsBee Baubles JewelryWSayle Silver and Stone.  I think this particular necklace would be perfect: personalized mini tag necklace.

Write your word - with ink, pencil, crayons, paint, markers, tape, in dust, in sand, in dirt, in the steam on your mirror, on your computer, on a typewriter, on a wipe board, with magazine letters, with newspaper cutouts, in a letter to your future self, in letters to friends and family, and any other way you come up with.

Find your word - on billboards, in television ads, in a magazine, in a newspaper, in books, in movies, in daily conversations, at work, at home, at school, in brand names.  Just keep your eyes and ears open; you'll find it.

Journal your word - why did you choose this word?  What do you want to get from this year?  How do you want to change, to grow, to learn?  Activities, overheard conversations, realizations and lessons, magazine and newspaper clip outs, Pinterest images - it can all go in the journal.  A blog or other online journal works just as well.  If you're not a blogger but you want to share your word with others, email me at newyorksnowflake @  I'll be considering OneWord365 guest posts throughout the year, although I don't promise anything.

Share your word - let those around you know about your word.  Have them join you in the journey.  They can each choose their own words, and you can all stay on the lookout for the words in daily life.  When they hear your word in a song, they will share that song with you.  When you find their word in a magazine article, you can clip the article and mail it to them.  And on it goes!  Even if they don't join you, they can still help you with your journey this year.

Post your word - around your house.  Use post-its, bulletin boards, dry erase boards, computer backgrounds, refrigerator magnets, and anything else you can find to display your word and keep it in the forefront of your mind.

Quote your word - maybe you sit down one day and find a few random quotes on the internet, or maybe you keep a one word quotes journal through the whole year.  Regardless, seek out the inspiration that others have found through this word and take hold of it yourself.

Study your word - find book(s) and/or blog(s) that talk about or focus on your word.  Set out to learn as much as you can about your word.  Look into its origin, etymology, uses, synonyms, and antonyms.  Find out how this word has changed, grown, or taught others.  Learn what it means to other cultures.  Memorize it in as many languages as possible.

Create your word - write, paint, draw, photograph, collage, compose.  Take advantage of the freedom in art, whether or not you're a creative person, to capture your word and what it means to you.  You know that wall art where photographers write a name with images of things that resemble letters?  Make one - or several! - that spell out your word.  Have fun with it!  Another idea can be to write your word - on an index card, in the dust and dirt on your car, on a handmade banner or shirt, etc. - and then take a picture of you with your word.  Do this with friends or family and their words.  Just be creative!



  1. I should print out your whole post then! My word is CREATE! I love these ideas. So many are things that have never crossed my mind. I see lots of instagram in my future for this one. You have incredible insight for your age. Keep that open mind flowing with ideas and it will serve you well as you dream through this year. I hope you get to meet Melanie in person, if you haven't already. She is wonderful, sweet and fun!

  2. Hi Amy! I'm so glad you like my list! :) I actually had Melanie make that "What to do..." button for me so people could pin this list, if you have Pinterest. My family's always looking to save printer ink, so I've come to adore Pinterest (:

    While I'd love to, I can't take credit for everything on this list. The sources I gave had a huge part in these ideas. :)

  3. Dear Emily,

    Happy New Year! This is my first visit to your blog - what a fabulous post you've written! I saw your button at Melanie's and it caught my eye!

    I would love for you to share this post at my One Word 2013 Blog Hop AND at my Inspire Me Monday parties at Create With Joy. This would be a great feature to share as we embark on our collective JOURNEYS (journey is my word) this year!

    Dream on - I look forward to supporting and encouraging you in 2013!

    Create With Joy

  4. Hello Princess! I'm so glad you liked it :)

    I visited your blog - first of all, I have to say it: I. Love. Your. Design. Your blog is just beautiful!

    I linked up at your One Word 2013 Blog Hop. How do I share with your Inspire Me Monday parties?

  5. Terrific post. Hope you have a great year with your one word!

    Two resources you might want to add to your list are:

    1) the website (post your word here and find others who have chosen your same one word and then you can connect with them on social media)

    2) The new book My One Word:Change Your Life with Just One Word (it's getting strong reviews)

    Happy new year!

  6. Hi Rachel! I stopped by the website - I'd seen this book's page before, but didn't know there was a website. Thanks for telling me! I added my word, but I can't seem to find anyone else with "dream." I *did* set out to choose a unique, uncommon word... guess I succeeded!

  7. Hello there. :D
    Firstly I just want to mention that you're amazing. :P
    Next, for my word this year I've chosen REVOLUTION.

  8. Hi Emily! Um, thanks? :S

    Good luck with your word! :)

  9. This is so great! And we'd love to have you guest post on the One Word 365 blog about ways to keep your word alive. Maybe we can plan for something in February -- once people are a month in -- so it'll be a good nudge/reminder kind of post. Whatchathink?

  10. Hi Emily,

    Thanks so much for linking up at our One Word Blog Hop! Your post was truly so inspiring, I featured you at this week's Inspire Me Monday Party!

    Stop on by - the party is now open - and link up to your heart's content! I will be happy to add you to our weekly invite list so that you will get an invite as soon as the party opens!

    Happy New Year and all the best to you! I look forward to getting to know you this year - you are one very special young lady! :-)

    Create With Joy

  11. Wow! That's a great list! My word is Believe!

  12. Hi Paper Princess :) Right now with the blog party and some real-life stuff going on, I won't be participating in Inspire Me Monday. However, I might drop in once or twice in the future ;)

    Donna, I'm glad you like it! Good luck on your year with Believe!

  13. Hi Emily,

    I just joined in on the One Word 2013 blog hop. I'm visiting from Create With Joy. You have picked a fantastic word to guide you into the new year! My word for 2013 is 'Embrace'. I hope you will stop by for a visit.

  14. Hi Donna! Thanks so much for visiting me :)


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