Thursday, January 1, 2009

One Little Word for 2009

The idea behind the "one little word" concept is to give yourself something to focus on throughout the year.  I can not take any credit for this idea, I found it on someone else's blog.  

Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2009?  It can be something that is tangible or intangible.  It could be a thought, feeling or an emotion.  It can be singular or plural.  The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you.  This is not someone else's word...just yours and yours ONLY.  

I hope that you'll join us by posting your word for 2009 at the end of this blog!  Happy New Year and way to go Huskers!  

Andy decided that he could use a lot more patience in 2009.  Patience that the economy will improve this year and patience in dealing with the kids!  (He didn't say this...but patience with his wife who asks him to do silly stuff like this!)

I chose determined...I am determined to be better organized at school, determined to get my money's worth at the gym, determined to keep up with the laundry, determined to scrapbook more, determined to get to Disney World this year and determined to get my hands on the 365 kit, which is sold out!  Boo hoo!  

Tyler wanted perseverance because he wanted a word that meant "to keep going".  Tyler wants to persevere in sports as well as in school.  

Joy -- definition --"The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying."  Really...what more could an eight year old wish for?  Good choice, Maddy! 

Grant gets two words.  He, obviously, can't chose a word, so we picked two for him.  These two words are ones that he's really gotten to understand over the past few months.  Our wish is that he will hear less of these words as his actions for 2009 improve.  We can always hope!  

Quote from A. Edwards --- "A single word can be a powerful thing.  It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything.  It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow."


Amy said...

My word for 2009 is ATTACHED. ~Amy J.

Anonymous said...

My word for 2009 is "BIRD" because haven't you heard Bird is the word!

Todd V.

Anonymous said...

My word for 2009 is "Thin" because this is the year that I'm going to take my weight loss seriously.

Sarah V.

Trisha said...

My word is Change. Wait I can't use that it's Obama's word.

I'll go with strive.

I am going to strive to organize the classroom.

I am going to strive to cook more.

I am going to strive to learn more Italian before going to Italy.

I am going to continue to strive to run 10 miles a week.

Anonymous said...

My word for 2009 is POSITIVE! I need to remember to be positive about everything - work, kids, husband, myself and others.

Angie E.

Anonymous said...

Humor....I will humor my big sister when she asks me to do this stuff.


Janelle said...

Cause if I don't, i won't lose any weight and won't be happy with myself.

dylans mom said...

My word for 2009 is HEALTHY! I'd like to say DIET..but...of course I can't follow a DIET to save my a**, although Diet Pop and Michelob Ultra are my favorite but... I'd rather have...
healthy living
healthy children
healthy spouse
and of course a healthy "ME"!!!
p.s. 3 No S's Diet- No seconds, No sweets, and no snacks... it works if only I could follow it.. lol.

Tracey said...

Cute idea, Amy!
I guess I don't have a word yet, I'll think about it and let you know.............

Anonymous said...

"HAPPINESS" is my word for 2009. I hope everyone finds plenty of it in the new year.

Anonymous said...

'Enjoyment' is my word for 2009. I am retired and that is what I intend to do all year.

Anonymous said...

Kathy K's word for 2009 is
"New-Leaf" (hey if Grant can have 2
so can I).....I chose new-leaf because I will be 'turning a new leaf' when I retire in June '09.

Carla said...

I guess my word for the new year is just like my Big Brother and I need Patience. Patience with my family and all their activities, Patience for waiting for my new house. Maybe in 2009 if I'm lucky.

Lisa F said...

Fun--to be a more fun mom!!!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Amy, we love your blog. You are so creative and we admire your expressions & pictures. Your grandmother Mi would be so proud of you. (She always was)
Love you and Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family.
Uncle Pat and Aunt Angie

Anonymous said...

Raette says....."exciting"!

taj said...

My word is POSITIVE. I noticed that Angie used it as well, yeah! Too much negative is talked about at work,news,life...everywhere. It's the year of great things to come!

dziner said...

My word is "Celebrate". My brother's getting married, Scott's turning 40 and my Mom Dad will have been married 50 years.

Kristi said...

I'm not quite ready for 2009- I still have some contemplating to do- it seems like I was so busy with Christmas, etc. that I have had time to sit down and do the planning,etc. for the new year that is already upon us. I'll get back to you when I get my word figured out!

Did you ever have any luck with the 365 kit? It looks very cool, but I didn't even try to order it. There was a school kit I liked earlier this year that sold out really fast too!

Anonymous said...

My word for 2009 is growth...specifically at work. I will be finishing my tenure classes this year and I am applying for a graduate program.
Amy D.

Anonymous said...

THIRTY!!! That's how much weight I want to lose! - JVF
PS love your blog- pics, your funny comments and your music.... all fantastic!

Mindee said...

I'm going with "Satisfied."

I need to be satisfied with what I'm given, be it my kids or my husband or my job or my finances. . . or the amount of food that's on my plate. I want to be satisfied with myself.

This is not to say that I shouldn't strive for more or better - but not out of dissatisfaction. Rather, out of the desire to accomplish.

Anonymous said...

I hope the hyphens qualify this as one word. Btw: your Uncle Pat and Aunt Angie (my in-laws) owe you a word, but they are right about you, Amy! :)
Love ya!
(your cousin-in-law)
PS Aren't in-laws great? <3

missy said...

i saw this on a blog too and have wanted to do it for our family. i am excited for what it will bring.

ccolopy said...

I love the idea of having everyone in my family choose a word + taking a picture with it!
I picked CHERISH for 2009.