It’s the end of the year as we know it

one word 365

I love blogging, but I don’t always love all of the trappings of blogging. Which means that I don’t generally participate in a lot of link-ups and blogging memes.

So I was not planning on doing the One Word 365 thing. It seemed like another new year’s resolution kind of deal and I just wasn’t interested. Who needs another thing to fail at, right?

But I’m a little bit of a sucker for peer pressure, and seeing one blogging friend after another talk about how their one word had changed their lives in 2011, I started thinking that maybe it was something a bit more than just a glorified resolution.

As I was mulling over participation, I was in the midst of having some conversations with some online friends. Discussions about how much we’d like to meet and how it would be cool if we could get together, and I started thinking, “Why am I talking about this and not doing it?”

And there were so many other things on that list. Things that I was too lazy or too distracted or too afraid to DO.

The more I thought about it, the more I felt like my one word needed to be “do.”

I now join the chorus of voices who have had their lives changed by this simple little blogging meme.

When I was making decisions this year, many of them were run through the filter of those two letters. Was this an opportunity to do? And would doing it be something that was healthy for me and my family?

I took some risks this year that I may not have otherwise. I said yes to more experiences. I put real live faces and arms to people who had previously just lived in my computer. I got more vulnerable. I accepted a new job. I will be experiencing a huge life-change.

I haven’t been perfect. There have been things that I wanted to do that didn’t get done. And some things that I started that I didn’t follow through on. But overall, it’s been a year characterized by action rather than one directed by fear and idleness.

That said, this will wrap up blogging for 2012 for me. I’ll be doing a couple of “Stuff I’ve Been Reading” posts and reposting some of my favorites from this year over the next week, but that’s it. Thank you for being such amazing readers and participants in this blog. You make this super fun and worth continuing and I am ridiculously grateful for you.


Did you do One Word 365 this year? How did it work out for you? What was your favorite thing that you did in 2012?

  • HopefulLeigh

    Love hearing about your word changed you this year! Also loved getting to meet you in the spring. My word this year was hope and it definitely stretched me. My word for next year is probably going to kick my ass and then some. We shall see.

    • Alise Wright

      I loved getting to meet you as well – only disappointing thing was that our meeting was so brief!

      Here’s to an amazing 2013 for you!

  • Alece Ronzino

    i’ve so enjoyed following your journey this year. and i’m grateful that i got to hug you as a direct result of your commitment to DO!

    • Alise Wright

      I’m also so glad that I had the opportunity to meet you! Thank you for creating this community. It’s been amazing!

  • Genevieve Thul@Turquoise Gates

    What a great word! I’m so glad it motivated you. As I look back on the year I tentatively and hopefully spoke “SUCCEED” I am astonished at all the ways God answered that skeptical prayer. I am so glad you chose to participate in 2012. Doing it again in 2013??