one little word for 2010

I started this in 2008. My word was gratitude.

Then in 2009 I chose nurture.

I got the idea from Ali Edwards. I think this is a wonderful way to set your intention for the new year. I have failed to keep resolutions. However this is no fail. I love to set goals for myself and I believe this is a kinder, more positive way to do so. It’s a good way to direct my energy. As a matter of fact, I continue to hold on to each of these words as I greet another year. I hold them in my heart as I add another one to meditate on.

So moving right along, I’ve been "thinking" about what my word was going to be since November. Not really settling on any one thing but just trying on different words for size. But in the last few days one word has kept reappearing. So my word for 2010 is:



  • to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone
  • to transform
  • to become different
  • to become transformed or converted
  • to pass gradually into
  • a variation

I loved the above definitions of change. I also love the synonym: Transform. I will probably use these words interchangeably throughout my year.

I think the reason this word kept coming back to me is because there have been so many changes in my life in the last year. Things that have had a far reaching impact. However, even though people have made some huge decisions that have ultimately impacted my life I’ve found that these people and myself are inherently the same. You know the old saying, "People never change." I believe people can change only when they consciously make the decision to change, but change is hard. It sometimes hurts, either physically or emotionally. It can be uncomfortable. Out of the box thinking. People don’t always embrace change and by people I mean others such as family, friends, neighbors. Ok maybe not neighbors unless you do something hideous to your house and/or yard. I digress…

Anyway, I opened up my new devotional book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and the first sentenced leaped out at me. And it reads, "Come to Me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed….seek My Face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with Me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind."

Obviously my key verse will be Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

One little action

I’m going to start collecting inspiring quotes throughout the year. Beginning with this one (thanks to Megan for making it the tagline on her new blog)…

"When we make incremental change, we are on our way to monumental change." – Lance Armstrong

And I’ll probably get one of these or something similar to add to my necklace.

I hope you are inspired to choose one little word for your 2010. For more information you can read here.

Also check out Christine Kane’s free download here.

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7 Responses to one little word for 2010

  1. Hi! Remember way back when when you joined Small is Beautiful? Well, you are one of our featured revolutionaries for January. I hope the link-love in our round up today brings you some new readers to love.


    Rachelle Mee-Chapman
    a.k.a Magpie Girl

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  3. Christine says:

    Hey Amber! how fun that we’re both ‘lil revolutionaries this month :) Thanks for your comment and I’ll be bookmarking your blog too! I LOVE LOVE LOVE “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Such beautiful words. It inspires me all the time! perhaps we are kindred spirits!

  4. NTE says:

    I’ve been doing a similar type of approach for a while now, too. I love the word you’ve chosen for this year, and wish you the best of lucky in bringing about the change you long for.

  5. Jean says:

    I love this approach to starting the new year. I chose LISTEN as my word. Thanks for being inspiring and for your lovely blog. I can’t wait to see what CHANGE holds for you.

  6. Sasha says:

    So, today at lunch I started making a rough draft, if you will (a.k.a. a quick five minute typing session) of my “thoughts” for the new decade. And as I glance over what I’ve just typed, I notice most of them have something to do with “change” (having a lil “huh” moment with myself.)…nothing like popping over to your friend’s blog and getting a little affirmation from God =)

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