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One Little Word

A small gift from Etsy's Angel Funk, which immediately seemed like the totem I need this year. How did she know?Is it true that one little word can change my life in the coming year?  I was introduced to the practice of choosing one word for the year through the creative community I found in 2011.  One word to point myself toward.  One word to meditate on, bounce off, spin around.  One word to be my Polaris, the intention around and through which I navigate 2012.  People I know or read have chosen words like inspire, create, witness, surrender, thrive.  I thought about what I want the theme of my next year to be, what feels vital, positive, and active.  I chose


(by which I mean)

nurture the conditions for the emergence of transformative growth

I think my work for the year is about learning to value the practice and the process more than the product.  About nurturing relationships, carving out both physical and emotional space to be inspired and to work.  About preparing the soil and trusting that there will be a satisfying harvest in the correct season.


I look forward to sharing this journey here this year and hearing about yours. Did you choose a word?  What is it?  Why?

I send the dear community that gathers here my best wishes for an inspired 2012, full of delight.  Happy New Year!

Reader Comments (11)

I so look forward to watching you cultivate - knowing with all my heart that good things will grow from your turning of the soil. And knowing that I will learn from your process as I "explore" - my word for 2012.

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

with your intrepid and articulate leadership, I chose IMAGINE
by which i mean
be the space for magical, healing creativity to take shape
less thought, more bringing forth.
thank you for your example. I trust your garden will be gloriously fruitful in 2012.

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

Love your word and your intention for 2012. I will be sharing my word this week on my blog. Stay tuned! Happy New Year, love. xoxo

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan @ Life Refocused

excellent choice, corrina!

mine is "live"

see reason here:

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMacrina

So excited for you and this word!

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRia

oh Corinna... you already know i love your word....
this is so very very inspired.....

and I am cheering you on....
xo, Kim

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim Klassen

Love your word and the photo. I chose "Focus". I'm feeling like I have too many projects whirling around me and that it is time to focus on what truly brings me joy. For me, the letting go of things is the hard part. So hopefully with the intention to truly focus on what matters, I'll be able to do so.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

Great word! Wishing you successful cultivation this year. I chose Abundance this year.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebra

There are so many wonderful words to choose from...I actually considered using your same word but somehow, it didn't fit for me this new year. It took me a few days to find mine but here it is -- be.

So here is to all of us in our journey this year, may we carry our words with us, make it apart of our lives and expand and grow. Thanks to all of you who are taking this same path -- I know I don't have to feel alone.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercarmen

corinna i love your word and i love how you wrote to cultivate your interior soil. that is powerful and very beautiful.
in my next life i would like to be a framer.... i am glad you know some in your real life that can help you on this journey ahead.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkristin

Cool shot--I really like the shallow dof and strong textures. Very good word; I'm going to have to think about mine. I'm looking forward to seeing your cultivations this year Corinna.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

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