The Power of One

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”- Thomas Jefferson 

As you know, we kicked off the month by asking you to celebrate your word all month long for the One Word Project, and that you have.  Many of you have chosen your words and showed us how you celebrate those words with the photos you’ve added to our One Word Project Flickr pool and let me just say, they’re pretty darned awesome.  Correction: you’re pretty darned awesome.  

So inspired I was by your words and photos, that with the help of some friends, I put together a One Word video to share with all of you.  If you haven’t found just the right word for you yet, then maybe this lovely little video will inspire you.  And even if you already have a word, may you be as moved as I am by all the collective love of the beautiful women that contributed to the making of this video.  Because, like you, they’re pretty darned awesome, too.  

In honor of our One Word Project, the always lovely Stacy De La Rosa of Bella Wish Jewelry (and contributor to the video!) is giving away one custom made, hand stamped, sterling silver pendant with your word for 2012! For your chance to win, leave a comment telling us what your word is for 2012 no later than tomorrow, January 25th, midnight PST. 




  1. says

    I just simply LOVE this video.

    honestly, I have two words for this year, and I'm already working hard towards merging my <b>dream</b> and <b>believe</b> words into somethng new and beautiful, into my personal success. fingers crossed :)

  2. says

    your video is beautiful and super inspiring. I haven't chose a word yet, because I find that it disappears after a while, but I might change my mind after watching this. And, the photographs are amazing!

  3. marina says

    oooh, thank you for this video, Chris, it so inspiring and energizing! I am going to come back it, I am sure!
    my word for 2012 is whole.
    thank you for the chance to participate in this beautiful giveaway, and for a space for all of us to manifest our words for 2012!!!

  4. Debra says

    I am on a mission to create beautiful videos this year with the help of Xanthe's course I just signed up for and to create beautiful photos with the help of Kim's course I also just signed up for….I'm going to be busy. Lots to do for me in 2012, so my word for this year is CREATE.

  5. says

    B E C O M E
    it's a continual evolution, but i want to be intentionally involved in making the decisions, taking the steps to become all of me. the best of me. me through & through.

  6. says

    Great inspiration for a newbie to the OLW project. I'm only meant to stop for a second because I'm at work and part of the reason for choosing my word FOCUS is to do just that while engaging in each of life's endeavors. So I must get back, but I just wanted to say thank you again for the inspiration.

  7. Sheila says

    Thank YOU Shutter Sisters for already transforming my life in so many ways! I stumbled upon this site just before the holidays and around the time when I was feeling stale in a lot of areas in my life. This is my "morning cup of coffee," to check the site and allow inspiration to color the start to my day. I have a couple of words guiding me this year, but the chief among them is:


    and I am…a little bit more every day…and my spirit is so lighter for it.

    Thank all of you for what you do!

  8. annie says

    Chris, this is so awesome…wow…I just loved it and was blown away by everyone's creativity in conveying their OLW. Thank you so much for including me.

  9. says

    ACCEPTANCE…I keep this quote as a reminder to accept myself and things that can't be changed in life: "It's not your job to like me — it's mine."–Byron Katie, American speaker and author

  10. SueL says

    NURTURE – As the support and encouragement of this community will help nurture my creativity, it something we all need to receive and something we can all give.

  11. Nancy K says

    Wonderful video, and thanks so much for the giveaway contest! I'm so drawn to one word statements (my keychain says "compassion", my jacket buttons say "community"). My word for 2012 will be MOMENT.

  12. says

    I just decided that this year I will live!!!!!! Really live, each and every day. Not just slide through a day on all fours thinking that tomorrow I will begin but today I will Live this year I will live

  13. Caro says

    My word for 2012 is 'heart', and for me it's about living with passion, intuition and inspiration! It's following my heart, living from my soul, and feeling alive with creativity.

  14. says

    Mine is BUILD – and I'm feeling lucky to have my shots included in the slideshow. Hoping to build new friendships, build up my family, build a successful business and build things with my own 2 hands. Thanks for a lovely video Chris!

  15. little macrina says

    My word is LIVE – featured in the video with the bright pink shirt!

    With arms wide open, I embrace LIFE this year 😀

  16. says

    You did such a wonderful job Chris! Amazing to think of everyone focusing on these little words to better themselves their lives, their photography, etc. My word is START.

  17. Shawnee says

    My word is "stand", as in "Stand in your space and know you are there." Or stand for what I believe- what I want. I love this blog, this idea, and this prize.

  18. Dianna in Alabama says

    Wonderful and inspirational video! Thank you!
    'Cherish, every single second of life, the good, the bad, all of it! make every second count for every second is a gift from God.

  19. LizV says

    CELEBRATE! That's MY word. Last year's was "heal." I saw healing in relationships, in deep grief, in my body. I can't wait to see what this year holds. Life. Relationships. Art. Who knows…
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. lorene royer says

    Love this video! I had selected the word VICTORY! for my word for 2012 (we do this in my Bible study group!

  21. says

    I have never had a word before this year. In just a few weeks it has made such a difference. I have four little boys and a hard working husband. There isn't always enough of me to go around. I keep in mind that my biggest job right now is to NURTURE.

  22. says

    Empowered. But here's the thing – I took a picture for the video snd then convinced myself it wasn't good enough. Guess ther is a reason to choose empowered!

  23. says

    Linger. I've learned to slow down enough to find the simple joys and discover the small wonders. Now, I need to follow the joy of it all, stop, and linger in it. Linger, until I'm full enough to overflow and give it away…yeah…Linger.

  24. Jo says

    My fabulous word for 2012 is FLOURISH, and what a nice way to always remind yourself of your word and keep striving.

  25. says

    Chris, this is just gorgeous. In the midst of another crazy day, it made me stop and just be…thankful. I'm book marking this repeated viewing! :) hugs…Denise

  26. Erika (gashuttergirl) says

    I have been struggling with finding my word this year. I started to think it was GROW, but LESS has been really speaking to me more lately. Thanks for the opportunity at a great giveaway.

  27. Shannon says

    My word is BELIEVE.

    Believe in myself.
    Believe in my body.
    Believe in my family.
    Believe in my world.
    Believe that everything will be ok.

  28. marym74 says

    Mine is BECOME. As I am now in my mid 50's, I have found myself needing to re-invent parts of my lifeSo Become is my word for 2012.

  29. says

    I have struggled with this for a while, not because I didn't have a word, but because I couldn't narrow it down…but I finally realized this year is about
    to my god
    to my family
    to my husband
    to my art
    to myself
    I will practice DEVOTION

  30. says

    that was so incredibly moving, beautiful and inspirational
    so much good intention put out into the world
    it makes you feel absolutely anything is possible

    my word is risk

  31. says

    So many great inspirational words, and a lovely way of showing them. I'm not the only one who chose it, but my word for this year is FOCUS – in life, on friends and family, on me, on what I do, with my camera……it will see me through the year and make it a good one.

  32. says

    Loved this. Thank you so much for including me it was fun to see my word, CHALLENGE, among all those fabulous images. Some just made me smile, others made me say awwwww.

    Thank you for putting this together.

  33. says

    thanks for positng this articles.this is very beautiful.thanks for posting such a beautiful articles.Every thing is very perfect.I love this video, the editing, the music, the words, all comes together so well and beautiful.your video is beautiful and super inspiring. I haven't chose a word yet, because I find that it disappears after a while, but I might change my mind after watching this. And, the photographs are amazing!thanks

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