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12/31/11
Word for 2012: Be
Filed under: General, Creativity, Inspiration, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 8:50 pm

Fly Tribe Word Hop 2012

Word for 2012: Be

The practice of choosing a word at the new year to be a touchstone for the following year has become an internet phenomenon that has grown over time. My word for 2010 was create and my word for 2011 was focus. After giving this a lot of thought, as I usually do, my word for 2012 came to me tonight: be. Just be. Both simple and profound at the same time, my word covers a lot of ground and holds great meaning for me.

Be authentic.

Be honest.

Be real.

Be true to yourself.

Be there for those who matter.

Be yourself.

Be creative.

Be curious.

Be who you want to be.

Be mindful.

Be thoughtful.

Be kind.

Be brave.

Be strong.

Be at peace with yourself.

Just be.


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41 Responses to “Word for 2012: Be”

  1. Jill Says:
    Mary, this is great. I love your statements–they are very inspiring to me. Hope you don’t mind but I’m going to write them down and keep them visible because they are perfect reminders of what is important in life. Best wishes for your new year. Jill
  2. Renee Burke of Happily Ever After by Renee Burke, LLC Says:
    A very strong little word and sometimes one of the hardest to accomplish - I am excited for you and hope to ALLOW myself to be…… ;-) xo
  3. Ursula Says:
    Hi Mary- how funny is this- we picked the same word!! Wow, we really seem to be on the same wavelength. Such a little word, but a LOT to live up to!! Looking forward to sharing such a powerful word with you!! Happy 2012!!
  4. Mary Sterk Says:
    I love the idea of having a simple, yet so complex word. It allows you such freedom!!
  5. janet forrest Says:
    I REALLY, REALLY like this, Mary. I agree with Jill…they are perfect reminders.
  6. Melanie Douthit Says:
    Let it “be”! I see inspiration for a painting!! Great word. Have a wonderfully creative year. I’m happy to be flying with you!! :) )
  7. Katharina Says:
    Very well put, Mary! “Just be”–what lovely words to live by. Wishing you the best in 2012 and I look forward to seeing where your creative endeavors take you!!
  8. Jane Paynting Says:
    Mary, Just “Be” is the most authentic you can be. A wonderful reminder for us all for 2012.
  9. Christina Says:
    Mary, what a powerful word you have chosen for your new year!! I wish you a very happy and blessed 2012!!! ~Christina
  10. Chelle Says:
    Hello Mary, its a great word, i hope you enjoy 2012 & your year of just BE-ing!!
  11. Lori Moon Says:
    Such a little word but with such strength. Enjoying Be-ing during 2012. Enjoy the journey!
  12. Michelle - ShellsintheBush Says:
    Great word, it allows you to be whoever you want to be.
  13. Ann Marie Says:
    I think we could all learn to just “be” more often. I know I could. Happy New Year Mary.
  14. Mary Says:
    Love your small but mighty word, Mary. Wishing you all good things in 2012. Happy to be flying with you.
  15. Sally Rose Says:
    I love the simplicity of your word, Mary! It struck a cord with me…Thank you for your post!
  16. Sofia Says:
    Hi Mary, Have a great new year BE-ing YOU!
  17. Jamie Burch Says:
    Be. Wonderful choice! Something about that simple word is SO powerful and freeing. Happy wishes to you…:)
  18. Kathy Says:
    Hi Mary!!! That is a great word and so much to think about!!! Best of Luck in 2012!!!!
  19. Carol Says:
    I love your word BE! So simple, but powerful!
  20. Tinachicky Says:
    This word speaks to me Mary. I love it. I have a necklace made by a dear friend. This is the necklace. I wear it when I need to have that day to realize to just “BE”. http://www.etsy.com/listing/62095798/om-shanti-yoga-inspired-sterling-silver
  21. Sherry Richert Belul Says:
    Hey Mary! Happy to BE on this journey with you. Loved your list of inspiring “be’s.” May 2012 support you in every way! :-)
  22. Kelley Miller Says:
    I love this word!! I have some Artwork that has “Just Be”. I love it and it encompasses so much, and allows for embracing so much beauty. Cant wait to see what the future holds for you this year. xoxo
  23. Cindy Jones Lantier Says:
    How big this little word is! Like Jill, I think I’ll keep your various BE statements handy as a conscious reminder to live more DELIBERATE-ly (my word for 2012). I’m eager to see how you inhabit you word throughout the year. xoxo
  24. Clare Docherty Says:
    BE-autifully said! A skill I would like to be better at - thanks for your awesome words! xx
  25. Connie Rawlins Says:
    Just be! How wonderful. I wish you the best in 2012.
  26. Kelly Says:
    Mary, I love how totally zen and distilled this is. Being is so important, thank you for the reminder!
  27. zulma Says:
    wonderful word! feeling so peaceful as I reflect on just being.
  28. julie Says:
    That is actually a very good word. It covers a lot of ground. I like it! I am not sure why I was looking for such a difficult word!!?? wishing you the best in 2012 being the best that you can be:) Julie
  29. Teresa Erwin Says:
    Mary…I love your words. Just perfect! Best wishes for 2012.
  30. Lori Says:
    That’s great, Mary! I’m looking forward to seeing how “BE” manifests itself to you this year. xoxo L
  31. Angela Says:
    Every day is a gift BE present in it.
  32. Carmen Patti Says:
    What a nice calming way to start my day. Lovely words…good luck in 2012!
  33. Rae Payne Says:
    This is a word for a lifetime. So powerful. It can take us so many places. Thanks for sharing your interpretation of it. It is helpful to remember all the different aspects of it. Have a beautiful year.
  34. Deirdre Rivera Says:
    Mary your post is beautiful and so true, thanks.
  35. kelly hoernig Says:
    Love “be who you want to be” because it starts and ends with your chosen word “be” and ultimately yourself. “Be”autifully written and can’t wait to see you “be all you can be” in 2012.
  36. Karen Says:
    Wonderful post… I do like the word you have chosen it really makes one think…
  37. Frauke Says:
    What a lovely, strong word - just be yourself !! Glad to be flying with you ;-) )
  38. Michelle Turbide Says:
    Your word is so flexible. So simple, yet so profound. BE well and I wish you luck and blessings in 2012.
  39. Kathleen Conard Says:
    I absolutely love your list of “be”.
  40. Anne (Cornucopia) Says:
    Great word choice Mary! And wonderful list of “be” sentences. I liked this idea when you told me about it, but I still haven’t come up with one word. My biggest problem seems to be procrastination, so maybe that should be my word (as a reminder to stop doing it). :-(
  41. Mary Says:
    Anne - Here’s an idea. Instead of procrastinate, why not choose the word do? Or accomplish? To turn it around to a positive. I believe a few people on the blog hop chose the word do.