Do. Or When The Easy Becomes Difficult

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I wrote about experiencing the first year of motherhood, second time round, at Everyday Family. Would you come read? I loved writing this post. Thank you.

The One Word phenomenon – where you choose a word that you will allow to guide you through the year. To me, it’s like an anchor, it lends a thoughtfulness to your actions, and in a way, keeps you accountable to your goals. So yes, I’m onboard.

Last year, my word was Calm. I like to believe that I did apply much of it to my life. And last year was a little crazy, to say the least. I’d say, I held onto Calm, 80% of the time. (how I came to derive this percentage, it’s all very scientific, I won’t go into it)

Love this customized One Word button, designed by Melanie of Only A Breath.

Love this customized One Word button, designed by Melanie of Only A Breath.

This year, the word ‘Do’ leapt out at me and punched me in the throat.

Instead of Thinking and Talking, I will Do.

Therein lies the difficulty.

There is one thing I need to Do more of. The one thing I really love, but am struggling with mightily.


It is part of my blog title. It is a part of who I believe I am. It is something I am paid to do. It is something I’ve been doing since I could hold a pencil.

Yet, I have been struggling with this for a while. This should be easy. This part – the writing. However, it has become most difficult.

I struggle with the what and the when. What do I write? When do I have time to write?

I struggle with my identity as a writer. I don’t think of myself as a writer. Writers read books about writing. Writers write everyday. Writers schedule time to write. I don’t do any of that. It makes me feel like less of a writer (disclaimer, I did not write this to ask you to praise my writing or tell me I am a real writer, I am merely letting you know how I feel about the whole ‘writerly’ thing).

Anthony Robbins quote

So this year, I will simply Do. I will write. I will write when I can. I will write what comes into my mind and heart. I may not necessarily publish everything,  but I will write.

The other thing I’ve been wanting to Do for a while, is to improve my photo taking. I have been interested in photography since I was a child, but I’ve never taken it very far. This year, I have embarked on a daily photo project (yes I remember last year when I abandoned it 3 months in because I couldn’t keep up, I also stopped doing the #PhotoADay prompts because it was getting too contrived) – in an effort to be better at something I rather enjoy.

My project is called Yellow and I’m documenting it all on my Tumblr blog – if you’re so inclined, follow me there and see what yellow things I am photographing. This could get interesting!

2013 – let’s do this.

Linking up with the fabulous Nicole of Sisters From Another MisterLaura of Mommy Miracles and Melanie of Only A Breath (who will customize your One Word button for you for free, just email her!).

What is your one word this year?

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • January 7, 2013 Christine

    I love your word. I truly do. I think that I get very hung up on the “do” part – getting from thought to action. I need to get out of my own head a bit more! It’s funny because I feel similarly about writing and photography. Following your Tumblr (which you just reminded me that I had one too!) and can’t wait to see your photos.

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Christine, just DO. You’re right, the stumbling block is in our minds. Since I started the year with this word, I’ve written and pitched to two sites I’ve always wanted to publish on, I’m well on my way to reading the 12 books I hope to this year, and I am taking a lot more photos. We’re only 2 weeks in, so I’m really encouraged. Having the word there is totally motivating.

  • January 7, 2013 Julia

    I like “do” it’s a simple word but one that can mean so much. I too feel like i’m not a “real” writer cause I don’t write everday or enough or in my case get paid for it. Good luck with your word, my word for this year was almost calm.

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for the well wishes, I need them!

  • January 7, 2013 julie gardner

    Oh goodness.

    Yep. I’m definitely better at the talking and thinking than the actual DOING so this would be a good one for me to tackle.

    But I already picked PEACE.
    Which I sorely need because this past year was (beyond my control) anything but peaceful.
    And I thrive on quiet and calm and time to process.

    I need a return to my equilibrium. A slowing of pace. An ability to step back and not take on the weight of others’ worlds.

    Hmmm….Maybe my word should be LUCK.

    Either way, I wish you success with the Do, my friend.
    You are one of the most “achieving” people I know.

    So 2013 should be a piece of cake.

    Hmmmm….Maybe my word should be CAKE.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Cake is a good word – it’d be super easy for me too. 🙂

      Thank you for your well wishes. Love seeing you here again. Hope you’re well. xo

  • January 7, 2013 sarah

    LOVE your photo project. YELLOW. how cool are you? very.
    Eek, I’ve got three going. photoaday (no prompts, just any photo on IG) mysundaydrive (every sunday) and self portrait a day.
    Yes, I’m crazy.
    And YES, let’s do this 2013.
    p.s. my word is community. I’d blog about the whys and hows, but as you know…I’m still hanging out in blogless land 🙁
    But back to 2013. GONNA DO IT.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      You are crazy! But you’re a photographer so totally natural to take on so many photo projects.
      Yellow is proving harder than I thought, but that’s the challenge yes?
      Good luck with yours and you’ll get your blog very soon!

  • January 7, 2013 Kim at Mama Mzungu

    Alison, if you are struggling to find time to write, then we’re all in trouble. ; ) I think if you as one of the most active and prolific bloggers out there. I admire you and measure myself against you and come up failing ever time! But I guess it’s somewhat refreshing (selfishly) to know that you struggle with this too!

    I can’t imagine the Alison Lee with the “do” matra/motivator for 2013. Watch out world! : )
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Please do not compare, you’re a terrific writer! Half the stuff I post is rather effortless (photos etc), I only really come up with meaty posts once a week. And I want to do more outside the blog, write for good, reputable sites. That’s my struggle.

      Thank you for your kind words, Kim!

  • January 7, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I know you’re not asking for praise, but there are so many things I admire about your blog – the very first being your personality, which shines through the whole thing. You always seem like a “doer” to me already. You can touch upon so many aspects of blogging – from the content to the social media aspect – and it seems effortless to you.

    Just thought I’d tell you. 🙂
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      You’re sweet, Jennie, thank you. I am a doer by nature, but the things I really need to do more of, I don’t. Writing is one, and I compare myself to people like you, post after post of amazingness. I want to write better stuff, for more than just this blog. I want to have posts on reputable sites. I guess I just want to feel more writerly. 🙂

  • January 7, 2013 Susanna Leonard Hill

    Hi Alison – being a writer is HARD! I know because I am a writer too. And I think, like everything else, you can’t necessarily go by the rules, such as writers write every day. I think you have to do what works for you. Try to write as often as you can and want to, but don’t feel bad if you miss a day. If you’re like me, you’re a mom first 🙂 What do you write? If it happens to be anything for kids, I know all the best places to go for information on craft, submission, and moral support – great groups of wonderful supportive people who can help with everything from motivation to perfecting your query letter to getting that manuscript just right. Let me know 🙂 And best of luck in your writing endeavors!
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Susanna, for your offer!
      I write about parenting mostly. Not advice, just my take on it, my struggles/ challenges, and dare I say, triumphs. I am also writing more about my thoughts on my relationship with my mother – a different take on motherhood, so to speak. I am looking more on getting published in reputable websites (like Huffington Post), so the task at hand, is to write good enough stuff for them. As a benchmark. That’s the idea anyway. 🙂

  • January 7, 2013 Amber

    I need to just DO, sometimes, as well. Not sure what gets in the way, but perhaps it is my negative lens, so hopefully my 2013 word will help me to DO, as well. Thanks for your post.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Stay positive, Amber. I find that a lot of what we don’t do, is just us putting up mental blocks for ourselves. Good luck!

  • January 7, 2013 ilene

    I LOVE the idea of DO. And I love the one word mantra that we can go back to again and again to keep us focused. I hope you “DO” all you want to do this year, Alison! I bet you will!

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much Ilene! My ‘word’ last year really helped me, anchored me. And so I hope with my word this year, it’d be my home base for when things veer off track.

      Happy New Year to you!

  • January 7, 2013 tracy

    More reasons to love you. I don’t have a word as since the New Year I’ve been in survive mode and I’m exhausted. xoxo
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Love you too. Sorry you had such a rough start to you. Now it’s just onwards and upwards, yes? xoxo

  • January 7, 2013 Kim

    Love your word, Alison. In fact, it could very easily be a word for me in 2013. I am a thinker, a muller, an ‘I’ll get back to it later’ sort that sometimes just needs to “do” before I forget or talk myself out of it. I love the idea of choosing a word to focus thoughts and goals at the beginning of the year. It is so simple, but at the same time so meaningful.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      It’s a loaded word, Do, that’s for sure. My word last year really did help me, so I’m hoping this year, it’d do the same. I really need to get myself in gear. 🙂

  • January 7, 2013 AnnMarie

    Mine is “trust” but “do” is a great one. Especially when it comes to writing. I always say at the beginning of the year that this will be the year that I send some of my stuff in. Who knows, maybe it will be.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      AnnMarie, just do it, seriously. I wrote two pieces a few days ago and finally hit submit. Who knows what will happen, but I did it. I got uncomfortable. It’s just going to get easier from here on.

      So trust me (see what I did there with your word?), do it.

  • January 7, 2013 Candice Rempel

    “DO”…that is a really challenging word to live by for 2013! It’s so easy to set goals, to talk or get caught up in menial aspects of our day. But to actually DO…

    I am in love with your word…I almost wish I would have thought of it myself. Instead, I chose “courage” as my word for 2013.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Courage is a great word. It’s motivating. It can even propel you to Do. Stick with it, see where it takes you. Good luck!

  • January 7, 2013 Leah

    Love your post. Love your word. It is a very powerful word. Certainly on my radar for this year. I am still fine tuning my word. I found a quote – which is sort of my theme – but I’m trying to find the word to sum it all up…. Thanks for the inspiring post! You are a terrific writer BTW:)

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Leah, thank you so much for your encouragement. I hope your word has come to you!

  • January 7, 2013 Tracie

    I love your word – it does fit very well with my ACT.

    And of course, I love that you are going to take pictures of things that are yellow. That makes me want to learn how to actually use Tumblr so I can look at all the pretty yellowness.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, you and yellow! I remember now!
      How similar are we? Do/ Act and Yellow? 🙂

  • January 7, 2013 Kiran

    I have no doubt that you will Do. I have no doubt that you will Realize. I have no doubt that you will Succeed.

    Here is to 2013!
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Kiran. Realizing and Succeeding are definitely goals.
      To 2013!

  • January 7, 2013 Natalie

    I think 2013 is going to be a great year for you!
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Natalie, I sure hope so. So far, so good!

  • January 7, 2013 Alexa

    I feel the same way… about being writerly that is! 🙂 Especially with small children – my brain is so fleeting. I have all these amazing ideas when I’m driving around in my mini van, and the instant I’m home… brain suck! Or poopy diapers, crying kids, gotta feed them…

    They say that goal setting makes you more successful. So just by setting “Do” as your word, I”m sure you will!
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Alexa, use your phone to quickly jot down ideas when they come to you. When you (finally) have time, put those ideas into your writing calendar, and flesh them out. It works for me!

      And yes, definitely goal setting this year. It does help. No more floundering!

  • January 8, 2013 Shell

    Sounds like such an easy word… but harder to actually do! 😉
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Totally. It’s keeping me on my toes for sure!

  • January 8, 2013 Olga

    Great word, great plan. It is, indeed, hard to identify what kind of a writer each of us is. And, it is hard to find the time to write. Some time ago I was told that writing has to happen first thing in the morning — it has to be the first thing I do. When that can happen, everything I write or do after that in my day is the icing on the cake. This is still difficult advice to follow with kids in the house who have to be set off to school each day. But sometimes I do get to just start the day with writing and those are my most productive days.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Olga, for sharing. I’m the opposite, I can’t write unless I clear everything off my morning to-do list. So first thing in the morning is impossible. And yes, with two kids, one of whom has to go to school and out the door by 8.15, it’s tough. I do most of my best writing at night, when everyone’s in bed, when I’ve checked off my list. 🙂

  • January 8, 2013 angela

    Do. It should be so easy, but sometimes it’s not. I wish you much luck and support in your do-ing this year 🙂

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      I need as much luck and support I can get, so thank you!

  • January 8, 2013 Ann Mc

    I like your word! My word this year is “MAKE”! I plan to MAKE things this year. I’m canning fresh fruits and vegetables as they come in season and hope to not buy any canned goods this year. So far, so good….and I’m having a BALL!

    The one thing I have to realize (and work on) is I’ve got to MAKE time to do this as well!

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      You can definitely make time, Ann, it’s your passion!! Hope you’re well, and happy new year!

  • January 8, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    I like this idea. Not sure what I would choose as a word though.

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Sometimes, it takes some thinking and reflecting to come to a word. Like it was for me last year. This year, it was easy. It was just staring at me in the face.

      • January 13, 2013 Amanda Jillian

        I wound up picked self-care =]

  • January 8, 2013 Kristen

    One of the reasons for my delay in getting back to blogging in 2013 is that what used to be so easy to sit down at the computer and write is now incredibly hard. I put myself and my words down because I read so many well written blogs that I question why I’m sharing my words with other people and not just keeping them in a journal beside my bed. I’m glad you are pushing through though, Alison. I would miss your words…every single one of them. (especially the swear words!)
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Kristen, you’re a very good writer. Don’t let self-doubt swallow you and your words up. Or do as I do, just write. Whether you share them or not, it doesn’t matter. Also? The more you write, the better you get. I truly believe that. Good luck to you!

  • January 8, 2013 Elizabeth Kane

    Oh yeah. I feel you on the writing. A total “do” that is hard to sit down and “do” sometimes. This is yet another thing that coffee and chocolate gets me ready for when the hard days roll around 🙂

    My word for the year, is “leap” which now I think of it, is a variation of “do.” To me it means get over the perfect, let more life in, and stop holding back. All of which I need to remember this year.

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Leap is a great word, Elizabeth! Good luck to you!

  • January 8, 2013 Kim

    Love your word, and your lovely photo and quote! Mine is Commit. I tend to spend too much time thinking, analyzing, trying on, etc, rather than just committing to some kind of action. Let us march forward together in getting things crossed off our list, especially writing!
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Yes!! Commit in a way is much like Do, yes? Good luck to us both!

  • January 8, 2013 Tonya

    Do. Great word and I see you doing all that your heart desires in 2013.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      I hope so, Tonya!

  • January 8, 2013 Carolyn

    I love how you called the one word an anchor, so true!
    And I love the word you chose. I need to “do” more.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      That’s how it feels to me, like home base, keeping me grounded and focused.
      Good luck to you for the year!

  • January 8, 2013 The Dose of Reality

    Do is great!! I cheated and went with two words because one word didn’t quite do it for me. It’s Keep Moving. I just want to get some momentum going and keep it up with so many things.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      #KeepMoving – there, one word. 🙂
      Good luck with your word(s)!

  • January 8, 2013 Cynthia Meents

    Good word choice. As a professional procrastinator, it’s definitely a word I could use. I wrote about my one word: “Blessed.” I need to be reminded to count my blessings on a regular basis.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Cynthia. I’m a professional ‘talk myself out of things’ and self-doubter, so Do is a necessary word for me this year.

  • January 8, 2013 Alma

    Mine is “Be” ….for me it means to believe in myself, be in the moment, be present when happiest, be the person I have always wanted to be, be adventurous, be silent…but most of all because these is a lot I want to be like a better mother, wife, blogger, knitter and eventually own a business.
    If I could choose a word you are is “inspiration” because you help me to be those things in a way.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Alma, I know you can BE your word this year, you absolutely can.
      And thank you so much -for your support, for reading my words, for being a friend, for your belief in me. xo

  • January 8, 2013 TOI

    I LOOOOOOVE this entry. I’ve been thinking exact same thing. instead of thinking I will DO. you already, lol!
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      You should have your own word and write a post too! 🙂

  • January 8, 2013 Galit Breen

    Lovely, you.

    It’s a perfect word.

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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      It is perfect for me this year.


  • You DO girl! You do it very well!
    My one word will be : Be.
    Be me, be a mother, be a friend, just be.
    Selfish? Perhaps, but I felt a bit lost one year ago, swept away in the tide of motherhood/work/mariage. So being “me” again feels right and that is what I’m going to do.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      And you go girl!
      I think after a year of Do in 2013, I think Be might be my word next year. 🙂

  • January 8, 2013 Amy

    I love this idea and wrote about it a few days ago… intentional. My goal is to do all things with intention – too often I wander into bad volunteer projects or home projects or anything projects without really thinking it through, having a plan and moving forward. I’d say the same in relationships as well. Not planning everything out but living with intention.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Being intentional, being mindful – so important. Good luck, Amy!

  • January 8, 2013 Martine

    Love your word! Mine is “Enrich,” and by it, I mean to do things this year that enrich, add beauty to my life as a wife and mom. It’s really about giving myself some “me” investment, because 2012 was a crazy busy year. I think I took the work at home mom thing to another level altogether: mostly work, hardly any play!

    I feel like sometimes I get wrapped up in the job of being a writer, that I forget to write for myself. It’s the same with photography, which is why I made it one of my blog goals this year to learn how to take better photos — or really just keep taking photos, like I used to do in high school. Trying a new hobby; learning Photoshop; writing poetry again; exercising with a goal in mind, and even taking up a makeup class (yes, because I never learned how to put on makeup!) — these are all things that I’ve taken for granted in the past. I feel like I’ve missed out, and I want to enjoy giving back to myself again.

    I hope by the end of this year, I’ll know how to put on eyeshadow and blush. But more than that, I want to be able to say that 2013 made me happy about “me.”

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Martine, it sounds like an awesome goal – to make it more about you. We as mothers, lose so much of ourselves, because we give so much to others. Good luck to you!

  • January 8, 2013 Ashley

    This is such a great word to have set for the year. SUCH a great one. I think we get so caught up in what can we do, what is there time for, how do we accomplish this that and the other thing.. and we forget to simply do. I love it and wish you lots of luck this year!
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much Ashley!!

  • January 8, 2013 keely

    Oh..I love that word. It seems so simple, doesn’t i? Yet it’s the hardest one to remember. Because it doesn’t just mean “one foot in front of the other” (although it can)…it also means “persevere.” “Jump into action.” “Thrive.”

    You can do it, you inspiring lady, you. Hey, I even used your word!
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      You so did!
      And yes, what you said. It’s not just doing for the sake of it, it’s doing with intention, doing things mindfully. I like that it’s challenging. It will keep me on my toes!

  • January 8, 2013 Corsage

    I love your word. I had to “do” to get myself out of the rut of prenatal blues and illness last year. After lots of determined “Doing”, I think I’m back 🙂
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Glad to hear it!

  • January 9, 2013 KalleyC

    A great word, very simple yet sometimes hard to just follow through. If anyone can “do” it. I too chose a sod, Patience.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      So far, my word has guided me to a few goals I’ve been intending to make and keep. That makes me happy! Good luck with your word.

  • January 9, 2013 Elizabeth

    My 2013 theme is multiwords, so if I had to distill it down into one, it would be FOCUS. I am very easily distracted by the smallest things, and it takes me away from the bigger goals I want to accomplish. I just have to put my blinders on and FOCUS this year!

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Liz, you do amazing things. So to have focus as your word? My god, you will rock.

  • January 9, 2013 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I like that one word. Like you, I often talk, wish, think but I need to start DO-ing more. And I can’t let my perfectionism or fear stop me. Good luck, girl. I know you can DO it.

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Rach.
      Perfectionism is an illusion. It’s also a block we impose on ourselves. Time to set yourself free! 🙂

  • January 9, 2013 Leslie

    Great word for the year! There are so many things I’ve talked about/started, but never really DID. Going to go check out Yellow as well!
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      I was the same. This year, no more!

  • January 10, 2013 Kimberly

    I think this is a perfect word. I’m focusing more on the doing part this year too.

    I failed at my 365 project last year too but this year I’m back in the game. I’m trying to push myself. But when I need a nice kick in my rear, do it for me, yes?
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Happily, and you know it! 🙂

  • January 10, 2013 Terri Hirschmann

    Love this post! I have not chosen a word for 2013, but it will have to be something to do with forward progress. You writing style is wonderful…so genuine!

    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Thanks so much Terri! Good luck with your word!

  • January 10, 2013 Melissa

    If anyone can DO it, it’s you! 🙂
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Melissa!

  • January 11, 2013 Jessica

    Just do it.

    Maybe you should tattoo that on your forehead.

    I think it would make for great blog pictures.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Hah! It’d hurt too much, so no thank you. Plus, what about next year’s word? Where would THAT go? 🙂

  • January 12, 2013 Maureen

    Love your word of choice, it’s simply powerful and awesome! My word would be FIT and I will bored the hell out of everyone with my fitness related posts/instagrams hahahaha
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      It’s your word, don’t worry about what other people think. I think you’re well on your way with your word already!

  • January 12, 2013 Robin

    I love this approach (and what a cool idea for a project!). I’m with you on the writing thing – I feel that way too. And I think writing and not publishing is a great idea. I just don’t do it.
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      But go you with the HuffPo piece! Many more to come Robin. Just believe.

  • January 13, 2013 Jackie

    Do is a great word!! I thought about making that my word for 2013 because I have lots I want to do this year. Everything I plan on doing is so out of my comfort zone that I chose challenge instead. Everything I have planned for this year is going to be an absolute challenge for me.

    Also, I LOVE your tumblr blog!!
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    • January 13, 2013 Alison

      Challenge is a great word! In a way, going about my Do word will also result in some challenges. I hope I can overcome them. Good luck to you!

  • January 14, 2013 Katie

    You can DO this. I think of you as a writer, Alison. And a very good one at that. I love your words here and there and everywhere.

    I will be rooting you on this year…so if you ever need a writerly pep talk, you hit me up. I will kick you in the trash and get you DOING again. As long as you promise to do the same for me!
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    • January 14, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for the vote of confidence – coming from a real writer like you, it means so much!
      I’m always happy to kick some tush 🙂

  • January 15, 2013 Laura at Mommy Miracles

    I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a writer lately too. I think it all hit me the other day when I wrote a small blurb for a magazine. Just 300 words, but it was the first time my words weren’t tied to my blog and my influence. And I was paid. Not much. But enough that I felt like I had reached the point where I didn’t need to feel like a fraud when I call myself a writer.

    You’re a writer, Alison. And I hope you continue to write (Do!). I love reading what you do!
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    • January 15, 2013 Alison

      You’re doing so good, Laura, yay!

      Thank you for your words. It will take a while before I don’t feel like a fraud, but it’s good to know that people like what I write.

  • January 21, 2013 Eva Fannon

    How can such a little word be such a challenge?! I should “do” more often too. Wishing you all the best in meeting all your goals this year Alison!

    Since I tend to think about stuff for a while before I respond, I’m still thinking of a word for the year. But I love reading all these posts. It is making me self-reflect…and they are so motivational. Thank you 🙂
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    • January 21, 2013 Alison

      The smallest words have the biggest implications, at least in my case. I’m already writing more since I decided on my word, it makes me accountable to myself and my goals.

      Thanks for reading, and good luck finding your word!

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