OneWord365 :: Growing Pains


OneWord365 is going on its 6th year running (Happy Birthday to us!), so it was time to do some spring cleaning. Thus, the amazing new website (thanks to the incredible work of Cross & Crown!) and the tools that allow you to find others who’ve chosen the same word as you or who live in your area. (Seriously. Have you checked out the Find Your Tribe page? It blows my mind.

And now it’s time for one more change.

I want this journey to be accessible to as many people as possible, not to gain numbers but because I believe strongly in the value of intentional living in the context of community. Being able to journey together with others all year is, in my opinion, one of the best things about OneWord365.

So, in an effort to make that easier for people, you no longer need to have a blog in order to join. 

:: Cue loud cheering :: 

If you are a blogger, I still hope you will take time to write about the word you’ve chosen—not just now, but throughout the year. Same for those of you who use Facebook—being intentional to unpack your OneWord365 in a status update will make it more real (and will invite others into the process with you). There is so much power in saying our words out loud. 

But if you don’t want to write about it anywhere, that’s okay. Still join. Because the point of all this isn’t to gain blog followers or Facebook likes. It’s to determine right now who you are going to be this year. It’s about committing to live with purpose every single day. And you don’t need to write your word publicly in order to do that.

I’d still encourage you to tell someone what your OneWord365 is and why you chose it. Even if it’s only your spouse, your family, or your closest friends. Don’t miss the value that comes in sharing honestly with those you care about (and who care about you). Growth is multiplied within the context of safe and trusting community.

I know there were a lot of people who couldn’t sign up because they didn’t have a blog link to include. I want to get the word out there that we’ve made this significant change so that all of them know they can come back and join! Will you help me spread the word by sharing this on your social media streams? 

You guys are amazing, and I feel so honored to be on this journey with you. Thank you!

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PS — I know I still need to post about my own OneWord365 for 2014!
I haven’t forgotten, I promise!

PSS — What’s your word?


13 Responses to “OneWord365 :: Growing Pains”
  1. Karole says:

    I’m going to steal from you….I want the word “enough” for this year. You took most of the words right out of my mouth when you wrote your last post. However, I’m not good at expressing myself, so if it’s okay with you, I’d like to use most of your words and add a few of my own. I’m not posting it anywhere but I plan to read it over for myself often this year.
    I’ve failed already just since I chose that word. Actually, more than just a few times.
    There is nothing like a cheating spouse (though it’s in the past?) to drum that word over and over into the brain (even if it is not a spoken word) until it actually entwines itself around the very fiber of who I am and becomes me. After berating myself just this morning, I realized just how impossible it really is for me to actually feel like I’m “enough”. I told God I just could not do it unless He put it in me. If that is the way He feels about me (that I’m enough) then He will have to be the One to help me believe it.
    Let the journey begin!

  2. My OneWord365 for 2014 is HUNGER. In the midst of a lot of great (and not so great) circumstances in the last year or two, I’ve lost sight much of my identity and relationship with the Lord. I desperately want to right that ship this year and hunger after the only thing, the only One who matters above all else.

    So…I’m sure this year will be interesting.

  3. Dre

    ah, I completely failed on last years word…. but here is my word for this year….


    Hope you are well :)

  4. I just got around to posting about it, but my word is Alive. I wanted to tell you I LOVE the “find your tribe” feature – it’s exciting to connect with new people who share my word. Thanks! :)

  5. My one word for 2014: Supernatural. God has told me that my exploits this year, spiritually and physically, shall be supernatural if I only abide in His ways.

  6. “Expectant” — and it’s already being challenged! The enemy is so not okay with us being focused. . . :S But I’m resolved to be expectant! :) And so glad to read your sweet words here again.

  7. Gardenia says:

    I can’t join at all. Tried facebook and e-mail with and without a blog url. :(

  8. brandie says:

    I’m not sure what the joining is all about…or how to do it….or why…but, I have my third Word of the Year, given to me by the Lord, and it is SEEK. in the Amplified Version, SEEK means “inquire of and require the Lord, by necessity and right of my need and on the authority of His Word” (Ps 34). yes, that is exactly what I need to do.

  9. Fearless and I finally got my post up! :)


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