Many people have started adopting a One Word a year practice.  This year my online artist’s group that I now fondly call ‘My Tribe’ is helping to build the excitement even more!

I have been doing this for a few years and I like it for many reasons. One Word is easier to remember and there is no guilt if I miss a day in implementing it, whereas many make resolutions and begin counting the minutes until the first is broken. I prefer to give myself as much encouragement and positive reinforcement as possible and the One Word has worked this type of supportive magic.

In anticipation of the New Year/One Word, I had been thinking of all the options, after all,  I do love the words and there are so many! I had decided on Brave and was contemplating all this one word meant to me when I had a conversation with a wise soul and she mentioned that bravery lives inside us and we have to allow it. ALLOW………yes, that would be my word for 2012 – and why stop at one? Why not define what I want to ALLOW – have sub-words, if you will. (Words are food for my soul and, much like potato chips, I can’t always stop with just one.) Plus, I love it when my words chose me – it makes this seem more divine and possible and all-encompassing.

I made a charm bracelet so I have a tangible reminder in case I forget to open my heart and soul to ALLOW. (and I will ALLOW my Intention Charm Bracelet to be my first Etsy listing – see, my word is working already!) ALLOW the process, in all its messiness and goodness. ALLOW myself to learn the lessons and relax in knowing it will all unfold as it should. ALLOW my creativity to flourish and be enough. ALLOW happiness and peace even in the low moments of doubt that can sneak up when least expected or uninvited. ALLOW the shift in focus and embrace the rituals and movements that will propel me forward to create my dreams into reality. ALLOW the bravery, organization, trust, grace, truth, strength, kindness, courage, soul, heart, intuition, belief……xo

If you’d like more inspiration and to get to know the wonderful, creative members of  My Tribe, stop by  Fly Tribe blog hop.


92 thoughts on “ALLOW…….

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  2. What a great word, Renee–it can encompass so many things like you said and to me it infers a gentler approach to life which usually makes things better. I love all the ways you are fitting the word/action ALLOW into your new year. I hope it’s a great one for you.


  3. Renee, that is such a great post. This is my first year doing the word for a year, so I hope I can live up to all of the rest of you!! And what a great idea for an Etsy listing! Just beautiful!!

  4. Renee, opening your heart and allowing lots of wonderful experiences into your life will bring you alot of joy. I wish you all the best in 2012.

  5. Love this, Renee! What a beautiful charm to wear as reminder of your intention of the year. Best of luck with your etsy shop, I’m sure it will be a success. I look forward to watching your journey allow its self unfold throughout 2012!!

  6. Jill, I love your word, and what a great idea in making a charm to remind you of your commitment to your word for 2012!!! I am quite impressed! Here is to making 2012 a year of blessings!! 😉

  7. Renee, you have an amazingly sweet soul. You have communicated so well how “allow” will help you grow and reach your dreams this year. I “allow” myself to do many things, but you know, I can now see that I should probably allow myself to listen to my heart a little more. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Great word, Renee. Your post really made me think about what I need to allow myself to do, as well. I think you may have chosen my next year’s word. Love the charm. Wishing you all the best with your well-chosen word. Happy to be flying with you.

  9. I love it Renee! ALLOW love, peace, happiness, joy, fabulosity, creation…all of these! You have reminded me to ALLOW myself to just BE in every situation that will arise this year! Thank you.

  10. So happy this word found you! It’s wonderful that you decided on a way to use it for other words and possibilities that are calling to you. Happy wishes for an amazing year!!!

  11. Love your word and post, Renee! And wow — what a gorgeous charm you made! I especially loved this line: “ALLOW the process, in all its messiness and goodness.” Woo hoo! There is so much room and permission in the word, “allow.” May it serve you well in 2012. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy to be flying with you and the Fly gals in 2012! 🙂

  12. Dear Renee- CHEERS! I’m so happy for you and the world that you will be ALLOWing your beautiful self to shine through, full force! What an incredible way to begin 2012 and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year brings – it feels like something pretty wonderful!
    All teary-eyed happy for you-

  13. Great word Renee!! I am so thankful that you have Allowed me to be part of your life. You are a special person and I am so excited to see what is in store for you as you embrace your word….xoxo

  14. I love your word Renee – I feel it is the very essence of you – gentle, nurturing and a lot of heart. Aw, I feel all fluffy and warm inside, thank you!! 🙂

  15. They’re like potato chips! 🙂 You’re the best. Allow, with all it’s sub-words, is wonderful, and I look forward to seeing more of your intention bracelets!

  16. What a great post and the hand stamped jewelry is so creative. I myself would never have thought of the word allow and yet it is so fitting and will guide you in the coming year.

  17. Allow…it seems like it is a way of saying YES to life. I love that you are looking at it holistically, so that you aren’t just allowing for what is good and desired, you are inviting in messiness and all the chaos that comes with creating. We would be lost without that, that is what being an artist is about, rolling with the flow. Love it….and you too, Renee. You are a spark in my life. Sooooo happy to have found you. Here’s to 2012….allow.

  18. You are blessed to have such a wise friend. I love all that you had to say about your word and could relate to every bit of it. This is going to be a wonderful and exciting year for you as you allow it to unfold and embrace every bit of it! xo

  19. This is an excellent word choice Renee and your post is SO inspiring and powerful!! Yes its important to embrace life, to accept the good and bad, and be at peace with everything. I have no doubt that you will have the most incredible year!! Love your jewellery too. xo

  20. Allow…what a welcoming word. Give one’s self permission…allow. Allow it to happen. Allowance. Allow creativity. Allow for… Welcome. A great word, Renee.

  21. What a beautiful word for 2012! I love it. It opens up all kinds of meanings and possibilities in my head and sounds delicious. Hmm. I love playing with words, too. I do resolutions, but I think I’d like to add some words into the mix. After all, it’s only January. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  22. such a beautiful word. It’s as if it gives one permission or allowance to lean into their lives and let go of what the construct in their minds but allow the process to unfold as it should. What an amazing choice and I am so happy that you created a physical reminder for yourself. I wish you the best of luck.

  23. What a beautiful word Renee..its so gentle and inspiring …Allow Love,Peace, to Create, to shine through.
    It will surely guide you through 2012
    All the very best 🙂


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