January 1, 2011 jennyrain

One Word 2011

Last year, Alece (aka Scooter McFlossy), invited us all to participate in the #OneWord challenge.

The objective? Focus on one word for the duration of the year and let it help guide you.

I landed on two words:


They manifested themselves in several different ways throughout the year… mostly through my marriage. The One Word challenge also entered me into a year-long dialogue with other social-network-tweeps. A dialogue that produced friendships, accountability, re-focus, and encouragement.

So this year, we all decided to do it again… and have dragged our sweet Scooter along for the ride. She has willingly obliged and created a badge, so if you want to do the challenge with us for 2011, click the badge below.

My 2011 word showed up early December as a result of a conversation I was having with these lovelies…

Mary, Stacey, Katy, Prudence

It kind of shocked me, then captivated me, then became the basis of our New Year’s card below.

So what is my word for 2011?


Do you have One Word that you are focusing on for 2011?

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I break things and trip a lot. I like to chase things like dreams, goals, ideas, and raindrops. I create things with words. Writing has been an outlet since I first discovered the magic empty space of a journal. Words dance around in my brain and often land amidst scraps of paper, find their way into journals, or etch themselves into blinking pixels. I hope my words fall like rain on tender souls in need of refreshing. Finding photos in random moments helps me share stories. During a trip to Africa the perfect trifecta of my first DSLR, mission trip, and dream-location happened and my love of photography became a reality. I'm currently writing my first book, "Will They Laugh if I Call You Daddy: Growing up with 2 Dads in an Evangelical World," I'm a board member for One Million Kids, and I believe that every kid of an LGBT parent should have an opportunity to #ChangeTheConversation with their story. My bio remains in process because I am.

Comments (25)

    • jennyrain

      Michael – I love that! Your metaphorical writing will fit so beautifully into following God into His beautiful story for you this year. I can’t wait to see how He writes His fingerprints all over the words that your heart will pen 🙂

  1. Prudence

    I’m sharing my word on Monday. I’m wondering what this conversation was. Wonder is a great word. I can’t wait to see what God shows you.

    • jennyrain

      Friend, there are seriously so many good words out there…. and I can’t wait until yours goes live on Monday – squee!

  2. Bindu

    Wonder what a great word for 2011..

    I think I have two words for 2011

    ps love the new design

    • jennyrain

      OOOOO I love those words Bindu! Joy was definitely the theme of my Christmas… loved it 🙂

    • jennyrain

      i like yours too! Just wait til Prudence’s post monday too – she has an AWESOME word!

  3. Wonder…I LOVE it! I can’t wait to see how God renders you speechless in wonder of what He does in your life!

    I posted my word today too! Oh and “Scooter McFlossy” is hilarious! I’m going to have to tease Alece about that! 🙂

    • jennyrain

      OH my gosh Tony – do you remember Alece’s post about flossing? That is where the McFlossy part came out of… and then all summer as she was scooting around all over and I became mentally socially dislocated trying to find my friend, that’s where Scooter came from 🙂 tee hee!

      What is your word Tony?

      • Ah, I’m new to the party. I just started following Alece at the end of this year so I missed out on all of the silliness!

        My word was “resolve”. I looked at 3 definitions of it and applied them to my focus this year.

  4. Anonymous

    WONDER! Ok, how much do I absolutely love your One Word choice!

    • jennyrain

      can’t wait to see what God will do with the intersection of my budding photography learning and that word. Squee!

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the new layout.

    Wonder is such a great word. I can’t wait to see what happens this year!

    • jennyrain

      Thanks friend! It only took me, a’hem, 8 full hours to get the flash pix at the top to work 🙂 There are some incredibly good words this year – it’s already exciting!

  6. i love the uniqueness of your word. and all the different directions it’ll take you this year. i’m excited to watch it unfold… to watch YOU unfold… love you, bootz.

    • jennyrain

      thanks friend… I’m excited too 🙂 love you too Scooter 🙂

  7. i really do love your word. it’s so beautiful and full of potential and possibility. can’t wait to see it played out!

  8. patricia

    love the new look! i pray your 2011 will be WONDER-full =]

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