And The Word Is (2011)…

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“A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought, and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

One Word

A new year is upon us.  A time to start fresh.  To review the past and look toward the future.

“I want to lose weight.”

”I will become more organized.”

“I will paint.”

New Year’s Resolutions.   Grand plans to start the year anew.  Statements that touch upon some area in our life that we’re not completely happy with.  Ever done them – made New Year’s resolutions?  Just like the spike in gym memberships in January of each year – followed by the decline in February, New Year’s resolutions typically fade quickly as our daily lives takes us to where we have always been.

Two years ago, I was inspired by a much different approach to New Year’s resolutions – a concept by singer/song writer/blogger Christine Kane.  This idea – to come up with one word to focus on.

The idea – that this one word will connect with us at a much deeper level, and inspire us to make it become part of our daily life.  That it will BE part of our true fabric.  And in being part of us at a much deeper level, this word will be a guide toward the life we desire, toward doing the things that are in alignment with what this word means to us.

One word.  For 2009, the word I chose was COURAGE.  And in many amazing ways, that one word manifested itself in my life.

For 2010, the word I chose was SPLASH.  Again, this word became a deep part of my being during these past twelve months (and is something I will also be writing about soon, as I review this past year).


My word.


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SHINE – what does that mean to me?

Perhaps I can begin to answer that with another question.  Have you ever held yourself back, because maybe, just maybe, there is some fear of stepping into who you truly are?   …of shining your true colors?

And maybe the thing is, we even tiptoe around our own greatness (and that greatness, it is within each of us)…lurking just at the edge of the shadows.  Perhaps stepping briefly into the light…


I'm there.  I've been in the shadows, stepping out into the light…one step at a time. 


Except, it's so easy to step back, too.  To step back to that "safe" place, just outside the light.  How about you?  Do you hold yourself back sometimes?


Because  why?

This year will be about stepping more fully, more authentically, with more trust, into that light…a light that comes from within…and will shine more fully outward.

I am ready to SHINE!

Are you?

Your Turn
What would you choose for a word to focus on?    This year, 2011, has many great possibilities in store for each one of you – may you find  much meaning in all that is to come in the next twelve months!

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Jules - Big Girl Bombshell January 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

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Lance January 4, 2011 at 11:05 am

I LOVE it!!! Here’s to a year (and beyond!) of much sparkling!!


Shiny Jill January 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

Love your word! It was mine for 2010. You will definitely Shine. Blessings to you in your year of shining.
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 11:06 am

…and you DO shine so magnificently!!

Thanks so, so much for your wonderful support!


Erin Prais-Hintz January 3, 2011 at 9:53 am

My word this year is FOCUS. I have big dreams and I have a loose plan to get me there. But it will require that I FOCUS on that which will make me grow my business and not take away from my time. (Unfortunately, sitting here writing on this post is ironically taking me away from that time). I will be less willing to give over my time to things that take me away from my FOCUS because I am driven to make this work!

Thanks for sharing this inspiration. I can see you so brightly and I have to wear shades!
Enjoy the day!
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 11:08 am

It’s so, so good to have you here (and, now you have moved on to those plans for this year – yay!!)

I look very much forward to all that this year holds for you, and know that I’ll support you any way I can. I know how much heart and soul you put into your beautiful creations…


Marisa @ Loser for Life January 3, 2011 at 9:53 am

OOooohh, I wanna SHINE, too!!!!

Your positivity shines, Lance! I have no doubt that you will SHINE the way you want to this year!

My word last year was STRENGTH. This year it’s ACCOMPLISH!
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 11:09 am

Woohoo!! Strength!! I love that word…and it has been so cool to see that in YOU this past year!!

And now…on to even more meaningful accomplishments!!


Caroline January 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

Awesome word Lance!!! You will shine so brightly in 2011…and that light will be shared with all of those who surround you. Funny, I think we fear our light more than our darkness.

My word this year is believe. And I honestly believe this is going to be a fabulous year!

Shine on!!!
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 11:14 am

Mmmm…yes, I have to agree…fearing our own light, that which is our best. Why is that? We are made to shine, aren’t we!! This year, I choose that more fully!!

Caroline…know that I BELIEVE in YOU. This will be a fabulous year, and I can’t wait to see that unfold for you…


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} January 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hi Shiny Lance!
You are already shining your glowy light …If you truly are making this word your will shine ten fold…You will shine infinitely! I can just see it…You up there in between the stars..the brightest most shiny star! Ah….now that’s got to be the best life hmm…
Oh and with all that shining…I need some of your shiny spirit too…do send some my way whenever your shiny self can 😉
As for me..I think this is ‘my time’….I agree, its easy to go back to that safe place. And although I feel I have been fearless, there is still a bit of hindrance which i can feel melting away in this glorious year. I truly believe this is going to be the year we all Shine….what funn to be all bright and sparkly….oh so much fun!
So much love to your already shiny self,
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 11:38 am

You, sweet friend, SHINE!!! And…you are so, so super sweet and kind!! (I’m blushing!)

And I love that…you, seeing NOW as your time. It is!! There is no better time than now…

Love to you,


Dandy January 3, 2011 at 10:16 am

Hi Lance,
I love your 2011 word and the meaning behind it. This year my word is strength. I want to use the strength I already have for standing up for myself, doing right by myself, and growing more strength in body and soul. Happy New Year Lance!!!!!

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Lance January 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

Strength. It can mean so much (and so much more than just physical strength). I love how you are embracing all of the possibilities that STRENGTH holds!!

What a year it will be!!


Avani Mehta January 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

SHINE … such a beautiful word Lance! Hope you shine, sparkle, glitter, shimmer, and bedazzle all year round and inspire others to find their shining self as well.

Love & Light
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

Wow…such bright, shiny, lovely words to complement SHINE!!! You make me feel all sorts of good!!

Love to you…always,


Peggy Nolan January 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Hi Lance!

In 2010, my word was FOCUS. And boy did I! I completed my 500 hour level yoga teaching cert, tested for and received my first degree black belt, and I started my online teaching business. My focus was cleary on the things I wanted to bring to completion.

This year, my word is ABUNDANCE. And I’ll be blogging about that later this week!

I Love your word, SHINE. You are a light that shines very brightly!!

Happy New Year!
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

That is so awesome – what FOCUS led you to in 2010! And, having spoken with you, I just feel the presence of this one word within your being!

Abundance! What a great word for you, and one that I know will manifest itself in very meaningful ways!!

Much love,


Lynn January 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

A lovely word, that. Shine you will, Lance – I know it.
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Thanks Lynn!!! Your support is so awesome!


Eduard - People Skills Decoded January 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Hi Lance,

Interesting idea to summarize one year using one word. This got me thinking. My word for 2011 is ACT – because I tend to spend too much time thinking and not enough doing, and I want to focus more on action this year.


Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Love that!! Because, as important as thinking is, without action where does that get us? Here’s to a year of much action, coming from that place of your already deep thinking.


Eduard - People Skills Decoded January 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

PS: Happy New Year! and may that word be your reality this year.
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm

…and same to YOU!!! Happy New Year!!! Woo-Hoo!


J.D. Meier January 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I like shine.

When I think of excellence, a bit of sparkle and shine come to mind.
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Shining, sparkling EXCELLENCE!! Awesome!!


Uzma January 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

What a great idea Lance, I love it. To choose a word and live it. You already shine, and am sure will SHINE lot more in 2011. My word I think is Peace. Happy New Year Lance and may you always, shine away 🙂


Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

And may this year for you, may it be filled with much peace.

And know that you, too, shine brilliantly…


Little Lessons Under the Big Sky January 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm

SHINE on, my friend! It’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!

I love this idea, Lance, and last year I found myself, subconsiously by the way, repeating the word PEACE. It worked in those sometimes scary moments of looking for the light when things got challenging.

This year…my word? PLAY! I hope to bring play into the forefront of my teaching, my language, my family, my music, and my life. How can you not have fun when you PLAY?
Mostly, I want to achieve play to recognize the importance of better balance, and what really matters.

Thank you for sharing your bright light with all of us Lance!
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Mmmm…looking for that light in the midst of challenge. And when you step into that light, there IS a sense of peace…

Okay, and to this year. Guess what? I just LOVE the word PLAY!!! Ahh…what a fun, lively word with so much possibility!! Jen…I look so forward to seeing where this takes you (…and I want to join you in the sandbox, too!!)

Love to you…always,


Henway January 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

My word for 2011 is “RELAX”. Life is not supposed to be a struggle, nor is it supposed to be a race, or some contest where you have to do 1000 things before you do. It’s meant to be enjoyed and live lightly.
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Life IS about living it on your terms. And that should not be a struggle. So…relax…such a great word to focus on. May this year be one that brings much enjoyment and relaxing…


A humble human at best January 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm

My word would be OPEN. I often want to do nice things for others, but feel awkward stepping outside my (or maybe their) comfort zone to do so. I recently learned a doctor of mine was ill and decided to send a letter to her home to show I cared. Time passed and she remained ill so I sent another longer letter to check in and show that someone was thinking of her. I now have an upcoming appointment with her and feel awkward for some odd reason that I sent such a personal letter saying that she has meant a lot to me and had so skillfully healed all my medical issues that it saddened me to think I could not do the same for her. I know I should not feel awkward about being so open and caring, but I suppose part of me was raised to always butt my nose out of people’s personal concerns unless they were a close friend and that to do so otherwise would be perceived as rude.The Dali Lllama said that we need to break out of our Western definition of intimacy and embrace each other on this journey of life. As nervous as I am to see this person now, in 2011 I am facing my fears and being that open,caring person I really am inside outwardly.


Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Humble Human,
Thank you so, so much for sharing this.

It’s easy to sit here and talk about all these grand plans to live our lives in accordance with what feels “right”. It’s another, altogether, to go “out there” and really live it. You are. And what a beautiful example. And it is beautiful, even if it is one that feels like a step outside of your comfort zone. Caring. And being fully open to that. That is such a beautiful gift.

And this all has me thinking, what if we all lived this way – caring just a bit more for our fellow humans beings walking on this journey…

So, I love what you are embracing for this coming year, and for the bold steps you are taking. Know that what you have shared, it has touched my soul today…


A humble human at best January 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Thank you Lance.. Although I have only seen this doctor a few times, something about her touched me. She is quite, talented in her field and not very open herself. However, I suppose to comment on an earlier post you made…I saw her”light” despite her desire to hide it. Turns out, I may be her kids teacher in a few years as well as they make their way through our school system.
Here is a question for you and your readers, when I see her again do I say anything about the letters? I am thinking she might act like it didn’t even happen due to her reserved personality. I don’t want to chicken out on my kindness and want to show my sincerity. I’ve thought this over and have wondered if I should give a big hug when I see her (my style of approaching those I know to be ill) and ask how she is or simply let her decide whether or not to bring up the situation…which will probably mean it is not discussed.
Thanks again Lance. Your website has continually inspired me to live a positive, compassionate life.


Lance January 5, 2011 at 5:34 am

I’m going to give you two answers. And, ultimately, these are just my perspective. What matters, I truly believe, is what you heart speaks to you.

Answer 1: If this were me in your shoes, going to visit this doctor – I would have a challenging time to openly share a hug, not knowing how it would be received. Ultimately, though, the doctor’s reaction is solely her reality and not yours.

Answer 2: If I were the doctor, I would feel a deeper connection to you by this shared hug. And, even if I personally didn’t acknowledge your letter, I would receive the hug and feel it’s warmth in my soul. This would be a deep and caring gift, for me, even if I was openly not ready to talk about it. Even if my only words to you happened to be “thank you”, it would still touch a special place of humanity in me.

Okay, so as you can see from this – it would not be easy for me, either, to be in your shoes. Still, if I reversed it all, and in the role of doctor – I would love this (even if I couldn’t show that outwardly).

So, no easy answers here for you. I really do think it comes down to what your heart is speaking to you. Your compassion shines through here, as well as your deep care and concern for how another might feel. That is a gift. All of that is.

What you have done already – by sending a letter – that is a gift too.

And this is your journey. It is one that I sense has deep meaning for you, especially in your connections with others. And know that this is all so beautiful…as is your soul…


Tina January 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I just wanted to say that I think it’s wonderful you reached out to your doctor with your thoughtful letters. I’m sure the letters and your expression of kindness meant more to her than you know, so please don’t feel awkward about it. If only we all reached out to one another with such loving kindness. Namaste.
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A humble human at best January 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Hi Tina, Thank you so much for the reply. I have a close friend who I discussed this with before I did it and she said it would be an invasion of the doctor patient relationship. I suppose its put me on the defensive that I only meant the best and not to be rude.
Hope you have a wonderful evening. Take care.


Sandra Lee January 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Lance ~ You’re already brilliant, so naturally you will SHINE! Pretty soon you are going to have to change the name of your blog from Jungle of Life to Jungle of Love. 🙂

My 2011 word will be revealed tomorrow on my blog. So till then – mums the word!
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Okay…I LOVE it (Jungle of Love!!)!!

And – your 2011 word…I’m off to check it out!! Woohoo!!


Marnie January 3, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I’m not keen on resolutions either. I really like your idea of choosing a word and “shine” seems perfect for you this year.

My word? Challenge. I want to challenge myself this year to become the best possible version of myself.

Happy 2011!


Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Ahhh…challenge…it is so fitting for you, given how I know you are really planning to challenge yourself ALL year long!! Here’s to a year of many new discoveries!


Shailender @ India Darshan January 4, 2011 at 1:34 am

Great resolution for 2011 and I hope you don’t fad your resolution by the decline in February 🙂

I have no resolution for this year too like last years. I just want to enjoy my life with my family & friends. That’s all for me in this world.
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm

That’s the beauty of this “one word” concept…I’m choosing something that is much deeper than a typical resolution. And because of that, this word WILL become a deep part of me, all year long.

May your year be filled with many moments of connection with both family and friends…


Evelyn Lim January 4, 2011 at 4:42 am

Love your word: Shine. It’s great that you’re moving from creating a splash to intending to shine.

I have not quite decided on mine yet. Intention settings can be very powerful. I need some time to think over mine first, just to be sure.

Wishing you shining success in 2011!
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Yes!! From creating the splash, to shining from where last year left off!!

And you bring up a great point. This isn’t just about choosing a word at random – it’s about choosing something that is meaningful to you. Evelyn, I know that you do this, always. And from that, what a beautiful soul you are….

Much love to you,


Tess The Bold Life January 4, 2011 at 7:55 am

Shine needs to be your middle name! Cuz you already do. My word is love. I don’t want ANY conflict in my life. No time for it. No room for it. I’m not sure if this is possible. The vision I have is one of those dandelions in it’s last stage. The fuzzy white stuff. When conflict enters. I want to blow and go Poof! It’s gone…I think I’ll go write a post on this Lance. Ya see how you inspire me;) Shine on!
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Awww…you are too sweet!!!

And…you ARE love!! How wonderful – how LOVE is you, and it’s all about good…

Tess, it’s so good to know you, and to feel the touch of your love in my life.

Much love to you…always,


Keith January 4, 2011 at 8:10 am


If I may, I would like to choose your word too, because that is exactly where I am at!! When I read this post, my heart was like “Yes! Yes! Yes!”

I agree with Zeenat, you shine so brightly already, so this year you’ll be off the charts!!

Much love my friend.


Lance January 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

You may!!! And…you DO!!

Keith, it’s been so good to watch you really shine as you’ve continued to develop your new site, and with that, share your amazing musical skills.

What a year this will be!!

Love to you,


rob white January 4, 2011 at 8:26 am

Hi Lance,
I love the “One Word” idea. For me that definitely means ROAR. Not only am I committed to sharing the ROAR concept with as many people as possible, but I also intend to continue to ROAR to myself about myself. I intend to use ROAR-ing to have my expressive essence gush through me in myriad ways. I’m going to shine right along with you in 2011, Lance.
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

ROAR!! What a perfectly fitting word for you, and something I fully believe will manifest itself in you in some very wonderful ways!

Shine on!!


Stacey January 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

SHINE; I love your word, the video you chose to accompany it, and how you will so completely embody it!!

My word for 2011 is EPIPHANY. The dictionary defines the word epiphany as the feeling associated with the sudden realization of a great truth. But what does the word Epiphany mean to me?
Let me start by saying that, like most people, I worry that I’m not doing enough of the right things to be successful. I wrack my brain for the solutions to my problems and I push myself to take more action. And I’m afraid that it will never be enough.

By embracing the word epiphany, I’m releasing the belief that I have to push myself to figure out everything before I set out for some destination. I’ll accept that there’s a Divine spirit, a Universal energy – for real this year – that wants my best life and provides exactly the insights I need, when I most need them.

I’ll stop doubting and second-guessing myself. I won’t think, “Where’s my epiphany? Was that it?” Instead, I will tell myself, “When it comes, I’ll know.” And I know, too, that I’ll feel inspired to take just the right kind of determined action based on what it tells me.

Here’s to a year that SHINES with sudden realizations of great truths for us all this year! Thanks again for this great post! I also LOVED reading everyone else’s words for this year!! Much love, Stacey


Lance January 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I love this, how you have described “epiphany”, and what it means to you. And what a beautiful place to be, accepting that Divine spirit as being there, for you (and for me, and for everyone), providing…

That doubting can be so easy to do. All sorts of “what if’s”… Except, we don’t have to do that.

And you are choosing to “be” with the moment, and be okay with all of that. I really just love how that feels…

So, so good to have you here, dear friend.

Much love…always,


Jimi Jones January 4, 2011 at 9:51 am

Hey Lance!

Thanks for this nice post, brings a load of inspiration this morning. That video takes me back to in time to some of those great Sundays in church. Make me feel like shining for sure! 🙂

Happy New Year and all the best. Great to connect with you.
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Great to have you here!

Ahh…yes, Sunday morning church services (with a kick!!).

Happy 2011!!


Amy MacLeod January 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

My word is “fun”.

If anything I’m doing is not fun in 2011, I’m not approaching it with the right attitude. My Guides are showing me repeatedly that I’ve had plenty of years of being serious, responsible and predictable. It’s my year to have fun.

2011 is sizzle time and I’ve just put a seat belt on my saddle!
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Ohhh….I LOVE your word!! Fun…it’s just that…FUN!!!

And this shift…this is good, Amy. Not that serious isn’t good, too – because it is. What I see, though, is that it is good for us to experiment in this life of ours….and you are doing that!!



Evita January 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Happy New Year Lance!

What a great reflection to start off the year!
I think the word “courage” will be predominant in my life this year, but my word will be “centered” – I choose this word as this year I want to center my energies in valuable and productive ways, in new ways, as our Earth continues to vortex into new energies itself.

And love your word – you definitely SHINE brightly in my world 🙂


Lance January 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Happy New Year to you, too!!

Centered – this word really feels so “right” for you. Not that it should matter what I think is right, but just know that as I see this word – it feels like a good place for you. More than that, though – it also feels like a really good place for all those who encounter you this year, too. Your gift, it’s how you shine outward – and when you are even more centered (and aligned) with what has meaning to you, you reach others in very special ways.

So looking forward to what this new year holds for you!


Jean Burman January 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Hi Lance 🙂

Already 50 odd comments [all while I was sleeping – darn it that I live on the other side of the world] LOL Lance… you are the epitome of SHINE [you do it soooo well]… so you’ve fulfilled your New Year Word already.

This post really resonated with me as I continue the struggle to keep the balance between saying too much and saying too little. It’s a struggle all bloggers [especially] can relate to… that fine line between total authenticity [being ourselves no holds barred] and the need for discretion [on our own behalf]. Not everyone has our back – though we wish it could be so.

I’d love to choose the word BALANCE [as a Libran that already goes down well] but perhaps that is part of the problem. The eternal quest to keep all things equal. Equal parts authenticity and discretion?

So I chose the word AUDACIOUS though even the sound of it sends shivers up my spine [full disclosure here – grin] but audaciousness is a quality I fully believe is the essential ingredient in any venture that will ultimately be worth its salt! That… and authenticity [which I have always fully believed in]

Thanks for getting me thinking Lance – [always a dangerous thing LOL] I have been sitting on a New Year’s video in review that I made [but will I be brave enough to post it?] Audaciousness… yes… put my toe in and test the water [grin]

Keep shining your light Lance on 2011 🙂
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm

(I slept for part of this time, too!!)

You, dear friend, are way too sweet and kind to me!! (and I LOVE it!!)

Ahhh…I can really relate to what you are saying. How much do we share? If we don’t, are we not being fully authentic? If we share too much, does it appear as though we don’t listen at all? Perhaps it’s in listening to our hearts…and believing that what it speaks…it is all good.

AUDACIOUS!!! Now, there’s a completely awesome word!! And, that it sends shivers up your spine – that just shows that you are stretching yourself (and I think that is soooo cool!!)!

Now…about that video of yours: POST IT!!!!! (please!!!!)
(I can’t wait to see it!!)

Oh, this is going to be a FUN year!!!


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord January 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Okay, phew! I was worried that if Evita, Simon, Jenny or Joy got here before me, they’d use this word… but guess what? They didn’t (yet)!

Let’s start with you, dear friend. If “Shine” is your word, then my goodness, you already do, but I love how you clarified it because certainly there is something to be said about stepping comfortably into who we REALLY ARE. I support and encourage you, Lance, always. Your gifts are profound and I’m guessing you’ve only begun to shine. And hey, thanks, because now I can safely say that if that’s your word for 2011, it’s going to be one sunny year! (smile)

My word is (are you ready?) … Y E S !
(Thank you, Simon Hay & New Moon Family.)

I’m going to say yes to life and allow it to say yes to me in previously unimagined ways. Oh man, I feel it coming on now… YES!
I was going to say “open,” but that’s not quite it (and besides, that word doesn’t sit right completely — there’s an unguarded aspect to it, and I always flash to “open heart surgery” when I think of the word. Eesh!).
So we’re going with (say it with me, dear friend!) Y E S !!!

I love you, Lance!


Lance January 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm


It’s so, so good to have you here. Well, and then you make me feel all sorts of good with your sweet words!! See, you have a way of just lifting me up, no matter what!! YES, you do!!!

YES to life!! Now, isn’t that beautiful, and grand, and just simply wonderful! And yes, the word YES does feel more unguarded, more “in the moment”, more spontaneous. And…well…it sure does beat open heart surgery (well, I’m guessing it does…).

And you know what – as I read this, I did exactly that – I said it with you…YES!!!

Love you lots and lots!!


Jody - Fit at 53 January 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Love it Lance & great word! I can’t wait to read more about your “shine” experiences!

I think I am one that tends to the shadows due to that fear of failure although doing my blog & posting my pic was a big step for me.

I will have to think of my word as I like that concept. Maybe LIVE.. but I will think about this some more.
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

It shall be a shiny year around here!!!!

And you know what, I so relate to what you are saying about the shadows. And, being more open here in this space, it has truly helped me to step out more from those shadows, and embrace the light. Now, to take that a few more steps…

And, great idea – letting this idea soak in a bit – and then choosing a word that really has meaning for you…

A great year it will be!!!


Tina January 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I like your idea of selecting one word to guide our upcoming year. It’s hard, though, to limit it down to one. But I’m going to choose Acceptance — acceptance of what is, exactly as it is. I want to accept and embrace myself fully at this moment and stop feeling like I need to improve or change. I also want to accept my life as it unfolds each moment.
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Lance January 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

This is a wonderful word you have chosen. ACCEPTANCE…it really does speak to being okay with you, with the moment, with all that is around you…

So, Tina, as this year unfolds – may you be even more fully accepting of where you are…and that all is good…

Indeed, it is…


Katie West-The Levity Coach January 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Dude. You so shine and I love that your intention on it will make you a supernova. Go big. Shine Bright.

You do Lance. You do shine on us all. In your family’s life and in everyone you meet. I feel tanner cause you shine on me – ha ha. 🙂

Ahem, seriously. My words for 2011 are EASE and SUSTAINABILITY. Ease-because of a newfound realization that all is working cooperatively so I might as well let it and not get in the way and Sustainable because this is a year of true foundation building. Not so much a year of up and out, but one more of roots to hold up the mighty tree that is growing.

Have I mentioned lately, how shiny you are my friend?


Lance January 5, 2011 at 5:21 am

Go big!! I LOVE that! (well…I do right now, just sitting here thinking that, anyway!)

…now, about that tan….

Katie, my wish for you is that you do continue to nurture those roots that are there. You have created something very special. I have believed this for some time (it seems like just yesterday we were talking for the first time…). And I know this has been both exciting and challenging in juggling all that there is. (you are a master at this, by the way!) Anyway, as you continue to strengthen those roots, may you find peace in knowing that this is all so, so good…

Have I mentioned how much I love you!!

Happy beautiful new year!


Vi | Maximizing Utility January 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

My word is WRITE, because that is what I’m going to do in 2011. I’ve re-started my blog, along with maintaining a couple of other blogs. And I also want to try some freelance writing.
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Lance January 5, 2011 at 5:23 am

Finding something that has deep meaning for you, and then setting the intention to do that – great stuff. May this year lead you further down that path into your writing…


Farnoosh January 5, 2011 at 8:31 am

Lance, ever since you told me about Christine Kane, I have been following her and she is an amazing writer and thinker….I don’t really play the word game but love watching others do it. How can I focus on one word all year long? Impossible….so along those lines, just to play along and challenge me, I chose Patience, which, if you knew me, would make you nod very excitedly because I so need it…And I want to exercise Patience with my evolution into yoga, into tango, into my photography and into the blog’s growth and with my balancing everything else…..So here’s to your Splash and to my Patience!
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Lance January 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Christine is all sorts of amazing!! (pretty much just like YOU!)

Okay, I’m smiling….patience…ha!! I shall be watching you this year (okay, NOT in a stalker kind of way…), and I’ll call you out if I see that patience slipping. (deal?)

And, since you mentioned yoga…I intend to SHINE at that this year, too. It’s been so good doing this for the last several months, and something that bring me much peace (…oh, and a bit of “how is that even possible” too!).

Here’s to an amazing year ahead!


ProlificLiving January 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

@Lance Lance I love what you have done with the comments here…YES call me out on it whenever you see it slipping away, of course….thank you! Amazing year indeed…as they say in Italy when they raise their glasses: chiching! 🙂


Lance January 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm

@ProlificLiving Chiching!!! And…thank you!! I’m trying out the Livefyre commenting system, which has GREAT support!


Clearly Composed January 5, 2011 at 9:31 am

SHINE!! That’s a totally Lancetastic word and I soooooooooooo look forward to being blinded by you in 2011. *Puts my sunglasses on and tosses you a pair*
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Lance January 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Okay, how can I not shine just a bit more when I hear you say “Lancetastic”!!! You are AWESOME!!

…oh, and by the way – you have always shined so amazingly…since the first day I knew you…


Angelia Sims Hardy January 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I like that word for you Lance. SHINE. That is beautiful and will be beautiful to watch your light touch many souls.

Last year my word was SEE. I didn’t want to miss all the great things happening. And I did. I have a video trailer on my blog that I can SEE the joy of that one day in all it’s abundance. I didn’t miss it at all.

My word this year is FLOURISH. It’s time to thrive and grow my talents, desires, and knowledge. I turn 40 this year and I can’t wait. 🙂
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Lance January 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm

A video trailer – how awesome!!!

And I know that 2010 was a year to SEE many things for you!! Hey, I got the very cool opportunity to SEE you, in person!!! That…well, that was simply wonderful!

Here’s to an amazing year ahead, as you FLOURISH in very beautiful ways…


Jasmine January 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm

What a fantastic approach to reach your goals for the new year. Often times, we set the bar and we feel we can’t reach it. But using a word…well, that’s just genius. Each situation you’re in, think of your word. If you see something happen, have the courage to do something about it! I think my word for this year will be SMILE : ) I need to smile more often, but more importantly than that, find something to smile about. I will find one thing each day to smile about randomly. : D
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Lance January 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

The genius behind this word is that it comes from a place deeper within us, and from there, we can go out and do.

SMILE…is a beautiful word! May you find beauty in each day, even the grey days, and may all of that bring smiles and goodness into your soul…


KCLAnderson (Karen) January 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Shine on you crazy diamond…there are 80 comments so I am sure someone else said the same thing, but I haven’t checked and I don’t care…I wanted to say it anyway 😉


KCLAnderson (Karen) January 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Oh, by the way, my word is AWE, which I chose about two weeks ago! I will be writing about it soon…my father’s unexpected death on New Year’s Eve kept me occupied with other things in recent days, but even so, he managed to allow me plenty of awe, even in his death.
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Lance January 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Guess what??? YOU, my friend, are the ONLY one to call me a “crazy diamond”! And…I LOVE it!!

I know the end of 2010 had its moments of challenge for you. Losing a parent, someone you have known your whole life, that’s something that makes you stop.

AWE. It shall be. It shall be, for you, a year filled with awe, as you continue on this journey you are on….

Much peace to you and your family,


Adrenalynn January 6, 2011 at 1:13 am

I. Love. This! You actually totally won me over with the Bruce, how’d you know I have such a thing for him?
If anyone I know embodies the word shine; it’s YOU. And you don’t just shine in your words and your actions – you make others shine too! I wish you a wonderful 2011!
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Lance January 6, 2011 at 5:19 am

Bruce pretty much ROCKS, doesn’t he!!

You’re sweet. That’s not it, though. You are also…amazingly shiny yourself!!

Here’s to a ROCKIN’ year!! Hey, with you along on this journey, I KNOW it will be!!


Livingalways January 6, 2011 at 2:32 am

At first I did not understand the meaning of SHINE, then your explanation really filled it with meaning and made it clear.

My word of the year is ACTION, and this not only for doing things but also acting more in public and where people can see it. My shining will therefore be a by-product of the actions I take!

To a great year!


Lance January 6, 2011 at 5:20 am

Definitely, by ACTING in alignment with what really matters to you, you will SHINE!!

Have an amazing year, as you get out there and really DO!!


Andrew @ Blogging Guide January 6, 2011 at 5:25 am

Shine is really inspiring as well as encouraging. I like it because that word dispells darkness or gloom or dullness and we don’t need those this coming new year. I hope we all Shine and the only I can think of that relates to shine is glimmer. Happy New Year to all!


Lance January 6, 2011 at 5:52 am

Yes, let’s step out of the darkness…and shine!!!

…and it shall be a great, great year!

Happy New Year, and here’s to an amazing next twelve months (and beyond!)!!


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now January 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

I love the idea of 2011 being the year of “shine.” Too often we forget how much good we can do if we really try.

The thing is my year needs to be about “focus.” I have some very cool superpowers that I’m not using enough, so this year I’m going to focus on a few projects, do them very well and wow people with the knowledge they are receiving.
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Lance January 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm

“GOOD”….it’s within us all!!!

And FOCUS, that’s really great as well. With focus, you will go from great to greater!!! And…your superpowers WILL shine!!

Have a great one, and I look forward to all that lies ahead for you!!


Jannie Funster January 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

Yes, you sure do, Lance — shine, that is.

I’m gonna keep going wtih my 2010 word — GIVE. It really really really worked for me. If ever I was a teensy down (like for a fleeting hour or 2 here and there,) I’d do a little something for someone else.

GIVING is a freaking great way to go!

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Lance January 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

You…are way too wonderful to me!!! (I LOVE it!)

And, GIVE…what a great word, and great way to live life!! Jannie…you DO!! And it just so freaking awesome!!!



JohnG Boston Savings January 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I think my word for the new year will be ‘Prime’. I just turned 23, I’m around the age where I’m supposed to peak, and where everyone ‘at least the media’ says that these years were the best in their lives. I’m going to see what this body and mind can do. Push myself to the limits, and continue to prepare myself responsibly for the rest of my years.
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Lance January 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Each year…it has the potential to be our best year. So, here’s to YOU making this year your best ever!!


Dr. J January 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

This little light of mine….


Lance January 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm

…I’m gonna let it shine…


Jenn January 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Lance, I love your word choice SHINE~btw, your words are cool! 🙂 , and I like how you talk about tiptoeing around the greatness aspect of our lives. How true that is! … and sometimes stepping back away from the Light. I feel the challenge lately to come as near as possible to who we are, as well.

My word for 2011 is *Retreat, and theme is to be (Jubilee) a series of celebrations.
What Retreat means to me: A Time to rest, to Sabbath with who we are, and to Come Completely Forward and Welcome Our Truth. Renewal, rejuvenation. And Self-care (Women empowering women to care for themselves especially) for the Sisterhood.

Cheers to SHINING… and relaxing into who we are.
Blessings…. to you Lance! I appreciate you always,
Happy 2011!


Lance January 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Greatness is within all of us. Me. You. Everyone.

So, Jenn, know that I see this so wonderfully and beautifully in you…your greatness…

May your year ahead be filled with moments of meaning, as you are renewed within the truth of your life, and the beauty of you in this world. May this retreat be one that touches your soul…

Much love to you…always,


TimPio January 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Hi Lance:Happy new year! Shine, what a great word for 2011. I know my 2010 word was “humor” and because of some major health issues that my mother has been going through it was honestly difficult to remember this word of the year during the tough times. But I certainly did my best to keep my sense of humor. I’ve got to hand it to you Lance, you’ve made some great WOTY choices and they’re a great example for all of us. Best wishes for a great 2011!


Lance January 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

@TimPio Tim,
Happy New Year to YOU, too!! When we are dealing with challenging times, like with what your mother is going through, humor can be something we let slip. And that’s okay. It’s okay, wherever we are in this life we’re living. And the moments when the humor did come back, I’m sure these were lighter moments that helped to bring a smile to what might otherwise have been “less than joyous” times.

Anyway, may your new year be filled with many moments of goodness, joy, and humor…


JohnSherry January 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

I think to shine is might fine Lance – we all could with a little more illuminating presences and some ‘lighter’ energy. I hear the call.


Lance January 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

@JohnSherry Thanks John!!

Here’s to a GREAT year ahead…and one filled with much meaning…


naomiestment January 8, 2011 at 8:32 am

Great post, Lance! You most definitely SHINE at this blogging thing we do. May your light radiate in every direction throughout 2011, and we’ll bask in its warmth! VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!

Thank you for including that quote about a word being “the skin of a living thought” – stunning. My 2011 word is “stillness”. It’s delivered quite beautifully in this first week already 🙂


Lance January 8, 2011 at 8:41 am

@naomiestment Happy New Year Naomi!!

Mmmmm….stillness. That’s a word that really reaches to me. May this year be filled with many moments of meaning, as you let stillness more deeply reach your soul…

And thanks for mentioning that quote – it’s one that really moves me, also…


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Lance January 12, 2011 at 5:23 am

Yes, very true. What one word means to one person, it can be something completely different for the next. And that’s okay…as long as the meaning for each of us in something that really resonates…


Michelle @ Following Your Joy January 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Hi Lance!

I love the idea of choosing a word for the year. And I so appreciate you sharing yours with us, along with the words you’ve chosen in the past. Such a powerful concept. My observation about you is that you currently SHINE (in a big way!) in ‘who you are’ and in ‘whatever you are doing’. So if you actually ‘focus’ on this word as your word for the year…look out, world! I know you will make this year a great one, shining your light brightly. And on the receiving end, we love it.

My word is LOVE. To live in love, to exude love, to share it with others; to love all that I am and do. There, I said it. Thank you for encouraging me to claim it and say it out loud. 🙂

Thanks, Lance, for your inspiration and for shining your light for all of us.

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Lance January 12, 2011 at 5:26 am

Gosh….you are so wonderfully sweet! I’m blessed to know you…very much.

LOVE – Michelle, that is a beautiful word! And I also see this so much in you. So, that you are saying it OUT LOUD – very awesome. There is an owning of it, when we do this.

What a year this will be!!

Much, much love to you, dear friend.


Delena Silverfox@Flightnetwork Promo Code January 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I love this! I’ve been saying for years that New Year’s Resolutions never hold because it takes more than just willpower to make a change over the long term: it takes a serious lifestyle choice to change. It takes a change in our beliefs and our thought-patterns, because it is our thoughts which determine our actions, and our actions which shape our lives.

I always called them “New Year’s REVolutions” because it was a break from the old patterns and in with the newer and healthier choices. Thanks so much for the reminder!
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Lance January 12, 2011 at 5:28 am

…New Year’s Revolutions…I LOVE that!!

And that is indeed what this is – it’s about starting at a deep part of our being, and working out from there – and that, when it’s a place of deeper meaning – DOES hold the power to revolutionize us!


Amit Sodha - The Power Of Choice January 12, 2011 at 5:03 am

Hey Lance, I’m slightly embarrased to admit that I did think of a perfect word for 2011 but I thought about it and in my usual ‘amit’ fashion forgot to take note. So I’ve been trying to recall it to no avail so in the mean time I’m going to replace it with the word

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Lance January 12, 2011 at 5:31 am

Ahhh…how I can relate to this. All too often, I’ve had a thought – and then think I’ll remember it and write it down later…only to have that thought just completely vanish.

So, that’s a great word – NOW. It is very much in the moment, and touches upon exactly what you are talking about here (and something I understand all too well).

Here’s to a great year, NOW!!

Reply January 29, 2011 at 10:51 am

This is a really great way to start the year right Lance. My word for this year is LIVE. I gave birth to a healthy and adorable baby boy. That’s enough reason for me to live life to the fullest!


Lance January 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Congratulations!! Bringing a new life into this world…truly a gift!

I love that you have chosen LIVE…and have it connected to the little baby boy in your life…wonderful!!


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