How I Explore my Word of the Year

I had someone send me a message this week saying she didn’t have a word for the year. The process left her feeling blank, sad. In writing posts like many written at this time of year, I want to say that having a specific word is not the most important thing. I believe with all my heart that God wants a relationship with each one of us and desires to speak, listen, and help us be all we are meant to be. It may or may not be in the form of a specific word for they year. With that… Read More

SURPRISE: An Animal of the Year? Yes

Already my quote of the year has been active: “Plan to be surprised.” from the movie Dan in Real Life. This week I am surprised I am sharing with you about my animal of the year instead of my word of the year. I will share the word next week – at least that is my plan 🙂 Why an animal? Sometimes I miss the obvious, and have just realized that after many unusual encounters with animals over the years, there may be seasons where God speaks to me through a particular animal or aspect of nature. Now I am… Read More

Word of the Year and so much more….

It is that time of year that excites me. Not with New Year Resolutions, but with an openness to receive a theme, a focus, a symbol for the upcoming year, full of possibility. This is my seventh year of having a word or phrase of the year. Honestly, a few of those years, having a word theme didn’t make much of a difference. Others, as in this year, 2015, the word has influenced every aspect of my life and kept me focused. Today I’m asking why? A few things I’ve learned about a word of the year are: ~ Having… Read More

My Door and Book of the Year

I have a confession. At the beginning of the calendar year, I make a point to write the word of the year with chalkboard pens on our kitchen door that has been painted with chalkboard paint. This year, however, I didn’t do it. I liked the theme and message from last year so I left it there through half of this year. For months I wrestled and explored this year’s word AIM, its meaning, symbolism, and imagery. Finally, a few weeks ago, halfway through this year, I doodled and wrote on the door, featuring my shape of the year: Concentric… Read More