My word for 2019

Okay! I’ve got it. It actually landed with me a few weeks’ back, but it seemed too simple, so I batted it away.

But I’ve decided to stop shoving the word away and just embrace it: enjoy.

We moved to this island after one of the toughest periods in my life: I was tired out, grieving and hugely unsettled.

Shortly after moving here, I remember standing on the beach and sensing that this place would unwind me – and it has done just that, beautifully.

My new normal is simple, largely shop and internet-less and incredibly unglamorous. But it’s doing me so much good.

After a few years of what felt like a struggle to stay afloat, it feels like it might be time to stand back and enjoy the roses.

It’s time to read more…

… and take more listening walks.

It’s time to enjoy sociability when I can…

… and enjoy introverting when I can’t.

It’s time to enjoy feeling good about my choices…

… and to enjoy my domestic work.

In short, it’s time to really enjoy the small things.

It’s time to enjoy having reached my creative goals…

… as well as finding a form of creativity that I still feel all honeymoon-y about!

I don’t know what 2019 will bring.

But rather than worry about what I can’t change, I plan to sit in the right now of each moment and look for what is right there to be enjoyed, however simple or small.

It’s like God’s given me a present and all that’s required is that I unwrap it and grin.

16 thoughts on “My word for 2019

  1. Enjoy sounds perfect! I’m still struggling to find my word. I’ve been thinking “bloom” but it’s not really giving off that feeling, you know? So I haven’t yet committed to it; I’m still looking and listening!

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  2. Ooh, I like bloom for you! When I think of you, I think of delicate florals and beautiful lace… I think bloom could be very good – a gentle unfurling of delicate petals that give a gorgeous other-worldly aroma…

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  3. Ginny Callahan

    Enjoy was my word a few years ago – I wanted to stop & enjoy the little things in life. It was one of my most successful! When you are more present & enjoy the little things,the whole day goes better. My word for 2019 is Calm. I want to calm my mind & be less stressed & anxious. I want to worry less about things out of my control. I want my home to be a calm serene welcoming place. With the world today wish me luck!

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  4. Oh, that sounds perfect, Ginny – I think you’ll really enjoy the pursuit of calm. I also aim for my home to be a peaceful place… it’s a tricky one, as we’re kind of sold this idea of candles and everything immaculate, but our realities are so rarely like that. But when I think of friend’s homes that I enjoy being in, they’re lived-in, colourful and cosy… that’s the sort of atmosphere that I enjoy. 🙂

    ps I’d recommend looking at the news max, once a week… sadly, it’s rarely uplifting, is it? :/


  5. venessaollie

    I Love it!
    I also added: Using as much supplies as possible!
    For many years I’ve been buying and collecting beautiful scrapbook paper and embellishments – now it is time to use it! Life is too short to reserve nice things in a cupboard. I want to ENJOY all nice things.

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  6. Thank you so much, kelster jean! Yes, I think we can often veer towards ‘do better, achieve more’ kind of words, but forget that there is a season for everything and sometimes all that is required is a grateful heart for all that we have right now.
    Thanks for commenting! xx


  7. Thank you, dear Nicole. It felt like my word found me, rather than the other way around… I wonder if you say a quick prayer and stay open, whether something will ‘land’ with you in a similar way? xxx


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