January – One Word

I am so happy that Honoré is hosting our monthly one word link up.

My word for 2020 is DWELL.

Shortly after deciding on this word, I saw this on Instagram

Those words really spoke to me. To delay, to linger, to remain, to inhabit, to reside. It felt like a good follow up to how REST had shown up for me in 2019. An opportunity to use what I had learned and extend it.

By nature I am a joiner, a starter. I don’t excel at follow through or finishing. I just join and start a whole bunch of stuff. I have reached a point in life where I want to have less. Less email subscriptions, less deadlines on the calendar, less books and yarn and fabric and clutter. What I want is to have just a few things that call me to linger, enjoy the process, and stay long enough to finish.

This month I have been dwelling in a bible study that is new to me and I have had to resist the pull of some other, easier, more familiar studies.

This month I am remaining (pretty much) with one knitting project and the excitement of seeing a finished object.

This month I am working on lingering on the yoga mat or the trail just a little longer and soaking up the calm of Shavasana or the evening sky.

I look forward to reading your one words posts. Be sure to visit Honoré for the link up.

13 thoughts on “January – One Word

  1. This is really an AWESOME start Juliann! I need to take a sentence or two from this and apply it to my life – immediately! (Especially the project thing… oh boy! lol)

  2. I think you’ve perfectly illustrated that Dwell is a great follow-up to Rest, especially in the sense of staying with and inhabiting the sense of rest or calm that you create. I feel you on the starting but not sticking with things, particularly with regard to crafting projects; there’s so much excitement in starting something new, but it’s hard to maintain it.

  3. I am very much like you, but I do tend to finish projects. I wrapped up all of my WIPs before the end of the year to start January on a clean note. While I don’t select a word at the start of each year, I do spend time contemplating my priorities. I am spending more time in prayer, on walks and on the yoga mat instead of scrolling through my phone. I think that is why I was able to finish more projects.

  4. ‘Dwell’ seems such a good fit, letting you consolidate what you have learned from ‘Rest’ so you are really grounded in it. You sound very content and positive about how it is making its presence felt in your life this month.

  5. I like how you’re using your word to stay focused on what you’re working on. I sometimes flit from one thing to another, much like you describe how you start many things but don’t always finish. Reading, knitting, quilting — it all calls out to me! And then I never finish anything. But lingering and dwelling on a project – for its own sake – helps with that. Thank you for this post!

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