Normally I dread snow days. They usually span more than a day and often the roads are a mess for many days. But yesterday I started looking forward to the possibility of getting that “School is cancelled” message. Sure enough, when I woke up to a house without power at 5:20 am, I saw the message on my phone. Yippee! Except most of my snow days plans required electricity. Fortunately the power came on about 6am. Phew.
In between working from home on my computer, I have also found time to play. I inventoried my knitting needles and did some cooking and meal planning. I even did some long neglected cleaning. And I came up with an idea for documenting my 2019 word. I copied my blog posts into a word document and printed them. Now I can cut them down and slip them into some 6×8 page protectors. I haven’t done a full year album for my one little word in quite a few years but I do have a few pages for each of my words. With the monthly blog check-in this year, I have monthly documentation of how REST was showing up in my life.
And now it’s time for a walk in the snow and then a cuppa and some reading.
I had all sorts of plans for this post. Plans that involved spending some time creating a visual to introduce my word. But life has given me a different path this last week and time ran out. So this will be simple.
My word for 2020 began to show up a few months ago. I was in a study group and there it was, more than once or twice, in our readings. In fact, this word had been tapping me on the shoulder for weeks so I decided it should go on my list of possible words. The definition definitely speaks to me but it was the list of synonyms that grabbed my attention. Stay. Remain. Abide. Continue. Rest. These were all things I want to invite into my life.
to live or stay; reside.
to live or continue in a given condition or state
to linger over, emphasize, or ponder
REST has taught me to stop and listen. To stay with a thought. To remain in that place of unknowing, uncertainty.
If you are still looking for a word, Ali Edwards has a quiz.
I also found this site.
Happy new year, new word to each of you. Honore has volunteered to host a monthly reflection on our words so do go visit her post about her word.
My journey with this word, REST, began in October 2018 when I read Rhythms of Rest. I didn’t know right away that REST would be my word for 2019, I just knew I needed more rest in my life. It has been a good word. Not one that has resulted in scrapbook pages but one that has helped me begin to balance the rhythms of work, play, and rest.
Last month I came upon this list of ideas that has given me new ways of inviting REST into my life. This is a word that I hope will continue to show up in my life.
My new word has already begun to show up. I will be back next week to write more about it. I am not planning to continue a monthly link-up in 2020 but I look forward to Reading what words you have chosen (or words that have chosen you!).
Thanks for coming along on this rest-filled adventure with me.
This month, rest has been about setting aside some things and making space in my days to unwind and ignore the buzz of keeping busy. As we head into the last few months of this year, I am thinking about how to keep that space open for a rest that renews.
How has your word been showing up? Are you starting to think about a new word for 2020? If you wrote about your word, add your link here. Or share your thoughts in the comments.
And thanks for stopping by.
I’ve been walking with this word for nine months and I still find myself needing reminders to stop, take a deep breath, and rest. Such a balancing act.
How is your word showing up in your life these days?
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August has flown by and it is only the last week that I have been paying attention to restful moments. I found myself drawn to my sewing space where I can lose myself in the work of stitching one seam and then another until I have finished something lovely and fun. Last weekend I stitched the binding on my low volume string quilt and I am finding rest in the hand stitching.
I have also returned to the Calm app to bring meditation into my early mornings. And those sleep stories really do help me get back to sleep when I wake up at a ridiculous hour.
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This will be very brief because I am sinking into my word on this for week of my summer break. REST is showing up for me in so many ways. Restful books and fiber diversions, restful food and beverages, but most importantly, restful time.
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