Checking in with my word

I have struggled a bit with my word – DWELL. These last few months I have not wanted to dwell too long or too deeply. I have been thinking of dwelling as something to avoid. I’m sure I am not the only one who has been told to stop dwelling on something.

But then I noticed this beautiful image. Every morning, I pause here while the water is boiling. I stand and look out at the hummingbird feeder, the reflection of the twinkle lights in the window glass, the flowers (there are always flower these days – I make this a priority when I do my weekly shopping). I chose this word because I wanted to dwell – to stop; to linger; to remain; to stay. When I chose this word, I had no idea how much time I would have to dwell on the everyday, ordinary moments. But this is what I needed, a time to slow down and pay attention, to dwell in all the gifts and joys.

Thanks Honoré for these monthly nudges to notice how are words are showing up.

Monday – snow day

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.

a new word arrives

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.

Setting aside my 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.

One Word October

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.

August – chasing rest

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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