Happy New Year, you guys! It’s so good to be back with you to share our Word of the Year. I’ve been thinking about you guys a lot over the past few weeks. I hope you and your family had a fantastic holiday break and you’re looking forward to all good things in the new year.
I’ll freely admit 2017 was a rough year for us. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to ring in a new year and I know there are so many of you that feel the same way. It was definitely a night of celebration for us that will continue into activities today. I hope you guys were able to find a special way to celebrate too.
No matter what your circumstances are right now or what season you find yourself in, I want you to remember – strength is found in the struggle – and I truly believe all of the losses we’ve experience over the past year are going to be used in ways we can’t even imagine.
I’ve been thinking about my Word of the Year for a few months now just milling it around to make sure it was something I could wholeheartedly embrace. In the past, I’ve chosen…
and last year I chose…
Every year I do this exercise I learn more about myself than I thought I would but I can honestly say last year’s Word of the Year challenged me in ways I never expected. I’m praying I’ve learned whatever lesson I was supposed to learn so I don’t have to go through anything that heartbreaking for a long, long time.
To be perfectly honest, I feel like I spent most of last year, rallying. The silver lining is that it means I’ve been able to tap into a resilience and resolve I didn’t even realize was possible. I know I’m not alone in this because you guys are so sweet to share your heart with me so I know some of you have found a resilience in you that is completely awe inspiring.
This year, I’ve decided to build on resilience and resolve a bit by letting those two concepts guide my Word of the Year and I chose…
[kuh n-sis-tuh nt] ~ adjective
/kənˈsɪs tənt/*agreeing or accordant; compatible; not self-contradictory*
*constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.*
*holding firmly together; cohering*
*archaic. fixed; firm*
…holding firmly together…does that just make you want to melt or what? Me too!
I can’t even tell you guys how thankful I am for the time we spent at the cabin over Christmas. Part of me was so exited to go and yet there was another part of me that was SO afraid to be quiet. I just didn’t want to deal with the ache.
That being said, the time we were able to spend hiking, resting, napping, reading, laughing by the fire, snuggling up with big cups of chai, swinging on the porch swing, praying, reflecting and grieving the events that rocked our world in 2017 helped me to face them and to finally let them go.
While I don’t know what 2018 holds for any of us, I know I’m glad we’re here to support and encourage each other through the journey,
…consistently holding onto grace.
Did you guys pick a Word of the Year? I’d love to hear what you chose in the comments section below!
See you guys back here tomorrow. We’ve started using a few new tools to help us become better organized in 2018 and I’ll share one of them with you tomorrow. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.