While I've read about people who've advocated for picking a "word of the year" for many years, I never felt drawn to pick on for myself. People would rave about how it helped them to focus their priorities, align their inner compass, and to help them get back up when they fell.
My life is in constant flux and has been for as long as I can remember - regular moves my entire life (seven states), grand and small adventures, starting a family, my husband's undergrad, grad-school, and military career, and now my own degree. As each of these major changes arises, I reorient, reassess, and move forward.
However, for a couple of weeks, I've been hearing a whisper of inspiration to claim a word for the coming year. While much good has come from this past year, I long for more clarity, direction, and fulfillment. I've been feeling inklings of inspiration for about a week and then last night felt clear that I would choose a word of the year. It is:
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