Around this same time last year, I completed 2 journaling exercises in tandem, both from the blog of the wonderful Susannah Conway, who incidentally is responsible for these December Reflections posts as well. The journaling exercises were Unraveling The Year – 2015, a workbook designed to help you close out the previous year and also decipher what it is you want for the coming new year, and Find Your Word, a 5 day course created to help you choose a word for the next year. Your word becomes a sort of mantra that, if chosen correctly, will help you stay on track in achieving your goals and desires in the new year. I thoroughly enjoyed both exercises and have decided to do them again this year. My word for 2015, Linger, was so helpful in reminding me to slow down and enjoy my life. Linger encouraged me to set the laundry aside in favor of building train tracks around the living room. It helped me see that slowly and recklessly picking tomatoes with a 3 year old is infinitely more enjoyable than methodically picking them alone. Linger was the perfect word for 2015, until we lost Clara. I kind of lost sight of it then, which I think is understandable.
As I was working on this year’s workbook, I got to thinking about just how much has happened in the space between completing these same exercises last year. So much life has been lived, it seems impossible that all of it could fit within just 1 year. Interestingly, as I ponder my list of possible words, I notice that some of the same words from last year show up on my current contender list. Clearly, I still have some things I want to focus on.
I think I have chosen my word for 2016, though I’m not ready to unveil it yet. 2015 ended on a tough note, but there are so many good things that happened this past year and I am enjoying the way that this exercise helps me to remember them. There was sadness and grief, yes, but there were also picnics, birthdays, and bike rides. There were wide smiles, giggles and jokes galore. There was hiking and playing on the beach, indoor skydiving and beer tastings. There was a first time vegetable garden!
I had much to be thankful for in 2015, and I am glad that I spent time lingering over it all. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the new year.