My word for 2017

I had to think hard about my word for this year.
Last year it was settle, which we managed to do while
also having quite a crazy year. I liked having a focus on
settling in and settling on, getting ready for a new chapter after
our amazing time abroad. We settled into life in Amsterdam
for half the year, and then settled on moving back to the U.S.
where we truly finally settled into our new neighborhood back
in California. It’s the first time since we got married 4 years ago
that we feel like we’re living in a place we want to be for a while.
We had a baby, set up a cozy little space, love our jobs, and
love our community. I truly feel settled into a place that
I love, a feeling that I missed & craved for a long time.
My soul also feels settled with what we decided on.
There were so many options for where to move and
it seemed confusing and stressful, but when we really
thought about it it became clear. We settled on it :)

My word last year helped me focus on what I wanted
and not get distracted. I feel so grateful to have settled
in more last year, and now that we are, my new word
for 2017 is… savor. I want to slow down more this
year, enjoy more, notice more, relish and remember more.
I want to savor every moment with my ever-changing
baby girl during her first year of life. I want to savor the small
and simple day-to-day moments
. I want to savor words that I read
scriptures that I study. I want to savor moments of quiet
while my baby is napping and I can just think. I want to savor
food and eat slowly, tasting each bite. I want to savor time with
my husband and friends and family when we get to be together.

I already loved this word, but felt even better about it when I
looked up some definitions and synonyms that tie in so well:

  • enjoy or appreciate (something pleasant) completely, especially by dwelling on it.
  • to taste and enjoy completely.synonyms: relish, enjoy (to the full), appreciate, delight in, revel in, treasure, cherish, bask in

I hope that this word helps me appreciate and enjoy all aspects of life this year…
happy and sad, high and low…to appreciate this life we get to live. I hope to
live in the moment more and appreciate things as they are happening.
After all, these are the good old days. I don’t want to miss them!

Cheers, 2017! Can’t wait to savor you.

** ps … to top all of this off, I came home to a package in the mail
a few days after posting this. My best friend Brynn had seen it
and ordered me a copy of this book that is one of her favorites ^^
…and I about cried! It lines up exactly with my thoughts and
made me feel even better about this year’s word. Love her!

'My word for 2017' has 4 comments

  1. January 5, 2017 @ 8:14 pm Jenna Condon

    I love this word! I think it’s so true – life needs more of slowing down, but also to incorporate those moments to simply reflect and be joyful!


  2. January 6, 2017 @ 1:25 am Rachel

    Seems like the perfect word for the year for you. I need to think of mine!


  3. January 6, 2017 @ 8:18 pm michelle

    a great word, I think I might borrow this one for my year as well :)


  4. January 7, 2017 @ 11:49 am Chelsea

    Love hearing how last years worked for you. Savor is such a good one for 2017!


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