Word of the Year


“Adventure” was a wonderful word for 2008, a motivating companion as I continued my quest to emerge from the shell of fear that kept me so closed to the world when I was a girl. It accompanied me along my path this year, emboldening me in several situations when fear of looking silly nearly denied me an experience, motivating me when my enthusiasm was overtaken by fatigue, and making the people around me who knew of the word partake in my life in a different way.


It took the small spark of treasuring the adventure in the everyday that I had, and flamed it into a fire of admiration for small adventures lived largely.

adventure training

It ran on the treadmill with me through countless hours of training for the Budapest half-marathon. It took me to Europe and ran and biked and talked along side me through three and a half incredible months.

Now it can escort me to the next year, the next word…


In 2009, the word that has chosen me – and it was certainly that way around, just like last year – is HOME. It’s not just that I’m nesting after our return from the trip, although that plays a roll. This year, I want my focus to be on a mindfulness, and above all, a treasuring, nurturing, graceful mindfulness related to home and family. I want to run a dust cloth over the shelves a little more often…and feel the nurturing of our space that it entails. I want to spend my creative budget on the space and people nearest to me. I want to fix our bathroom, dig a new garden, and take our space from one level of soothing yet inspiring to another level. Even our vacations will play a roll, since we promised the kids no big trips – no Rockies, no Danube, no wondering what the cats and dog are up to without us for weeks at a time. And so my word HOME will help me to treasure our shorter camping trips to provincial parks.

HOME – to be at home in, to go home to, to settle into home, where the heart is… The place where it all begins and ends, with tea in the mornings and the four of us cuddled in a bedroom listening to me read a story at night.

This was all inspired last year by Ali Edwards.  Here are a few  Word of the Year links to prompt you if you’re interested.

16 thoughts on “Word of the Year

  1. Wendy says:

    I love your word for 2009. That is exactly what I’ve been focused on for the last week or two. How we create our home and how it, in turn, supports us.

  2. JoVE says:

    Both your reflections on adventure and your new thinking about home are thought provoking. I might have to think about a word of the year… though it might have to be “change” for 2009.

  3. Kelly Dawson says:

    I definitely think that as a country we are all rediscovering home. Great word to live by this year – better than consumerism, or foreclosure, or wastefulness. I think words like familial, organic, handmade, introspection, warmth, and unity are going to be very important this year. Just discovered your blog, will be back to read.

  4. inneedofchocolate says:

    Lovely post! I’ve been rediscovering how to love spending lots of time at home and one of my resolutions for the year is to bring peace into our home through gentler parenting and a focus on respect and treating each other as we want to be treated.

  5. Liberty says:

    We do something similar – we choose a word or phrase for the year as our goal. This year we did three for a change, but HOME was one of ours. We chose one for our hobby and one personal too.

    It is a fun way to look at life 🙂

    Have a wonderful New Year within your home!

  6. Christine says:

    There are many great songs with “home” in them. You could create a playlist for inspiration . . . of just fun!

    A couple come to mind – “Homeward Bound,” Simon & Garfunkel: “Home! where my thoughts escaping. Home! where my music’s playing. Home! where my love lies waiting silently for me . . .”

    Home, Sheryl Crow. The latter has a beautiful refrain of your 2009 word. The other lyrics are not so inspiring in this song,BUT the chorus of that song is soulful and lovely, “This is Hoooooooooooome . . . Hooooooooooooooooome. This is home.”

    In both songs it’s just the beauty of the word that I love.

    What fun!

    I am struggling with my word . . . it may take time, right!?

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