To Things That Have Never Been

“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke

This winter season has been one of much contemplation and reflection for me. And I am grateful. I enter into 2014 with renewed energy and hope. And a new practice.

For many years, my dear friend Jane has inspired me with her practice of choosing one single word to guide her for the entire year. This has always intrigued but baffled me — how could I ever settle on One. Single. Word.

I am a collector of words, and I think in grand sweeps! Just one word? For the whole year?

And even though I have led others through the exercise of choosing one word to inspire them for their homeschooling year, I must be honest and say that I usually pick multiple words. In the fall of this year, I picked three words. Try as I might, I was not able to get it down to just one word. 

Choose One Word for the New YearBut I’ve done it! With inspiration from my friend Sheila over at Sure as the World in her Word 2014 post, and the help of One Little Word, I will be exploring and collaging the meaning that this one word has in my life for 2014. My word is: HOPE. I am looking forward to delving deeper through monthly reflections and artistic exercises. 

Will you be choosing a word or words for inspiration in the coming year?

And now, I want to take a moment to share my hopes for this newly revamped blog that has brought me much joy this past year. My vision is to create a lively and caring online community here where we can share our experiences and offer each other strength and hope.

Please join me by stopping by often. You can keep in touch by signing up for my weekly newsletter either below this post or in the sidebar.

In gratitude for this emerging community, a Happy and Joy-Filled New Year to you!

“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”


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9 thoughts on “To Things That Have Never Been

  1. My word for 2014 is REST. Whether it be inside or out or both.
    I look forward to each post. so very encouraging. Thanks 🙂
    Have a blessed day!

    1. Thank you very much, Janet. Hearing from others that my words make a difference inspires me! May you have a year full of all kinds of REST!

  2. Yay!!

    First let me say, I love that Rilke quotation.

    I am so excited about the one little word ecourse. I only watched about 3 minutes of the first video, but I just love the idea of something every month.

    My blog schedule is my saving grace. Sometimes I think I am too rigid, but honestly it keeps me writing and that is my main goal.

    Looking forward to another year of friendship with you, my sweets.

    Happiest of new years. Here’s to hope!

    1. Yes, thank you for the link to one little word. I too am excited to spend a little time each month collaging and reflecting and writing. And the blog, I am able to see it as a rhythm now, and yes, to keep my writing going. I so didn’t see it that way a year ago!!! You have been such a huge inspiration and supporter, my dear. And I thank you. May you continue to shine in the new year! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    1. It’s such a great way to focus it seems to me. I don’t know why I’ve resisted this for so long. Already in my reflections, I realize that we need hope to have the courage and strength to act. And where does that come from?

      I love hearing that Hope was your word a few years ago! May you uncover much with your word Treasure. And Happy New Year to you and your family!

  3. I haven’t chosen a word in a few years but this I year I chose the word *EMBRACE*. So far it is proving to be a word of many layers. I love it! I have so enjoyed all the Holiday Hops and I am grateful that I found such an inspirational group of bloggers. I am excited about your plans for the blog – I stumbled upon your description of the Seven Lively Arts and I am really taking the idea as one of my themes into my homeschool for the new year – I will look forward to your posts!

    1. Yes, many layers to these words for sure! I was working with my word yesterday and came across an “archaic” definition of my word, HOPE: trust. That was powerful for me, that hope is synonymous with trust. What I am so appreciating about this one word experience is the opportunity to focus and go deeper; reminds me of Waldorf methods! Scale back, simplify and go deeper. So glad you’re here and I’m looking forward to engaging more with the Lively Arts here on the blog and in my home, as well. Looking forward to the continued conversation. Embrace!

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