It came to me while unpacking my Christmas ornaments this year. I pulled a mini Starbucks mug ornament with the word Flourish from the box. It was still in its packaging. I remembered buying it on sale after Christmas last year and saving it for this year.
The ornament never made it out of its cardboard casing or onto the tree. Instead it stood on a shelf in my room inviting me to ponder the word Flourish and what it might mean for me in the new year.
Looking it up, the next step in the process, began to solidify my choice.
to grow luxuriantly, to achieve success, to be in a state of activity or production, to reach a height of development or influence, to make bold and sweeping gestures, an ornamental stroke in writing or printing, a decorative or finishing detail
All of these meanings, and more that were listed, felt true about what I long for in the new year.
Still pondering, I came across an online quiz related to figuring out your word of the year and decided to take it. The result was courage.
I always need that, and in this case, I think finding the courage to flourish is where I landed.
Here is my process in making this year’s art journal page along with the final result. I will keep it displayed to remind me of this year’s intentions.