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.

12 thoughts on “Flourish

  1. Kathryn L. Pugh

    I love, love , love this word for you . In fact, I forgot that last year I planned to use “flourish” for 2019. However, in God’s economy, another word chose me – the word “up.” I am thinking of looking up to heaven amidst the messy, of lifting prayers up for my young adults who struggle so much, and of lifting my own heart unto the Lord.

    A short anecdote to you, Julie, I have reconnected with a friend from high school, a creative, deep thinker who is virtually an invalid hippie. I grew up in a college town where we had many of these dear ones.My aging hippie friend asked me about my word for 2019 and I shared with her some of the finalists. She then said to me “Have you ever worshipped in the evangelical tradition? Those folks raise their hands when they sing and it is a powerful thing?” Little did she know how those words stirred my heart. I knew that “up” had chosen me.

    Be blessed in the new year. I would love to look you UP!

    1. Julie Post author

      Thank you so much for the affirmation. I love the word UP for you and the story that goes with it. I would also love to connect in 2019 in real life. Let’s explore options!

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Thanks for heart-composting with me! I appreciate your words.

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