Word of the Year 2020

My word came to me in October. offering two months to ponder and confirm that it was, indeed, the one.

firmly fixed, supported or balanced, not shaking or moving

regular, even, and continuous in development, frequency or intensity

Art journaling feelings around what I desire for 2020 confirmed my choice. I created two practice pages before designing the official page.

The first was arranged at the Intention Day Retreat. It holds the themes but not the word.

This page inspires me as I prepare for 2020!

The second I assembled while processing on my own.

I love the dog on this page.

2019 was my favorite year, yet. Flourish was the exact word I needed to get moving and take steps towards growth. So many good things happened, including the start of my business, Heart Path Story Coaching.

I love that in 2019 my friend, Angela, and I shared the same word! Here is her post about it! I look forward to reading about her choice for this year. We each flourished in our own way, proving that a word can be both general for many and specific to each person.

I recently took an online quiz that offered to choose a word for me based on my answers to questions. It came up with stand.

Looking at my art journal pages, I see how that fits in with the word I chose. There are a lot of standing images, including the dog!

I shared my untitled page during the final art journaling session of 2019. I loved the observations participants made for me. This is the beauty of the process. You choose and arrange images subconsciously that make sense when you and others name what is seen.

I love the polar bear. He is my favorite.

Comments such as This doesn’t seem like you. The seating feels structured and the gears appear rigid, not like the free-flowing Julie I know. But when I look closer at the pattern on the floor, I know that whoever is sitting in those seats is going to receive goodness.

The polar bear was noted. I knew he had to be on the page. Something about his presence and posture evoked the feeling of my word. Another participant said, That’s Steve!

Last year felt playful and open-ended as I set an intention to Flourish. From where I stood at the beginning, I knew that any movement would be forward. I truly felt like a plant that was emerging from the earth, poking its head out of the soil and into the sunshine before twisting and sprawling and blooming in a season of rapid growth.

2020 is calling me to be steady. To continue on a path of steady flourishing. To stand firm in what I have started and work on making progress towards specific goals. It is time to settle into more of an intentional routine.

The structured seating and clock-like gears are my reminders to stay steady and focused as is the runner on the path. Tho people stand on paddle boards, balancing, moving steadily forward. And the snail is playfully obvious.

This is a year to be steady in 2020, a phrase which only came to me after I chose the word.

Now it’s your turn to share. Please do in the comments. Happy New Year!

6 thoughts on “Word of the Year 2020

  1. Aaron J Carriker

    Perfect. Hebrews 12:1b-2
    Steady on, my friend. Love you. I can’t wait to see what Jesus has for you in 2020.

    1. Julie Post author

      I love this so much. And you. Thank you for receiving your word last year. I love that you are stepping into the 20s with a word of your own. I believe much goodness of God in the land of the Living is in store for you. One step at a time. Much love!

  2. Jill Snider

    Steady—it’s so obvious now! Makes me think of much-loved verses in Lam. 3:22-23. Thanks, Julie, for providing a place for me to depict my word “nourish.” I don’t know what God is forming in the “butterfly soup” inside the cocoon of my soul in this season, but I know he wants me to nourish (not punish) this person he has created and trust in his loving purposes for me.

    1. Julie Post author

      You are welcome! Thank you for your words here and for reminding me of the verse which is a much loved one of mine, as well, indicated by the box around 22-24 in my Bible. I look forward with eager anticipation to what God is forming in you as you are nourished by him. Blessings and Love.


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

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