a new word arrives

I had all sorts of plans for this post. Plans that involved spending some time creating a visual to introduce my word. But life has given me a different path this last week and time ran out. So this will be simple.

My word for 2020 began to show up a few months ago. I was in a study group and there it was, more than once or twice, in our readings. In fact, this word had been tapping me on the shoulder for weeks so I decided it should go on my list of possible words. The definition definitely speaks to me but it was the list of synonyms that grabbed my attention. Stay. Remain. Abide. Continue. Rest. These were all things I want to invite into my life.


to live or stay; reside.

to live or continue in a given condition or state

to linger over, emphasize, or ponder

REST has taught me to stop and listen. To stay with a thought. To remain in that place of unknowing, uncertainty.

If you are still looking for a word, Ali Edwards has a quiz.

I also found this site.

Happy new year, new word to each of you. Honore has volunteered to host a monthly reflection on our words so do go visit her post about her word.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

14 thoughts on “a new word arrives

  1. I want to thank you so much for hosting us this year – that kind gesture allowed my word to have amazing impact this year. It kept my word in my mind – daily.

    As for your word choice for 2020… it is so perfect! I hope that you find dwell will enrich your days as 2020 moves along!

  2. I think you’ve selected an excellent word and one that continues REST very nicely. I look forward to seeing how you dwell in your life in the coming year.

  3. What a beautiful word for 2020 and what a fitting complement to Rest. Thank you for hosting our get-togethers this year. Truly, these posts have helped me connect with my word – and with all of y’all – in such meaningful ways. I look forward to following along next year (and I’m glad Honoré has agreed to host)!

  4. What a wonderful word! Seems perfect to follow Rest.

    I struggled with my 2019 word (strength) and didn’t participate in your monthly get-togethers; however, I enjoyed reading them and following along. Thank you for hosting! My 2020 word is up on my blog!

  5. I am enjoying your posts and went to Abbey of the arts… great site, I signed up for the word of the year seminar. Thanks lots

  6. I love “dwell.” such an interesting choice that calls up all sorts of pleasant vibes … and it’s perfect for you! Looking forward to sharing your journey!

  7. I can’t wait to see how this word impacts your year. Dwell feels so peaceful. I made a great big exhale when I read it. It feels perfect.

    Happy New Year!

  8. Dwell – I think it is perfect. Of course I think of the line by Emily Dickinson, “I dwell in possibility ” or something close to that. Happy New Year.

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