I don’t know about all of you, but New Year’s Resolutions don’t work for me. Instead, I’ve gotten on the word-for-the-year train, and it seems to suit me just fine.

This year, my word is BLOOM. 


I wanted a word that would support me in my desire to both grow roots and reach for the sun. I love the idea of my creative life–my whole life, really–being a secret garden where I can flourish.


And then, on accident, I ran across the Rumi poem, Surrender, just after I had chosen my word:

Very little grows on jagged rock.

Be ground. Be crumbled,

so wildflowers will come up where you are.

You have been stony for too many years.

Try something different. Surrender.


I’m excited to see what 2019 brings for me in my creative and personal life. I’ve got lots of travel for the first half, a big move back to the States for the second, and all kinds of adventures in between. I’m turning in several books and working on a few more. Busy, busy! But I’m working hard to be mindful to go sloooooow. It takes time for seeds to peek above the ground, and they need lots of tender loving care to do so.


When I do find my home and set up shop, you better believe I’m going to start my first-ever garden. And I’m going to fill my house with flowers.


Here I am on my 36th birthday, which was earlier this week. I kept thinking of blooming while I took this picture in my temporary office here in Switzerland, and I can feel the peace radiating from me. The quiet joy.





What’s your word for 2019? If you haven’t chosen one yet and are looking to explore more to figure it out, I found the lovely Susannah Conway’s mini-course, Find Your Word, (free) to be so helpful, as was her Unravel Your Year workbook, which she also offers for free. Lots of delicious journaling.


Happy New Year, friends! May we all bloom.



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