New Years Resolutions

Welcome to the 2017 year. To bring in the new year, a ritual in our home is to clean, organize and de-clutter before the new year begins to bring in a fresh new start.

Along with the New Year, comes a fresh set of goals and resolutions. Many of us mindfully try to start the new year with an intention… spoken or unspoken.


I have adopted setting up my resolutions shared from a dear friend who is an international painter and artist, Veronica Funk, that is simple and focused.

I have a journal for each year…. usually I pull out my old journals and go through them to see how I have grown with ideas, thoughts, goals, dreams, successes, failures, etc.

ONE word is chosen to name the Journal. It will be a word that you can reflect on, grow with and tap into. Here are a few examples:

  • Joy
  • Courage
  • Family
  • Balance
  • Finance
  • Positivity
  • Spirit
  • Creativity
  • Sanctuary
  • Kindness
  • Gratitude

This journal is a focus on the word to center yourself, reflect, connect and grow. It provides you a tool to self-discovery. Veronica also wears her word for the year, stamped on jewelry to keep it as a subtle reminder and has the word displayed within her home.



Querencia (Spanish):

a place from which one’s strength is drawn, where one feels at home; the place where you are most your authentic self.


“Well…it’s that time of year again, the time to select my guiding word for the year.  This year, with both of my daughters’ impending graduations a day apart this summer, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this year’s word.  I guess I always do, but this one is particularly meaningful for me as the year will mark the beginning of adulthood of my youngest child which, in turn, means more great changes ahead for me as a mother and a woman.  I chose to add the image of a feather as a symbol of a quill to mark the beginning of writing my own new story, as well as representing flight from the nest for my children.”

Previous words have been:

  1. FEARLESS:  My 2010 word as I found I was getting caught up in the fear of how I was perceived by others and the fear of failure.  Whenever I noticed fear in myself, I would focus on my word and it helped me to overcome challenges, it actually helped me to be brave in so many little ways.
  2. SURRENDER: I decided that 2011 would be a year of letting go of my history of control…of self and others…and allowing things to happen.  And, boy, did things happen.  Yes, both good and bad, but always in the end for the better.
  3. STILL:  For 2012 I wanted to grow both as an artist and human being, and remembered the verse in Psalm 46:10 ‘Be still’.  I tend to feel like I have to do everything, you know, that sense of obligation.  Not only because I feel I should but because I worry that I don’t do enough.  I actually went through a physical injury that forced stillness, and it seemed that everything that needed doing got done.  And I felt so much more peace in my life by allowing it.
  4. WISDOM:  In 2013 I wanted to further my education as well as seeking knowledge and understanding of others and myself.  Wisdom is considered a cardinal virtue, though because of my passionate artist’s nature I struggle with stepping back and attempting to control my reactions…still a work in progress.
  5. GRACE:  My word for 2014.  To me practicing grace is similar to gaining wisdom in my hope to extend grace to myself and others.  Theologically divine grace inspires virtuous impulses and imparts strength to endure trials.  I believe it is about compassion and understanding and also about acceptance.
  6. RESERVOIR:  If you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal.  A canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, but a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus without loss to itself shares its super abundant water. ~ Bernard of Clairvaux, Celtic Monk      
  7. BRAVE:  You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs. ~ Katherine Center                          




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