Nourish... New Year 2018


Hellooooo!! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!! How are you?! I hope you've had some beautiful & blessing-filled times!

For many days we were snuggled in a cozy cocoon of Christmas! And, I must admit, it's been hard to break out of the bubble of prayer, good-eating, quiet, candle-glow, fireside cheer, snow, rest and relaxation.

On our Christmas table--white hyacinths... their sweet fragrance lingers...



How are you feeling about the new year? Do you do a new year word or focus? 

JOY was my word for 2017, and after a couple of rough years more recently, it was wonderful to truly feel joy in my life again. In 2018 NOURISH will be my focus/word...


Nourish came to me while working in the garden last summer. So it's been whispering to me for a while now. The word called to me to focus on feeding my life and taking care of all the good things in it. Nourishing my spirit, mind, body, brain, environment... everything. I've been journalling about areas of my life to better feed, support, and explore more--prayer, slow & sustainable living, creativity, gardening, seasonal splendors, getting/keeping my body in better shape... among other things. Some plans and ideas are brewing, and those are taking shape in my journal too...
  
A pair of resources that I'm using for part of my new year journalling: 
2018 This is the Year I Purpose To... from Ann Voskamp's beautiful site. Check her Sticky Notes for the Soul for more free resources, printables, etc. for aiding your heart and soul to breathe a bit more quietly, thoughtfully, intentionally...

AND I have a little note book all set aside for journalling with this free workbook, A Make Do and Mend Year Sustainable Planner--for setting monthly goals for sustainable living--from My Make Do and Mend Life.

I'm sitting here counting my blessings today, and wishing many, many blessings for you! As we enter the New Year together, with God's grace may we be blessed with new/renewed hopes, new experiences and new joys in the coming new year... and to love deep... May we shine like the stars!

P.S. Just in time for Christmas... I made this crochet snowflake garland, finishing and hanging it up on Christmas Eve!



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  1. Oh my dear Sister in Christ, What a joy it is to read your post on our New Year's Eve. It was all so lovely. I love the word joy and if I had a theme for this year it would be to seek, and live in joy.
    I really like your new word of nourish. I want to be better at nourishing my own spirit, body, brain and etc. Thanks for your inspiration! I enjoyed all of your thoughts on this one.
    I love your crocheted snowflake garland and all your beautiful photos. Your Christmas celebration sounded so relaxing and filled with loving moments.
    I will go in and check out Ann Voskamp's site again. I used to follow her a long time ago. I thought she had a beautiful and inspiring blog.
    One of my most treasured Christmas items this year was the awesome postcard you sent me. Thank you for your thoughtfulness; I truly loved it so much.
    May your New Year be as spectacular as you are my dear friend. I look forward to sharing 2018 together.
    I just completed a post that will update you on all that's been happening in my life during the holidays
    Sending warm blessings, love and hugs your way!
    Wishing TJ and you a wondrous New Year of 2018!

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    1. Thank you, LeAnn! So good to see you here. Glad the postcard reached you in time! I very much look forward to seeing about your Christmastime at your blog. :) HAPPY NEW YEAR blessings to all of you!! ((HUGS)) P.S. I very appreciate Ann Voskamp's blog and powerful live-in-Christ message! I think you'll enjoy re-visiting her.

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  2. Happy New Year Tracy! Love, LOVE your snowlake garland. Its so pretty! I love all of your thoughts on tackling the new year in front of us as well. I find I am feeling pretty drained this morning. I need to tackle and conquer a few things in my life that are dragging me down. So I think my word for this year will be Warrier. I am going to be a Warrier and rise above all that weighs me down this year! Love you and all that you share! xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! An thank you for all the lovely birthday and new year greetings to me/us from you!! :) Warrior is a great word/focus for a new year. With God guiding you, I know you can take on anything--may you be lifted up! ((HUGS))

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  3. Happy New Year to you and TJ! I love your focus word for 2018--nourish. I've been reading an e-book about nourishing your body.
    As for my word or focus? Still contemplating and meditating on what it should be...

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    1. Great to see you, Willow... and thanks so much! What is the book you are reading? ((HUGS))

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    2. Tracy, It's an ebook titled The Nourished Metabolism by Elizabeth Walling.

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    3. Thanks, Willow! I just looked it up on Amazon, and it sounds very interesting! My aging metabolism could use a boost! ;)

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  4. I have always liked even the very word 'nourish.'
    it sounds exactly like what it does. to strengthen and sustain and even make new!
    I hope this new year holds only the best for You and your Viking and tiny Luna. ♥

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    1. Many thank, dear Tammy! :) Nourish is a wonderful word, isn't it? It's kind of "meaty," something to really sink into and be sustained on... I'm excited to see how the word will help me grow my life and world this year! Wishing all the very best, my friend! ((HUGS))

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  5. Happy New Year, dear Tracy! That garland is just precious -- I adore it!

    Nourish is a wonderful word for you this year -- a beautiful focus with your approach to life and one that is so very well thought out. I'm still working on my word. I really should start this earlier! Maybe it should be NOW. I'll add it to the list!

    Sending glorious hugs across the sea!

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    1. Hi, Jeanie... and thank you!! It's very rare that a word/focus comes to me so early in advance of a new year. Digging in and reviving our garden last year really was part of some good healing for us here, and will continue to be. Nourishing the garden seemed to dig down deep in me to think about how I can nourish more of everything... NOW--that is a good word! Life is too short, right, so way wait-do it, try it, be it NOW!! ;) Wishing a great new year explored! ((HUGS))

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  6. Cute garland!!! I am so glad for the JOY in your life now and the word NOURISH is such a good one; nourishing our families, relationships, ourselves, all the good things in our lives...

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    1. Hi, Elizabeth.. and thanks! Nourish contains so much, and can be lavished on so much... I'm ecited about this word for the year! :) ((HUGS))

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  7. Adorable stars Tracie..a friend made me individual ones years and years ago..I still have..happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Nana... great to see you here! :) Happy New Year to you & yours!!

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  8. I can just imagine the scent of the hyacinths. How I love them. Nourish is a wonderful word. I love it. Those snowflakes too are wonderful. Now that is something I think even I a beginner could maybe make.

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    1. Hi, Marilyn!The hyacinths were a great treat during the holidays! Although the irritated TJ's allergies a bit, so they were maybe not the best choice for indoor use. But the beauty of them was much appreciate now in the midst of winter! The snowflake motifs that make up the garland are very east to work--very beginner-friendly. Shall I send you the links to the patterns I used for inspiration?!

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