2021 was a bust when it comes to my blog. Did you notice? I felt the emptiness of not putting “pen to paper” over the past year. The emptiness of not connecting with others, and sharing our trials and tribulations.
It’s not that I didn’t have anything to write about. With 3 (now 4!) kids, it’s nearly impossible to have an uneventful day. It’s more that I wasn’t motivated to write. I felt like the cycle of daily life wasn’t interesting enough to capture an audience’s attention.
I forgot why I wanted to write this blog. I let the Panny overcome me. But honestly, this blog is more for me – as selfish as that sounds. I find I actually process a lot of what is happening when I write about it. And I spent an entire year without writing, and in a way, not really processing.
Now here we are… About to turn the pages of our calendars and jump into a New Year. And with this, I want to bring myself back to the blog. I want to get back to documenting our moments of joy, our reasons to celebrate, our struggles, our challenges, and even our “mundane Panny lives” as it were.
And with the New Year, comes a New Word. This is the time of year where I don’t make a resolution. Instead, I think about what I want to use as my “Word of the Year” – I blogged about this in 2020.
I ask myself “What will guide me in 2022?”
Naturally, I have been reflecting on the events of the past year. We have had many personal changes and there is much to think about with what is going on in the world around us. What mindset do I want to bring into the New Year? And after a lot of thought, I finally decided on a word. This year, my word will be Cherish.
It was the definition of the word that really spoke to me. As a verb, it prompts me into actions of love and hope.
In 2022, I will :
Cherish my babies.
Cherish my marriage.
Cherish my family.
Cherish my friends.
Cherish my body.
And with the addition of baby Margo (surprise! I had a baby! I will blog about that in 2022), I feel as though I want to cherish every moment with her. So why not make it purposeful, intentional, and part of the day-to-day in 2022?
What’s your Word of the Year for 2022? Tell me about it in the comments, I’d love to hear about it.
2 responses to “I’m Back, Again!”
Thanks for this, Denise! Your ‘Word of the Year’ is very similar to the ‘star words’ that I usually share with my congregation on Epiphany Sunday.
The word for this coming year that sings to me right now is ‘Appreciate’!
Blessings to you and yours in 2022 and beyond!
That’s a beautiful choice! All the best in 2022 xo