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2020 Word of the Year: Bloom

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Bloom: a state of thriving impossible to achieve without roots or nourishment

Bloom: And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it takes to bloom - Anais Nin

Have you chosen your 2020 word of the year yet?

I was really stuck on where to go with mine, and then I decided to take the quiz over at DaySpring and it presented me with the word BLOOM.

And it spoke to me.

When I think of flowers blooming I think of:

transformation – right now I am trying to make changes in my life, to give me more time to be creative and less time tied to the computer working

blooming where you are planted – I need a reminder to focus on where I am and what I have. To follow through on my ideas and not go searching for shiny objects to pursue in my business.

appreciating the small things – I need to take time to stop and smell the roses, to notice the joy in life and to live in the moment.

patience – a flower doesn’t bloom overnight, it takes time to achieve my goals.

powerful and full of potential – a blooming flower doesn’t know its limits.

impossible to bloom without roots or nourishment – this speaks to me on two levels. From a business perspective I have laid strong roots and I need to continue to add nourishment so my business can bloom and reach its potential. And from a personal perspective self care is important to be sure I don’t wilt.

colours and beauty – to inspire me to be creative and stop and notice the beauty in things around me.

a moment in time – a flower blooms on its own terms and you have to appreciate its beauty before it’s gone. This is a reminder to me that I need to spend more time being memory keeper and story teller for my family. I need to stop and take the time to appreciate the experiences and the milestones but also to document them with photographs and journaling.

My personal goals for this year are to dedicate time in my schedule for self care and memory keeping, which I want to do through being creative. I’ve signed up for the Life Book 2020 programme to help me with that.

Our first assignment is to create a mixed media painting that incorporates our 2020 word of the year with our spirit animal.

This year the animal I feel has chosen me is a butterfly.

According to the Sprit Animal website:

“The butterfly guides you to be sensitive to your personal cycles of expansion and growth, to find joy in life and lightness of being.”

I feel like 2020 will be a year of transformation for me. As I move from being so business focused to spending more time being creative and living in the moment.

And the combination of butterfly and bloom seems like fate.