Tag Archives: New Year’s resolution

Lovely Thing ~ An Intentional New Year

  At the beginning of 2017, I wrote about the practice of dedicating the new year to a single word that becomes a personal theme, motto, or mantra. In lieu of easily-broken resolutions, the word is a year-long touchstone for clarity, focus, and intention.  My word for last year was stillness. I decorated a small […]


Birthday Presence

The name Natalie is said to mean “Christmas child” or “Christmas birthday.” Fittingly, I was born on January 7th, only 13 days after Christmas.  However, as I get older, I find it harder and harder to wish for actual birthday presents.  Experiencing Christmas with my family, husband, and three children has literally filled my house, closet, […]

Oh, My Word

Instead of making new year resolutions, I’ve adopted the practice of dedicating the entire year to a single word. The idea is that the word becomes your personal theme, motto, or intention for everything you do throughout the new year.  In previous years, my words have included gratitude, simplicity, and light. Each year, I get […]

A Year in Review

In January 2016, I made a New Year’s Resolution to cook a “fancy dinner” at least once a month.  From January through August, I successfully stuck to my resolution, sometimes even making more than one feast for friends and family.  But then in September, the school year was in full swing, I was in working-mom mode, […]