SpringPlanting.042010-06-06care. nourish. develop. cultivate. consider. minister. treasure. foster.sustain. value.

Have you seen all the posts lately about choosing a word for the New Year? I’ve been thinking about the word I’d like to live by in 2015.


I’m a physical therapist, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an aunt. I nurture others all the time. It is who I am, who I will always be. But this year, the word nurture is going to mean something a little different to me. Sure, I’ll keep on nurturing others (because that is what I do), but I am also going to spend some time nurturing myself.

What will this look like?

DSC_1136My Marriage…Spending time with just me and my wonderful husband, Kip

  • Road Trips
  • Sitting by a fire with a good glass of wine
  • Date nights
  • Candlelight Dinners
  • Long Walks
  • Bike Rides

PoppyQuiltwithPillows.LARGE photo0001My Creative Side…Spending time alone with my fabric and my imagination

  • Making what I want to make (as opposed to what others expect me to make)
  • Advancing my skills – going outside the box
  • Taking time to browse through Pinterest, Quilt Magazines, Craft Books – letting my imagination take my inspiration to new places
  • Just playing with no set goals

DSCN0350 (800x600)My Health…Taking care of myself

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Riding my bike and getting in shape for that century ride I want to do
  • Saying “no” when I am already maxed out
  • Eating more organics, leaner meat and less sugar

GirlsSewing03.14.2014.Conni.Cathie0001My Relationships with Others…Making time for my friends and family

  • Sewing with friends
  • Phone calls to those far away (instead of email and Facebook)
  • Sharing funny stories and things I am grateful for – inviting the people I love into my joy

NATURE.LARGEphoto0001The Earth…Spending time in nature

  • Grow a garden
  • Pick wildflowers
  • Take a hike
  • Enjoy the views wherever they may be
  • Watch a sunset
  • Get up for sunrise

Nurturing myself will enable me to nurture others – I will be happier, healthier, more patient, less anxious. I know this to be true.

What about you? Do you have a word for 2015?

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    • Ti on January 30, 2015 at 14:39

    This is great. Love it. I posted about my word yesterday or the day before. It was hard for me to come up with one but I chose Rethink.

    • Tui on January 30, 2015 at 16:32

    This is lovely and thoughtful, Wendy. I hadn’t seen any of the posts about a word for 2015, yours is the first. Must give this some thought.

    • Mary on January 30, 2015 at 17:24

    Love this post and love your word!

    • Kay on January 31, 2015 at 06:33

    I think this is lovely, Wendy. And so creative to have come up with a word for every letter of Nurture. I wish you the best and hope this year is wonderful for you. Your pictures, especially the one with the mountain (I love mountains), are beautiful. Take care!

    • Cathie. on February 1, 2015 at 19:12

    Wendy, this is great. Yes, you have to take care of you to be able to keep being the wonderful wife, sister, daughter, physical therapist and friend that you are. Be as kind to yourself as you are to others.

    • Bree on February 3, 2015 at 18:18

    great word. I love how you break it down by category. I use a word to help guide my year too. It helps, I think.

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