This year I will THRIVE

Thrive (verb)
1. to prosper; be fortunate or successful.
2. to grow or develop vigorously; flourish
Synonyms: advance, arrive, bear fruit, bloom, blossom, boom, burgeon, develop, flourish, get ahead, get places, get there, grow, increase, make a go, mushroom, progress, prosper, radiate, rise, shine, shoot up, succeed, turn out well, wax

I have a really good feeling about this year.  Something just felt off last year. It wasn’t bad, I just felt a little off my game for some reason — can’t explain it.  This year though, I have a really good feeling about.  It feels full of possibility and greatness.

I knew what my word for this year would be on December 31st.  It just jumped right at me and I felt an, “oh yeah, this is it” feeling. I want to thrive in my health, in my creativeness (blog and shop), my family, friendships, my garden…in everything.

This year I will be 40 (in two weeks, actually) and I am really excited about it.  I’m going to NYC to celebrate with my hubby and I have plans to do something fun and funky with my hair (not too crazy – I have a conservative dress code to deal with). I’m not letting that age thing get me down. I think it has only been getting better.

Anyway, I’m just feeling excited, hopeful and full of possibility and wanted to somehow translate that into a bright, cheerful painting in my art journal.

Have you picked a word yet?  I’d love to hear it.


“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

“You don’t face your fears, you stand up to them.” – Brian Clark

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” – Epictetus

“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.”- Robert H. Schuller

“Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive”- Jean Paul Richter

“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” -Liberty Hyde Bailey

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14 Responses to This year I will THRIVE

  1. Lucy Chen says:

    Your “thrive” journal page is BEAUTIFUL and full of strength, love and energy. I’m sure it’s going to be a good year for you, because you’ve decided that it IS going to be a good year.
    I didn’t know my word until I created my page for Life Book 2012, and it is “light”.

  2. I’ve read these “word of year 2012” here and there, and thought that I can’t come up to any word, that would be suitable – until now that You found it! THRIVE is absolutely the word I relate for this year too, and likewise, I too had a hard year 2011 with no explanation. So Thrive sounds SO good right now – thank you so much!

    And have to tell also, that I love your blog – thanks for this too, keep it up <3

  3. Kathleen says:

    Your word, blog entry, vision for 2012 are filled with light and hope. Thank you for sharing your positive outlook and dreams for the New Year. Your journal illustrating that outlook is beautiful. I hope your dreams thrive in 2012 and wish you a joyful celebration of your 40th!

  4. Kate D says:

    Love it! my word for 2012 is DELIGHT…and actually, I’m going to pick a second…EASE. I have a good feeling about 2012 as well…i spent so much of 2011 trying to do the “right things” and “study hard” etc. with respect to my creative goals…and I think I was too serious about it. So this year I’m just going to focus on what brings me delight.

  5. MelBee says:

    I am loving your word choice- very positive and full of energy! I have been thinking about my word and am currently reading ‘The Spirit of Silence; Making space for creativity ‘ by John Lane (lovely book to read) and he describes a word I felt drawn to -the Indian word bhavana meaning deep feeling of reverence- perhaps building on Gratitude from your e-course last year.The trouble is I like so many words that I may end up choosing one for each season! Thank you for your lovely blog.x

  6. Andria says:

    Fantastic word, Regina…I love THRIVE…I’ve chosen WINGS for this year…time to take off and GO somewhere! 🙂 Beautiful journal spread. And I love that first graphic…did you create that, too?

  7. kt says:

    I was crazy about 40 it was a breakthrough year, hoping the same for you!
    I am waiting on my work to see if i can get the days off for artfest i should know this week if I can go i am so crossing my fingers:)

  8. You know I have the same feeling about this year! It just feels different. Not sure what it is yet. Have fun in NYC! And good luck with your hair! Can’t wait to see it. xo

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