It’s time for our final One Word Check-in of 2021!

If you wrote a post for this month’s link-up, I invite you to join the party, share in Comments below, or reflect on your own–whatever works for you. I’m just glad you’re here! 

Welcome.


December’s been good here!

And it’s been a while since I’ve said that about this typically frenetic month…

Which tells me my word work is paying off.

My last three prompts of the year were designed to support just that: A nourishing holiday. One where I felt present. One I could enjoy. Versus fretting…whirling…staying [barely] one step ahead of the game.

Over the past 12 months, Curate has fostered worthy reflection. I’ve considered why I do what I do; what I want to do more of–and less; what’s sacred; what I can let go. Curate’s been teaching me even if it’s not the way we’ve always done it, we might very well enjoy it anyway…maybe even more!

Most importantly? Curate is teaching me…I can evolve.

Not just at holidays. But all the days.


This month, I’ve spent a little time looking back on my word. (Though not as much as I’d like! So I’ll stretch that in to ’22.)

Last January, I interpreted Curate as “making choices that align with my values–for outer ‘stuff’ and inner ‘matter’.”

Knowing what I know now, I’d amend that. It’s not just ‘making choices,’ because, whoa… so much isn’t up to me. So much isn’t a choice at all…

I’m starting to understand that and to work with the adage I can’t control the wind. But! I can adjust my sails. Curate has helped me in ways surprising and unexpected–and I’m grateful.

That said, here’s some of what I’m taking with me from Curate ’21–


I’m keeping this brief, because we have one more day with my brother in town. We’re in a slower, slightly sloppier mode around here. And I just want to be in it a little while longer.

So with that, I invite you to check in, chime in, link up, connect… I’m not done with Curate, so you haven’t heard the last of it! But that’s all for now, as I return to the rest of Christmastime here.

With love + thanks for all of it–

10 thoughts on “Curate {12}

  1. This is so good Carolyn! (I love every bit of this word and could use some of it in my life! Ha!)

    I am so happy to read that your brother is there! That is a very good thing! Enjoy these best days of the year… the between Christmas and the New Year days with not lots pressing… just a span of days to enjoy!

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    1. It’s definitely been a life vest, this word–in a way I never would have anticipated! Thank you for all the prayers, love, + support this year, Kat. It’s meant a lot to me.

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  2. I’ve really been impressed by how you’ve taken Curate in so many ways this year and how you’ve really distilled your life, your activities, and your choices into meaningful things as a result.

    I’m so glad you’re with your brother right now, too. I hope he’s doing well and that 2022 brings him good health!

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    1. Thank you SO MUCH for those wishes, Sarah. I’ll take ’em!! And I have to say that Curate has taken *me* in so many surprising directions this year, versus the other way around… I really thought it’d be a struggle to get myself out of the weeds with this word–so it’s been quite a good surprise. (Despite the lousy surprises.)

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  3. Enjoy your time with your brother!
    And I’m never surprised when our words (the “good ones,” that is) take us in directions we didn’t really expect when we initially set off!

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