Word of the Year: 2020

Each New Year’s Eve I choose a word for the coming year (as opposed to a resolution)…

In 2011 my word was Simplify
For 2012 my word was Truth (I want to speak and seek the truth in all relationships, conversations, people etc. I also want to be a more true version of myself!)
In 2013 it was Acceptance (of myself and others and circumstances!)
For 2014 my word was Faith (stepping out in faith and growing my own faith).
My word for 2015 was Finance. Not as deep as previous years but a necessary one this was the year I moved to blogging full time and needed to get some money in, and then learn how to keep it (aka save!)

In 2016 I had a word but I somehow forgot to keep a record of it! Urgh!

For 2017 my word was Focus!
In 2018 my word was Flow (go with the flow, flow with life, flow in my gifts etc etc. Read more here)
In 2019 my word was Depth (I wanted to go deeper not wider – in my faith, relationships, interests. Focus on fewer – but go deeper!)


So you must be wondering what word I’ve chosen for 2020…


My word is FLOURISH


I can’t say I have pondered this for too long. In fact, that has been the case with many of the words that I have selected over the years. Most of the time I find a word comes to me in the weeks leading up to New Year’s Eve. This time this word jumped out at me from a page I was reading… If I’m honest I can’t recall whether it was a book, a magazine, a website or a newspaper. BUT I can say it jumped off the page and I immediately knew it was “my word”

Only now that I sit down to type this post up do I know more about the word and what it means. I knew it had botanical connections and I understood the general meaning “to thrive” which is why it resonated, but I will now spend more time digging deeper into its’ meaning and how I find that fits my life and stage.


Here is the definition of this word… I’ve bolded the ones that resonate with me!

verb (used without object)

  • to be in a vigorous state; thrive: a period in which art flourished.
  • to be in its or in one’s prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.
  • to be successful; prosper.
  • to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.
  • to make dramatic, sweeping gestures:Flourish more when you act out the king’s great death scene.
  • to add embellishments and ornamental lines to writing, letters, etc.
  • to sound a trumpet call or fanfare

verb (used with object)

  • to brandish dramatically; gesticulate with: a conductor flourishing his baton for the crescendo.
  • to decorate or embellish (writing, a page of script, etc.) with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.



Here are a few more images and scriptures that I found around the word FLOURISH


Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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