Saturday, January 14, 2023

My Word for 2023: Place


My Word for 2023: Place

For the past few months the word "place" kept popping up. I would jot down whatever thought it was connected to and move on. It didn't seem like a good word for the year, and I couldn't connect it to anything in a significant way. But it kept popping up, so over the week between the holidays I spent some time looking at it, and, honestly, trying to find a different word. I just didn't see how "place" fit.

Until I came across a different definition; one from a different language.

I came across this Spanish word, querencia. It's definition is: A place where one draws inspiration or strength, where one feels at home; the place where you are your most authentic self. A safe haven or sanctuary.

That sealed it for me. I have many places where I draw inspiration from. Some are physical places, like my home or a local Metropark, and others are less tangible and are more of an emotional place, such as the places in a good book or movie. I like feeling secure in the places I function in; in my marriage, my church and job, with close friends. I have places that are a place of sanctuary, places of renewal and restoration - places I need to re-connect with this year. I also need to reconnect with a place of rhythm that has been disrupted over the past few years. That's just a start on my intentions for my word this year.

In my last post I wrote that I am art journaling in one journal this year - a visual commonplace book. So, my word of the year/One Little Word art is located in the same book. I decided to participate in Ali Edwards One Little Word class and group this year to try and stay focused on my word throughout the year. Below are my pages exploring my word.

Do you pick a word for the year? Share your word in the comments belows or in the Words Art & Faith Challenge Group.


  1. Thanks for sharing, Mary. I gleaned alot, first from the definition of Querencia. I put that in my journal as it fits with my word for 2023, "Home". I also liked the idea of writing down usages of the word and synonyms. Thanks.

  2. I love your approach for your 2023 word of the year, Mary! As always, you share your wisdom, knowledge, and inspiration along with your beautiful art. Thank you.💚