2017 Word of the Year, and a quilt!


My 2017 word of the year is…IMMERSE.

I really had to give this year’s word some serious thought. I chose and discarded several, including “attend,” “structure,” “present,” and even (but only for a moment) “focus.” “Prioritize” was in the running too, along with a gazillion others. But “immerse” is what I settled on.

The Merriam Webster dictionary online defines immerse as a transitive verb meaning “to plunge into something that surrounds or covers; (especially a fluid)” or to “engross, absorb.”

The second definition is most appropriate here, unless you count that I would like to be immersed in a deep, hot bath, or maybe the ocean. I have learned that I am happiest when fully engaged, immersed, in whatever is before me. Sometimes that is mundane things like cooking or dusting (blech), sometimes it is work, and sometimes it is creative work. You can probably guess which is my favorite.

I am good at multitasking. I’m a mom, after all. But while I might be good at it, I don’t enjoy it. Feeling fragmented is hard for me and makes me kind of cranky. Okay, a lot cranky, it makes me a lot cranky.

With these things in mind, then, I am purposing this year to stop trying to do eighty thousand things at once. I am hoping to jettison a lot of the busy-work that either doesn’t matter or can be done by someone else. That will be tough, but I believe that if I can keep in mind the things that do matter, the things in which I want, need, to be immersed, my whole world will run more smoothly. At the very least, I won’t be cranky.

I do have several projects that have been pushed by the wayside for far too long. I want to focus on those, immerse myself in them. One of those things, as you might guess, includes spending more time in my workroom, productive time. But being productive, for me, requires that I not feel distracted and fragmented. I have to be able to give myself wholly to the task at hand, immerse myself in it.

With all of this in mind, I made myself a little quilt. It was quick to make, but I rather like it. I think it’ll hang in my office, but since I am still working out the overhaul of spaces in this house, I don’t know yet. For now, it’s hanging in my workroom.

My 2017 word quilt: Immerse (hanging on a yellow wall)

One of the things I chuckled about was in the design process. I debated putting the letters in an arc, curving toward the bottom. I also thought about using the quilting to create a similar curve. In both cases, though, I didn’t like the idea of force or pressure. I want to immerse myself in things, after all, not drown, or be drowned. God forbid I should be forced to immerse myself. Ack!

Immerse. Not drown. I’ll give it a go. We’ll see how it turns out. How about you? Have you picked a word for the year?


p.s. I said, yesterday, that this would be my first finish of the year, but I was wrong. I had already forgotten another project. So this is my second. Yay me!

  • Wendy Tuma

    Great word, Lori! This one I can totally relate to. Mundane things . . feeling fragmented . . . cranky. Oh, I can so relate. If I had one word for this year, it would probably be transition (like it was last year), but I am so, so, so tired of that word. Hehe. Love the quilt! It’s a keeper, for sure!

    • Lori East

      Thanks, Wendy! Transition is a good word too, but kinda scary for me. I am not a fan of change unless I’M in control of it. Yeah…I have issues. 😉

      • Wendy Tuma

        Oh, we could have a long talk over coffee about transition and control (and lack of it). I’m there with ya on the issues 😉

        • Lori East

          Gah, yeah, lack of it. I think that’s the idea I fight hardest, that we only THINK we have control….