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Current Scene + 2024 Word/Concept

November 16, 2023

Current scene: G’s doll hospital

Reason for said scene: School is closed because of . . . rain.

Okay fine, there was some flooding in some areas. And our school is prone to flooding. Safety is important. HOWEVER, the actual weather outside is quite delightful (and I didn’t actually see much standing water locally) so it’s a bit frustrating. I did ask our nanny to come at 10 AM (I have an interview, a BLPA session, a podcast to record) but I still doubt my ability to focus the way I can when the kids are . . . not here.

Ahh well. I can be grateful for my flexibility today AND mildly annoyed at the same time, I suppose! Will try to lean more on the former because this is not a problem I can really solve.

(Though I can go work in my closet/”recording studio”. That is the closest thing I have to a private office space in this house!)

Also there will 100% be screen time. I’m just trying to hold it off for a couple of hours. At least a) we don’t get snow days and b) the school usually adds days or changes existing half-days to full days to make up for the missed time.

Word of the year . . . already!?

I KNOW. It’s not even December. But what can I say – I had lots of time to reflect already, with BLP Live and a plane flight! And Elisabeth inspired me too, with her year of shmita declaration. So whatever, I’m calling it!

My 2024 word of the year: E X P E R I E N C E

I feel like this word has so many facets that apply!

First, there’s the idea of just paying attention to my own experiences. To try to really take everything in and not be distracted.

Then, I think about the idea of curating my experience. The act of say, bringing a kid to soccer could be a tiring chore or it could be an experience of going outside, enjoying some fresh air and a book and a bit of connection during the car ride. Choosing books or podcasts that give me something positive to experience with my consumption.

Next, the word experience makes me think of the senses and the different ways you can experience anything by paying attention to sights / sounds / textures / smells / tastes and even memories and historical context.

Finally, I feel like — in my 40s — I have some experience which can be leveraged in different ways. I’m no longer a new podcaster, writer, or doctor. I’m experienced, which means I have a lot to share and bring to the world. I also have had such great learning experiences along the way and want to take those lessons with me as I progress along various avenues.

I’ve been trying to decide what to do with my incredibly cute a6 Hobonichi with the gorgeous liberty print cover — I think it would be so much fun to have an experience journal – just to describe daily something about the experiences of the day. I also think this would be a great place to track media and journal about my relationship with devices/screens since they impact today’s overall experience of living SO MUCH.

So yay! Excited for this. (My 2023 word was CLEAR which actually did work out in many ways and I’ll discuss at a later point, but I think this will be even more fun ๐Ÿ™‚ )


  • Reply Grateful Kae November 16, 2023 at 10:55 am

    I LOVE THIS WORD! It seems perfect. Kind of want to copy it. Except I don’t even remember now what word I chose for 2023, so apparently I am not doing so well at really embodying my yearly words, anyway. ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Reply ndelacroix7 November 16, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    Love the doll hospital. Future ER doc? : )

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 16, 2023 at 5:46 pm

      I could see it!

  • Reply jennystancampiano November 16, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Oh, I love this word so much. It really embodies what I’m trying to do with NaBloPoMo this month… but you’ll be doing it for the whole year. I think it’s a great idea and I can’t wait to hear how it works for you as the year goes on. I can see why you were excited to share it right away.
    So you had school canceled today? We got a call from our school district (Palm Beach) early this morning that there WOULD be school and I thought “Why would we not have school? Because it’s windy???” I agree, it’s really frustrating when they cancel it for no good reason.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 16, 2023 at 7:36 pm

      AND we are cancelled TOMORROW (our school grounds tend to flood but also, OMGGgGG.) Broward is open but our school closed ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

  • Reply Elisabeth November 17, 2023 at 9:26 am

    Love Experience. A perfect word (and I’m just reading this today, but I also bought a journal for my Year of Rest/Shmita.)

    Also, some future career foreshadowing for G?

  • Reply Kathy A Johnson November 17, 2023 at 4:22 pm

    That’s a great word! And I love the idea of an experience journal.

    • Reply Brooke November 19, 2023 at 10:40 am

      Love that word and the many ways you plan to leverage it.

  • Reply Blogger Inspiration – Runners Fly November 17, 2023 at 9:45 pm

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  • Reply Ida November 18, 2023 at 8:32 am

    our house looks like the doll hospital on a regular basis! haha. I’m sure G was having a great day off school.
    Experience is such a smart word.

  • Reply J November 19, 2023 at 4:35 pm

    I like the mindfulness that choosing a word can give you. My word for 2023 was surrender. I wanted to surrender to moments, and learn from them, etc. Did I succeed? I’m not sure on that. I struggled a lot honestly.

  • Reply Lis November 20, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Love that cover! Thatโ€™s a great word.

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