Wednesday, December 27

Word of the Year: Renaissance

Each year, we choose a Word of the Year...something to focus on energies on for the upcoming year.  It's akin to the New Year Resolution, but less of an actual task than a change in mindset.  For 2024, we selected Renaissance...or Awakening, if you will.

Previous words of the year include:

You can visit each of these to pick up resources and ideas for incorporating those principles and goals into your home.

Looking around, something I've noticed since 'rona is a realignment of values and priorities.  People were forced to really take a good, hard look at their lives and reexamine what they wanted.  For folks of a certain age, those mid-lifers, it kicked off a renaissance movement...

Renaissance is a French word meaning “rebirth.”  People tend to think of it as the revival of art and literature under the influence of classical models in the 14th–16th centuries, but it can also be a revival or renewed interest in something.

For homeschooling mamas reaching the end of their journey, having the last child leave, facing an empty nest, and potentially coping with aging parents can all lead to major life changes that leave you wondering exactly what comes next.  Particularly if you've made the decision not to pursue a career and instead dedicated your life to raising babies and setting the stage for them to be successful, what is your purpose now?

This is a prime moment to face rebirth.  Your old life is fading, but your new life isn't born yet.  It's not a midlife crisis, per se, though it might seem like it to those on the outside, but it's a time to examine what the next steps are....

Some of the Precursors to a Rebirth

  • Death of a Loved One
  • Physical Changes
  • Career Setback
  • Family Relationship

Signs of Impending Rebirth

  • Feelings of Nostalgia
  • Emptiness and Boredom
  • Discontentment with Life
  • Drastic Change in Attitude

Your Rebirth Book List

Bring the Renaissance -- the historic version -- into your homeschool with these resources and unit studies!!!


What's your word of the year???