How Will You Emerge In 2017?

She Emerges

I have a strong affinity for the word “emerge.” My blog is called “She Emerges” after all. As a writer, I feel very drawn to its meaning. Because for writers, words are the pathway to our soul. We mingle with them over coffee. We dance with them while blasting iTunes. Heck, we even buy books about them and scour the internet for an abundance of words similar to ones we already love. (There’s never too much of a good thing.)

Words become somewhat of an obsession. And rightfully so, because they signify all things empowering and inspiring; allowing us to completely free ourselves from the weight and wonder fluttering within by voicing our thoughts with the world.

And for me, the one word that feeds the fire in my depths of my heart is “emerge.” It casts a light onto what I see in the future. What I see right now, and what others see in me.

Emerge has layers upon layers of significance. It means to rise, to become apparent; important. To move out or away from something and come into view. To manifest oneself, transpire; to come to light.

Don’t we all feel the need to emerge in some way or another?

As I rang in the New Year with heavy eyelids and my daughter shouting: “We made it! We stayed up until midnight,” I contemplated my New Year’s resolutions. But I was struggling a bit, to be honest. Not that I don’t want to accomplish more because I always do. I believe goals are the catalyst to making changes that enhance who we are. They are the diving board allowing us to leap forward and plunge into a new way of life. But this year, I wanted to make a change in a different way – I just wasn’t sure how?

As my mind began wandering in circles searching for the perfect answer it brought me back to my most favorite, utterly delicious word:


I’ve always considered the new year a sort of rebirth. The chance to fix things. An opportunity for self-improvement. But what if I focused on self-discovery? Just because I’m 43 doesn’t mean I’ve experienced everything, or even know of all the things that could fill my spirit.

So, why don’t I take this year to learn more about who I am?

Why not spend this time uncovering my true potential and becoming more aware of my character; bringing a new-found perspective to who I am as I continue growing in this phase of my life. I’ve spent the last 11 years focused on my family and career, and I wouldn’t change that for the world, but now maybe I can take a look inside and ask “What makes Nicole tick?” What deeply and profoundly makes me feel peaceful, challenged; invigorated?

Then it dawned on me, my resolution for the next 365 days is to begin a journey of emergence.

To enrich my life by immersing myself in new experiences, finding new passions, and living life as I’ve never know it…then showing the world who I’ve become. Even better, showing myself all that I can be.

I’m not sure what that will be, but it excites me. Yes, I’ll 100% be working out as hardcore as I can with a bad ankle and a little extra skin around my waist. Not to mention, I’ve already started cutting the carbs this week, but I’m going to add a little flavor to the rest of the year.

I’m going to delve into the unfamiliar.

This doesn’t mean I’ll just take a “wait and see what happens” approach. There will be some serious investigating, exploring, and whole lot of getting out of my comfort zone! (I’m quite the nervous nelly when it comes to new things, so this just may be the best resolution yet.) But life can look really good in a new light.

So here’s to 2017!

This year I want to emerge passionate, peaceful, and powerful. I want to find fulfillment in a holistic way; tapping into many undiscovered things that connect my mind, body and soul and allow them to transpire into a harmonious existence. To bring clarity to who I am, and succinctly blend all those beautiful elements together creating love and strength in my heart, and carry them forward each day throughout the year.

I’m not sure what to expect over the next 12 months, but one thing is for sure…our potential to become something more is limitless. Our dedication to anything in life allows us to grow, enabling others to see that sparkle from within radiating from our renewed spirit. So let life unfold.

How will you emerge in 2017?

Are you ready to dive into the New Year?  Tell me your resolutions below!

8 thoughts on “How Will You Emerge In 2017?

  1. As always I truly love your stories, this one is especially a wonderful read…. you can feel the passion and excitement this personal journey of yours will be…. I look forward to the stories connected to your “2017” journey…. l pray for your “emergence” to be fulfilled…. Happy New Year

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! It’s exciting for us all to emerge:) I’m looking forward to hearing about your year’s journey too!

  2. I always enjoy reading theough your blogs. It helps me to put things into perspective. This blog actually gave me a bit of hope and set a little flame under me this morning. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a lazy person, I just sometimes move forward without thinking about the things that I really want to do. I have journals upon journals filled from cover to cover with scribbles of my hopes and dreams. Yet, somehow I find myself in the same situation as “before”. Isn’t that something? Before is a place to move away from right? Anyways, your blog reminded me that my dreams are still valid and that I need to spend a little more time with them. Cultivating them and making a move to accomplish them. This year I will still be encouraging the people in my life to live their own dreams as usual. On the other hand, I will pay some extra attention to a person that I have pushed to the back, wedged between family and teaching…..ME! Thank you so much for this wonderful blog! It makes me smile. Tell my little friend that I haven’t forgotten about her and that I am raising two nieces ages 10 and 11. I’ve told them about her blog and we will be waiting to read it! God bless.
    Mrs. Townsend

    1. Hi Ms. Townsend! I’m so happy to hear from you and that you are enjoying the blogs:) It’s wonderful to hear you are going to spend some time on your dreams. They never really go away– they just wait around for us to come visit them and bring the to a new place. I can’t wait to hear about all of the exciting things you do this year! I know it will be a wonderful 2017!! We miss you bunches. PS….Alex is having a great year and is growing like a weed! That little cute looks all grown up! Lots of love!!

  3. Your stories always speak to me but this one … this one aligns with my thoughts for myself in 2017. I have experienced so much throughout the years that simply happened on auto pilot and now that I’m in a new stage of my life, I ask myself every day, “who am I really?” Wondering what it is that truly ignites my soul. Recently I was given the word ‘powerful’, describing how others see me and how God sees me. Now I need to catch up to that woman that must be trapped inside me, screaming to emerge. My focus is to release her and have her lead me into the most amazing year of my (almost) 60 years.

    1. Judy, I LOVE IT! Yes, she’s been waiting to emerge! You are a strong woman with such wonderful qualities and determination and I know this will be your best year yet! It’s time to meet the person within waiting for her moment to shine!!! XOXOXO!

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