BREATH: Our 2024 Word of the Year - Sonder Adornment LLC

BREATH: Our 2024 Word of the Year

Breath is actually the Latin root for spirit. Spir. Spiritus.

Spir. Respirate (the act of repeated breath), inspire (an idea breathed into mind), conspire (breathing together), perspire (breathe through your pores), spiracle (a whale's blowhole), aspire (breathing towards a goal).

Roma woman on a hillside taking a deep breath as she pulls back her hair

Breath is not just an act of providing oxygen to our cellular being, but of giving life to our whole Self, body, mind, and spirit, and of connecting with others around us in living energetics.

This word came to us so strongly in regards to Sonder's path for 2024. We are here because of breath. Full body, soul, and mind breath.

"In 2024, we mean not only to nurture ourselves, but to connect deeply in spirit and living witness with each beloved guest, friend and family member who crosses the threshold here at Sonder Adornment." -Ellie

Bundle of artist brushes

2023 was all about entering the state of Sonder.

Sonder is a word coined by author John Koenig:


n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

We launched our business, Sonder Adornment, in Feb of 2023 using this word to pull us deep into the space of creating for the energetic needs of others. 

Now, as we enter 2024, we are finding ourselves deep within an expansion of that word Sonder. Into the very spirit of it.

2024 is about that Breath of Sonder.

The very contractions and expansions of lifeflow and intentional breath together, though living, energetic, Mother Earth friendly jewelry. Women holding hands in an orchard