I have never liked the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. As research shows, most of us don’t follow through on them for more than a few weeks, or at most, a few months (though major kudos to those who do fulfill their resolutions – I know you’re out there!). While I am also a big fan of goal-setting, I don’t like to do so on January 1st, just because it’s a new calendar year. What I do like, are New Year’s Intentions. I generally make two intentions each year that offer something to think about and strive towards throughout the whole year. This year, my intentions are:
Create & Nourish
Create: Creativity is very important to me – it’s one of my five core values. This year, my focus is to create. I want to create experiences that inspire others and myself. I want to create new recipes and a few DIY projects. I want to create moments that I’ll remember forever. I want to create solutions to problems. I want to create articles, blog posts, and perhaps even a book. I want to constantly think about what new things I can create each week. When I’m feeling ambitious, I might write 5,000 words, or take on a complex DIY project. If I don’t have as much time or energy, I want to create moments for myself to just sit and reflect. No matter what is happening in my life, I can and am excited to commit to simply creating as much as possible in the coming year.
Nourish: I believe that nourishment of the mind, body, and soul is absolutely essential for me to focus on this year. I want to nourish my mind by meditating, practicing yoga, and just taking more time for myself. I want to have fun, play, and be spontaneous. I want to nourish my body through exercise, pushing it to the limit to see what it can do. I want to go for walks in nature or around the city. I want to eat cleaner and have fun making new dishes. I want to nourish my soul. I want to continue my new practice of angel card reading, go to Church more often, and spend more time learning about spirituality. I want to nourish my relationships with my friends, my family, and especially my soon-to-be husband. I want to nourish myself so that I can better support others, both in my personal life and in my career.
My intentions are purposefully broad and encompass much more than I can put into words. While not specific, they provide an additional lens for me to think about as I plan for each month, each week, and even each day. I know with 100% certainty I can commit to these intentions, even if it’s just in one simple way each week. So now I challenge you – what are your intentions for 2017?