Every year, as the New Year approaches I spend a lot of time thinking, daydreaming, and considering what resolutions I can set for myself that will make the coming year the best one yet. I love the time to think about areas of my life that could use improving and then setting goals to strive for.
This year has been a little different in the fact that I haven’t really been able to come up with clear, cut and dry resolutions. When I look back at last year’s post, I had a very detailed, organized list of resolutions that I hoped would bring good health, peace, and love into my life in 2017. And while, I didn’t necessarily achieve every single goal I had so carefully laid out for myself, I certainly feel like I made strides in most of those areas.
This year, in an effort to release some of the pressure I put on myself, I have decided rather than focussing on the finish line of meeting a goal, I am going to concentrate on the journey of getting there. Achieving goals or keeping resolutions is not a static process with a clearly defined beginning and end; rather it is a fluid, ever-changing process with many lessons, challenges, and celebrations along the way. This year I want to embrace the journey of the intentions I have set for myself so when New Year’s Eve rolls around next year, I can celebrate the progress I have made, rather than think about all the resolutions I did not “keep”.
I suppose in a way, this is my way of going easy on myself. There are so many areas of my life where I place far too much pressure on myself and I don’t want New Year’s resolutions to be one of them any longer. That being said, I’ve always loved setting goals (and writing lists!) so below is a general idea of some of the journeys I hope to go on in 2018. May it be as blessed and wonderful as 2017 and all the years before that.
- Find a nutrition plan that optimizes my health (heals my gut and IBD, helps me to lose weight in a healthy way, gives me lots of energy, a clear mind, and clear skin)
- Do at-home workouts (BOD) on a regular basis
- Establish an early morning workout routine
- Stop hitting snooze on the alarm clock
- Make sleep a priority
- Spend more time outdoors (hiking in the woods, cross-country skiing, walking the dog, camping)
- Socialize with friends more often
- Learn calligraphy & lettering
- Be creative – find new creative outlets (art classes?)
- Push myself harder in some areas (exercise) and less hard in others (work).
- Complete a Learn to Run program (again)
- Do more yoga (at home and at the studio)
- Continue writing and journaling
- Live more slowly — pause & think before reacting — prioritize
- Cut back on hours at work – let go of the perfectionist mindset
- Keep a positive mindset at work – one day at a time
- Drink more water (from a reusable bottle)
- Continue to be positive and to notice the beauty all around us (snow on evergreen trees, sunshine on freezing cold winter days, students who have a desire to learn and be loved…)
- Continue to show gratitude
Wishing you all the happiest of New Years!
One thought on “Intentions for 2018”
Love this post! Love the word “intentions” too…seems so much better than resolutions! Thanks for sharing xx