Happy New Year to all my friends, family and faithful readers! I hope that 2018 is kind to you and I wish you all health and happiness.
I was inspired by a friend and fellow blogger to do a 2017 reflections post and, as per usual, I had it written in my brain. But since I never got fingers to the keyboard, as I sit here on the first day of 2018, I think I’ll let 2017 off the hook and focus on 2018.
I am actually one of those people who likes the renewal of the New Year. I do tend to make resolutions — some more successful than others — but this year I feel like “intentions” is a better word. “Resolution” seems so formal and rigid. If I slip a day (or a week or a month…), it feels like a failure. I broke my resolution; I might as well give up. The word “intentions” seems much more forgiving. By definition: “a determination to act in a certain way; an aim or plan.” It’s more directional, forward looking, and there’s a better chance to get up and try again tomorrow.
So my intentions for 2018, in no particular order:
- Treat people with kindness and generosity.
- Support and encourage my husband and son (and my step-children, where possible).
- Recover from post-holiday eating (which hasn’t been ideal) and get my family back on track. (Starting tomorrow!)
- Resume yoga, at least 3 times a week.
- Write more, at least once a week.
- Read more.
- Schedule more family game nights.
- Continue to find time to spend with friends.
- Graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
- Start up my business (soon, I hope!).**
- Continue my novice activist role.
- Purge “stuff” wherever I can.
- Continue to focus on health (good sleep, stress management, etc.).
- Hydrate more (a constant struggle for me).
Directional. Goals. Aims. Intentions.
Progress, not perfection.
Here’s to a fabulous 2018!
**I’m hoping to share more information on my new business in the coming weeks, including name, logo, website, services, etc.! It’s both scary and exciting! I can’t wait!
IMDb: Intentions (2003)