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New Year Intention

Let’s talk about 2018…

Here we are, 25 days into 2018 and all I can think about are getting my goals together for the year but struggling to set clear ones. It’s no real secret to my friends and family that I’m a planner. I like to plan…just about everything. It can drive my husband nuts as he is more of a wing-it and see how it goes type of guy. I’m also somewhat overly ambitious, so it will come as no surprise to anyone that I’m having a hard time narrowing down my goals. That being said, I came across something that really resonated with me. It was a direction activity about having a new year intention rather than resolutions. And while I found it helpful, I also realized that this year I wanted a bit of abundance, passion and growth for my new year intention. As a result of this reflection, I decided to list of a couple of things from each intention that I wanted to focus on below as well as the graphic I came across that inspired me.

Travel

To travel is to live. I’ve always been about the adventure of travel and this year is no different, as I hope to continue to fulfill this passion. We plan on experiencing the joys of Peru as well as hopefully a destination around the Mediterranean as our “big” trips while also circling back to NYC and Mexico and making stops in Utah and Philadelphia.

Health

Food. I am a huge foodie, but have always found it hard to find the balance between what is healthy and too much indulgence. This year I’m hoping to improve my relationship with food and be more consistent in taking care of my body, both physically and mentally. I want to focus on healthy and sustainable, not weight.

Gratefulness

I always want gratefulness to be a focus in my life. I feel it is way too easy to take things and people for granted and I’ve seen that behavior play out so much in the last couple of years (of my very adult life), that I worry that I’ll slide down that slope if I’m not careful. So this year I resolve to be more appreciative and grateful for my blessings in life, especially since I have so much to be grateful for.

Self-Appreciation

This is a big one that I really need to work on. Often I can find more value in what others offer but not in myself and it does a real number on my self-esteem. You would have thought that at my age this wouldn’t be an issue but here we are… Needless to say, A little self-love on a consistent basis is needed and this year I’m making it a priority.

Relationships

Friendships to be more exact. I feel like the last couple of years I have been more fixated on having a “tribe” and bonding with a group of people. While this is nice, I feel like there is something to be said for maintaining individual friendships separate from a group. This will be the year of more one on one bonding for me.

Saying Yes to Myself (and maybe saying no to others)

I’m determined this year to say yes to more of what I want out of life. Sometimes I feel like I get too wrapped up in making others happy that I loose what I want in the shuffle and hoops I put myself through. I’d like to come to more of a balance and not always leave myself for last.

And finally (it’s a big one)

Allowing Space for Uncertainty

Y’all, I plan. And I like things to go as planned. Sometimes it really puts a rut in the road that is my life if things don’t go as planned and that rut is uncertainty. It eats away at me and while I know that is life, I still haven’t conquered dealing with it yet. This year I want to teach myself to embrace the uncertainty and look on the bright side as it being an opportunity not a cause for anxiety. This will make me happier, but also please my husband, the man who loves spontaneity.

If you made it this far in the read, thanks, it was a longish one! I hope you enjoy the direction activity and find inspiration for yourself for the year like I did.

-Jo

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