I gave up making resolutions years ago.
I never liked that you created these giant goals at the beginning of the year and then never really followed through on them. They were always too big and too nebulous for me. I need small and specific to make things happen.
Then, a few years ago, someone pointed me to doing an intention for the year. Pick a word for the year and see where that word would lead you. So, less judgy and more follow the lead. Since I started it, it has always felt right for me. And it is easy for me to keep it in mind all year and I try to live my life in line with that word.
Last year’s intention was Discovery, and it led me down some interesting paths. But, I am beginning to feel that I need to get back to basics this year for the things that I want to do and achieve.
I have been messing around with words like routine, and health, and habits, but nothing has felt right.
Until I settled on Love.
Love can encompass everything that I want to do this year.
I want to adopt a dog, Love allows me to love another thing again.
I want to work on getting healthier. Love becomes treating my body as if I actually love it by giving it healthy food, movement, and rest.
It is a big word, Love. It can encompass so much. And it is something I know I struggle with daily.
So, I want to work on it intentionally this year.
And I am not entirely sure what working on Love looks like.
I hope that it works its way into areas of my life that I never even suspected it would, the way that discovery did for me last year.
I hope that it leads me down paths that make me think and feel.
But mostly, I am hoping that my intent to focus on Love puts more love into the world. We sure could use it.
I am sure there will be a few more blogs on goals and love and how I am working through all that, but today, this is all I have.
My first action on this intention is to travel next week to visit family and friends. Start off the year with some good conversation and connection. So, there may not be a blog next week. I might decide to be present with everyone and not spend a couple hours writing. I will keep you posted.
For now, I would love to know if you set an intention every year and what it is this year. Putting it out into the world helps it happen. Or do you do resolutions or nothing at all? Let me know how you are starting this year.
I begin mine with love for all of you. Here’s to a love-filled 2020.