New Year’s Resolutions. Do you set them? Do you hate them? Personally, I’m not a big fan of new year’s resolutions because I don’t believe we should wait until a new year to start something. For me, resolutions tend to be made out of fear. “I don’t like this aspect of my life, so I’m going to change it.” Resolutions can be very limiting. It’s due to this reason, I believe, resolutions don’t last.
While I’m not big on the resolutions, I do believe in setting intentions for the new year. These intentions can be anything you’d like: things you want to be aware of, as well as where you want to grow. With setting an intention, there is less worry on focusing on specific actions, and instead, more room to be open to where the year will take you.
Intentions can continue to be held even when life changes; and let’s be honest, it changes frequently. Instead of nailing down what I want to change about this year, or have happen, I am more able to go with the flow.
The other day, as I filled out my new planner, I had the opportunity to create space, for new ideas, as I jotted down some intentions for the new year. They were separated into categories:
Personal Growth: During the past year, I’ve been dealing with a lot of feelings of anxiety, burnout, comparisons and not feel like I’m doing “enough”. It’s a constant struggle, and reminder to slow down, and simplify. This year, I’m giving myself space to live simply: rushing less, doing less and slowing down, in general. As I’ve mentioned, in a previous post, sometimes doing less can be the best opportunity for new things.
Health and Fitness: I finally feel like I’ve gotten back into a realistic exercise routine, but one that makes the most sense for my body. This year, I plan to continue listening to my body. As I previously mentioned, some days, the best thing we can do for our bodies is to rest. I thought about the way I like to move my body - yoga sculpt, pilates, hot yoga - and how I want to allow myself to do more of those fun classes. This past year, I also took part in a Pilates ProWorks Teacher Training, and have thought a lot about becoming a teacher. Life always has a silly way of coming together, when you let it, so I’m going to keep doing my thing, and spending time at the studio, and see where 2019 takes me, with teaching.
Work/School: This is a big one! Ask any entrepreneur and they’ll tell you, creating your own business is a lot; it takes time, and money, and more time, and more money; it consumes you. I’d be lying if I said part of me wasn’t sure about risking my health for all of that (I know my body), yet I continue to have this passion to help and inspire others. I’ve listed out a couple of passions I continue to come back to, and will hold space for them all, this year. Point blank: do what you can, each day, to work toward a goal you have, but don’t burn yourself out over it. If something isn’t giving you passion anymore, hang it up (even if for a while).
Relationships: This year, I am getting engaged! This isn’t a resolution, it’s a fact (Ryan told me). So, instead of continuing to worry about when it’ll happen, or how, I’m going to smile knowing that wedding-planning and ring-shopping is in my future! Aside from that, I’m going to continue to hold most space for those I love most - my family and friends. I wouldn’t be me without them.
Fun & Adventure: I didn’t do much traveling, last year, and a big part of me felt a little left out by that. I’m a homebody, but enjoy a good adventure every now and then (when I have enough time to plan it, in advance). This April, we’re going to Napa with one of my best friends, and his boyfriend, and I am so excited! In the meantime, I’ll be planning and looking forward to that, as well as giving myself the opportunity to explore traveling somewhere else, this year.
Home: We were in limbo, last year, with deciding whether or not to stay put, in our house. After making the decision to stay (for now), that opens up space to create a home, and that’s exciting. I want to have more plants, more pictures and more memories, in this house we’ve turned into a home.
Here’s to creating space for a good year to come!