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A Year of Intention

A Year Of Intention

How many times have you heard the saying “New Year, New Me”? Probably more times that than you care to count. Resolutions are set to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more; but rarely do these resolutions have any depth or meaning.

Now, do understand that I think those are great goals. I mean, our physical health ties greatly in to our emotional health. Losing weight will decrease my risk for health complications and possibly improve my self-esteem. Eating healthier will provide the proper fuel for a physically healthy body and clear mind. And exercise will strengthen my vessel while providing those happy hormones to improve mood and decrease anxiety.

But, what if we could go beyond that. Beyond just skimming the surface. To not just set resolutions, but to focus on intentions.

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you. ” – L.R. Knost

The every day chaos of life can cause this funneling of monotonous movement through each moment, each day. Where we glide through each day in a zombie-like state, just taking the steps required, but not focusing on anything specific. We lose our compass toward happiness because we are too preoccupied with the worries of life. We don’t allow ourselves to be here now.

Make goals or resolutions if you wish, but I invite you to do something more; to go one step further and set intentions. To get clear, laser your focus, feel each emotion, and be present in each moment.

A Year Of Intention - Whole, Hearty, Happy

With the start of the new year, I vow to actively practice loving myself, to accept where I am today, to embrace change, finding a sense of pride in my ability, to appreciate all things (especially the little things 😉 ), to be present in the moment, and do all things with intent.

What will be your intention this year?

-Shawna

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12 thoughts on “A Year of Intention

  1. I really like your suggestion, and I think it is much more doable that grand-scale resolutions. I can’t speak for others, but I have a tendency to hyperfocus. Doing so usually gives me pleasure and allows me to really experience what I’m focusing on “in the moment”. I think of it as a plan to do one thing and not many. To me, big resolutions like “losing 20 pounds” are not single aims, but rather involve many efforts over a long period of time. Speaking of weight loss, I find concentrating on just one meal at a time is better than thinking “I will lose 20 lbs”.

    My intention this year is to plan each day to include steps out of my house, even if for 10 mins. I also intend to schedule at least one outside activity that will be regular. So far, a book club that meets once per month is already on my calendar. So is a 6-week adult school class I’ll attend with my hubby. They will happen.

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    1. Sounds like you are really placing some intentional focus on taking care of you by focusing on activities you enjoy. That’s awesome!

      I also do better with smaller goals. Don’t get me wrong, I keep the end game in mind, but I have to focus on the stepping stones along the way if I ever plan to get there.

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  2. Your last line about being present in the moment…in my opinion that’s the key to it all. Understanding that, in whatever situation you find yourself, just mentally being there will bring so much satisfaction. Great post. Keep living in the moment!!

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