One year ago, I made a resolution to NOT make a New Year’s resolution. And let me tell you…I experienced great success with this as I made absolutely zero resolutions.
Instead, last year I chose to set New Year’s intentions. I intended to be more present, to be a better wife and mother, to grow in various ways and to choose happiness as much as possible. Sometimes, I rocked at these intentions. Other times, I royally failed. But I’m human and so I continue to move forward. Intentions are very forgiving that way.
Intention seems to be a bit of a buzz word lately. In fact, there is a movement sweeping the internet that surrounds setting intentions for the year, and I’ve seen more Facebook conversations discussing which intentions people are setting than I have conversations about resolution-setting. It seems that I am not the only one who is sick and tired of the pressure that setting New Year’s Resolutions can be. To me, resolutions are another item on my never-completed-to-do-list adding guilt to my day. Resolutions set me up for failure.
Resolutions are a thing of the past. We are now entering the Intention Revolution wherein people choose a word or an intention that will help guide them through the year.
Interestingly, my mom has been doing this for the past 8 years, and because I am continuing to stand strong in my resolution to resolve absolutely nothing, I decided to join her in the intention revolution.
When I asked my mom why she started choosing a word every year she had this to say:
“I wanted a sense of focus and inspiration and believed that my soul knew what I needed…so I opened up to that inspiration and it came and has been such an amazing experience ever since. The right words at the right time giving me new insights….that’s why it’s important to not go searching for a word…instead be open to receiving it.”
So this year I opened myself up to the idea of a word guiding my year, and immediately the word possibilities came screaming back to me.
Those of you who know me know that 2016 was not my year. I am not sad to see it go, and I gave it the one-finger salute that it deserved at 11:59pm New Year’s night. Sayonara and Good Riddance.
In an attempt to reframe some things in my life, I intend to live this next year being open to and embracing the possibilities that the universe sends my way. The universe may have been trying to throw possibilities my way last year but for a variety of reasons I was not open to receiving them.
This year, I intend to be open to any and all possibilities that the universe throws my way.
I asked my Facebook friends if they are joining the intention revolution, and at least 20 people replied with the words and intentions that have chosen them this year. The words ranged from embrace, hope, and simplify, to pause, bold, and wonder-full. I believe that many of us are entering into this New Year wanting to live more intentionally and purpose-fully. After the year that 2016 was (read: a bit of a crapshoot), I think we are all ready to turn the page on the year that was and enter 2017 taking back our power and living intentionally.
Look out Universe. Here we come. And the possibilities this year are endless.