I gave up “resolutions” a long time ago. Dare I say, I think it might be “trendy” to not make them now? After all, some statistics have shown that only 9.2% of individuals actually succeed in making their resolutions a reality, and that nearly 80% are abandoned come February. That’s crazy, right?!
Instead, I’ve embraced words. Words that lead to intentions. Intentions that lead to mini-goals each season. Sometimes I achieve them. Sometimes I don’t. But, achievement isn’t the point. Because, it’s not the moments of achievement that take up the majority of your life. Right? It’s that time honored cliche about the journey…and damn it, it’s so true.
A few days before the New Year, I’ll sit down and meditate about how I want to feel moving into the next 365 days. This year, the words came loud and clear. Wonder. Spaciousness. Time. I’m choosing to focus on wonder.
Last year, my word was nourish. At the time, I was five months postpartum, nurturing/feeding/waking around the clock to take care of an infant, still figuring out what the heck happened (ahem, motherhood), and trying to be a good partner to my husband. Oh, and there was the whole running a business thing. I knew that in order to do all of those things well, I probably should take care of myself. And, for the most part, I think it went okay. Yoga. Lots of walks. Eating healthy food. Leading a teacher training program, which nourishes my soul.
Nourishment was necessary, but I was still moving pretty fast in life. Not slowing down for a second. It wasn’t until our vacation to Rehoboth that fell right before a big move to Rhode Island that I realized it. I hadn’t had that much FUN in such a long time. I hadn’t ALLOWED myself to feel wonder in the everyday moments. I was constantly in planning mode (maybe even worry mode?), even when it came to my own health.
And, I’m over that pace. I’m over just being in “survival” mode.
This year, I choose to embrace wonder. What does that mean? It means that I feel Wonder deep in my bones when I’m outside. I’m committing to spending MORE time outdoors and exploring - I’ve put it on my Chalkboard Method to take mini-adventures to outdoor venues with my family at least once/month. I’m committing to reading two books per month. Reading (especially Harry Potter) fills me with wonder. In business, I’m focusing on those things that really give me chills (I’m not spilling any beans yet). These are my simple steps for now. I’ll go through the Winter and revisit come Spring.
You can do this, too. It doesn’t matter that it’s now a week after New Year’s. It’s the perfect time for you to embrace a word for 2019 and set your intentions around it. Try this:
Find a quiet place to meditate for just five minutes. Tune into your breathing. Slow down its rhythm. Then, ask yourself: How do I want to feel moving into 2019? What do I want to create in my life? Trust the answer.
Write down your answer in a special journal. Now, you have your word.
Set your intention. “I feel ______ this year.” “I embrace _______ in 2019.”
Then, start to set mini-goals just over the next season. How can you live your intention? What will bring you this feeling or sense of creation in your life? Write those down and put them somewhere where you can see them (chalkboard, sticky notes, etc.).
Revisit come springtime.
You know what I would love?? I would LOVE if you’d share your words and intentions with me. Actually, with each other. After you’ve done this practice, would you post in the comments below? Or, if you’re shy…maybe send me an email? Your words lift me up, and I know they will lift up others, too. By committing to these words and intentions, we’re choosing to fill up our time in between our achievements and accomplishments with how we want to feel. And, those feelings last.
Happy New Year to my favorite fellow yoga students and friends.
P.S. January 8th is the LAST DAY to grab the New Year’s Special! $129 for Two Months of UNLIMITED Yoga! That’s normally right around $200, friends (You save $69). And, when you do, sign up for our in-studio Yoga Challenge. Take 20 classes over the month and get entered to win PRIZES. Not in Lewisburg? Me neither. I’m thinking of you and working on things for us from afar. ;)