Jettison the Resolutions and Make New Year’s Intentions

Torch Ginger Blossom © lynette sheppard

I don’t make resolutions anymore.It’s too stressful to make them and break them. I do make intentions, however. Intentions for me are large global visions of how I want to live for the next year (and maybe more.)

I am in the habit of drawing an angel card each morning. The one word on each card serves as a daily focusing, a mantra if you will, for noticing or expressing a certain quality throughout 24 hours.

For example, today, I drew Kindness. Musing on kindness throughout the day allowed me to slow down when my cat was walking all over my keyboard and just pet him for awhile, rather than push him away. Work could wait. And it did. I was nicer to the people I met in town and even to myself, usually last on the list.

Similarly, I’ve found intentions to be helpful for me in focusing on a larger scale, on defining what might be important to me to notice and embody for the coming 365 days. Under each intention are ways in which I might accomplish it, but I am in no way absolutely wedded to them as goals.

That said, here are my intentions for 2013:

Notice and follow Beauty.
Photography
Prose: read and write
Butterflies – follow them.

Artify
App and paint photos
Write
Make jewelry

Nourishment
body: exercise, yoga, eat healthy most of the time
mind: Scrabble, reading
spirit: solitude, music, quiet, butterflies

Connection
Spouse: quality time, shared pursuits and adventures
Family: spend time w kids, parents, pets
Good friends: spend time

Celebration
Being on the top side of the dirt (that’s big!)
Each moment
Celebrate What’s Right With The World site

Give Back
Blogs
Healing Images

I will re-view these throughout the year – maybe find that some are easy to focus on and others need more attention. I use them as a sort of fuzzy logic compass to give my meanders through life a sense of direction and purpose.

Your intentions may echo some of mine or they may be completely different. I offer mine only as a template and you may find a better way to define your New Year visions. Please share them if you do. That’s how we become Menopause Goddesses – growing and sharing. I wish you all a peace and joy filled New Year.

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6 Responses to Jettison the Resolutions and Make New Year’s Intentions

  1. Karen Messick January 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Most thoughtful New Years intentions I have seen yet! Inspiring! Have a super year!

  2. LynetteSh January 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Thanks, girlfriend! Hope our paths cross this year. Happy art making!

  3. jenn January 10, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    I like your list – and I agree resolutions never last and are usually downers. Intentions, I’ve been told, are our greatest human power. What we intend, or wish to manifest, is what attracts things to us. Thanks for this inspiring post. I will bring some of this to my first class next week, as we journal our way through 2013.

  4. LynetteSh January 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Thanks, Jenn. I’m delighted that you found it meaningful. I’m honored you are going to use it. Have a wonderful and peace filled 2013.

  5. Alma Mott (@AgeExperts) March 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    I enjoyed reading every lines of your review. This is very informative. Can’t wait to read more of your blogs.

  6. LynetteSh March 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Thanks so much, Alma! Appreciate it!

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