Yes, I know, we’re almost done with the first month of 2016. Why talk about
resolutions intentions now?
Well, as you may know from my first post, my life has dramatically changed in the past two weeks. I started the year resolving to do the following:
- Lose weight: who doesn’t have this as a resolution when the new year rolls around? I want to lose a significant amount of weight before my 30th birthday in August.
- Pay off debt: my husband and I have a moderate amount of debt that we’d like to tackle this year.
- No soda: we haven’t had any since December 31, 2013 and we don’t intend to have any now. We’ve survived just fine so far.
- Be neater: we’d like to keep our new house cleaner than we have. We created a cleaning schedule just after January began but we haven’t stuck with it.
With my mom’s passing, my priorities have changed a bit. I feel like my world has been turned upside-down. I have come to realize, however, that there is currently an opportunity for me to come out of this a better person, and that is how this blog came to fruition.
While I’d still like to do the things listed above, I don’t want to make them into resolutions anymore. With a resolution, I feel like there’s some sort of deadline looming over me. Resolutions seem like an “all or nothing” approach to changing some aspect of your life and if you mess up once, you might feel like a failure. I don’t think your life can be changed drastically overnight by setting goals that will fizzle in a month or two. Change takes time.
I mean, it’s the end of January. How many resolutioners are still at the gym? I’m betting at least half have given up already.
I feel like the word “intention” comes with less pressure. I intend to do things to improve my life. There’s no deadline, no pressure, and it’s more adaptable to the curveballs that life throws our way.
With that, here are my 2016 New Year Intentions:
- Become more organized: I’m interested in bullet journaling and am really excited for my Leuchtturm1917 notebook* to arrive so I can get started! I started using a planner from Plum Paper in 2015 but I kind of dropped the ball on that one. I’d like to spend the year coming up with a system of organization/planning that works best for me.
- Generate income outside of work: I’m starting this blog, (hopefully) an Etsy shop, and I want to finish writing my novel this year (and possibly start on another). I’d like to make enough to help pay down some of our debt.
- Live life more healthfully: I intend to eat well and take care of myself. I don’t eat too poorly in general (unless I’m not in the mood to cook/am really craving junk), but I’d like to make improvements. I want to make sure I’m in the best health I can be this year. The weight loss should follow the change in diet. This one also covers keeping my environment neater because it isn’t healthy to live in a dirty environment.
- Start a garden: I’ve always wanted to have a garden at my home, but in apartments it was always hard to maintain one. Now that we have a house, I think it would be a neat project to start as winter ends. I have the perfect spot in my back yard already picked out, and I’m looking forward to growing my own vegetables.
- Improve myself from the inside-out: I intend to heal my body from the inside out this year. I tend to ignore my mental health and end up being overwhelmed by depression, anxiety, stress, or a combination of the three. With grief added on top of all of that right now, I want to start to work on those problems before they become too much to handle. I scheduled my first therapy session for February 29th, so I’m on the right track.
- Honor my mom’s memory: I want to honor my mom’s memory by living a good, productive life. She believed in hard work and seizing opportunities, so I’m going to work to overcome my fear of the unknown, get out of my comfort zone, and try new things this year. This blog is step one. I also intend to get better at sewing and crocheting this year so I can make the beautiful things she used to.
That’s it. What are your New Year’s Intentions for 2016?
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