welcome to a new year and a new one little word, well actually this year it will be two words, but more on that in a second!! drum roll for my one little word 2017 ...
def: an aim that guides an action; done on purpose; deliberate
i had been debating between intention and present for several weeks ... i had a discussion with mark about this over wine and cheese just before christmas, explaining my huge "dilemna"!! he said i love the word present can i pick it too?? (mark always picks a word for the year and then by february or march has forgotten what it is!!) i immediately said how about we start a fresh (olw 2016) tradition and have a couple word?? great idea he says!! woohoo, i really like the idea of having a word that we can use as a couple and i think it's such a good word for us ... with both of us running businesses and having some new projects on the go we might spend time together, but we're not always present ... now we can remind ourselves of this ... fast forward to dinner one night with the kids in vancouver at christmas and i announce this very exciting news of our couple word and both kids immediately suggest we take it one step further and have it as our family word for the year!! well i'm over the moon ... it's the perfect guidance tool for our technology obessessed millennials to be in the here and now!! i truly am excited about this word for all of us!!
so with the word present accounted for, and me very pleased by this development, i still wasn't sure about intention, then yesterday morning as i was organizing my new book club books, i pulled "The Life Organizer: a Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year" by Jennifer Louden off the shelf, i had intended to have this as the book i read for the year, but i had bought it in early 2016, and hadn't really remembered what it was all about ... i started flipping through it and at the top of each page were the words "weekly intention"!! well that was the sign i needed to solidify my choice, because i had already resolved that if intention was indeed the word i picked, i wanted to create a small daily intention for myself each morning ... so that longwinded story is how i got to choosing my two words for the year!!
i really want to live every day with intention ... being firmly in my 50s now, with both parents gone and my grieving having waned, i feel like i am awaking from a fog and i don't just want to get "through" life ... i want to be intentional with the personal choices i make about my health, my relationships, my faith, my creative pursuits, my business and my life goals ... i want this "second" half of my life to be about pursuing the things i am truly passionate about ... i don't want to have life just happen to me ... i'm old and wise enough to know we can't control much, but i believe that living with intention is better than just drifting ... i think intention will also allow me to pause before i say yes or no to people, events, situations, opportunities etc. ... i'd like this year to be one of self-reflection and i also want to use some of the sage advice i've gathered from all those self-help books i read!!
with that i want to pare down what i want to accomplish on a daily, weekly, monthly basis ... in the past i've jumped into the new year with a gazillion exciting things i want to do, and inevitably a lot of those plans don't materialize or i feel overwhelmed ... therefore i've decided to try something a bit different this year ... i am planning:
a daily intention
one tiny, simple, little personal goal, it could be: "get out of bed!!" ... "smile more"... "cook a meal" ... "go for a walk" ... "go to yoga" ... "take a nap" ... "practice patience" ... "be present" ... i am sure there will be much direction in this area from the Jennifer Louden book!
a monthly intention
each month i am going to pick one personal goal i want to turn into a habit, so rather than trying to tackle all my self-improvement projects today, i am going to spread them out over the year and build up one good habit, a month at a time (thank you happiness project and zen habits) ... january's intention: stretch every day
three quarterly intentions
i am going to pick three personal "project/organizational based" goals to accomplish over a 3 month period ... i created a master list of projects that i can pick from ... by looking at a 3 month period (january-march, april-june etc.) i can gauge what i might realistically be able to accomplish based on travel plans, business/work/personal commitments etc ... again in the past i had no real plan to tackle all the projects i wanted to accomplish for the year ... i am going to call this planning formula three months at a time ... the projects i have on my list include things like: organize my parent's photos, create a personal recipe book for the kids, organize my memorabilia box ... some will require more time than others, but they are all things that can't be completed in one sitting, so they will require multiple days/weeks to complete ... i think by spreading it out over the 3 months it will feel less overwhelming ... i'll be blogging more about this later in the month
wishing you an intentional 2017!! and if you've joined the olw bandwagon, i'd love it if you told me what your word is in the comments below!!
happy new year!!