he New Year in recent years has meant setting my self-improvement intentions rather than resolutions. I am a believer that New Year's resolutions can set you up for failure. I cannot tell you how many years in a row "floss more" was on my resolution list, and do you think I ever did it? No chance. For the record, I've started flossing substantially more now, but it hasn't been a resolution for several years. That's a simple example that explains why I love setting my self-improvement intentions for the year rather than my resolutions.
Reflecting on 2022’s Intentions
Being More Present
This one will be hard for me: being more present. It’s something I’ve already been working on for months. I find it challenging between having a full-time job, this blog, spending quality time with my family, and keeping the household in order. My brain is often going several thousand miles a minute to keep it all straight. Sometimes it’s so much I feel paralyzed and not present whatsoever. It takes every ounce of me to pay attention to something, focus, and get into the moment, but once I do, I get so much more out of it than being in outer space thinking of all of the other things I have to do. The biggest driver for me to work on being more present is Sloane – she always notices when I’m not completely focused with my undivided attention to her.
Listen to My Body and Focus on Health
I also love a good word of the year. This year, my word is nourish. This ties into my intentions to be more present and focus on my health.
I want to nourish my time with my family and friends.
Nourish my knowledge.
Nourish my business.
Nourish my health.
Did you make a word for 2023?! I would love to hear what it is.