I’ve been taking a rather informal poll to see how many people have a new year’s resolution. Turns out…not that many. I guess it’s out of fashion. I get it. Maybe it hasn’t worked for us in the past, so we say, “I’m not falling for that again.”
I’ve always liked resolutions though. I like new years and new months. I occasionally get excited about Mondays, which really irritates some people. I love the idea of a fresh start. I enjoy thinking about “what worked last year” and “what I could do different this year.” I journal a lot, and there are always pages about the old year and what worked and what didn’t. Then for the new year, there’s pages of what I hope to see happen over the next 12 months, with a broad plan of how to get there. I have physical goals, work goals, relationship goals, and even emotional/spiritual goals. I warned you. I like this new year stuff!
I tend to think of them as INTENTIONS more than resolutions. To resolve is to take a very firm, line in the sand, kind of stand. I’ve RESOLVED to lose weight, or not eat sugar, or declutter my home, or exercise more often. I like to think I made progress on those things, but it’s not something I stuck to every day of the year. A goal is softer. It’s something I’m shooting for. It’s a direction I hope to go. And an intention, that’s even better. It’s more like a mind-set.
A few years ago, it became very popular to have a WORD of the year. I get that. A word is something we can focus on. If I had to turn my pages of goals/intentions into a single word, it would be balance. Yup. I’d like to have more balance in my life. When I think of balance, I think of forward motion, but in a calm way.
So what about you? How do you approach the new year? I’d love to hear from you. Just drop a line in the comment section below.
As for 2023, may it bring us many good things and the love of family and friends.