I’m not one for resolutions. I always found that setting one resolution didn’t feel right for me – they are either too limited or feel so big that they feel scary and get forgotten by the end of January. They needed more depth.
Since starting my journey into Yoga, I’ve changed the way I view the New Year. I know some people don’t like the New Year New You stance, it’s not really that for me, but a refocus. A reminder to check the intentions you set in the previous cycle, make sure they are still aligned, see what has or hasn’t been achieved (without judgement and chastising yourself!), and create new intentions moving forward.
So what is an intention?
An intention is based on a FEELING. It’s the what not the how. It’s working with your creative vision, your big picture, and breaking it down into focal points that come from a place of authenticity.
This year, I want to find more balance.
The arrival of Little Wolf has, obviously, changed our lives and after year of learning to be a parent as well as being business owner / step mum / tutor / mentor (phew!) a new balance is definitely needed.
As often happens with the arrival of a small human, some of my favourite soul nurturing activities seem to have moved to the bottom of the list. So I want to bring them back to the forefront – they may need adapting, there is a level of acceptance (obviously!) and compromise needed.
I LOVE reading. The last few years I’ve had a section in the back of my diary for keeping track of what I’ve read (What can I say? I’m a geek!). Usually I read somewhere between 20-30 books a year. Last year? 3… So while I think 30 is a little over ambitious with the small human in tow, I have chosen 12 books I want to read as my minimum. Anything else is a bonus!
One of the books is one I have read and re-read numerous times. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin is a fabulous read – she wanted to make changes in her life, and rather than focus on everything at once, each month she chose a different aspect of her life to draw attention and presence to. Slowly adding through the year.
So this is my second intention: to create my own happiness project.
I have my 12 aspects sketched out (another blog to follow!) and while I won’t be going all out like Gretchen did, I will be finding simple things to draw my attention and bring myself into the present. To build gratitude, awareness and authenticity.
The smallest steps still move you along your path – and while my pace may feel slower this year, it’s definitely what is needed.
Welcome to 2020.
Looking forward to journeying with you all!