I don’t know about you but new beginnings can be anxiety inducing for me. Even though I’m all about fresh starts, setting intentions, and being motivated, I’m not inclined to reinvent myself completely or create resolutions that feel frustrating. I feel like my 2019 got a slow start because I was really enjoying the slower pace of things and spending time with my family and friends, but full disclosure- reading about and looking at everyone else’s goal setting skills made me feel like I needed to aim higher. Like how much higher could I have aimed, I’m taking a career leap this year so I felt like I was all good in the goal setting department. But social media has the power to make us feel like we’re not good enough sometimes so here’s to a new year and same me, but improved… well, improvinggg.
Each year Joe, myself, and our friend Miya get together in January and make vision boards together and set intentions for our year. I like using the word ‘intentions’ over ‘resolutions’ because in my mind’s eye leading from an intention every day (instead of a solid ‘must do’) make big goals feel attainable. When you resolve to do something you’re firmly making the decision to do it, I googled that. So what happens when you don’t complete that thing, or when you don’t quite reach that goal? A natural reaction is to feel like a failure because most often times we don’t give ourselves the grace to be a work in progress, perfection sounds pretty but not fun. That’s why I love setting intentions, I give myself room to be human. Life happens man, we just can’t get caught in the quick sand and just try to be better the next day.
What you’ll need for a vision board aka intention setting seshy:
- poster board (dollar store baby!)
- magazines (you don’t necessarily need a bunch, 1-3 is plenty, promise)
- scissors (unless you like to rip things)
- glue stick (tape takes long and glue sticks just glide on easily and stick right away)
P.S. you don’t specifically need these things, a piece of paper with words you write on them will suffice. It’s not about what you make it with, it’s about what makes it up. Damn, she’s yoda.
So think about your goals, your intentions, what words you want to say to yourself daily, what photos ignite enthusiasm within yourself to go after that thing you want to receive or achieve. That’s what matters. Cut out those words, those images, write down those things, add to them quarterly, take away the things that don’t serve you, there’s just no right or wrong way to do this.
The first year we ever made vision boards we had two magazines and rubber cement. You can do this with anything and I hope you do <3
MY INTENTIONS FOR THIS YEAR:
- read more. I read two books last year. TWO… that’s terrible
- balance work time with family time. with me time. with friend time. That’s a lot of balancing
- create a nighttime routine and stick to it. No phone after 7pm? Read for an hour before bed? Meditate? Sure, those sound nice
- move. I need a bigger space that we can create a specific work space in. Joe and I both work from home so we need to be able to separate the two so we don’t kill each other
- save for a house. Or more travel, either would make me happy. We saved last year for goals and financial freedom and I’d like to triple that
- get certified. I’ve been studying (v slowly, I don’t like studying) to get my personal training license. A lot of things are happening this year that I’ve never been more thrilled or terrified about. Means I’m on the right path
- complete my e book. Did you know I’ve been trying to complete my e book for a year now? lol I need to paste a photo of a book to my vision board!
- blog and youtube more consistently. I have a hard time with schedules, I’m working on that
- build a team. This is a big one for me because I’m so used to wearing all the hats, to doing all the things. It’s time I build a team who can help me grow and inspire me to create
What are some intentions you’ll set for yourself this year? We got this <3