Intentions for the New Year


A girl with her arms wrapped around her mother. In a few short days, we will welcome a New Year! With that is the chance to appreciate all of the great things about the past 12 months, let go of the things you no longer want to carry with you, and start fresh. It’s also a chance to set intentions for the year ahead.    

Instead of coming up with lofty resolutions, which are often things you want to stop doing or think you need to change about yourself (and are usually forgotten about before the end of January). Intentions give you the chance to start something you’ve always wanted to do.  

Setting an intention is a way to manifest, or put out into the world, something that you desire. It’s a positive call to action to do something you want to do and then take steps to make it happen.  

I’ve never been one for New Years resolutions, however, to me setting intentions are almost like themes that I think about as I move through the year. For instance, I’ve set my intentions on being more present in the moment. One way I’m doing this is by having limitations on my phone so notifications stop in the evenings, and I can enjoy family time.  

My intentions have often led me to the same phrases, which become my mantras. “Be here now” has resonated with me recently.

This phrase is something I repeat when I catch myself thinking too far ahead or when my phone sucks me in, and I realize I’m missing life around me. It’s my reminder to be intentional and present.  

Intentions can be big or small. Here are a few other examples.

  • Learn a new skill. 
  • Be kind to others. 
  • Relax more often. 
  • Go with the flow. 
  • Read more books. 
  • Set boundaries. 
  • Stretch every day.
  • Be authentic.  

The possibilities are endless!  What are your intentions for the year ahead?


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