I love the New Year. It’s a time for setting goals, fresh starts, and new hopes.
I realize the New Year is arbitrary. You could and should start at any point in time to work towards your goals and resolutions. I am a firm believer in doing what you can today to get closer to your goal.
But still - I think it can be helpful to focus on certain big goals that we can return to throughout the year. We can use the calendar year as a frame for focusing on our intentions. Some people choose a word, an annual mantra to hold onto.
Last year I focused on play, and while I feel like it was definitely something I carried with me throughout the year, I feel like I need to continue to push play into my life. I want more play like relaxed Summer days of sitting in the creek with the kids, more of just being silly, more dancing, and more making myself laugh. For instance, I like to write the days of the week like this: “Sundae”, “Mondee”, and “Thor’s Day.” And I use “chix” instead of chicken, “styx” instead of sticks, and “Biznasty” instead of business. It’s dumb and pointless, but it brings little ounces of joy to the mundane.
So, what is on the deck for 2019? In five words: Community, Creativity, Confidence, Body, and House! I am going to be starting many new ventures next year. I’m pushing myself harder than ever, and I feel really excited and terrified at the bed that I am making. I think it is going to be exhilarating and probably exhausting, but I feel like it’s an all or nothing moment.
Here are my goals for 2019:
What are your goals for 2019? Do you have a “word” or a mantra?
Happy New Year!!!!
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Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.