Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when we pause and look back while we plan for great things in the year ahead. I stopped doing resolutions many years ago, and have found that I’m generally a little more reflective around my birthday in February. In 2013, I read The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. It’s a wonderful book and really spoke to me from where I was at that point in my life. I read something around the same time about people selecting a word to guide them through the new year. Sounded like a good plan to me, and the book talks about being “Wholehearted” – that was my guiding word for 2014.
It was just a little reminder to try to be a little more wholehearted throughout the year. I like to think it helped. However, toward the end of 2014, I got super busy – there were some weeks I was teaching 8 classes a week plus trying to fill pottery orders. A friend from the neighborhood asked if I had moved into my studio because my car was ALWAYS there. I love what I do, and I want to do it all! But I had to remind myself, that I am the person who sets my schedule 🙂 So my word for 2015 was “Balance.” I needed a little more balance, and I wanted to spend more time with friends and family. That what I was focused on as I was tangling my word.
So in looking back on 2015, I initially thought I did not accomplish as much as I wanted to – those pottery lines, more fiber arts, more classes, but when I really thought about it, I realized I spent more time with friends and family in 2015 than I probably have since I was in college! Awesome and amazing what putting a little reminder out there can help your subconscious push you in the right directions!
I’ve been doing the “word” thing for a couple of years now, and this year decided to put a little more intention behind it by setting an intention! I invited some of the graduates from the Six Week Series I teach to join me in setting our intentions. It was awesome! Everyone selected their word or phrase and we did some tangling (Zentangle) around it. Peace, hope, joy, order, contentment, be positive, take a breath, and trust were used, and my intention for 2016 is to Thrive!! This is still a work in progress, but you see where it’s going.
I’ll finish this, frame it and set it out as a daily reminder to keep going in the right direction! What is your intention for this year?