3 days into the New Year and I am coming out of the post holidays fog that always seems to kick in this time of year. It seems that time passes as a whirlwind as fall days turn into winter days which turn into a bustle of merriment, celebration and sharing of holidays and family time. When it is over there is often a sense of let down but also a sense of relief for the quiet that follows as we being to prepare for a New Year that is unfolding. For me this time of year can feel heavy, the daylight hours are short and the cold and darkness bring about seasonal affective disorder that no matter what I try to do is inescapable. Our days have been dizzying, fun yet chaotic. My equilibrium seems off and I feel out of balance. Perhaps this is where intention setting needs to come in and why so many of us are drawn to make New Years Resolutions and choose one word to act as a guide for the upcoming year.
One word seems limiting as expectations for what is to come in an upcoming year can change with the blink of an eye. Life can bring positivity and days that bring you the feelings of an almost euphoric high. Then however there can be those curveball days or events which can create confusion or sadness or difficulty changing the course of what a year might bring.
In looking at myself I know that these kinds of changes can wreak havoc with my trajectory forward on a daily basis. I am an empath so I feel every event to my core sometimes unable to let go, feelings forever chasing me. I am a perfectionist so while feeling like I should be someone who goes with the flow often becomes stuck and frustrated and unable to bend with the passing winds of time. With my perfectionism I sometimes render myself incapable of truly reaching for what I want because I convince myself otherwise.
So rather than to set one word to guide me this year I am choosing to set intentions for myself working towards the ability to let my intentions change and shift with time and with life.
My intentions for 2017 and beyond . . .
- To be more malleable meaning to allow myself to become less rigid and to not worry so much about the outcomes. This is an important step for me in overcoming certain anxieties.
- To be more self-confident. What I have within me is what I need to bring about my success. Others around me are successful but I am too and I need to recognize that.
- To follow my instincts without second guessing myself. I am often the one roadblock in my own path moving forward.
- To laugh more . . .
- Be kinder to myself. I am my own worst self-critic and generally have a hard time celebrating both minor and major accomplishments (this goes directly hand in hand with my perfectionism!)
Have you set your intentions for 2017? What are your intentions? Please share in the comments below and thank you for stopping by to join in the conversation!