2012 has been a great year, but I must say, I am a bit relieved it is over. It was such a busy year, I completed my master’s, started a new job that I love, bought a house and adopted a dog. On New Year’s Day, I reflected on the upcoming year and what I hoped to accomplish. I am not big fan of “New Year’s resolutions,” but I was inspired by Jess Lively’s Everygirl article on New Year’s intentions. Jess writes, “This positive approach to intentions is often more effective (avoiding that burnout factor that resolutions have) and kinder. It allows you to celebrate the journey, not just the destination.” This is exactly what I hope to do!
New Year’s Intentions
1. Experience North Carolina. I have been living in this great state for over a year and there is so much more I want to see and do. I have not hiked in the mountains or spent the day at the beach. I can’t wait to take the time to explore all North Carolina has to offer.
2. Read more. Chad and I have a habit of coming home from working and watching mindless TV. While there are still shows I want to watch, I do not need to watch House Hunters or Storage Wars every evening. Instead, I want to replace those shows with a book.
3. Catch up with friends. I have friends living all over the country and it is so easy to lose touch when you don’t see them everyday. I want to make an effort to plan visits, send more emails and make more phone calls. I am already planning a trip to see Alison in Philadelphia!
4. Do not over book. This holiday season was overwhelming and exhausting. I had a few too many things on my plate. This year I want to step back and decide what is really important and put my heart into those endeavors.
5. Live healthier. This one is rather cliche, but I want to be more aware of my health, find a workout routine I love and be more conscious of what I put into my body.
I hope my intentions help spur my creativity and enrich my life. I look forward to writing more inspired blog posts and developing unique content for the magazine.
What are your intentions for the New Year?