Every year for the past few years, I have not made any New Year Resolutions but instead I have focused my year around One Word. This One Word has themed my year, moulded my intentions and focused my goals. Some years I stuck to just One Word. Some years I chose separate Words for separate areas of my life. In 2018, I chose One Word but then chose a few more words called Core Desired Feelings (CDFs). These CDFs helped round out and expand my One Word. I truly loved this method of setting Intentions for the year ahead so this year I am keeping this method of Intention Setting for 2019.
Lit “Human Flourishing”;
A contented state of being happy, healthy and prosperous.
One Word 365
to be in a vigorous state; thrive
a condition or period of thriving
I love this bold intention. I cannot remember when last I flourished. Suffice to say, it has been a long while. In more ways than one, the last decade has been about survival, striving and simply getting through the days. So I want to make a bold, determined change. I want to Flourish. I want to Thrive. So starting in 2019 and going forward, I claim the bold intention to….
I will Flourish.
Core Desired Feelings | CDF
To me centred is something I have been striving for, for the longest time. But the chaos of life has kept me off-Centre. This year I want to make this a Core Focus. I want my life, in all its areas, to be aligned and balanced. I want to feel centred emotionally, mentally and physically.
I am Centred.
Inspiration should be a core, tangible aspect of any creative, in fact any human. But in the shadow of health crises, the waves of grief and the winds of change; inspiration has been missing from my days. I want to make inspiration a part of my every day again or at least every other day.
I am Inspired.
The next two CDFs have been carried over from 2018 into 2019. I still feel the need for these states of mind/being.
I love the sound of this word and the feeling and state of being/mind it brings to mind. Flow is something that I want because I feel it is the complete opposite of my general state of being of Striving for the past few years. To me Flow means flowing along with life’s many currents not fighting them. Flow means waters of calm like a gentle stream trickling over small pebbles or like the gentle ebb and flow of ocean waves at low tide.
I will Flow.
I first came upon this phrase in a blog post in 2017. It just zinged for me and gave me chills in all the right ways. It felt like an aha moment. To me, Open Wide means being in a state of trust and welcome. It means extending my arms out wide to embrace what life has to offer, to pull life closer, to pull those I love closer. It means expanding my heart to receive joy, to seek silver linings in clouded lessons. It means expanding my mind to be open to change, open to inspiration, open to wisdom. It means running with arms outstretched, to embrace better health, to develop a stronger body
I will Open Wide.
Making room for White Space.
In 2019 I want this year to be about Space, Spaciousness and making room for more White Space in my days. To me this means focusing literally on the white spaces of paper and screen while I am creating, whether it be writing or art. White Space also means creating more focal points to focus on much like an artist’s use of negative space or more white space to accent a specific central feature. White Space means leaving room in my day for inspiration and day-dreaming. White Space also means making more room to breathe, more room to just be, in my days. White Space means making room for more space in my life, decluttering – both literally and figuratively – the unnecessary. White Space means spending more time outdoors on long walks, on long runs.
Tell me, what intentions are you setting this year?
Here’s to a hope-filled year of silver linings, the space to dream and create and adventures that inspire.