If you’re anything like me, you love the beginning of a new year. Yes, it is so cliche to “start fresh” just because it’s a new year. But there is something intoxicating about the energy that a new year brings: the fresh start, the renewed motivation, the closing of one chapter and the opening of another.
The most crucial part of all of it is the follow through. I am a big supporter of those who wish to set New Years intentions but I am an even bigger supporter of following through to make sure the intentions become your reality.
When this new year started, I knew it had to be different, for me anyway. Sometimes you find yourself at a point in life where you have to "sh*t or get off the can", for lack of a better metaphor. I was at a point last year where all my excitement for this new business I was growing quickly turned into paralyzing fear that I was not good enough. Which lead me to a little bit of a hiatus from social media.
Is this the best way to start your own online business whose success relies upon your presence online? Probably not. But sometimes your mental wellbeing is what has to come first. Why am I telling you all this? I'm telling you because I started writing this article at the beginning of January to talk about how we can all set intentions for the best year to come, when really I wasn't feeling authentically like myself. So here we are on January 31st and I have to say that the time away from social media really did me well.
One of the main intentions that I set for myself earlier this year was to journal every single day. It seems like such a small, easy task but when you're busy and your to-do list is a mile long, sitting down for 30 minutes to write about just anything on your brain seems wasteful. However, as someone who has way too many thoughts and emotions for her own good, journalling every single day has been so therapeutic.
Some other intentions that I have set for myself this year are:
- Meditate Daily, even if only for 5 minutes
- Create space for mindful movement each day, i.e., walking, dancing, stretching, etc.
- Nourishing Nutrition, eating in a way that fuels my mind and body instead of using food as a crutch to cover up emotions
- Practicing radical self-love - this one is the toughest for me. I have spent a long time speaking down to myself and being my own worst enemy
By no means do these intentions have an end date, it is almost impossible to have one as these will always be a work in progress. But little by little, working towards these intentions will help me express the fullest version of myself.
What are some of your intentions for 2020? How will you work towards them?