Goodbye 2016. You were fraught with tension, unhappy surprises and at times extreme anxiety. You also brought much laughter, new friendships and bonded siblings.So all in all, not one of the best years of my life but not the worst either…
2016 brought new hobbies, new puppies, new jobs, new learning, new goals and new beginnings.
But I am looking forward to a calmer 2017, and much of this lies in my approach. I have a tendency to stress out quickly. Taking things in stride has been a lot of work over the years but I am finding ways to Be Still. For me, having a variety of strategies or actions goes a long way to talking myself out of worry and the anxiety that worry brings.
No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future-Roy Bennett
So, for this new year first I will set intentions, then I will apply strategies which is a more action-based mind set. I could intend to lose weight but without a definitive strategy such as jogging, it won’t happen.
Intention: Live as creatively as possible.
Strategies: take a craft class, photography or otherwise. Create notecards, open an easy shop. Immersion in things that fuel my creative life-photography, learning new techniques, retreats and connecting more intentionally with like-minded friends.
Intention: Write.More. Often.
Strategies: Commit to blogging twice weekly, return to writing children’s books, publish an article.Use my collection of Notebooks-I have many of these and I love to write, doodle and make lists in them. Writing anything and everything down seems to calm the nerves and focus me on solution-based actions.
Intention: Focus on health
Strategies: Walk each day, start stretching/yoga, Whole 30 living.
Intention: Focus on leading a calmer life.
Strategies:Daily meditation, positive affirmations, a daily gratitude journal-One gratitude for each day of 2017. When your life is focused on gratefulness, many other things fall into place.
Whenever you are sincerely pleased, you are nourished.-Ralph Waldo Emerson
After a rough 2016, this last one should be easy.
What are your intentions for the new year? Feel free to leave a comment below.