On the last day of 2019, I wrote on my Instagram page that it was a great time to set intentions for the year. If you subscribe to my email community, you received a similar message. My wish for you is that you live each day with purpose.
Purpose does not always need to mean something grand and spectacular, though those times do occur and are wonderful. But our lives are made up of everyday amazing things that we often take for granted. I’m guilty of not appreciating everything, so my intention for this year is to live each day with appreciation and gratitude.
Another intention is to write something each day. I often don’t think of the quick email or the social media post as “writing.” I recently read an article that said everything you write should be counted toward your writing habit, but you must be intentional about the words and think of it as writing. I intend to take this advice (pun intended – ha!).
“Don’t wait until Monday or when the ‘time is right.'”
If you read my first article in the series, “Weekend Chats,” you read the very wise words of Whitney, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and must continually learn to find a new normal. She said that she no longer waits to start something new or have a new experience. While New Year’s Day feels like a fresh start, setting intentions can happen any day at any time. Don’t wait until Monday or when the “time is right.” Waiting feels like procrastination to me. Waiting because it is something I think I should do, but I don’t necessarily want to do. I might also procrastinate if it is something I think I won’t do well. I know because I am the Queen of Procrastination. A title I regularly swap with one of my friends and fellow blogger/artist.
To live with purpose and intention means I must examine the reason for my procrastination and see if there is a way I can remedy my anxiety surrounding it. Can I make it into something I want to do? Am I letting my fears get in the way of living?
So, as I wake up to the small, small rain and the brisk air of the New Year, I am grateful and intentionally writing. I hope you find gratitude in your intentions as well.
Cheers to 2020!