Happy New Year!

And so a new year begins.  Quietly for me.  For the past few days, I’ve been crocheting and drinking tea and thinking.

I don’t do new year’s resolutions.  It never seems to work past January, and I put enough stress on myself without adding a resolution.  But my sister-in-law made a facebook post for her blog that caught my eye.  In it, she asked if her readers had picked an intention for 2018.  There’s a link to a list of words to consider.  That got me thinking.  (Remember?  I’m very good at thinking.)  What if instead of making a resolution, I made an intention – a theme for the year that will guide me.  I know. I know.  It sounds like a round-about way of making a resolution.  But, an intention can be a little more vague, more prone to interpretation.  That’s much more up my alley, and perhaps more likely for me to follow.

What should my intention be?  After mulling it over in my head a couple of days and looking up the list that Crystal mentioned (Word of the Year ideas), I decided to look around my home for ideas today.


This was in my stocking this Christmas. It’s very pretty, and I like the reminder to follow my dreams and keep them alive.  I think we all get so focused on the day to day mundane that we forget to dream of something more.  I like the idea of my intention being a verb, an action I have to take.  But, dream is a little too vague for what I’m looking for.  I want my intention to be something concrete and achievable.  While it’s good to have dreams, it’s not something I want to necessarily focus on.

I’m a big fan of âme collective.  They make jewelry with words that don’t have a direct translation in English – mantras that provide inspiration to the wearer.  I have this one on a necklace.  Those of you who know me well know that my work takes up a huge portion of my life.  Along with the next photo, these two words really speak to my work life.


This is also a word from âme.  I got this necklace to commemorate a successful speaking tour with my colleagues last year.  (The eyeglass paperclip in the photo simply represents my job.)  I am very blessed to be doing work that I love, and in which I feel fulfilled.  I am very passionate about my work, and these words really encompass that feeling.  As meaningful as these words are to me, I don’t think I need to make one of them my intention this year.  This is where I am now (happily), and I want the intention to be forward looking.

The full quote is “Choose the path that leads to wisdom”. I don’t think that I’m particularly wise. That implies that you know what you’re doing, and I have no idea what I’m doing.  Actually, I’m a walking train wreck most of the time.  I envy people who have their shit together.  Maybe someday I’ll be somewhat more organized and have my life sort of figured out.  Wisdom isn’t something that you can actively attain.  I think it comes naturally over time and experience so it’s not a good word for my purpose here.  Moving on…

As you can see, I have a lot of inspirational words around me. I’m highly visual, so I need to see things around me. This is part of a neat inspirational canvas I found. It’s hard to take risks.  It’s hard to leave myself open to vulnerability.  I don’t think I’m ready to take this one on as an intention.  Maybe someday.

Yes, I have a small cat figurine collection. I have a larger stress ball collection though. And inner peace seems to speak more to the latter.  This is something that I’ve been struggling with for years, and if you’ve read my past blog posts, then you know all about it.  But I want my intention to be active, something doable.

This is getting closer to what I want my intention to be.  It’s part of a trio, with a camera and a typewriter.  To me, it’s about using my photography and my writing to capture my thoughts and impressions for future thought.  It’s so hard for me to absorb everything going on around me, so I spend a lot of time thinking on those moments later on when I’m alone.


Be present. That’s my intention for 2018. I spend too much time worrying about
the future and the what ifs, and I forget to actually enjoy the moment, to focus on the here and now.  I think too much.  It can be something as small as not fully enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend because I know we only have an hour.  Or as big as not moving forward on a project because I’ve thought of all the reasons why it might go wrong.  I want to be able to live in the moment and act without overthinking.  Now, I’m not sure how I’m going to do this, but I guess the first step is making the intention.  Next step will be how to put this in practice.

Do you have any advice to give me on how to be more present?  Any resources or words of wisdom that have helped you?  Please share them with me.  And Happy New Year to all of you!

January 1, 2018
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