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res·o·lu·tion 

a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

in·ten·tion   

the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose.

Resolutions are slippery things. We write them down firmly, our path ahead clear and well plotted, but life has a funny way of messing with our best laid plans. At the start of a new year we are filled with grand ideas and hopes for the coming days. With renewed energy we make lists and fill in agendas-nothing is more comforting then marking up a new calendar with future goals and bench marks! But something happens between the start of the year and the end of it.

Time slips away in things to do, places to go, bills to pay. There are sudden deaths or illnesses, unexpected changes or upheavals, moves, transitions, hirings, firings…the list of all the things we can’t really account for or control at the start of the year. Instead of making resolutions in January I prefer to focus on my intentions for the coming months. The areas I know I need support or growth in and what I want to attract or cultivate in my life.

Maybe I’m just being picky with words but I feel the difference between resolution and intention is huge. Resolutions are hard on a person, they set us up for feeling like failures when life gets complicated or our goals shift. Intentions however can be fluid and transform with us as we move forward. They are reminders to hold close throughout the year as we aim ourselves towards the place we wish to go. If we fall short or change course, all the better, what is life without a little chaos?

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This will be a year of big changes for our family (I pinky swear an update soon) so for my Mister’s 28th birthday in December I made him a set of 365 intentions. Things I hope the year holds for him and us so he can start each day with intention. Some are simple and others harder to achieve but I think all are part of a year well lived. Of course I added a few empty ones in there too because some days should be a blank slate! To round out the present I got the fabulous kick in the pants note pads from Modern Emotive (now rebranding as Dellie) and the Goals clip board from Decoylab pictured up top so he can reflect on his intentions in style. At least I tell myself I got them for him if you know what I mean.

I know our family is not the only ones in need of intention this year-our Twitter chat yesterday was full of people setting creative intentions and goals for 2012. So I am sharing the printable with you. Just click the image below to download,  print on heavy card stock and cut along the dotted lines (have coffee/tea on hand it is a lot of cutting!) and put in a pretty bowl or box beside your bed or desk. When you wake or before you start work grab an intention and hold it in your mind throughout the day. I like to paste mine into a notebook with the date and make some notes on the thoughts that came to me.

Click below to download your set of intentions (note: there are only 360 intentions I made 5 blanks from the extra cut paper). A great complement to this printable is the 11×17 free printable January wall calendar from Dellie to help plan out your day to day goals and responsibilities.

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As for me I intend to be kind to myself and others, keep building the community that makes my heart sing both on and offline, grow old and new friendships, work on planting roots for my dreams and my family and weather the storms as they come. What are your intentions for 2012? Please share in the comments!

Jessika Hepburn

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Jessika Hepburn has written 516 posts on Oh My! Handmade Goodness. A cheerful activist and community matchmaker I delight in using my connection superpowers to bring makers and entrepreneurs together in ways that lift us all up. I believe in cooperation over competition, relentless good cheer as an act of rebellion, and the power of using our hands to craft a brilliant future. OMHG is part social enterprise, part grand experiment, and all goodness-so pull up a chair or pitch in a hand to join in creating our supportive community!
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  • http://www.etsy.com/listing/43705936/cloth-baby-book-name-in-blue Joanne

    Well, Goldilocks couldn’t have done it better. While resolutions sounds hard, dreams is too soft and makes me cringe, but intentions strikes a middle cord and sounds just right! Thanks for sharing this word gift with us.

  • http://stitchtostitchstore.com Amanda

    I love, love, love this idea! This is something I really am going to challenge myself to do.

  • http://www.paperandstyleco.com Diane

    Thanks Jessika for always producing great posts,you have a knack of writing about exactly what I need! I am going to make an effort to do this-to the printer!

  • http://www.louloubell.ca Lyndsay

    Ah this is great! Thank you for the inspiration, as always :)

  • http://dearedna.etsy.com Erin

    I find it’s inevitable to think about the coming year and what I want to achieve, so I always do set resolutions, but only after reframing them more like hopeful intentions and more about things I truly want and think I can actually achieve.

    I hope everyone at OMH achieves their 2012 goals!

    Happy New Year!

    P.S. I have the same notepads!

  • http://just-me-writing-to-you.blogspot.com/ Krystle Wainscott

    I love this idea! I am printing them right now! Thank you! I tend to not make resolutions because I feel that I am setting myself up for failure, but this is a great compromise. & I love the journaling about it everyday idea!

  • http://www.2sistershandcrafted.etsy.com Colleen

    This is an inspiration! I love the word intentions, it implies an actual act to make things go your way! I have some new and old intentions that I`m very excited for this year!

  • http://ahousefullofmoxie.com Moxie Lisa

    What an awesome idea! I am definitely downloading this one….now to find the time to cut out all of those pieces. ;)

  • http://www.homelifesimplified.com.au Deb @ Home life simplified

    I love these – I think I will use some of them as journaling prompts as well!

  • brenda

    They sound good but I didn’t see anywhere to click on to download the intentions. Please let me know how to do that.

    • http://ohmyhandmade.com/members/ohmyhandmade/ Jessika Hepburn

      Hi Brenda, just click on the picture to download the intentions:)

  • Alina

    Thank you so much! You are amazing creator!!!