a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.
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?
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.
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!
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.
I love, love, love this idea! This is something I really am going to challenge myself to do.
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!
Ah this is great! Thank you for the inspiration, as always 🙂
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!
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!
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!
What an awesome idea! I am definitely downloading this one….now to find the time to cut out all of those pieces. 😉
I love these – I think I will use some of them as journaling prompts as well!
They sound good but I didn’t see anywhere to click on to download the intentions. Please let me know how to do that.
Hi Brenda, just click on the picture to download the intentions:)
Thank you so much! You are amazing creator!!!
I’m keeping these in my car so that my kids can choose one each morning and we can discuss on the way to school. Today was the first day and my 6yo son choose “climb mountains”. We discussed all the ways we might “climb mountains” in a day…it really got them thinking! (and he even tried to read it himself!) Such a fun way to promote thinking skill and get a conversation started with my kiddos!
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