For 2018, I chose the word intention as a basis for my goals. Then I proceeded to have the best intentions in the world and very little action or follow through on those intentions. I did some of them, not regularly, not consistently. But I thought about it all the time. I had great intentions! I was the best at intending, all year long.
I’ve decided for 2019 my goals will remain fairly similar, they were good ones, I know, I thought about them often. In 2019, my goals will persist and I will complete them because this year I will have action built on a year of intentions. Action alone is not complete. It isn’t whole. It is the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim. I want my continual life growth to be more than completing a checklist. I want my word to reflect progress along a lifetime journey. With this in mind, the word Movement jumped out at me. Movement is progressive development. Of a song. Of a poem. Of a race. Of a life story. Of me. There is fluctuation and change. There is building. After last year’s intentions, this year I will experience Movement.
- Try four new things every month. This could be a new restaurant, a new recipe, or a new hike. A new anything. I am open to the world of possibilities and excited of where this movement may lead me. Four new things, every single month.
- Read one new book each month. I used to read every night before I went to bed. I’d like to spend my down time moving through more written pages and away from less interactive screen time.
- Replace 6 items in my home with a more natural, toxin-free option. I already focus on purchasing cleaning products that are relatively safer for my pets. I could do better for the people in my life too, myself included. I’d like to move toward a more natural life.
- Run 5 miles without feeling like I’m going to die. Could the application of movement be more literal than this? An act of changing physical location or position or of having this changed. I would like to be able to move my body at a jog for 5 miles while maintaining a conversation the whole time. A few years ago I had surgery on my knee and have never gotten back in to it. I actually don’t even like running, but I love how I feel when I’m done. It’s like dishes. If doing dishes also cleared your mind and helped you sleep. Time to get moving on this one immediately!
- Donate or sell 10 items a month. In an effort to simplify my life and home, I’ll move things out, pare down, clear the clutter, and organize in the process. I’m already eager to go through closets and drawers, find things I’ve tucked away, and either keep to use or give to others. Use it or lose it.
- Use all my expired Groupons. They are still worth the amount I paid. And I have several. The emotional burden of a mis-managed deal weighs on me. My expired groupons are the baggage of an unrealized good time. Just like my niece singing passionately as Elsa, I’m going to Let It Go. I’m going to get what I paid for out of them and move them from an intention to an experience.
- Get out of town four times. Getting out of my daily routine and into new surroundings and experiences always helps to reset my body and mind. Even a day or two away has led me in the past to discover crazy fun putt-putt courses, incredible restaurants, and a millions laughs. This is a must in life. I’m excited to plan this physical movement to a different place, outside of my town and outside of my routine.
What is something you want to do this year? What is your word?