2019: My Word is Movement

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?

My Word is Intention

While I am not big on new years resolutions, I do like the feeling of new beginnings.  Like a new haircut, it feels fresh.  I have liked a lot of posts I have been seeing online that talk about rather than choosing a resolution such as, “I am going to fit back in to my wedding dress,” just choose a word.  One word to live by.  I thought about the last year.  My favorite moments, things I would like to change, and I noticed a common thread.  The best times I had were intentional.  The things I wished I had accomplished and didn’t, they seemed to just slip by with time.  My honey and I went on an incredible vacation to Jamaica.  We planned it for months, there was specific purpose there and it was rejuvenating.

I didn’t read or exercise as much as I would have liked last year.  I meant to, things just seemed to come up.  Would I have read more books if I hadn’t spent Saturday afternoon with SVU reruns playing in the background?  Would I have exercised more if I had packed a workout bag or at least laid out clothes on my bed so I saw them as soon as I got home from work?  I want to make my choices this year with more attention to the details.  I want less wasted opportunities to slip by.  My word is intention.  With that in mind I’ve set the following goals for myself this month.  I will print off my list, stick it to the fridge, and check in monthly with my progress.  Sharing my intentions here will help keep me accountable.

  1. Try four new things every month.  This could be a new restaurant, a new workout or walk, a new product, a new recipe, anything, four of them, every single month.
  2. 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 reading more and watching TV less.
  3. Replace 6 items in my home with a more natural, chemical-free option.  I already buy cleaning products that won’t harm my cats.  I could do better for the people in my life too.
  4. Run 5 miles without feeling like I’m going to die.  I would like to be able to 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.
  5. Create a tradition of charity in our home.  My honey and I have our individual moments of altruism, we would like to expand on that and include his child.  We want giving back to be a part of life and an act that unites our home.
  6. Use all my expired Groupons.  They are still worth the amount I paid.  And I have tons!  I’m going to get what I paid for out of them.  This also applies to gift cards or filled out punch cards that may be sitting in the bottom of my bag.  I’ll have to go through my wallet.
  7. Get out of town four times this year.  I always feel refreshed when I come home after having gone out of town for a wedding or to visit family.  I find a little break from the day to day re-centering. A weekend away, even to a town a couple hours away, can be had on the cheap.  And every city has something to offer and to see.  A crazy putt-putt course, a great restaurant, a sports game, a concert, a museum, anything is fun if you are with somebody fun.

What is something you want to do this year?  What is your word?