While there were pockets of memorable moments/events in 2015, most of it passed by in a blur. Day to day life just sort of took over and kept moving forward on autopilot, so a lot of the last year runs together in my head. That’s not a bad thing, but I’d like 2016 to be a little more exciting (in a good way!) rather than just another year of me coasting by.
So, I’m setting my word for 2016 to be intention.
I’m practical enough to realize that in 2016 at least, my day to day life isn’t going to change dramatically. (At least, it’s not likely to. I realize that who knows what can happen in life, but it’s not like I have any firm plans as of right now that’ll turn my life upside down immediately.) I’m still going to work a full time 9 to 5 desk job. I’m still going to live in DC. I’m still going to fill my time hanging out with friends, going to happy hours, indulging in brunches, and the (increasingly rarer) nights out.
And that’s okay. I’m fortunate enough to lead a life I quite enjoy, and it’s not like my intention to make 2016 more intentional (ha) will make my current lifestyle all topsy turvy. No, it’s to get more out of my day to day life, the everyday routine. I tend to get into ruts easily, and I’m hopeful that by being more intentional with what I want to accomplish in 2016, I’ll have a banner year.
I mean, may as well aim high, right?
I’m also mindful of the fact that when I chose “saving” to be my word for the year, I did really well until about… July? And then I sort of petered out/got distracted/made excuses/didn’t want to think about it anymore. With that in mind, I decided to focus on specific things in my life I wanted to be more intentional about, and broke it up to focus on one thing for each month of 2016.
2016: My Intentions
January: Live in the moment (focus on the present)
February: Move (practice yoga and/or Pilates)
March: Cook (new recipes, eating at home)
April: Simplify (living space, daily life)
May: Be consistent (run 50 miles)
June: Save (impose a shopping ban)
July: Disconnect (less screen time)
August: Slow down (create an optimal morning routine)
September: Reflect (meditate)
October: Detox (lay off the sweets)
November: Write (something, anything, every day)
December: Gratitude (express thanks)
I’m pretty excited for how these intentions may shape 2016, and even more excited to get started with them! I’ve never done multiple stretches of different 30 day goals/challenges before, but I’m hoping that 30 days is a good timeframe to dig into different things I want to work on throughout the year. Maybe it’ll even begin helping me make bigger shifts into the more intentional life I want to lead.
January’s intention is “Live in the Moment,” and I chose that because I’ll be spending almost all of January traveling and visiting family. I see my family once a year at maximum; I don’t want to spend my precious time with them fretting about the past or future. I want to experience every moment I get to have with them to the fullest! I’ve never been strong at living in the moment anyway, since I tend to get carried away and think forward to the next thing. But this seems like the best time to try and change that, and I can’t wait to report back at the end of the month and let you all know how I’ve done with my first intention for the year.