2015 Intentions

I realize that mid-March is a little late to be setting intentions for the year, but I actually made this in January, after seeing a post called 2015, Visualized. January is always my most reflective month, when I do lots of journaling and set all sorts of goals and resolutions. My goals are often specific things I can work towards, like do yoga once a week or run a half marathon.

But this year I decided I wanted to be more present in my life as it is now, in the moment I am living, instead of focusing on what future achievements I will check off my list. Instead of thinking what will I work towards for the future? I decided to think what do I want my life to look like now? What do I want my days to be filled with?

So instead of setting goals, like I usually do, I decided to set intentions. (The difference between the two concepts – goals and intentions – is summed up really nicely here). And when I couldn’t stick to just one or two intentions, I got really excited to make an Intention Board. Kind of like a Vision Board, but instead of using magazine cutouts, I got to find beautiful pictures on the internet to represent my intentions.

So here it is, a visualization of my intentions for 2015:

2015 intention board

This year, I will:

Fill my kitchen with fresh, local foods from gardens, markets, and the coop.

Focus on my health by eating more fruits and vegetables, less sugar.

Find time to practice my banjo. Just a few minutes each day.

Run more, without agenda.

Find time and space to be in solitude, with a book and a cup of coffee.

Open myself up to my relationship, wholeheartedly.

Spend less on things, more on experiences.

More yoga. More yoga. More yoga.

Practice gratitude daily.

Go climbing more, and become more confident at it.

Remember to maintain a sense of wonder about the world, for myself and for my students.

Have more adventures, however big or small.

Journal every day. Just a page.

Be more connected to water – kayaking, canoeing, swimming, listening, seeing.

Practice slowness. Presence over productivity.

Travel. Travel. Travel.