As I reflect on 2018 and look forward to 2019, I’m sharing my three intentions for the year: continue to explore creative passions, open myself up to new relationships while nurturing old ones, and worry less about the future. I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions but I do believe wholeheartedly in the power of intentions, so read on if you want to learn more about mine for the year. Happy New Year!
Hi everyone, and happy 2019! I hope you have all had a wonderful first week of the new year getting back into life post-holidays and back to your regular routine. This year so far has been filled with a lot of new changes – I just moved into a new place with my fiancé, he’s off to San Francisco tonight to train for his new job, and next weekend I’m headed up to Berkeley to celebrate his graduation from grad school! A lot of new things are happening and while so many transitions at once can be challenging for sure, I’m also so grateful for the amazing opportunities the new year has already brought. And I can’t wait to start our biggest adventure as a married couple in just two (!!) months!
While the end of 2018 was kind of crazy and unusual in a lot of ways, I think it’s so important to take time to stop and reflect on the year you’ve had and to set some intentions or goals for the new year. I’ve never been a huge new years resolution person because I think a lot of times, those only increase the pressure we put on ourselves and make us feel bad when we don’t accomplish them, but I definitely see the value in looking at how far we’ve come and at where we want to go. We spend so little time truly reflecting on our goals and dreams that I’m glad we at least have more of an excuse to do that at the end and beginning of each year.
So here are my main goals and intentions for 2019:
1. Continue to write, write, write and keep exploring my creative passions deeply and curiously.
Last year I rediscovered my love for writing poetry (which I discuss in this post) and started regularly writing again when I created this blog. Writing has always brought me such joy, and I couldn’t be happier that I finally stopped making excuses and starting making it a regular practice again. Reconnecting with writing has felt like reuniting with an old friend I’d thought I’d lost, but who was just patiently waiting there for me to return. And when I did return, it was like no time had passed. I can’t wait to see what writing will bring me this year – it’s given me so much already.
A new passion I’m so excited to start exploring is photography. I always loved taking photos when I was younger but I never took the time to really learn photography, and it’s always been something I thought was too late for me to start. But guess what – it’s not! My parents got me a starter camera for Christmas and I am so. freaking. excited to start learning photography. Especially since photography goes hand in hand with blogging! So I can’t wait to add more of my own photos to this blog.
2. Nurture existing relationships and create new ones.
2018 was the year I opened myself up to meeting new people. I have a wonderful group of friends from college who are so awesome that I felt like I never wanted or needed new friends ever again. But then I realized that just because I love my current friends doesn’t mean I should close myself off to new ones. As soon as I started the blog I made it a goal of mine to reach out to those I admired more often, and use the blog to connect with other creatives with similar values and messages to mine. I’ve already had SO many amazing conversations with the women I reached out to and who reached out to me, and a few have become good friends who I felt like I’ve known for years.
So, in addition to continuing to find ways to nurture my existing friendships, I want to push myself to continue to reach out and collaborate with other creatives in similar spaces. I tend to be someone who finds it easiest and most comfortable just to work alone, so I want to push myself beyond my comfort zone to create new relationships with others in my niche and beyond. My life has been so enriched by the people I’ve met since I opened myself up more, so I can’t wait to see what collaborations 2019 will bring.
3. Stay present and worry less about where everything will lead – trust that the path will unfold in its own time exactly as it’s meant to.
I’ve always been a huge planner, but this year I really want to focus on appreciating where I am NOW and worrying much less about where this or that will lead, because I’m learning more and more each day that we may think we know where things are leading, but we really have no clue. So we should stop worrying about it, because what’s meant for us will come to us.
So, instead of trying to plan my next five steps I’m just going to focus on my next step. And even then, I want to be able to plan for that next step without forgetting to enjoy and appreciate my current stage of life or career. Because we all know how easy it is to get so caught up with our plans and how we’ll get there that we completely forget that the only place we can truly be is here and now.
Thank you all for reading my 2019 intentions and goals. I hope you’ve all also had a chance to reflect on what you want to be more mindful of in 2019 – tell me what some of your goals and intentions for next year are in the comments! Happy New Year!