Happy New Year! I hope 2019 is off to an amazing start for everyone! I always post my New Years resolutions, but this year I decided to make intentions instead. Really, it is the same thing, but the word intention shifts the tone for me. I used to set such unrealistic goals for myself, and then beat myself up when I didn’t reach them. So, this year I cultivated a list of doable intentions that I believe will shift my life in 2019. For me, it’s about keeping the ideas specific, yet also broad. For example, I used to set a goal of how many pounds I wanted to lose, but instead of that limited goal, I now intend to simply eat healthy, because that is more achievable and cannot be shut down by the number on the scale. With that, here is my list of intentions for 2019, enjoy!
Practice yoga every day.
I mean, obviously this made #1 on the list! Practicing yoga could be asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, not flipping someone off on the Meadowbrook Parkway, just simply one thing a day that contributes to making me a better yogi and overall person.
Write every day.
Whether it’s scribbling something down, writing a poem, or sitting down and grinding out a blog post or essay, writing every day is important to keep my mind and craft fresh.
Eat healthy 80% of the week.
This technique I learned from doing The Perfect Body Yoga Program and let me tell you, it does WONDERS. Pretty much, you eat non-processed, all natural foods during the week (80%) and then on the weekends (the remaining 20%) you can indulge in your cravings! This program really worked for me (along with the yoga portion) so I am going to incorporate this form of healthy eating back into my life.
Practice saying NO.
You guys, this is a HUGE one for me. In 2019 it’s my work as a human being to practice saying no to people and things that do not serve me, and not feeling guilty about it.
Spend more time outside.
Time in nature is really therapeutic for me and there are so many places to explore. Even a few moments outside can cure a multitude of ills!
Read 20 books.
As a writer, reading is obviously a huge part of my life. However, with school, it’s often hard for me to read for pleasure. I have my list of 20 books that I can share later that I cannot wait to crack open this year!
Complete first draft of my book.
I’ve been working tirelessly on an essay collection that I am SUPER excited about. I’d love to have the first draft done by the end of this year so I can take the next steps to get it published!
I’ve been using trial and error to find a good skincare routine for myself and there is still a long ways to go, but I am dedicating myself to the cause. My go-to moisturizer that has been life-changing is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and I am on the lookout for other products to help my skin.
I have some REALLY big travel plans in 2019 that I need to plan and am really looking forward to. I graduate college in May and cannot wait to explore more of this gorgeous world.
Submit work to publications.
This year I want to begin submitting work to kickstart my writing career. There may be some rejections, but hopefully some successes as well!
Plank every day.
I am in a Facebook Group called “Daily Plank Motivation” with my yogi community and we all hold each other accountable for planking every day. Whether it’s 1 minute or 10, the discipline and strength building is undeniable!
My friends and I had #selflove2018, and I am continuing it right into the New Year! I am always doing work on loving myself and it never stops. In 2019 I am going to focus more on myself and what makes me happy. As Toni Morrison wrote, “You are your best thing.”
Spend time alone.
In 2018 I took my first solo trip to Philly and it was the most positive experience I am craving more! It’s important for me to take time to be with myself to reflect, relax, and restore. I used to not be able to be alone for even an hour, but now alone time is one of my favorite parts of my day, it’s all about practice.
Bad habits, bad people, there is no room for it in my 2019. By eliminating things that no longer serve me I can make room for better things to come.
Step outside my comfort zone.
I want to try new things, see new places, and do things that scare me this year. It’s sometimes hard to step out of our safe little worlds, but there is so much else out there just waiting to be seen.
I want to really build up this site and share more, so hold me accountable! I love blogging and have so much to say so I am really going to try to be more consistent with content in 2019.
Graduate from Hofstra.
This is probably the scariest thing on the list, and yet it’s happening in FOUR MONTHS….AHHH. But it is a huge accomplishment that I am looking forward to and know will open so many doors.
Be more positive.
This one is important. Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring so much more positivity. I want to lead a happy life and so I am going to try to do a better job of looking on the bright side and surrounding myself with positive people.
Take lots of pictures.
I want to grow my photography portfolio professionally, but I also want to just take more pictures of my every day life. I’ve always been that friend who is snapping pictures, and especially with graduation on the horizon, I want to make sure to capture all the special moments.
I have always struggled with this, though yoga has helped me tremendously. I want to truly immerse myself in the present moment and appreciate it before it is gone. Life is short and fleeting and by being more present I can soak up all of its beauty.
So there you have it, my intentions for 2019! What are yours?