New Year, New Intentions

New Year, New Intentions

I am all about intentions over “resolutions.” One of my friends Jon Rosen, PsyD, put it really well today during our New Years Zoom Brunch: Instead of “resolving” to do things, what can we take with us into the new year, and what can we leave behind?

2020 was a whirlwind year for the entire human race – and I don’t think that the change to a new year is going to magically make all that happened in 2020 better, disappear, or more digestible. I do think that mindset changes everything, so I fully support the mindset shifts that happen with the chiming of midnight on December 31st each year.

All this being said, I love to share my personal intentions for the new year, making sure that they’re attainable to me. What’s attainable to you? What can you bring into the new year that wasn’t on your radar before?

  • Dance daily! Dance in the shower, dance when getting dressed, dance in between tasks. Leave the TV off, put some music on, and just move. Dancing releases so many feel-good hormones. Plus, it’s an incredibly fun way to add movement into the day. Just a little bit of movement with a good song is plenty. As a former dancer, my body responds so beautifully to moving this way. I am so excited to incorporate more of it into 2021.
  • 52 in 52 – books, that is. I did this last year as well, and it was such a fun “goal” – reading one book per week in 2021. I’ll be sharing the books that I’ll be reading, what I’m enjoying, and what hasn’t been as interesting to read. It’ll be a mix of fiction and non-fiction (in 2020, I read almost all fiction books – can’t wait to switch it up!)
  • Moving the phrases “need to” “have to” or “should” out of my vernacular. These tend to trigger shame and procrastination in my head. Therefore, out they go! No shame needed here, which leaves room only for things that bring us immense joy.

There are a few more goals that I have tailored to personal and professional development, but these are my main points this year.

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