I love the New Year. It's a chance for me to hit the reset button. After a month and a half of holidays that may include binge eating, binge tv watching, and binge drinking, New Year’s give me a time to reset, get back on the horse, and start fresh by setting some intentions for the next year. During the holiday season, our family is lucky enough to get two weeks off (as you know Eric is a teacher and I work for a great organization called Music in Schools Today.) So our family is fortunate enough to be able to take some time off from our daily grind, be together, travel and have a chunk of time where we sit down as a family and set some goals for the new year.
We all know that the odds of New Year's resolutions actually occurring are like 10% . Most goals and resolutions fail because there is no meaning behind them. Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to fit into those jeans you've been wanting to get into, or is it more about having the energy to chase a dream, a goal or maybe your toddler around the house? Why do you want to come home at a decent time from work? Is it because you think you work too much or is it really because you want to make more meaningful connections with your friends, your partner, your kids or work on a hobby? What is truly the reason why you want to make a change in your life?
So where is my rants leading to? Well, on New Year's Eve my friends and family to a little activity. First, we envision our future selves: what are we doing, where are we living etc. Then we take turns lighting candles and sharing small intentions that we believe might take us to our future selves. What you hear are somethings like this:
I want to eat healthier and exercise daily so that I can do things with my daughter without being winded
I want to take my mom on a date and get to know her outside of our routines
I want to disconnect from social media more often to read more books
I want to come home from work by 5 o'clock so that I can play music
More than anything, it's really cool to see what other people are thinking, hoping and planning for. What you choose to do with this exercise after you do it, is up to you. I like to write mine down (usually adding more), and sometimes I like to put dates by it to get the intention done by a certain time. There are times when I don't address an intention. However, by writing it down, I can always revisited and add that intention to next year's list if I so desire.
If you're looking for a more structured way of goal-setting I can recommend a few books or free resources. I would also love to hear some of your goals for 2017. I think more than ever, it's important to support each other. So from us here at HandBrewed Soaps, we wish you the best 2017 has to offer.