January Reflection and Intention Setting for 2020

 Article by Macy Graham

Welcome to a new decade! Is it just me or does 2020 feel like something straight out of the Jetsons? This year seems so far into the future, I can already feel big shifts happening for our society as a whole. I believe we are in a time of awakening. We are finally starting to see that if we don’t take care of our Earth, then we are going to suffer. People are more conscious of the foods they are eating, the ingredients in beauty and home products, and they actually care about consuming the way that they do. With that being said, we still have a long way to go to end global warming, provide clean water for all, stop human trafficking, and like our buddy Smokey the Bear says, prevent forest fires. Like anything, the more educated we are, the better we’re going to feel about our decision to either support it, or not.

 I think our decisions all tie back to our personal values, and what is important to us. Take a moment to look back through your phone at all your pictures and calendar events in 2019. Grab a pen and paper and write down all the highlights from your yearthe things that really made you feel like the best, most expressed version of yourself. On another piece of paper, write down everything that didn’t go wellthe times that were really challenging or didn’t go as planned. It’s important to reflect on not just the good times, but also the hard times, too. That way, you can enter the New Year with a clean slate, lessons learned, and clarity on what exactly it is that you want.

With the month of January comes new intentions to create goals or a plan for the year ahead. Most people are either “for” or “against” setting New Year intentions. I personally love coming up with a word or mantra that will help guide all of my actions for the year. In the past I’ve used “stay present” and “abundance” and in 2019 my word was “consistent.” The key is to keep your intentions simple, tangible, and concrete. You want them to be something you look forward to doing, that improves your state of being, and will reward you positively. Any intention that feels like punishment, or causes guilt or shame, is creating more harm than good, which is probably why you have always despised New Year intentions. It’s good to challenge yourself, set dates on your goals, and to be specific about what you want to achieve. In the end, you have to remember to always be your own best friend.

Something else I have grown to love is creating vision boards. A vision board is a poster filled with cut outs from your favorite magazines with inspirational quotes, places you’d like to travel; images of food, milestones, and really anything that you want to manifest in your life. I do one for the New Year, but you could also do a five-year, seasonal, or lifetime vision board if you want! It’s so fun to see what images stand out and inspire you to live a life in alignment with your best self.

Patience Hooks and I are hosting a Women’s Vision Board 2020 Workshop on Saturday, January 18 from 12 to 3 p.m. at The Club at Ravenna’s La Bella Vita Fitness Center. You must be a member of the Women of 80125 Facebook group (click the link to join!) or La Bella Vita Fitness community to attend. The workshop is $35 and proceeds are donated to local human trafficking educators. Guarantee your spot by pre-ordering tickets via Venmo: Patience-Hooks.

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