Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Year's resolutions anyone??

I totally agree with Andrea Scher, who said that "I've never been a fan of New Year's resolutions. They don't work! I find that they are short-lived, totally uninspiring and make you feel really bad about yourself. Resolutions are a setup for failure!"

Well... maybe this is a good one: WEAR MORE PEARLS! At least that are the intentions of my girls... they totally fell in love with these custom jewelry I bought for the photo shoot and now they like to wear them all the time... OK that is an easy one! LOL

However, I believe it's because we are not inspired by deprivation... "I will stop drinking coffee this year! I will stop yelling at my kids, stop snacking at night, lose weight, and work harder" All those things sound like a big drag and imply that there is something WRONG with you.

I propose a different way. Instead, create lists of intentions that get you truly inspired {remember that the word "inspire" is about giving breath, giving life} "I am committed to exploring the most delicious varieties of organic black and green teas from around the world" or "I intend to create a peaceful, nourishing home life for my kids."

Simply reframing your intentions make them so much more inviting and fun to pursue. They are also much more likely to get you moving.

These are some lists I often think about at the end of each year:

Things I learned in 2010:

10 things I am grateful for:

10 things I intend to create in my life in 2011:

And finally, the kicker- the Mondo Beyondo list. This is the list of things that are outrageous, wild, and may not even happen for 5 or 10 years from now. This is the list of things that are SO JUICY and unlikely to happen that you are afraid to even write them down. This might be the most important list of all!

{This is where the trip to Tibet goes, the gallery show for your paintings, meeting your favorite movie star, owning a home in Belize, or whatever makes you grin and feel jazzy just thinking about} If this list isn't really fun to make, you're not using your imagination. Think big! This is your Mondo Beyondo.

The great thing about these lists is that you don't need to believe they will happen as you write them. Simply the act of writing is a show of faith... even if you're thinking "yeah, right" as you jot them down. You will be amazed by your ability to manifest. You will astound yourself with what you can create by putting pen to paper. Post your list somewhere you can see it and read it every few days. Maybe put it in your wallet in that little window where the photos go? or in your medicine cabinet.
(Inspirations I got here)

You can even post a few of your intentions for the year here and give me a few points to think about!

Have a good one!


Leah and Maya said...

Holy smokes that is gorgeous picturs of the girls, I really love it! you better from it and hang it in your house!!!!!
no time for resolutions I've never made them before. I just want to appreciate our health and enjoy life!

Maci Miller said...

I agree with Leah - that is a beautiful shot!

As for the resolutions...I do definitely like calling them intentions better. But really, no matter what you call them, I love em! Always been one to write lists. Just the matter of writing my goals/hopes/dreams/intentions down seems to get me going in the right direction. I don't beat myself up if I'm not perfect anymore, but I love having something to shoot for. Love doing grateful lists, too, and BOY if you saw my DREAM SHEET or LIFE LIST (as I call it). It's changed over the years, but MY, when I was younger it was 4 pages long! :-)


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