Setting intentions for the new year is something I have been doing for 3 years now. It is so much better than setting resolutions that I forget about within the first week of January.
It all started with a friend asking to select a title for a book on my life back in March 2020. After a lot of thought, I decided the book of my life would be called Pause to Breathe. I had been struggling with things for years and needed to tell myself to stop running the race of life and take a pause to breathe.
Isn’t it funny how breathing is such a natural thing but we forget to breathe because we get so busy in our life?
However, it was not until December 2020 that I came across the term Intention of the Year and I realised Pause to Breathe had become my intention for 2020. All I focused on was my physical and mental health.
For 2021, I chose Focus on Voice and Explore to Grow as my intentions of the year. I didn’t set any goals in my mind. My Voice and Growth were things I wanted to work on – I didn’t know what exactly I wanted, I didn’t know what I was going to do and of course, I didn’t know how I was going to do it.
At the end of 2021, when I sat down to reflect on the year, I realised how I had expanded the scope of Focus on Voice and Explore to Grow. From becoming more confident to speak up on things I would rather stay quiet about to going on my first solo trip, I did things I had not even imagined I could do.
But there was another observation, 2021 was a difficult year too. I had multiple breakdowns and I realised I forgot to pause to breathe.
So, for 2022, I decided that while setting new intentions for the year, I would renew my previous intentions too. I chose Let it Go and Dream & Believe as my intentions for 2022.
As 2022 is coming to a close, I have been reflecting on the last 12 months and I see that I have been able to stick to all five intentions in some way or the other.
It was a beautiful year with its ups and downs. I discovered beautiful things about myself and took some important decisions about life. I see that one solo trip a year is becoming my thing. I understand better how important it is to spend time with family. I realise the value of health – physical, mental and emotional.
The ups of 2022 told me what I need to take forward with me to 2023 and the downs told me what I need to work on to become a better version of myself in the upcoming year. And so, here are the new intentions for 2023 – Protect the Orb and Live, Love, Laugh. The other five intentions are going for a renewal too.
I am excited to see what all these intentions have in store for me in 2023.
Do you set New Year resolutions, intentions or word of the year?
3 thoughts on “Intentions for 2023”
I like to make resolutions on my birthday instead of New Years Eve. My birthday is like my private new year starting.
But I like your idea of setting an intention on January 1st
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That’s awesome, Mark.
A friend of mine makes a birthday promise every year.
And I started buying a gift for myself on my birthday a few years ago.
I think it doesn’t matter when we set resolutions, intentions, make promises or get gifts for ourselves. It’s more about making it a tradition to bring about little changes in our lives.
I would like to get better at being kind to myself. I tried to work a bit on it during 2022 and there were (unfortunately) days when I failed to slow down. I would like to appreciate life a bit more. I would like to constantly remind myself that you do not have to work towards being the best 24*7.
We have got this! Happy New Year, my friend. 💜