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2015 New Year's Intentions

Tuesday, January 06, 2015carly

It's been a while since my last post. Don't worry, I didn't forget about you, I just took time to practice what I preach. The holiday season is the time to slow down and connect with your friends and family, so I took a break form blogging and social media and instead focused on me. But now that all the celebrations have ended and people are headed back to school and work, I figured it was time for me to get back at it too!

From Carly, With Love

The New Year has always been seen as a time of change, a time to commit to bettering yourself. Each year people make a list of resolutions that often include things such as going to the gym, eating healthy, quitting smoking, etc. And after about a month, we get too busy in our lives and forget these resolutions were ever made until the following December when we feel bad for forgetting about them and scramble to meet all our goals before the year is over.

Instead of resolutions, I, like many of my fellow yoginis and boho babes out there, prefer to set intentions. So what's the difference?

Resolutions seem to be based on 'wants' or 'needs'. They give off an "I'm not good enough" vibe and so the focus of them seems to be on fixing yourself - assuming that there's a problem with you that needs to be solved.

Intentions on the other hand are about embracing who you are. They focus on the inner you, your soul, and they help you find a way to let your natural light shine through. Intentions are all about self-awareness. They reflect who you are on the inside and allow you to change yourself from the inside out, not 'fix' yourself from the outside in.

By setting intentions for ourselves, we can create a sense of balance and alignment within our life. Intentions help you to rid your mind of negative thinking patterns and behaviours and replace those with habits that add some focus to your life. They help you to align who you are at the present moment, with who you truly want to be by finding harmony amongst your dreams, goals and passions.

So what are my intentions for 2015? 

Recently I've been trying to organize all my thoughts, ideas and dreams in my head into some kind of life plan. I've been trying to eliminate a lot of the stressors in my life and ultimately work on finding peace and happiness. So my main intention for 2015 is to be the creator of my own life. I want to follow my own path without feeling like I have to live up to other people's expectations. I want to be truly myself (a person who has become lost over the last few years) even if who I am isn't recognized within society as who a 25 year old Canadian girl should be. My intentions to help me along this journey are to be present at all times, to learn to forgive, to accept what is and to create a deeper connection with nature. Some activities that will help me achieve these are practicing yoga daily, journaling and finding the time to incorporate more travel and adventure into my life.

The New Year is a time of rebirth. Set some intentions to guide you along your journey, just remember to be gentle with yourself.

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  1. Love this—you can tell we have similar thoughts on the subject! "Thinking patterns and behaviours" is a great way to describe what we are trying to change. Being present at all times is a great goal—and the real meaning of living in the moment in my opinion. I wish you the best of luck in all these areas—and know you will accomplish it! xx


    1. Thanks so much Rebecca. It's nice to see that we share similar values and interests :) Good luck to you as well in achieving your 2015 intentions. We'll have to check in with each other at the end of the year and see how we have grown based on our plan to live with more intention! xx