Sometimes Mondays
Determined to Finish

Beginning with Intention

As I mentioned last week, I've been spending some time reflecting on my intentions for the coming year.  

I always enjoy the process of setting my intentions.  I usually brainstorm a long list of concepts -- and then I look for themes and commonalities.  Ultimately, I break my list down to 8-10 items -- and then I try to further distill each of them into simple 2- or 3-word phrases.

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Those phrases end up looking sort of . . . simple, but it takes a lot of time and thought to get there.  Each of those little phrases represents layers of, well . . . intention.  

I really find this practice of intention-setting meaningful and important for me.  I love to take some quiet time, with pen and paper, to work out how I want to live -- and what I want to invite into my life -- for the year.  

Next step?  Goals.  Once I set my intentions, the goals just kind of emerge from there -- becoming external manifestations of how I want to move forward.  I'm still working on my goals - or, as I prefer to think of it, my "action plan" -- but . . .

It always begins with intention!

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How about you?  Do you set intentions for the year?  If you do, how does it come together?

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