Some New Year’s Thoughts

Hello, friends!  A new, fresh year is upon us!  January is cold, crisp, and exciting.  January is the month that, generally, people make promises for the coming year and there is a lot of enthusiasm behind said promises.  However, if you live in a similar climate as me, it’s been extremely cold since 2017 started, and all I really want to do is curl up with my cat and a blanket, and I don’t feel very proactive…

But, let’s talk a little bit about resolutions.  I’m just as guilty as the next person about having grand ideas about who I want to be, what I want to look like, or what I want to do.  This year, however, I’ve moved away from making “resolutions” and instead have crafted some affirmations around my goals and my word of the year.

My word for 2017 is “practice.”  On my Instagram feed I wrote this about my word: “There are a lot of things in my life that I want to ramp up and build a practice around.  The word, to me, implies ritual and imperfection, it reminds me to work a little bit each day toward my goals.  Be those goals health related, to read a book, to go deeper spiritually, to use my cards, to play my ukulele, to write a bit each day… covers a little bit of everything…We’re not perfect, life isn’t perfect, and that’s why we practice — to get things a little better each time.”

With that in mind, and with the help with of my Many Moons workbook, I worked out some intentions and affirmations for the coming year.  I don’t want to call them resolutions exactly because while they aren’t specific goals, (as in “I want to lose 60 pounds”), they are (as said above) practices that I want to build up over this year.  I do have specific end goals in mind, but I want to focus on the intention and practices behind the goals.

The workbook explains affirmations and how they can help to alter thought patterns and habits.  I found the section helpful in crafting my own affirmations, as I didn’t have much experience writing them before.  The book calls affirmations mini-spells, which I really like.  As such, I went on to craft some affirmations to bolster my intentions for 2017.

My overall affirmation for 2017 is, “My goals are not a chore; they are so that I can be a better me.”  I wrote this affirmation keeping my 2017 word, practice, in mind.  I actually really like this affirmation because I tend to view my daily goals as something to be checked off a list.  But really my goals are not something mundane (a chore), they are dynamic, and are intended to help me improve myself.

The workbook then asks “what is waiting to be manifested” for the rest of 2017.  It breaks down goals into sections, and asks us to pick two goals for each section.  I went a step further and crafted an affirmation for each section to reinforce my intentions for the year.  Below, I list what I’ve come up with.

1.  Spend my (free) time on activities that I enjoy/make me happy and could also potentially add revenue to my budget (i.e., writing and card reading).
2.  Work to pay off student loans, so that true saving can begin.
Affirmation:  “I spend my time and money in beneficial ways.”

1.  Practice ukulele three times per week.
2.  Dedicate myself to spiritual development.
Affirmation:  “Practice is a part of ritual and learning.”

Physical body/Health
1.  Drink more smoothies (particularly at work) and more water.
2.  Work out more, particularly at home weights and yoga, three times per week.
Affirmation:  “I nourish and care for my body appropriately.”

1.  Build up a meditative practice, three times per week.
2.  Take ritual baths one time per week.
Affirmation:  “I give myself space to relax and open up.”

My focus this year is going to be on the affirmations.  I really like the idea of keeping the affirmations central to my actions this year.  The goals that I have written are more guidelines; if I don’t accomplish the “three times per week,” I won’t beat myself up about it.  The affirmations are meant to keep my intentions on track.

Have you made any resolutions this year?  Do you like to use affirmations?  Let me know in the comments!  I hope you all have a great 2017!

exploringly yours,
Alaina xx

Author: Alaina

writer + explorer

11 thoughts on “Some New Year’s Thoughts”

  1. With such an extensive list, Practice as a word for 2017 will keep you balanced. This word holds the promise of each new day a new beginning. Love it!

  2. I’m all about zero resolutions because they just feel like I’m setting myself up for failure. I am all about affirmations though. And ritual baths…Yes…These are good. 🙂

  3. I like your word “practice.” It fits with my own view on “this is enough” sort of thinking. In other words, you want to be more physically active, so you decide to power walk 7 days a week. It seems reasonable and doable. The first week is great. Then in week 2 you get a cold and only end up walking for 4 days. You start to feel that you’re off track, and maybe it’s too much to maintain, so instead of resetting the goal, you just stop walking altogether. If you change that thought to “even once is enough” it starts to feel easier to accomplish more, without the pressure of meeting a bar that will ultimately fluctuate over time. Actually, I just realized today that I have been blogging since 2013!!! I couldn’t believe it’s been that long. I have sometimes given myself a hard time if I have a month where I only post three times… but looking back, I’ve posted every month of the last four years, which in itself is an accomplishment I can feel good about. Maybe this is an example of micro vs macro thinking 😉

    1. Yes!!! Your walking example is exactly what I’m aiming for. And, let’s be real, these first two weeks didn’t work out exactly as I had wanted, but I’m hoping to make it better next week 🙂

      That’s so awesome that you’ve been blogging since 2013!!! How awesome, it’s an amazing accomplishment. Keep it up girl!

      1. Ha! Thanks 😉 Yeah, I wasn’t keeping track so I think it was particularly surprising for that reason. Yep, I bet you will be successful with working out, and especially if you have “guidelines” and are gentle with yourself. I suppose it’s better to be able to say “I worked out every week in the last year” even if some of those weeks you only managed a day or two. And you know… I need to get on that train 😉

      2. We could all probably do better with it :P! Thanks for your support, it means a lot :). Speaking of blogging milestones, I just made my 100th post on my blog since, erm, like 2011? 100 posts quite spread out haha….

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