I’m not usually one to set New Year’s resolutions. Like statistics prove, I usually fail to uphold my resolution after a couple of weeks-old habits always die hard. For 2016, I decided to take a different approach based on something yoga has taught me.
Every time I get on my yoga mat I set an intention for my practice. Yoga teaches you to set an intention so you can come back to it in a difficult pose or if your mind is wandering off the mat. In 2016, I applied this and set two intentions for year: to be grateful and to be present.
At the beginning of 2016 I was living with my mom. A year and half out of college, I had a full-time job in my hometown and was living at home to save money. I wanted to travel. I wanted to apply to graduate school. I wanted to move out of my mom’s and away from my hometown. I just wanted- no, needed a change. I didn’t like where I was, but I didn’t know which way to go next.
Within a week of New Year’s I moved into my own tiny rental house. Later that month, I traveled to Peru with my cousin Brett. That spring I took trips to Washington DC, California, and Nashville with some of my closest friends. In June, I applied and got accepted to Northwestern University’s Masters of Health Communications program. I took a trip to Ireland and London with two best friends from college. In November, I moved to Australia to work as an au pair until I return to the states for grad school. It was a year full of adventures and more fun then I could have possibly imagined. I achieved everything I’d hoped and I fully believe my intentions guided me to them.
By focusing on what I was grateful for I found more joy in the little parts of each day, which helped me stop worrying about things that I can’t control. I appreciated close friendships I’ve had since highschool and college. I appreciated having family close by and having a job working with so many wonderful people. I appreciated having my own home, that was in a perfect location and gave me my first expereince living alone. By appreciating the things that were right in my life and stopped focusing on all of things that felt wrong.
For 2017, my intentions are again to stay present- I need more work on that one- and to let go. Let go of things that aren’t meant for me. Let go of relationships that aren’t healthy. Let go of fear of what the future may or may not hold. Let go of expectations- mine and other people’s. Hopefully these intentions will lead to a year that is just as amazing as the last.
I hope everyone has a blessed and happy 2017. Cheers!