It’s the time of year when people take to the blogosphere and social media and declare things like:

“I hate New Year’s resolutions!”

“Resolutions are stupid!”

“Time to make another set of resolutions I won’t be keeping.”

And psychologists, counselors, life coaches, and weight loss specialists take to the morning shows and pipe in with:

“If you want to keep your resolutions this year, you need to … (insert sage advice).”

“New Year’s resolutions can be a great tool to … (insert goal.)”

“Resolutions are just another way to set yourself up for failure.  Instead of resolutions … .”

You know the drill.

You won’t get any of that from me.  I actually really like the practice of setting an intention for the coming year.  I don’t get all wrapped up in it.  I don’t think in terms of “success” or “failure.”  I just like to specify one or two things that I want to give a little extra attention.

This year’s intention is heavily influenced by the arrival of Baby A.  Because of her, I will have only one intention.  I don’t have the energy to think of or execute any more than that.  And also because of her, my intention is this:

I will do what I can to get more sleep.

There’s a lot about sleeping I can’t control.  I can’t make my baby sleep more.  But I can work on when I get in bed myself.

Making this my intention means that others things that I really value will have to be pushed down the list of priorities.  And that’s okay – it’s tough, but it’s okay.  They are things that matter – time alone, time to read, time with my husband, time with friends, etc.  I don’t want to sacrifice them.  But I know they need to take a bit of a backseat until the wee one moves to the next stage of development and I get more shut-eye.

What about you guys?  What intentions have you set for 2013?  What sacrifices are you going to have to make to execute them?

4 Responses to “2013 : Setting an Intention”

  1. on 01 Jan 2013 at 9:50 amhot Nai Nai

    Resolution is the same every year. It covers alot of territory but easier to stick to. I just aim to be a better person this year then last. How I try to do it changes day to day month to month depending on the events at the time.
    My biggest pet peeve of the new year is all the ads for quick weight loss and “the perfect body” Therefore New Years Day is one day of the year that I will not diet. It is my protest.

  2. on 01 Jan 2013 at 11:51 pmCarl Peterson

    And I thought I was the only one that gave it one last shot on New Years Day. Too much football and the Rose Parade, os my goal was to do away with the the candy and the cookies. Mission Accomplished. The walking has started, as one thing I plan to do is walk at least 30 minutes each day, Sundays are a day of rest. At one point I had walked every day for over a year and a half, so time to get back to it. Amazing how a nice walk can give you energy and lighten your load. Other things are to follow but for now, plan to eat healthier, pray more, and be more connected to friends and family. Facebook will not really count, so plan to reach out more to more people.
    God Bless and Happy New Year.

  3. on 02 Jan 2013 at 2:05 pmChrista Crawford

    I’ve been noticing the backlash against resolutions, too. I get why people are tired of making resolutions that they never keep, but I personally like the idea of a fresh start at something.

  4. on 02 Jan 2013 at 2:40 pmKristine Rudolph

    Me, too! And yes, Jan 1 is an arbitrary marker. One can start anew on any given day. But, just like other holidays give us moments to reflect on things like gratitude, family, etc. I like having one where we think about what we’d like to do differently.

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