After a short break over Christmas and New Year, I came back with so many ideas for new blog posts, and a new vigour for The Loud Library and what I want to mould it into for you as the reader this year.
But, I wanted to start off the year with something special. A short outlook on what I am looking forward to in 2018 and my intentions and goals for the year. I hope that me sharing this with you will give you a better sense of how actively seeking my Happiness has helped me to Rediscover my Spark, and I hope you will discover yours in 2018 as well.
At the end of 2017 I took some time to think about what 2018 will mean to me. One exercise I tried was Jess Lively’s 60 Second Intuition Mini Course. I spent quite some time last year reading up about Intuition (the academic in me) and I liked the idea of setting intentions that align with your intuition for a new year (but more on that later). I also learnt in this mini course to listen to my intuition. The more time I took to listen to my heart (which is where I believe my intuition comes from), the more the word GO popped up.
Since hearing the word for the first time I’ve been hearing and seeing it in a number of different forms and things; Go For It, Go With It, Go Forward, Let Go, Go With the Flow. I also found a deeper spiritual meaning in GO as an acronym for God Only.
At first, I thought it was silly, but the more I allowed myself to listen to my inner voice, the more the word GO manifested itself.
So, I have accepted GO as my word for 2018 and I believe it will guide me through whatever this year throws at me. Whether it’s new adventures, deepening my spiritual practice and working on doing my bit to help save the environment and inspire others to do the same.
By listening to my intuition and keeping the word GO in mind, I set a few intentions for myself for 2018. This year I tried to keep my goals and intentions separately simply because I believe they are really very different things and add value to a life in very different ways.
Let me explain: For me, Goals are structured things you want to achieve or attain. They can usually be measured in some way or another. My one main goal for this year is to swim Midmar Mile in February. I’ve been training for 6 months and it’s something I can set a very physical goal for.
Intentions on the other hand, I believe, are general actions, lifestyle changes or perceptions you want to manifest. These might not have physical time frames or dates on which they need to be achieved, but can be incorporated into your life at any time. I believe that intentions are things you can’t really fail at. At times you are a bit more in tune with your intentions and other times your attention shifts from your intentions for a while.
If you’re still confused, here are my intentions for 2018:
- Live more eco-friendly at home and at work
- Run more
- Write more (blogging and other writing)
- Cook more and find joy in cooking
- Learn to do proper makeup
- Live in every moment
Sometimes simple is better. Unlike goals or resolutions, intentions are less urgent and can cause less stress because you are allowing yourself to reach your intentions through a number of paths.
I hope that you will allow yourself to set intentions that make you Happy and help you find joy in life. We live in a very confusing, fractured world, and sometimes we can get lost. By setting a couple of intentions and letting go of the pressures of goals and time frames, I hope you will be able to rediscover your spark in 2018.
*Hope you enjoyed some of my short holiday photos at the coast in South Africa. Will do a proper Durban post next week!