I don’t believe in setting New Year’s goals. I believe in intentions.  Goals stress me out. I’m such a list maker by nature, always looking for ways to improve or do more, that goals don’t serve me well.  They make me feel as though I’m not doing enough.  And what’s the point of that?

I am beginning 2016 with a reminder to myself that I am, in fact, enough just like this.  I am doing enough. I am here to be a human BEing, not a human DOing.  And so, intentions. Not goals. Conscious wishes that I will keep in my heart, and tend to daily. (I hope).

First – to keep life simple.  To clear my clutter, to stay in the present moment. To give myself space, to trust the process, to continue the journey of being gentle.  To listen to my body and respect it’s requests, to rest more, to stay open, to ground into quiet every day.  And that’s about it. With those things, my heart will tell me what is next.  I don’t need to push too hard.

My hope this year is to actually believe that. I don’t need to push. I don’t need lists to make me better. I don’t need to complete everything at once or take on too much.  In fact, I plan to do less. To feel more. And stay in that space – for thats where the magic happens.

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was a coloring book, along with my very own coloring supplies. It has been lovely, simply lovely, to sit down and color. To enjoy time doing something for no purpose other than for the sake of making something beautiful. Like I did before my brain told me I was supposed to be “doing” things.


That’s what I want this year. To feel like it is ok, a good thing, the best thing, to sit back and color.  For that ease and peace in my own heart. For really, the saying, the song is true – Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.  There is no peace unless there is peace within my own heart.

May 2016 be the year of peace within me.

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