I don’t do resolutions. I have a hard enough time getting things done on the daily. Picking up prescriptions, grocery shopping and depositing checks take a surprising amount of energy. After a day of errands and completing my to-do list I usually reward myself with a bowl of ice cream or disgustingly sweet milk tea. And resolutions are like REALLY big to-dos.
I paint in broader strokes. I like big ideas, big pictures. The details, I don’t care so much about. I’m pretty much the opposite of a micro-manager. I like strategy and I consider myself pragmatic – but at the end of the day, my life decisions are based largely on feeling and intuition.
A few years ago I heard an alternative to the tradition of New Years resolutions. Instead, I set an intention for the year – a single word to describe how I think the year will go, how I can purposely lean into the word, and how I can grow through the word in the year.
My word for 2017: A D V E N T U R E.
Because I am doing things I’ve never done before.
Because adventures are full of fun and laughter.
Because I am a risk-taker.
Because adventures contain an element of surprise – there is no knowing the future.
Because when I think of adventure, I think of the people I will adventure with.
Because adventures make great stories – and I’ve got a story to tell.
Because adventures can be scary, but I know the fear will pass with the next bend in the path.
Because I was made to stand tall in who I’m created to be, no matter the large trees casting shadows on the ground right now.
Because the adventurous life is hard, but the adventurous life is so good.