I wrote last year about why I set intentions for the new year, not resolutions. Long story short, I think resolutions are a trap. A trap that tricks you into thinking you’re going to have a great year, full of change. But resolutions without matching intentional action plans are literally useless. If I’m speaking your language (or maybe more so if I’m not making any sense), click over to Ink’s blog, where I wrote all about HOW to set intentions that work. I outlined the methods I use to make big changes in my life, like starting a blog, growing my freelance business, and losing 30 pounds. Read it, please! Then come right back here.
Before I get started, a big shoutout to my life coaches from afar: Gretchen Rubin, Rachel Hollis, Brendon Burchard, Tony Robbins, and the almighty Oprah. I love you all. (Please take three minutes and watch that linked Oprah video. It is hysterical and also kind of makes me cry?)
Ok, without further ado, MY INTENTIONS FOR A FRUITFUL 2018:
Resolution: Grow The Fruitful Blog
I love this space and interacting with all of you, so I want to keep the momentum going! To do so, I will post at least once each week, improve my photography skills (would you believe I have a food photography book that I’ve never ever looked at, let alone studied?), take an Instagram training that I’ve been putting off, and create and maintain a Fruitful Facebook page.
Daily intention: engage with all of you on Instagram and via the comments section here
Weekly intentions: publish one blog post; listen to two personal development podcasts
Monthly intentions: take one class, training, or similar, and make an actual plan to implement the knowledge
Resolution: Invest in our marriage
I want to work with Grant to make more intentional time together. I’m often so busy with work, blogging, freelance deadlines, and seeing friends during the week, that time with G is scheduled last. That needs to change! Daily intention: find intentional moments to talk and connect, even on days where we barely see each other (Ideas for this: sitting at the table for dinner, even if it’s just leftovers; have coffee together in the morning, even if it’s just for 10 minutes; give up my reading time in the evening for conversation instead (this one will be really hard!))
Weekly intention: have one planned, purposeful date
Monthly intention: read and discuss one chapter from a book about marriage, relationships, or communication (yes, this is terribly dorky 😍)
Resolution: Cozy our home (cozy can be a verb, ok!)
Right now, our house is full of renovation projects, college furniture, and clutter. A big, huge 2018 priority for the Wallaces is to create more liveable space in the house so we can actually enjoy it. We need to declutter, decorate, invest in furniture, and organize.
Daily intention: put things back where I found them (I am terrible at this); keep up with the dishwasher (clear kitchen counters make me SO happy, but they’re almost always covered with dishes 🙈)
Weekly intentions: declutter one room, closet, or area; actually take donations to Goodwill (drop-off on the way to get groceries!)
Monthly intentions: check off one bigger project: cleaning out my “closet” (a whole guest bedroom); move my office to the lightest, brightest guest bedroom; declutter and organize the basement; buy living room furniture; remodel the master bath; etc; etc; etc (This one will be hard, as some of these projects cost big money. I’ll revise as we go, with the solid intention of completing a major project each month.)
Resolution: Get even stronger
2018 is just another year on my eternal quest to build my best, strongest body that will enable me to lift heavy things, carry snuggly babies, and outrun a possible murderer. I’ll keep spinning, zumba-ing, and lifting heavy things.
Daily intentions: exercise! Every day. No matter what.; avoid food splurges that aren’t “worth it” (homemade chocolate cake is worth it, and so are occasional Cheez-Its, but gas station donuts are a no from me, dawg)
Weekly intentions: do something that seems “too hard.” The only way I’ll see a real change in strength is to PUSH MYSELF.
Resolution: Save money
We’ve got big things to pay for this year — renovations, furniture, a trip or two — and I don’t need to be spending money on random stuff.
My role model here is Jordan Paige from Fun Cheap or Free. She has SO MANY good ideas for saving money and still living life.
Daily intentions: No makeup except for essentials (yes to replacing foundation and concealer, but no new glittery eyeshadows 😩); no clothes except for absolute essentials
Weekly intentions: Maintain my weekly grocery and “other” spending budget (watch this great video if you want to know more); meal plan based on the contents of my pantry, not the contents of my Pinterest
Monthly intentions: Transfer the budget surplus every month into savings account
I’ll be updating you all throughout the year on my progress, don’t worry! And, in case you’re curious, I’ll be using PowerSheets to track my progress, and, as always, a combination of the Simplified Planner and my Google Calendar to schedule it all.
For way more advice about setting your own intentions, read my article over on Ink’s blog today.
What are your intentions for a more fruitful 2018?
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