Finding Balance & Happiness: Creating Intentions vs. Setting Goals

4 years ago
since we're mid-way through the year, i wanted to check-in and revisit my intentions for 2013. i wrote intentions instead of resolutions because i liked the idea of creating goals for the type of year i wanted to have, rather than a list of year-long to-do items.
just like i'm trying to shift the focus from working out x times a week to living a healthy lifestyle, my 2013 intentions are more about creating balance and happiness than crossing things off a list. 
illustration: cate parr

while there is always room for improvement, i'm happy to say that i have been able to find more balance and time to unplug and reconnect by:

  • committing to no more than 2-3 blog posts per week
  • frequently going on outings without my phone
  • reading and writing more often
  • going to yoga more often
  • taking a week-long, technology-free vacation with my husband
  • working on creative projects and DIYs
i'm slowly, but surely redefining what productivity and success means to me both professionally and at home, which has stemmed from examining what i'm passionate about, what i'm good at, and how i want to spend my time. i don't have everything figured out and, at times i still feel like i don't know what i want to be when i grow up, but simply bringing awareness to it is helping me gain clarity. i'm also putting more emphasis on caring for myself and my relationships. i believe self-care is key to a happy life and healthy relationships and i plan to write more about it in the near future.
if anything, my intentions for the year have made me realize that we have to give ourselves permission to create the kind of life that will fulfill us. even if that means paving new ways and challenging societal norms and familial pressure. it means taking risks, pursuing our passions, and carving out our own definition of a meaningful life.
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