2016: The year of intentional living

As we enter the last few days of 2015, I have taken time out to reflect on the events and actions we as a family and I myself have taken over this time. I decided this time last year not to set myself any goals or intentions as I felt I wanted a year without direction and drive, to see what would happen.

It really opened my eyes.

It felt liberating at the time, not to have anything to achieve, a year of doing whatever we felt like at that moment.

Yet I also felt as though I was drifting rudderless throughout the year, having nothing to achieve seemed to lead to little ambition to do anything.

So for 2016, I have decided that rather than setting goals, I am going to set ourselves intentions, both family ones and personal ones.

My personal intentions are:

1. Take time out to do something that makes me smile at least once each day.

2. Join in with Circle of Pine Trees reading challenge.3. Be more organised in our home and with my studies.

4. Journal daily.

5. Spend quality time with each family member individually.

6. Spend less time online.

7. De-clutter half of our possessions.

8. Cook more meals from scratch.

9. Do one thing each month that is outside my comfort zone.

10. Exercise at least 3 times a week.

I have created an intentions page within my planner so that I can track our progress as setting intentions without being able to follow our achievements is pointless and I know I’d fail within the first month. I hope to share this and my other organisational tools in the coming months.

To find out more, check out how to set your intentions in 2016 

Would love to hear some of your intentions for the coming year in the comments below.

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12 Comment

  1. That looks like a good list of intentions. I definitely need to spend less time on the computer and more time cooking healthy food and exercising too. Happy new year and good luck with these intentions.

  2. That's a great list of things to focus on for 2016.

    I like having something to work toward and I love thinking of what I want to achieve and how I'm going to do it x

  3. I think that's a great list, I'm not 100% positive what I want to achieve this coming year but I know I want to take awhile to reflect on what I want to achieve

  4. I completely agree with you honey – measurability is all whether it comes to goals, resolutions or intentions. Love your intentions for 2016 and a very Happy 2016 to you all X (Commenting from The Joy Chaser too!)

  5. I completely agree with you honey – measurability is all whether it comes to goals, resolutions or intentions. Love your intentions for 2016 and a very Happy 2016 to you all X (Commenting from The Joy Chaser too!)

  6. Bek B says: Reply

    This is a fab list. I intend to organise my time better so I have an improved work/life balance. I also aim to write in my Happiness diary each day this year. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  7. I don't tend to make new years resolutions but we will write a list of places we want to visit in 2016

  8. I'm going to join you in the reading challenge. I've got a bookcase full of books that I haven't read yet. I got lots more books for Christmas and my, 'to read' list must be close to 70 books now!

  9. I like your New Year's intentions. I plan to do more reading this year too.

  10. We do intentions too. I was looking back at our 2015 ones and loved that the husbeast had "be grouchy with style"!

  11. Happy New Year! They are great intentions, Good Luck with them all. I just haven't time to read at the moment. Kaz x

  12. I love these intentions and I try as much as I can to do something outside my comfort zone x

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