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 These days I don’t hear many people talk about making New Year’s Resolutions. A trend I have seen over the last few years is the tradition of choosing a guiding word for the year. I have been intrigued by this idea, but didn’t think I’d do it until several things occured to make my word find me rather than the other way around.

1. I was telling my child about how some people do this. I remember where I was on the road when this conversation took place. I then said “I don’t know what word I would choose unless it was….” and out the word popped. What a surprise!

2. The next day I was reading the blog All of Me and her post was about, surprise, her guiding word. She also posted a link to Susannah Conway’s Find Your Word for 2016. I promptly signed up, went through the process and ended up with exactly the same word. It was a great process, one I would highly recommend. Thanks Lynette and Susannah!

My guiding word for 2016 is Intention. 

While there are plenty of other worthy words out there, I know what I need this year is Intention. There are so many demands. So many tasks that need doing, or seem to need doing. There is no way to fit them all in. So being guided by living intentionally I may start being buffeted less by the winds that blow and start charting my own course with more accuracy. 

I want to be intentional about my work, my family, my art and about my living space. I am sure I will find more ways in which intention enhances my experience of my life. 

So when I finally got down to doing my warm up page for Life Book 2016 (I need a little more intention to get that rolling) I knew that my message would have the word Intention front and center. 

I want to make sure I make time for creating. The intent is that I fit it in every day. It is like meditation for me. 

More often I’m intentional about whether a thing, activity, obligation really has a place in the life I want to live. There are still winds of unexpected changes, but I am starting to choose more carefully. 

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  1. That's a great word! I don't do "resolutions" but I do pick a word (Listen) and goals (of which I had several). They just keep me on track. Beautiful image!

  2. Thanks, Jeanie! I like your word and goals. I am already finding it interesting to see how the word guides me and helps me to get more out of my days. I don't mean I pack more into my days. It's just that the time I spend runs deeper. Glad you liked my page.

  3. Lynda,just a quick thank you for your lovely comment on my recent blog post! I'm glad that your concussion last year has long healed with no bad effects. I hate this ice stuff! And you are right — How dare my camera stop now! Have a lovely day!

  4. Jeanie, you are always a joy. Your comments make my day!

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