I am, by nature, an ambitious go-getter. Every time I have a whimsical idea for a creative project or a big move or a trip across the world, I sit down with a pen and paper…and I plan. From the initial steps to get there to the possible obstacles I may encounter, I love to know exactly what my path will look like beforehand and possible troublesome scenarios that I can plan to avoid. But through my goal-setting, I often get caught up in the final destination rather than the journey itself. And although, I love setting goals, I find it distracts me from the now. It takes me further away from my intuition and those simple nudges that I often ignore when I have my eyes set on the prize. My ambition is a steady companion that loyally follows me despite my constant requests for it to let me in, and with my 2017 being a huge year for self-transformation and spiritual growth, I feel myself inching away from my ambition and turning more and more towards my intuition.

So, what is my goal this year?

I’m choosing not to have any goals this year. Instead I’m choosing intentions that are aligned with my intuition. Intentions like actively seeking joy and making time for more FUN in my life – more time for silliness and spontaneity. 2017 for me was a year for deep reflection and focusing inward. It was a year of healing, studying and growth. It felt so good and so painful, at the same time. Although I will continue my path of learning and growth in 2018, I’m also choosing to take things as they come this year. To not plan, but to get into alignment and watch the journey unfold as it may. I’m following the stream, instead of working hard and pushing against it. I’m letting go of my oar and flowing, trusting that my canoe will take me where I’m supposed to be.

I hope this new year brings you plenty of wonder, joy and new beginnings. Happy 2018!!

If you have any questions on goals versus intentions or the idea of “alignment before action”, feel free to message or comment below! How are you hoping to spend this new year?





Why I’m Not Setting Goals in the New Year

December 31, 2017


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