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We Choose our own Path

For many, New Year's resolutions are a tradition – and are often a genuine hope of personal betterment and transformation in the upcoming year ahead. I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions, primarily because after about 3 weeks of working towards whatever goal I set, I usually lose interest and/or give up. And then I just feel like a giant failure. Sound familiar?

Instead of focusing on specific outcomes or rigid goals (think: lose 10 pounds, save X amount of money per month), I have started setting new years intentions, which allow for a more compassionate approach to personal growth. Intentions are about the journey, the incremental steps, and the mindset we adopt as we navigate creating change in our lives. And we all know that change is hard. And that it takes time to implement new habits into our lives. But unlike resolutions, intentions set us up for success, and allow us to align with our values and true selves.

There is no single "right" path. There's only the path that's right for you—and it's yours to explore and create.

Begin by reflecting on your core values and what brings you true joy and fulfillment. Instead of setting specific goals, think about how you want to feel and what you wish to contribute to the world around you. Do you want to cultivate more gratitude, creativity, or connection? Let these insights be your guide for your intentions this year.

My intention for 2024 is more ‘self-compassion.’ Offering kindness and understanding to friends and family seem to flow naturally to me, but when it comes to offering myself that same grace, the path is not so straightforward. My path towards self-compassion this year will of course be marked by many moments of self-criticism and other growing pains, but overall, I am choosing a nurturing inner dialogue that supports myself, rather than one undermines my own well-being.

What are your 2024 intentions? As you move along your path, I invite you to acknowledge every step of progress, no matter how small. And be open to detours and fumbles along the way. After all, your path is a journey – not a destination or goal to achieve. And the journey is its own reward.

Here's to a year of growth, discovery, and meaningful moments.

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