Setting Intentions, Not Resolutions


The end of the decade feels a lot more powerful than the start of a new year, no?

New year, new batch of “this year my resolutions are…”.

Yeah, we get it. We promise ourselves (and others) so much. Weight loss, budget more, etc. etc. etc. And with those resolutions, we think our lives magically transform. But to be honest, I’ve never been good at making or keeping resolutions. So I’m assuming a lot of people are in the same boat. And now that it’s the END OF A DAMN DECADE, it feels like the appropriate time to switch up my mindset.

Instead of making resolutions that I know I won’t keep, I want to set intentions as we begin 2020. I like the idea that I’m bringing awareness to my life, instead of just trying to reach a certain goal. Aligning my mentality with what I’m actually setting out to do requires attention and hard work. I think I’m up for that challenge in 2020!

What brings you joy?

I want to leave unnecessary drama, and things that just don’t make me happy in the past. While it’s easy to sit and complain (and we all know I’m excellent at complaining) about things that are making us unhappy, I want to make a conscious effort to focus on things that bring me joy.

  • Things that make me happy Having this space, improving my yoga practice, making time for more experiences
  • People that are worth it And leaving those who aren’t worth my time in 2019
  • Putting myself first in order to be a better person to others Focus on mental and physical health in order to better myself…and in turn will be a better person to other people!

Pick a word…or words.

This has actually been my favorite part of setting intentions. So far, I’m really gravitating towards six words that I want to focus on in 2020:

  • Balance
  • Be
  • Gratitude
  • Mindfulness
  • Power
  • Space

These small, yet powerful words are going to be gentle reminders throughout the year. Over the first few weeks of the new year, I’m going to write about each of these words in detail to explain why I picked them!

Don’t stress.

With resolutions, I think we put too much pressure on ourselves when it comes time to measure success. We often forget that success comes in SO MANY different forms. We don’t give ourselves nearly enough credit, and that’s why I think setting intentions are so important. They’ll remind us to live in the present. And to be honest, that’s really just my goal. Instead of harping on the past or worrying about the future, I just want to live in the now. That will easily help me forget about the past, but also set myself up for the future without even thinking about it!

Do you have a game plan for 2020? Are you all for resolutions, or does the idea of setting intentions make you reevaluate?


photos by allie provost


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Dana is a born and raised New Yorker who works in the fashion industry. She created this space to bring you all things style and real life.

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