Ah, New Year’s resolutions. Some people swear by them. Others say they are counter-productive. Like so many things, if they work for you, great! By all means, resolute to your heart’s content! No matter where we stand on New Year’s resolutions, I think we all can agree on the merit of living intentionally. Here are some ideas for living more intentionally, in 2021 and beyond! Try one, two, or all twenty-one. Let us know how it goes! And most importantly, enjoy!

 

  1. Begin a gratitude practice. If you have a gratitude practice, keep it up!
  2. Binge… a good book! Read one novel every one to two months.
  3. Investigate where your food comes from: the grocery chain, neighborhood market, farmers market. Learn about their ethical practices around the environment and treatment of animals.
  4. Eat with awareness and appreciation. Taste your food and bless the land, animals, and people who brought it to your table.
  5. Write letters to loved ones. Yes, letters. Not emails. The kinds with stamps. It is wonderful to receive a letter and you’re supporting the postal service as well!
  6. Eat seasonally. It is good for your health, good for the environment, and saves money when buying produce. Can’t beat that!
  7. Read books, see movies, and listen to music by BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ people.
  8. There are many classes available online during this time. Take one, two, or ten! Treat your brain to the gift of knowledge!
  9. Go somewhere different. This can be done even when socially-distancing. Go for a walk or support a small, locally-owned business in an area of town you don’t normally frequent.
  10. Find ways to love being an embodied being. Practice yoga, dance in your living room, discover the healing touch of self-massage.
  11. Support small businesses. It is easier than you think. For example, many small businesses sell products on Amazon. However, if you go to their website you can usually just by from them directly. If there is a price difference, it is usually negligible. Plus, you can often bundle your purchases and receive free shipping!
  12. When going to a drive-thru, pay for the order of the person behind you.
  13. Be politically savvy. Educate yourself about voting, politics, government and how it works, and the history of the United States from the perspective of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ people.
  14. Contribute to a cause you are passionate about. It need not be financial, although it may. Find creative, meaningful ways to get involved.
  15. Listen to jazz while you are working. The soothing beats enhance focus, creativity, and productivity.
  16. What makes your heart sing? Writing, sketching, cross-stitch, building websites? Do it regularly. At least once a week!
  17. Learn about your own family and cultural history. Where do you come from? How will you honor your ancestors? How will you learn from their mistakes?
  18. Nurture a non-human creature or life-form. Foster or adopt a dog or cat, care for a fish, or tend to the needs of a house plant. Hint: Cacti are particularly hardy and caring for one is a great way to build your nurture-muscle!
  19. Cultivate balance with social media use. It is a wonderful tool to stay connected, but it is all too easy to overdo.
  20. When someone gives you a compliment, just say thank you.
  21. Finally, until all of this is over, take care of yourself and others. Wear a facemask, socially distance, and wash your hands.