This years mantra

This years mantra

Easier said than done, especially if you have no interest in focussing to change anything. Let’s just be sometimes, right?!

Looking back on my previous live with intention posts, my words, themes and intentions have ranged from simplicity and happiness to balance, and most recently, embracing change and living in harmony.

With family and work responsibilities this past year, personal reflection took a back seat until now. After years of living in a revolving door of change, loving life with my partner and our blended family, and a recent promotion at work, I really would’t change a thing (except maybe a few wrinkles and grey hairs!). But that’s part of why it’s a good time to reassess values, goals, and life, generally.

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Intentions for this year

Intentions for this year

As autumn approaches each year, I like to start thinking about positive changes to make in my life by selecting a word, theme or intention that resonates with me. During the next year if what is in my life is not consistent with the word, theme or intention then it needs to be phased out.

I started to think about change this past fall but it didn't feel right to put into words until now. 

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Embracing change in the New Year

Embracing change in the New Year

I prefer themes or intentions to New Year's resolutions and started thinking about positive changes to make in my life as the seasons changed last autumn... but it has taken me until now to pick a new theme or intention.

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Ringing in the New Year with Intention

Ringing in the New Year with Intention

I've decided to take the advice of business and life coach Jackie Dumaine again this year and pick a few words (or a theme or intention) that resonate with me for 2016. I find this approach to be a more relaxed and less pressure-driven way to making positive changes in my life compared to setting a New Year's resolution.

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A new approach to change in the New Year

A new approach to change in the New Year

New Year's resolutions have never been my thing. The pressure we put on ourselves to commit to change at the beginning of each year can be exhausting! And putting extra weight on our shoulders seems completely at odds with the whole idea of starting fresh especially after a busy holiday season.
 
In my search for an alternative to New Year's resolutions, I've had the pleasure of meeting business and life coach Jackie Dumaine. Jackie's straightforward approach to welcoming the New Year encourages people to transition toward living more satisfying lives. She suggests that autumn is a great season to start thinking about making changes for the upcoming year but you can start at any time.

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