Happy New YearHere we are friends … another year older, wiser, richer, friendlier, happier, excited, inquisitive, thinner, fitter and healthier.
In the last few years I have chosen a word for the year  instead of resolutions and then I started to add  ‘Intentions’ on a monthly basis in 2013.  As my life changes through the year, so do my intentions.  I don’t believe that standing at the threshold of a new year is the time to make grand life changing decisions, although it does seem so noble, they’re often inflated by those around us and sometimes unobtainable and spur of the moment.
I wanted to quit smoking for years and every new year said that’s it, well it lasted for a day and then I was back to puffing up a storm.  Have you seen how full the gyms are in the month of January?  I eventually quit smoking for the first time in September 2005 after having moved from our home in Germany back to South Africa as my husband was having an affair and had chosen to pursue his new relationship.  My children and I had packed a suitcase each, of which we had to leave items at the airport because we were overweight, and trekked home without a clear plan, a home, a vehicle and I without sustainable employment.  It was a challenging and heartbreaking time.  But, I had started the journey towards quitting smoking three years before.  Slowly I had changed my habits around smoking.  I started and quit another two or three times but have now been smoke free for close to 5 years.
I also believe in the power of the written word.  I write down my plans, intentions, dreams, actions needed etc.  It seems to burn them into my consciousness as opposed to typing them or just thinking about them.  Its great to have them on the net as reference wherever I am at any given time I can view them (smartphone I love you).
My word for 2014 is
I intend to grow personally and my level of self belief and reliance … I intend to grow my blogging business … and I intend to grow my photography business … and I intend to grow my spiritual life … and I intend to grow my level of fitness … and I intend to grow my relationship with my children and son-in-law … and I intend to grow at least one new friendship.
(I’m feeling pretty smart – I added my word for the year to some intentions)
So, as you stand on the precipice of 2014 with all its possibilities, I invite you to consider choosing a word for the year and then make intentions part of your life and at the end of 2014, let me know if you were more or less successful compared to the years where you chose to make resolutions.
I would like to share with you my resources that I refer to often, all these authors and sites are worth a visit, firstly Christine Kane and Jon Gordon both have articles and worksheets/books to help you in choosing your Word for the Year
A website, magazine and newsletter not to be missed,
The following authors, all featured on Seeds of Success and who inspire, educate and challenge me constantly
There are many more such as Stephen Covey, Robin Sharma, Leo Babauta and many many more all worth reading and taking their teachings into consideration.
Here’s wishing you and me and all those we love and care, for a happy, healthy, wild successful and fun filled 2014.
(Scheduled posts from 27 December 2013 to 15 January 2014)

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3 Comments on Happy 2014

  1. Monica P
    1 January 2014 at 02:41 (8 years ago)

    Happy New Year to you too! I like the way you look at the New Year .. such a new perspective to choose a word instead of a list.

    I also sub to Zen Habits. I don’t really want to go to the extreme as Leo has, but I still find his perspective quite interesting. I sure could do more with less.

    Monica, http://www.pear-shaped-gal.com

  2. Shybiker
    1 January 2014 at 17:35 (8 years ago)

    I like your introspective nature. It mirrors mine. Which probably explains why we’re such close friends. We get each other.

  3. Lynette Jacobs
    1 January 2014 at 19:41 (8 years ago)

    Happy New year Wendy. I am looking forward to watching you grow over the next year. You are a remarkably strong lady.