Make Good Choices
Trying to set intentions for 2017 was more challenging for me than it has been over the last couple of years. The list I was making was growing into a giant laundry list of things I'd like to do better and it started to feel like I was just picking on myself, which isn't exactly how you want to kick off a new year.
I noticed that almost every word on the list started with the letter "M." I wanted to be more mindful, I wanted to do a daily meditation, I wanted to listen to more music, I wanted to incorporate more movement, and I wanted to continue to minimize things in my life (fewer possessions, less clutter). But I wasn't settled on how to turn my list into an intention.
Then, on my favorite Facebook Messenger group chat, my friend Boob margiecrap (aka, Christine) signed off for the afternoon with something she says frequently and has said for years...
That's it! In 2017, my mantra will be: MAKE GOOD CHOICES. On December 31st, 2017, I want to look back and be proud of myself and only I can choose whether or not that happens. I want to be proud of my health. I can choose what I put into my body and how much and what type of physical activity I subject it to. I'd like to meditate. I can create a meditation playlist for my commute into work, but I have to remember to make the choice to listen to it and actively participate in that activity. I want to minimize even more than we already have, for a several reasons. Mostly, because when the day comes where we can sell this house and move into a small apartment (and that day can't come soon enough), I want it to take only 1 moving truck. I can do that through the choices I make. Instead of sitting on the couch and watching TV, I can pick a box from the attic and decide what I need to keep in my life and what I can donate or discard.
In order to do any of these things, I need to set the intention, every day, to Make Good Choices. I'm going to name my iPhone alarm Make Good Choices. I'm going to put a piece of paper over my credit card that says Make Good Choices. I created a Make Good Choices iPhone background. I'm going to put a post-it on the TV, write it on the bathroom mirror, and do everything short of tattooing it on me... mostly because I already have my 2017 tattoo in the works! :)
Sometimes, the good choice will be to watch TV, to take a nap, to zone out and play a game on my phone. "Self-preservation is a full-time occupation." - Ani DiFranco. But, I'd like those time to be less frequent in 2017. I want to spend those times, instead, doing things that I will look back on in December and be proud of myself for.
I want to Make Good Choices. What are your 2017 intentions?