“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”—Annie Dillard
The changing of the calendar year has traditionally been an invitation to rev up—to set new goals, create motivating resolutions, and make exciting plans. But this year, many of us find ourselves in an extended state of waiting—waiting to travel, waiting to pick up the dreams we put on hold, waiting to return to some semblance of “normal.” In light of this, what does it look like to look ahead? What does it mean to fully embrace the New Year?
While the future is filled with questions, there are still so many opportunities to make the present extraordinary. To reconnect with your curiosities. To create rituals that make each day richer. And to choose to live full of purpose and passion.
Setting personal intentions is a great place to begin. Unlike goals, which shift our focus to “someday,” intentions ground us in the present. Intentions are the values we commit to again and again that make way for goals and dreams to come true. For example, a goal to visit a new country may feel out of reach, but an intention to find adventure every week is accessible right now, wherever you are.
We’ve pulled together a few exercises and prompts from our products to help you explore and create your own intentions for the New Year. We hope these free downloadable activities add joy and anticipation to your 2021 planning.