A jar full of intentions

It’s the first day of a whole new year, a whole new chance to make good on the potential endowed to me by the Creator. I love a clean slate.

Regular readers know I am a resolutions junkie. I make New Year’s Resolutions every year, and some years they even have themes. One year it was “make room.” Another year, I resolved to “let go.” Once, I resolved to “connect.” Last year, my unofficial theme was “build it” and I did—I built a house. Not by myself, mind you, but I helped build an old church into our home.

Like everyone else, I struggle sometimes accomplishing the goals I set for myself, but I believe in the motto, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land on the roof.”

This year, I’m using a visual reminder of the habits I want to cultivate. I’m resolving to blog regularly, sort through all the folders of digital data on my computer, go to yoga class and church services regularly and read more books. In general, I want to be more mindful—of the present and of all my digital and actual stuff.

resolution jars

I cut up and counted the requisite slips of paper, colored-coded by task, and put them in one antique Ball jar. Every time I manage to write a blog post or whatever, I’ll pull out a slip of paper, date it and drop it into the second jar, labeled “2019.” Theoretically, at the end of the year, the first jar will be empty, the second jar will be full, and I will have written and read thousands of words, dumped a few dozens gigabytes, and be more flexible and spiritually aware.

(I’m also resolving to check a few one-time-only items off my list—chief among them to get a colonoscopy and retrieve a dozen bins of photos and albums stashed two years ago at my parents’ house—but I only need a list for those. I dropped the list in the first jar, too, as a visual reminder of my goals.)

So there you have it, a new year, a whole lot of potential and some mindful intentions. Here’s to dropping a white slip of paper—my first blog post of the year—into my 2019 jar. And here’s to wishing you a wonderful, well-lived year, too.

Happy new year!

4 responses to “A jar full of intentions

  1. Happy New Year, Monica. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and following you on Facebook. You are an incredible person and so accomplished. Love your idea of the two jars. Visible progress. 🎶

  2. I love your visual reminder of the habits you want to cultivate! Such a good idea.

    • I have read about this concept with cash. You decide, for example, you’re going to spend $300 a month on groceries. You put the cash in an envelope and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Ramen time. This idea is in the opposite direction. Right now I’m a little stressed about all the blank strips of paper, but if I do two things a day, I’ll be in great shape by about July.

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