It’s the time of year when folks start thinking about resolutions, and we all know resolutions are meant to be broken. I have made them for years but once February rolls by, I’ve mostly forgotten about them. That’s because resolutions tend to be outlandish, sometimes unattainable, goals for ourselves instead of potential acts in true alignment with our purpose. This year, I’m setting intentions and for me, these are simply things I have been working on this year that I wish to continue into the next, and perhaps do them a little bigger or better.
While I’ve focused recently on writing about grief and death, one thing that grief shows us is that life is short. Even a long-lived life is short in comparison to the things we can hardly comprehend, like the age of our universe or the span of a century. It is our destiny to create meaning in our short lives. Setting intentions for the year allows us to expand our purpose and better ourselves slowly, with mindfulness and compassion.
In 2018, I will…
- Turn 40 with grace and clarity. I have promised myself that I will drive to the SC mountains for a morning of sunrise yoga to celebrate my birthday and bring in a new decade with love and peace.
- Focus on whole body wellness by concentrating on yoga, cardio, and nutrition. While I’ve always loved yoga, I haven’t yet made it a regular practice. This new year, it will become a consistent practice in my life along with the nutrition to support a more rigorous practice.
- Get outdoors! I love hiking and walking trails but like yoga, I haven’t made it a regular part of my life. Nature brings me happiness; it is a natural mood-lifter and stabilizer for me. Less TV, more nature.
- Attend one yoga festival. Asheville Yoga Festival, I’m looking at you!
- Work towards preparation for a potential RYT 200 certification. I believe in callings and training to become a part-time yoga instructor focusing on resilience, grief, and recovery is something that has been tugging on me for a while. My body is not yet in the shape I need it to be to pursue this idea, but 2018 will certainly get me closer to this goal if it is to be.
- Explore essential oils as part of an overall wellness plan. I’ve always loved working with essential oils, and I’d like to make them an even bigger part of my life next year.
While all of my intentions so far have centered on mind/body wellness, there is one very special to me that supports the next long-term step in my career as a funeral director and embalmer.
- Work on building my personal financial foundation so that when the right offer to own a funeral home manifests itself in the future, I will be able to accept it. I know I’m still simply an apprentice, until March 2018 at least, but I have big dreams and owning a funeral home with my brother is one of them. I don’t know when or where it will happen but when it does, I will be ready.
Throughout the year, I plan to check in here with the progress of each of my intentions. This is a milestone year for me as I will be entering a new decade in my life while closing a chapter that began with the death of my mother three years ago. It was then that I decided to become a funeral director and embalmer and after earning a degree and apprenticing for two years, I will be fully licensed in March. I am full of hope and gratitude as I close in on 2017 and look forward to the new year.