Why I’m Not Setting a New Year’s Resolution

Hi Lovelies,

It’s almost 2017! I can’t believe it.

I’ve never been one to set New Year’s resolutions because it seems like they rarely work for anyone around me. I figure I would be better off not wasting my time.

Our society has made it a half-hearted practice writing down resolutions. We’ve made it normal to be ok with not actually carrying out our resolutions.

Maybe it’s because I’m surrounded by a bunch of yogis 99 percent of the time, but I’ve seen a lot of chatter lately about setting intentions this year instead of resolutions. A recent post on Wanderlust’s blog made the suggestion to set an intention for the year and I was sold.

Yes, there is a difference. A resolution is a specific task or goal and an intention is more open and thus to me feels much less limiting.

A resolution might help you get one thing done like not biting your nails, but an intention of being more mindful can help you be aware of biting your nails and all of the other things you might not notice everyday.

I want to share a post from one of my favorite people on Instagram. If you aren’t sold on intentions over resolutions yet, check this out:

I am not a huge fan of making New Years resolutions. For me, they always had a shaming undertone, a bit of a negative context, where they landed as very surface level—being either all or nothing, leaving no room for failing. ⠀ I am, however, a huge advocate for creating positive shifts in one's life. I am also one for failing, because it's here in this space, I learn most about myself. ⠀ So, a few times a year, I create intentions. For me, they are a positive call for shifting, one that is rooted deep down from a loving space and circles back to holding me accountable through my actions. They serve as the guardrails I use in my decision making and they invite me to grow in a space of bigger possibility while still being in tune with my values—the essence of who I really am. ⠀ They help to guide me in the direction I want to go, while still supporting me for who I am right now. They give me the daily power of choosing, and when I am living in my intentions, I am essentially manifesting something into existence through use of my own thoughts. ⠀ ⠀ They say that our lives are built by a series of choices. How do you want to feel, and what do you want to create for yourself in the year to come? Declare it out loud, enroll those around you, and most of all—believe you are worthy of receiving it. #iamhertribe ⠀

A post shared by danielle doby (@iamhertribe) on

Here’s to an intention-filled 2017!


Wellesley Lauren




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