The secret to a successful 2014. Intend. Don’t Resolve.



Just Say No to Resolutions.

I don’t believe in resolutions.

How can I resolve to do anything for an entire year when I really have no idea what type of changes life has in store?

Intentions. Now that’s more my speed. I like the idea of intentions. Things I intend to do — things I want to focus on in my life right now — if life changes, and these things are no longer a priority, then its not a failure.

Life is better when you intend for action instead of resolve for an end result. That whole seeing the trees from the forest quote comes to mind.

When we look at things as intentions we view our own actions as we are doing them and learn from the process. When we set resolutions, we lose sight of the process and focus blindly on the goal.

We learn from doing, so this year I want to focus on what I’m doing, not what I want to have done.

My 2014 list of intentions

  • not be ashamed of happiness
  • embrace joy
  • tell my story
  • be in love
  • nurture the good things in my life
  • slow down each day
  • rest during rest time
  • drink water all the time
  • eat meals at regular intervals
  • sleep to the best of my ability
  • only keep things I know to be useful or beautiful
  • have a schedule, so that when I don’t have something specific to do, I have something specific I can be doing.
  • scrapbook the way I want to
  • believe in the ability of others
  • put all of myself into my obligations and let my passions flow through them.
  • read from a book every day
  • visit more states
  • write a story


I’ll be looking at my intentions this year through the lens of my One Little Word: Heroine. 2014 will be the year that I embrace the fact that I am the hero of my own story, and that’s pretty damned cool.  I’ll be sharing more of my own One Little Word journey next week.


What are your intentions for 2014?


  • Donna

    I like your approach, I don’t make resolutions either and have a list of things I would like to do each year. Having an intention feels far more positive and less dogmatic. Thanks for summing it up so succinctly.

    • Yes! less dogmatic is exactly what I feel.

  • You just put into words how I feel about New Years resolutions. I love the idea of a fresh start and refocusing once a year (at least). But resolutions are impossible. A year is far too long for some things (it lets you off the hook for 3/4 year) and there’s a good chance you’ll forgot about your goal during that time.

    I love what you’re intending to do in 2014. I’ve been hesitant to write down what I want in 2014 because I don’t really believe in resolutions, but maybe writing them down as intentions will feel more right. Thanks, Kristin.

    • I was really hesitant to write everything down, but then I was like — screw it, these are things that I really want to do right now. So let me write them down as just that, and it felt really liberating.

  • Shay

    love this! My resolutions are always more intentions like you’re focusing on, so glad to hear you doing something similar. Spending this week doing a lot of planning out my year in projects and personal life!

    • Planning out new projects is always the most fun.

  • I love your intentions! It sounds like 2014 will be a good year for you. Happy new year!

  • I have what I call life resolutions; things that I always want to continue to work on based on my values. Therefor, they are the same every year. I do like your approach though. I will definitely keep that idea in mind.

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