A word for the new year

Happy 2018! I hope your last few weeks of 2017 were cozy and relaxing, and that 2018 is shaping up to be a good year so far. 

I like new years. They always feel rather fresh and exciting, and I always get an extra dose of motivation to tackle some of the projects I've been putting off.  And as a creative person with a lot of interests, I always have quite a few projects in mind. At the same time though, there's a lot of pressure to improve and accomplish and uplevel and grow . . . which are all good things to do, but I'm not sure the pressure is so healthy or useful. 

Instead of setting a bunch of goals for myself this year, I decided to set one overarching intention of how I want to feel: strength.

Strength to pursue the projects I care about, even in the face of challenges and setbacks. 

Strength to go on adventures, be more self-sufficient, and more helpful. 

Strength to speak up for myself, and for others who aren't being heard on their own.

Strength in community and in working together to create more positive change, beauty, and joy in the world.

I think coming back to this idea of strength as I decide how to spend my time and reflect on my experiences will be really helpful, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the year unfolds. I'll definitely keep you updated ;) 

On a more concrete note, something I intend to focus on this year is getting my picture book out into the world. It's definitely not done yet, but I've made good progress the last few months, which has been really exciting!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new year. Did you set any intentions that you're really excited about? If you were going to pick a word for 2018, what would it be?