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  • Writer's pictureRoberta Whitney Hughes

Embracing New Beginnings: A Journey to Intentional Living


In the frenetic dance of modern life, finding a sanctuary for the soul is an essential pursuit. 


Throughout my adult years, January has become a month to celebrate new beginnings. Avoiding the rigid resolutions that often crumble under the weight of expectation, I find solace in hitting the metaphorical "reset" button. In the quiet aftermath of Christmas, I purposefully retreat for some sacred time spent in solitude and reflection. This has become a cherished time for me to honor the triumphs of the fading year and cast a visionary gaze into the upcoming one. Armed with a clear vision, I embark on a new journey dedicated to cultivating healthier habits and taking intentional steps. 


As the new year begins, I invite you to join me on a journey of reflection and renewal, where the canvas of possibilities awaits our creative strokes. With a refreshed vision guiding the way, it will become easier to create the habits and steps that will empower us to make intentional choices throughout the new year.


Here are the steps to help you create your vision for the new year:


The Art of Reflection

Step 1: Celebrate Your Triumphs

Carve out time by yourself for reflection. Write down all of the victories, both grand and small., that you can recall from the past year. These triumphs will illuminate the path behind you and guide your steps moving forward.


Step 2: Craft Your Vision

Take an honest look at the year that has passed. Write a journal entry answering these questions: What were the things that fell to the wayside?  Did I set my expectations too high or too low? Was I intentional about creating the life I desire? What do I desire for the new year? Once you have this information, print pictures and create a Vision Board that brings your vision to life. Your Vision Board will serve as a gentle guide that shapes your aspirations and influences your daily choices.


From Vision to Action

Step 3: Weaving the Habits

With a vision in hand, it’s time to transition from contemplation to action. Small, intentional habits become the loom on which the fabric of your well-being takes form. It's not a radical overhaul but a mindful dance with change. Take a few minutes to write down 5 Intentional Habits that will help you bring your vision to life.


Step 4: Navigating Time Constraints

Time is one of our most precious resources. As you look at your 5 Intentional Habits, are they realistic? Do you have enough time to weave them into each day? If you are setting your expectations too high as you begin your journey, the chance of falling of course will also be high. Pull out your calendar and schedule each task into your typical day. Where will these new habits fall into place without completely changing how you live your life? 


The Wisdom of Well-being

Step 5: Guided by Gentle Wisdom

Remember to carve out time for your well-being. Self-care inspires wisdom and enhances mindfulness; this is where we experience creativity and vitality. I find solace in a blend of yoga, meditation, and Pilates. It's not a one-size-fits-all approach but a tailored journey, guided by the wisdom that resonates with my unique needs. What activities inspire your vision and support your intentional journey? Write them down and see where they might fit into your week.


Step 6: Alleviating Mental and Emotional Exhaustion

Juggling the roles of work and family is demanding, and the toll on mental and emotional well-being can be palpable. When you set high expectations, even for self-care, the likelihood of burnout increases. Write down a few ways to manage stress and get genuine rest each day. 


A few of my favorites include moments in nature, a short Zen Break in the middle of a busy day, taking a few intentional breaths, doing legs-up-the-wall pose, or listening to a Guided Meditation.


Embracing the Journey

As the January sun paints the sky with hues of possibility, let’s step into the canvas of a new chapter together. This new year is a promise for a new beginning —an intentional journey that nurtures vitality and wisdom. I invite you to display your Vision Board in a place where you can see it each day. Keep your 5 Intentional Habits in sight and remind yourself of them each day. At the end of each week, reflect on your victories then reset your intentions for the week ahead.


Be sure to bring me along as you embark on this new year. I would love to celebrate with you and support you each step of the way.


May the new year prosper with intentional living, well-being, and the unfolding of our most vibrant selves. May our journey be adorned with the brushstrokes of our conscious choices, creating a masterpiece of vitality and wisdom.


Roberta Hughes is a certified meditation, Pilates, and yoga instructor and the owner of PeaceFull Living, which specializes in helping individuals with personal growth and self-care. Roberta provides customized guidance so students can make the most of their practice and reach their unique goals. She also offers a complimentary Discovery Call to help new students identify their goals and choose the best program for their needs. If you're looking for personalized instruction from an experienced teacher, contact Roberta today through the PeaceFull Living website.


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