Well, here we are, day 3 of the new year.  Are you making any New Year’s resolutions?  Doing a Project 366 or 52?  Reading around the web over the last week it seemed everyone was thinking ahead and making plans for the new year.  I’ve learned over the years that, for me, resolutions just don’t work.  I break them, forget I made them, or after a few months they just don’t seem to fit anymore. Instead I now make intentions, small but deliberate actions, that I know over time, will help me become a better person.  More the person I want to be. I’ve learned by doing this that I am a slow work in progress. That patience with myself is a virtue and that good, permanent changes, take time. Sometimes, more than a year.  Last year’s intentions were to step out of my box a bit more.  This has probably been my intent for the last oh…3 years.  Yea, I know, but remember, I said a slow work in progress.  Each year I have challenged myself to step out a little more, be a little braver.  You see, I’ve spent a lot of my life not feeling very brave.  Like I didn’t have the strength to be. It’s exhausting to constantly put those kind of restraints on yourself.  I finally just got tired of feeling like I was watching the world pass by, tired of being a spectator and not a participant. Since making the decision to intentionally  live outside my comfort zone, just a bit more, I have had some amazing experiences, met some wonderful folks, built a better life.  I’ve pushed myself to try things I never thought I could do…and it has felt really good.  Uncomfortable at times, but in the end worth every awkward minute.

What kind of things have I done, you might be wondering?  Well, some things have been big (3 half marathons, going for #4 in May) and some have been small.  So small, that I am probably the only one that has known.  And that’s okay, not every accomplishment needs a pat on the back or a big celebration.  Sometimes, the feeling of fullness in your heart is enough to mark the occassion.

One year ago this week, I started this blog. It was just another step in my journey of intentions.  Never, could I have imagined all that would happen to this little place on the web in just one year.  I’ve met so many kind people and been given some amazing opportunities.  Sitting here, thinking back on it all brings a smile to my face and thankfulness to my heart.  Thank you for joining me along the way.  Thank you for your comments and support, they mean so very much.  I can only hope that as I head into my second year, that there will more great adventures, beautiful photography,  good food and fulfilled intentions.

Alison

9 Responses to Good Intentions

  1. Angie says:

    Beautiful. Happy one year!

  2. Alyssa says:

    Absolutely perfect. Couldn’t imagine the last year without your blog (or you, for that matter!)

  3. Heather says:

    I’m so glad you started your blog! I’m not a vegetarian, but I really appreciate finding good vegetarian recipes that I don’t feel are judgmental. Also, your photography is stunning, and I love looking at your shots. Congratulations on your intentions, and best of luck this year :)

  4. bentley says:

    Happy New Year and Merry Christmas. I’ve finally had a few minutes to catch up on your blog. All of the holiday posts were wonderful, as always!

  5. Danielle says:

    This post kind of sums up how I have been feeling lately. I am trying to find more courage to improve myself. It is amazing how the fear of failure or disappointment can completely crush our potential. I am happy to have found this blog, and I hope that I can take your findings to heart and use them to help grow my blog and myself this year.

    Happy New Year.

  6. Kristen says:

    Happy almost blog anniversary! So glad to have a wonderful space like yours out there. Happy new year. Here’s to a fantastic 2012!

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