You should know something about me. I’m a self-help junkie. It started back in my high school years when Copperfield’s Bookstore was right around the corner from my high school. Going to Copperfield’s and reading what I wanted to read instead of some classical literature that was deemed “required” sounded so much more appealing to me. Luckily, it was pretty easy to ditch class (go Crushers!). I wouldn’t go as far to say that I was a truant student, but I did find it incredibly fulfilling to head to Copperfield’s and Trader Joe’s (also in the same shopping center) instead of going to class on occasion. While I enjoyed the cookbook and fiction sections, I usually gravitated towards the self-help section. Some of the books I found were quite ridiculous (Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days!), but most fascinated me. I would grab a book, then plop on an overstuffed chair and hope they didn’t notice that I was only planning on reading a few chapters and didn’t have any intention to actually buy the book.
Looking back on it, I should have known then that my future self would want to pursue a career that focuses on motivating people to change their behaviors. That would have been too easy though. Instead, I spent four years getting a degree in Human Development and to this day have no idea how, when and why children development. As long as they are walking and talking, they are cool by me. I think I eventually figured out what I wanted to do though, because I was constantly checking in with myself. Basically, I feel like I treat myself like my own science experiment. I tried turning my husband into my science experiment, but he was resistant to my powers.
I frequently ask myself, “What would happen if I did this?” Then, I proceed to determine if it would be worth it to try whatever crazy idea came to my mind. I usually just keep my findings and experience to myself (because I assume people get sick of me talking about this stuff), but I decided it would be beneficial to share my newest experiments, aka my 2017 intentions, with you. I like the term intentions more than resolutions. These are things I intend to do in 2017 and hopefully forever if I feel like they add value to my life. Sure sometimes my actions might not match my intentions, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up. Scientists don’t give up on their research; they tweak something and try it again.
I plan to share my journey through these intentions with you sporadically throughout the year. You may be asking yourself if I intentionally planned to publish this post at a time when most people have sadly given up on New Year’s resolutions. Nope, it just took me this long to post it. My promise to you is to honestly share how my intentions are going and not fluff anything up. For example, I’m currently failing at relying less on technology, because I just got a new phone and am now finding it difficult to disconnect. Knowing that I set this intention for the year is always in the back of my mind though, so my little self-help voice reminds me to just disconnect and walk instead of check my email at the same time.
Do you have any intentions for the year? I’d love to hear about them below!