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Why You Should Not Make a New Year's Resolution (and What to Do Instead)

I'm not a big believer in New Year's Resolutions. I believe in every-single-day resolutions. That's right, folks! Every single day, every single minute, every single second is an opportunity to make a change. 

This is good news, because whenever you think you're "failing" at "keeping" your resolutions, you can always make a shift. You're not stuck in one spot. You're able to twist and turn and shimmy your way into success. (Okay, you don't have to shimmy. But I certainly will.) 

This past year, Sister recommended that I choose a word for the year. It was a way to place a focus on my intention for the year. At first, I had no idea what I wanted. My mind was racing with all of the things I wanted to do and see and be and create and and and... 

Peace. 

When I stripped away all the wants and should's and need-to's, I was left with the softer, lowlier desire for peace. Peace in my thoughts. Peace with myself. Peace with my life at that very moment. 

Through the year, I kept coming back to this word. With every book, yoga practice, prayer, meditation, journal entry, podcast, positive interaction, and so on, I wove peace into my life. I'm not perfect at it. Nowhere close. But I'm much better at finding it then I once was. 

In a year that was largely unpeaceful, this was a challenge. For me, it meant spending less time falling down political rabbit holes, and more time praying for the outcomes. It meant less time defending my positions, and more time hearing other people's concerns and fears. This was not easy. But even a little shred of peace can make a difference.

This year, I'm keeping with the tradition of choosing a word or intention for my year. And for 2017 that word is... 

CARE.

No matter what your political views, your religious faith, your age, your race, or whether or not you like pizza, we could all do a better job of taking care of each other. And ourselves, too.

Personally, I'm working on taking better care of the space around me, getting better at cleaning and adulting. I'm working at taking care of my body and my soul. Then, I can care for the others around me. My close friends and those I don't know personally. 

So, that's it! 2017 is here! What are your intentions for the new year? Share them with us below.