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Can we just call them INTENTIONS instead...

"WEAR SUNSCREEN"

So many great versions of this video yet the above is my favorite. ENJOY once more as I'm sure you have seen it or heard about it before. I simply wanted to share words via this video as you go into a NEW YEAR. Embrace it FULLY. Refer to it OFTEN.

NOW THEN, what great timing on the calendar for my reasoning on sharing/writing the below. We are days away from a NEW YEAR after all. 2014 is looming. And with that comes new hope, new beginnings, new transitions, new promises whether to yourself or others and dare I say "resolutions"...meh.

Mount St Helens ascent...my 2012 "INTENTION"

Resolutions for the new year...we all have them. In fact, during my research for this article I learned way too much about resolutions and further confirmed the reason I do NOT make them. Resolutions: those broken, those repeated, those never completed. My confirmed conclusion is always the same: why set yourself up for failure in the new year when you're ready to take on the world? Not cool. For you and for others.

Instead, why not call them "INTENTIONS"....doesn't that sound so much better after all.

in·ten·tion
inˈtenCHən/
noun
noun: intention; plural noun: intentions
                                                      1.
a thing intended; an aim or plan.
"she was full of good intentions"

I mean really, doesn't the example in which 'intention' was used above feel/sound WAY BETTER.

Where as 'resolution' is as such:

res·o·lu·tion
ˌrezəˈlo͞oSHən/
noun
noun: resolution; plural noun: resolutions
                                             1.
a firm decision to do or not to do something.
"she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more"
See how 'resolution' let's you off the hook ("to do or not do something")
And poor "Anne"...I don't even know her yet feel sorry for her.
The photo above was from my 2012 Mt St Helens ascent. THE proudest moment of my life in "2012"  among other things. Let's not discuss 2013. I had to gift my 1st MSH ascent permit to a friend due to illness. Yet that was not going to hold me back from crossing something off 'the list'....no siree. I got better, I sucked it up, I 'somewhat' trained and I made it down alive thanks to the pure goodness of strangers. WHEW.
All that aside, as you work on 'your list' of AHEM, "intentions" in these last few days of 2013....make them REALISTIC, make them count, make them worthwhile and make them mean something. Put them out there for others to see yet more importantly for others to hold you "ACCOUNTABLE" for. THIS I can assure you will help. If someone knows what you're up to, they will cheer you on, support you and wish they had done the same. True story!!
with everything, find balance.
And just because I'm putting MYSELF on the line here publicly for all to see and hold me accountable for, these are 'just a few' of the 'local' 'resolutions' I am considering...to name a few OR to simply just
GET.IT.DONE.
Some are personal. Some are community-based.
Yet all are attainable.
Won't you join me.....

Fences For Fido - because I'm a caretaker after all.

Habitat for Humanity - to make shelter for others.

Best wishes ahead for the most AMAZING year in 2014.

Thank you Portland for being so welcoming, so inspiring and embracing me fully.

Cheers,

Rachel

.....notes from a nomad.

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