Wandering into 2018 with Intention(s): a New Year’s Post

Happy New Year! We made it to 2018!

I love celebrating the coming of a new year! If you were around this time last year you might remember my post about “Hiking into 2017” and my vague but lofty goals for the year. And if you’ve been following along on Instagram lately, you’ll know that I find it so therapeutic to reflect on the year that is ending and to set intentions for the year that is just starting. I love the idea of a clean break, a fresh start, the proverbial “reset button”, and I also love reminiscing. ‘Tis the season for all of that, so come along with me as I wander (not hike…because we’ve got a toddler now) into 2018 with intention AND intentions.

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Reflecting on 2017…

My goals for 2017 were all about building ROUTINE that allowed for MORE of what we love and LESS of what we don’t. I wanted more unplugging, outdoorsing, experiencing and enjoying. I wanted less wasting, consuming, possessing and indoorsing. Did we get any of that? YES!

Check out how we unplugged, outdoorsed, experienced and enjoyed via this list of “firsts” (mostly for Huckleberry) sorted into seasons…

Winter 2017

  • First winter getaway at the cottage
  • First time boiling snow for dishes
  • First time Huckleberry ate snow
  • First night hike
  • First time Huckleberry explored on his own two feet
  • First time playing at a park together

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Spring 2017

  • First time in a hammock together
  • First Easter camping trip
  • First time picking up litter together
  • First puddle stomp for Huckleberry
  • First hiking boots for Huckleberry
  • First flower-picking experience for Huckleberry
  • First time in a canoe together
  • First canoe-camping trip as a family (first ever for me!)

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Summer 2017

  • First canoe-camping trip with relatives
  • First time picking and eating wild blueberries for Huckleberry
  • First time fishing for Huckleberry
  • First snapping turtle encounter for Huckleberry
  • First splash pad for Huckleberry
  • First time on a SUP for Huckleberry
  • First car-camping trip as a family for Huckleberry
  • First time seeing seals in the wild as a family
  • First time riding a quadricycle
  • First week-long multi-province camping trip as a family
  • First time in a National Park as a family
  • First time hugging and kissing a tree for Huckleberry

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Fall 2017

  • First Hike it Baby 30 Challenge on his own two feet
  • First time Huckleberry hiked a whole trail on his own two feet (3km loop)
  • First time he spotted a mushroom and asked for a photo
  • First time crunching in the leaves
  • First giant puffball mushroom
  • First time meditating for me
  • First time doing yoga together
  • First time riding a bike for Huckleberry

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For a quick look at our favourite photos from 2017, you’ll need to head to Instagram for my “Best Nine” series. I made 4 photo collages: “The Life of a Maman on the Trail“, “Maman’s Name-it-Yourself Mushrooms“, “The Life of a Trail Baby” and “Hiking. Camping. Parenting.

Looking to a new day, a new week, a new month, a new year…

Every time the sun sets we get to press a little reset button and try to make tomorrow a better day. This is no different when it comes to the start of a new week, month, or even year. And so on January 1st, we pressed a little reset button and are looking forward to making 2018 even better than 2017. Not that we want to erase 2017, but that there’s nowhere to go but up!

I enjoyed the goals that I set for 2017 but wanted more motivation, more accountability and more daily reminders for 2018. I decided to set intentions instead of goals and set aside a few days to really reflect and think those through and plan. I created a few little exercises for myself, and shared them in two parts: Setting & Keeping Intentions Part 1 and Setting & Keeping Intentions Part 2.

Intention vs. goal or resolution: there’s a reason I chose the word “intention”. An intention is “a thing intended; an aim or a plan.” I don’t want to resolve to do something for certain, nor set a goal that perhaps I cannot achieve, instead, I want to intend to do something and then make a plan to set myself up for success. Instead of saying “We will get outside every day.” and then beating ourselves up when we miss a few days, I would rather say “We intend to get outside more.” and then look at all the ways we can make that happen.

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Setting intentions for 2018…

Click each photo to check out the Instagram post for more details on each intention. Stay tuned throughout the year for a post on each intention and how I am realizing it.

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“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~Thomas Merton

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“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” ~Thomas Paine

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“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. Today we have abundant opportunities to utilize our strengths and passions, do things we enjoy, and connect with people we love. Tomorrow might bring a world of exciting new possibilities, but today, wherever we stand on our journey, can be an adventure in itself.” ~Carl  Rogers

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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~Confucious

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“Only in spontaneity can we be who we truly are.” ~John McLaughlin

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“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary. ” ~Mandy Hale

Follow along on my journey of setting and keeping these intentions by checking out the hashtag #mamansintentions on Instagram.

Celebrating the New Year – 2018…

2017 ended in about -35ºc temps and 2018 started around the same. We had been using the polar vortex as an excuse to stay in our jammies all day playing with Huckleberry’s new DUPLO sets but I decided I didn’t want to end a year nor start a new one all cooped up inside. Inspired by Earth Day Canada and Our 100 Acre Wood on Instagram, we headed out into our yard, all bundled up for 15 minutes of fame. We came armed with tools for two very cool “science experiments” – our motivation to get out and celebrate our love for the outdoors and the New Year! Check out what we did…

  1. Hot Water Toss: Bring a thermos full of boiling hot water out with you and toss it by the cupful into the air. It vaporizes in the subzero temps and makes a really neat cloud with streams of falling water. It made us think of fireworks! See it on Instagram.
  2. Frozen Bubbles: Grab any old bottle of bubbles, even ones from a dollar store, and let the bottle chill for a few minutes outside. Find a sheltered area away from the wind, blow a bubble and catch it on the wand. Watch it as it slowly freezes and then crumples. See it on Instagram.

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I am so excited to see what 2018 will bring for us!

What about you? Big plans for 2018? Have you set intentions? How did you celebrate?

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  5. Brian Hwang

    Wow, nice year of firsts for you! I like your idea of differentiating intention vs goals. I feel like creating intentions will form a mentality of having a certain lifestyle, rather then just hitting a goal and then forgetting about it or setting yourself up for failure.

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    I really enjoy reading your blog post. You have such a wonderful family. You mentioned all the four seasons, the winter, spring, summer and fall; you had great memories and experiences together with your family. I just appreciate the photos and other insights of your blog. I also want to set my intentions for this 2018 as you mentioned your intentions. Hope you and your family may have a great year ahead. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post of yours.


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