Intention 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

I hope everyone had a safe and peaceful new year with your loved ones. 

Just like many people I have been reflecting on 2016, and contemplating 2017 for the last several days. As John Lennon sang, “What have you done? Another year is over, and new one just begun.” I was utterly those words when I thought about what I’ve done in 2016. Surely, I did something, didn't I? Oh! I gave birth to our son, and that is definitely something. But when I think about if I have accomplished a goal or something worth mentioning in 2016, I could not think of anything. My husband and I talked about this the other day, and I came to the conclusion that I lived 2016 in survival mode; being pregnant, homeschooling two kids (one being a challenging 3 year old), moving to a new place, giving birth, and trying to keep our home together with a new born. Survival living pretty much sums up my year 2016. I also felt at the end of 2016 that I was not motivated or inspired to do anything new or challenging. I was just … content. Being content is not a bad thing, but I want something a bit more. Then, I saw this quote. 

“Live less out of habit and more out of intent”

Perfect. That is exactly what I will do in 2017; live everyday with intention.

First, I have committed to doing a monthly cooking demo at a local farmers market. I have done one in November and December, and I enjoyed it very much. I want my demos to be an invitation for healthy eating and healthy living, especially for families.

Second, I will make some changes with my blog. I will continue writing about healthy food and healthy cooking, but I will also share my experience and thoughts on healthy and happy living in a more broader way, including relationship, friendship, and parenting. 

Third, I will nurture my personal growth in addition to taking care of my loved ones. I have been doing something new, which I will share later on the blog, and I think it’s making a positive change. 

Fourth, I will determine what is important to my life, and shed what is not. I am reading a book called Essentialism, and what the author writes resonates with me. You simply cannot do everything, even if you want to. In a world where you are bombarded with materials and information, you can be easily overwhelmed, and feel that you are missing something if you are not “connected”. However, as an old saying goes, if you take in too much and if you do too much, you certainly spread yourself out thin. You have to be selective in order to be happy and satisfied with what you do. 

I am excited and grateful to share my journey with you here, and I hope you continue to visit. Here is to a new and exciting new year! Cheers!

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