From Resolutions to Intentions to Actions

This year I decided to set intentions rather than resolutions. I was curious to see if that seemingly semantic shift might deliver different results.

Intention, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is defined as “determination to act in a certain way”

MacMillan dictionary defines intention as “a plan in your mind to do something”

Within these 2 definitions are some key words

  • Determination – firmness of purpose with continuous effort and focus.
  • Act and Do something – take a step.
  • Certain way – not any way: a specific way.

Some of my intentions this year are to

  • Be healthy in mind, body and soul
  • Be financially conscious
  • Be courageous and seek adventure
  • Experience life in new ways
  • Explore and own who I am and want to be

Some of the specific “experiments” I will try for 2019, I’m calling them my 59+ intentions are –

  • Learn to surf
  • Learn to ride (a horse)
  • Eat a mainly plant based diet
  • Go wild camping
  • Do 3+ mini adventures/hikes in the UK
  • Learn to confidently navigate using a map and compass
  • Complete a bushcraft/wilderness skills course
  • Launch a blog and enjoy writing
  • Pay £12000 off my mortgage
  • Have a regular meditation practice.

So how am I doing 3 months in to 2019? I would give myself a 6/10.

There are many reasons for that 6 not being an 8, 9 or 10; a few of them real and valid, some of them simply excuses.

I am doing well.

  • I am investing time reading and listening to audiobooks and podcasts that enrich my knowledge and sense of who I am and who I want to be. (I’ve named some of these at the end of this post just in case they might resonate with or interest you)
  • I am investing money through Chip – small regular amounts
  • I am investing money by putting every £2 coin I get into a Terramundi pot (I’ve been doing this for a while and it’s nearly full – smashing!
  • I am eating a vegetarian diet 97% of the time and a fully plant based diet 75% of the time (100% at home)
  • I have launched my blog and feel courageous in continuing to write whilst not being attached to any outcome.
  • I am seeking adventure – passively at the moment due to my back – through researching possibilities for new adventures, for mind, body and soul.
  • I’m experiencing new ideas though audiobooks
  • I’ve signed up for a Channelling workshop in April.

I recognise contradictory behaviour

  • I eat cake too much – in cafes but not at home.
  • I am “waiting and hoping” in many ways, versus actively doing.
  • I am looking to external “fixes” versus honestly seeing, owning and acting from my internal compass (I am at least aware enough to know this is through self doubt and fear.)
  • I am eating out, therefore spending more than usual: Not big lavish meals but those coffee and cakes do mount up. (I know this is often to fill some time, feel people around me but also I seem to write more easily than in my home office.)

However, whilst my 6/10 rating is not something I’m overly proud of, I can do better. I’m also curious as to why I’m behaving in many ways that are contrary to my intentions.

What I am noticing, which is different from when I’ve set resolutions, is that if I fall below par, by my own judgement, I’m not giving up. My intentions still stand and I vow to do better each day. Maybe the difference is in the stated definition – “firmness of purpose with continuous effort and focus”?

This isn’t a one off, one piece, one action “goal” thing. My intentions are about how I want to be, how I want to live my life and that being and living are, of course, ongoing.

So how am I doing against my 59+ list?

  • I’ve found a weekend “Learn to Surf and Wild Camp” course
  • I had booked my first riding lesson but had to postpone it due to my back injury.
  • I’m eating a mainly plant based diet.
  • I’ve found an intro to Wild Camping course.
  • I’m reading Extreme Sleeps by Phoebe Smith and have Wilderness Weekends also by Phoebe Smith ready on my beside table
  • Having already done 2 mini hiking holidays with Ramblers Holidays in 2018, I’ve highlighted 3 or 4 to investigate further – when I’m back to some level of fitness.
  • I’ve identified a navigation skills course
  • I’ve identified a bushcraft course
  • I’ve launched my blog
  • I’ve paid £1500 off my mortgage
  • I have a meditation practice using the Calm app which I’m doing at least 5 days a week – yes I did do my practice this morning:)

So although I’m writing this in a café after a lovely lunch of homemade, fresh, vegetable frittata, salad leaves and a pot of tea, I feel good, my intentions are clear and I’m conscious.

What intentions do you have for your life?

Fall, learn, get up, do it again”  Brene Brown

Why not put them out there by sharing in the comments box below. Let us support each other in positive and encouraging ways?

“Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift. Who knows?”  Joel Osteen

Books, Podcasts, Audiobooks, Apps and Courses





  • Chip – Automatic, regular savings based on your spending habits and saving ambitions
  • Calm – Meditation app, “bedtime stories for adults”, nature’s music, meditations for life


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