New Year’s Intentions: Making 2023 the Year of You!

It’s that time again…a new year, a new opportunity to begin again and implement new routines, rituals, and habits that best support you in the season you’re in. This can feel daunting. The holidays are over, you’re back at work, and there’s often a sense of “pressure” surrounding a new year. We can feel as if we have to set all these massive goals for ourselves simply because a new year is upon us.

 I invite you to take a step back and consider whether or not you really need a “new year” to implement any sort of change. Consider whether or not you even want to implement change. Know that it’s also perfectly “okay” to enjoy your life, your habits, and your routines as they currently are now. You don’t have to do anything just because society is essentially guiding you to. 

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Be intentional

Perhaps you’re ready to make a change. Consider how you want to show up this year. The common theme here is to be intentional. I invite you to contemplate intentions for the new year, as opposed to “goals.” Intentions will ultimately lead you to achieving your wildest dreams and reinforce the fact that it’s the small choices you make day in day out that have massive impact. It’s how you show up time and time again that shapes who you are and the results you achieve. 

Intentionality allows you to connect inward and deepen the relationship you have with yourself. It allows you to make decisions and take aligned action as opposed to following the grain and doing what you think you “should” do. What habits, routines, and changes will allow you to put yourself first and ultimately show up as your best self to those around you? What habits, routines, and rituals are no longer serving you in the stage of life you’re in? 

Identify your priorities

This year, consider where the bulk of your time is being spent and determine whether or not that’s in alignment with the intentions you set for the year. Do you want to prioritize social connections? Then maybe it’s time to set an intention of spending your Friday evenings exploring local restaurants, bars, or lounges as opposed to having a movie night in. Is your intention focusing on achieving a certain fitness related goal? Maybe an intention is to get back into early morning runs. If that’s the case, then you may decide you currently need to limit late nights out to allow your body time to rest and recover to support a morning run. 

Show up authentically

All in all, 2023 is the year of you. Be selfish. Prioritize yourself, your time, and show up authentically using the intentions you set to guide you along the way. Reinforce boundaries you set with yourself and with others, knowing that the promises you keep to yourself are the most important of all as they set the stage for all relationships in your life! 

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About Lauren Scheuneman

Lauren graduated from Loyola Chicago in 2018, with a BA in Advertising and Public Relations and began her career in paid media working across health accounts. She has always been incredibly passionate about the health and wellness space and is constantly searching for ways to merge her passion points with her day to day work. She believes we are all lifelong learners, and all just trying to “figure it out,” and is often reminding herself to enjoy the journey rather than focusing on the destination! Lauren focuses on the “360 approach” to wellness and the mind-body connection. She believes we are all our best selves and do our best work when we do so with passion, and are able to use our own strengths to lift each other up. She absolutely loves group fitness classes (and is always up for trying something new!) as she greatly values the importance of community and loves bringing people together.

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