Don’t worry – you didn’t sleep through the last six months of 2018. The ball hasn’t dropped to usher in 2019 (though time is going so fast, I’m pretty sure it will feel like only the blink of an eye before it does!). But today does mark the beginning of a new Jewish year, and as I’ve gotten older these have become more meaningful to me than turning the page to January at the end of a secular year. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but I think a lot has to do with my love of fall and that the Jewish new year often begins around the same time as the new school year does.
This time last year I reflected on the previous 365 days using the online reflection 10Q, which encourages users to answer one question each day between Rosh HaShanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement). In looking forward to today, I wrote, “I hope that I will not be exactly where I am right now, answering these questions with the same answers. I hope I will have made peace with the ebb and flow of life and have learned to cultivate what matters and let go of the rest so I can move forward.”
I’m thankfully not in the same place – or, more importantly, headspace – that I was a year ago. I spent the year doing a lot of soul searching, reflecting on how I’ve lived my life and how I want to spend whatever time I have left in this beautiful world. It was grueling, yet energizing, and sometimes downright painful, but it was worth it. I am worth it.
I’ve decided to choose one little word, which people often choose at the beginning of January, to remind myself of how I want to live these next 365 days (and beyond):
I will be intentional about the way I spend my time.
I will be intentional about what I say yes to.
I have been and will continue to be intentional about the food I put in my body.
I will be intentional about the social media I consume.
I will be intentional with the words I use.
I will be intentional with every dollar I spend.
I will be intentional about what I bring into our house.
I will be intentional about my relaxation and self-care.
I will be intentional with my relationships.
I will be intentional with my priorities, making sure they align with my values.
I will be intentional about what I create and put out into the world.
This year, I will cultivate an intentional life.
You don’t have to observe the Jewish holiday to take advantage of its timing: We have entered the last quarter of our secular year. What word will help you focus on finishing out 2018 the way you want to? Maybe it’s a word you picked at the beginning of the year, or it might be a new word. Whatever it is, I’d love to read about it in the comments!
Whether you’re celebrating Rosh HaShanah or not, I wish nothing but sweetness for your next 365 days.