• Brooke Callan

Sorry I'm Late, I Was Setting My Intentions

We're 31 days into 2020, which means I'm a month behind in sharing my "resolutions" for the new year.

Between France, getting back into the groove of work after a long vacation, and starting a more demanding semester of school the task slipped through the cracks, but we're here, we're queer, and we're finally getting it together.

During the last few years, I've realized that I tend to be overly ambitious with my resolutions. Last year I made a list of 100 things I wanted to do in 2019, but the weight of falling behind on it got too heavy and I wound up setting said list on fire over my kitchen sink about six months in.

This year, I decided to spare myself the emotional turmoil by keeping it simple. Instead, I spent time honing in on just a few things that have purpose and I genuinely believe will add value to my life.

Something I admire about Leigh Anna is that she pursues hobbies that are unique to her; She reads, she runs, she studies wildlife conservation and is generally into anything active and outdoors. She seemingly adds a new passion project to her belt every year, while I still have yet to find a hobby of my own . This year, I want to focus on discovering a solo hobby that I do purely because it brings me joy and gives me a sense of accomplishment.

Similarly, I'd like to commit to focusing more on myself in a way that goes beyond just bubble baths and face masks. As I (excitedly) approach my thirties, I recognize that I'm crossing the threshold from "early adulthood" into "for real" adulthood. It feels like the systems and habits I put into place in upcoming years will impact the rest of my life. I think now is such a wonderful time for me to spend energy reflecting on the woman I'd like to become, setting myself up for financial success, cultivating platonic relationships, finding my passions, nurturing my body in a way that' goes beyond appearance, and ultimately just really prioritizing myself, both the now and thirty-years-from-now version.

One thing I have enjoyed learning about and implementing more of throughout my life in recent years has been sustainability, specifically conscious cosmetics and curated clothing. I bought almost exclusively secondhand clothing in 2019 and in 2020 I'd like to really push the envelope by committing to only purchasing 12 items of clothing - all of which have to be secondhand or sustainably made. For me, it's a great way to practice being a more mindful consumer and reiterate that buying things does not add to my value.

Ultimately, my goal for myself this year is to put more energy into things that are going to aid in my personal growth and long term success. It's going to mean learning to say "no," to things that aren't conducive to my own goals, allowing myself to indulge - while simultaneously implementing a budget, and prioritizing life investments.

I truly believe that 2020 is off to a beautiful start,

but I could totally set it all on fire by summer.

Check in for updates and follow along on the journey over on Instagram @callanbrooke.

Photo by Ella Jardim on Unsplash


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