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There’s something about trauma that makes our resolutions of the past seem trite.

We may feel uninspired by setting goals to get organized, lose ten pounds, or save more money. Sure, we can still plan to do these things — but they may not feel like enough to give meaning, inspiration and direction to the new year ahead. Even the word ‘resolution’ — which means to make a firm decision to do or not do something — might not feel right. We may want and need something more or something different, something that doesn’t pummel us into what we ‘should’ do or be or have. We yearn to embark on the new year guided by kindness and compassion, by ideas that allow us to accept ourselves and be ourselves. What follows is a collection of ideas that can serve as “intentions” for the new year. Choose the ones that feel right for you, or let them inspire you to create your own.

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 As you start the new year, remember that you are worthy of love and belonging, right now, without changing anything. Be authentic and real. Perfection is stilted and boring and unattainable.  Your struggles and imperfections are part of what makes you a unique individual. Forge meaning from your greatest struggle. Don’t hide yourself.  Keep your head up and let your light shine. There’s only one YOU. Above all, keep your heart open!

  HAPPY NEW YEAR

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 Need more inspiration? Please watch these incredible TED talks:

HOW THE WORST MOMENTS OF OUR LIVES MAKE US WHO WE ARE

THE POWER OF VULNERABLILTY 

LOTUS DIVIDER

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