Have your Yearly Intentions Gone by the Wayside?

by Apr 13, 2021

So it is April. That means it is the second quarter of the year guys!  How the heck did that happen. I mean January and February went fast, but March was a speeding arrow of a month that I didn’t quite grasp hold of until it was almost over. So have your yearly intentions gone by the wayside? I didn’t even manage to make intentions until Easter Sunday!  


In our little family of four, we have birthdays in each of the first four months of the year. That means we seem to just go from one birthday celebration to the next in the first quarter of the year. Mind you, it must be worse for our extended family trying to remember it all!


In the last few weeks, I have been a bit overwhelmed and jumping from one task to another in a rather unfocused manner!  I have fallen off some of my practices, including my Bullet Journaling.  Bullet Journaling is the one thing that helps to keep me on track with what I am supposed to be doing! This feels disheartening, but I am remembering that I am human, and a human with varying levels of incapacitating fatigue for that matter. So I am trying to be kind to myself and accept what is happening.


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Should I make intentions?

In years gone past I have spent quite a lot of time reviewing the previous year. I have set lots of intentions and made goals in all areas of my life for the coming year.

One year, quite a while ago, I even came up with 200 separate goals that I wanted to achieve! Quite soon afterwards this seemed completely ridiculous. I was laughing at myself, along with some of my friends who were also laughing at me! In addition to this blind ambition (my Capricorn traits showing!), I hadn’t really formulated any plan of action that would get these things done.

Needless to say, the number of items on my list that I achieved that year were not quite into double figures. Interestingly though, on reflection, the ones I did manage were the ones that were the most important to me. I might not have picked those ones out consciously at the time, but looking back on it, now, I can see now that those were the ones that really mattered. I had completed the ones that spoke to my heart and not my head.

So in recent years I have been more restrained and focused in my goal setting. Also, I am resonating with the notion of setting intentions but allowing for change and surrendering to the bigger picture of how those intentions will play out. It is interesting, surrendering to the flow… and challenging.


Intentions aren’t much without action. Action can be so rewarding when you are in the flow. It can also be like banging your head against a brick wall at times when nothing seems to go as planned. I have wondered whether that means I am trying to go in the wrong direction. I have also wondered whether that just means I need to keep trying and persevering, like those inventors who only succeed on the 99th attempt.

At the start of 2021 I did not make many intentions at all. December had been very busy with a painting course, making a new drum at Winter Solstice and Christmas, and I just stumbled into 2021 feeling happy that I was keeping it more or less together. I mean just getting through 2020 was an achievement in itself!

Interestingly, new pathways have opened up spontaneously, like my Sacred Drumming Teacher Training course and this blogging challenge. Spring has sprung now, ( although it did snow yesterday for a few minutes!!) and that natural upswing in energy is happening. I started a wonderful online 21 day Happiness Experiment today too, that was really uplifting and helpful this morning. 

Perhaps what we most wish for, whether it is a new car, a promotion, or a new house, is not actually what is best for us or what we need. In the chronic illness paradigm, we spoonies struggle with a seemingly unending list of unexpected and unpredictable variables that can upend the best of intentions. I think 2020 has also landed most of the population in a similar situation.  Acceptance and surrender are the keys here.

Yesterday was a very strong new moon in Aries. The start of the astrological new year and a very powerful time to remake intentions and review plans that you made at the start of the year. The new moon energies are still active so it is still a great time to make those intentions…or you could just intend to go with what is flowing and see where the wave takes you!

“Going with the flow is responding to cues from the universe. When you go with the flow, you’re surfing Life force. It’s about wakeful trust and total collaboration with what’s showing up for you.”

Danielle LaPorte

Please comment below:

Let me know how you are progressing with your goals and intentions for this year.

You could even make some new ones!