The Power of Ones: Three Simple Intentions to Light up the New Year

One Nurturing Bite

Ron looked over at me as I took a bite of my Coconut Bliss chocolate vegan ice cream.

“Can you help me fold the laundry?” he asked.

“I’ll help soon. But right now, I’m pursuing my goals.”

He raised his eyebrows and I pointed to my ice cream bowl.

Yes, dear reader, I had wisely set a goal at the beginning of summer to eat ice cream.

(And I know vegan ice cream probably may not sound good to you, but this brand is actually delicious!)

Usually my goals have to do with self-improvement or helping others. But something whimsical and self-nurturing popped into my mind when I stated my summer goal in front of a group of family and friends in laMay. I have never had a more delicious goal. I have never been more pleased to sit down and work on my goal. Now, I’m trying to decide, what is my goal for this glorious New Year?

One Wonderful Moment

My friend, author and psychologist Karen Rowinsky, has given me a terrific idea. Last year she created a “Wonderful Moments Jar.” Every time she had a joyful or meaningful experience, she jotted it down on a scrap of paper and tucked it into her designated jar. At the end of the year, she read through all her moments and had a deep sense of joy and connection.

I’ve already started my 2014 jar. Just giving myself the invitation to record wonderful moments is already making me more conscious of the every day blessings.

One Meaningful Action

Another friend, Joanne Stout, inspired me with her intentions for this year. She wrote:

1.  Take an action that makes a difference, no matter how small, in someone’s life

2.  Take an action that makes a difference, no matter how small, in your own life.  I find that number one triggers number two.

One with Wondering

I am stepping into this year with these small but mighty intentions. For me, they enrich both life and of caregiving:  nurturing yourself; noticing the gifts in the moment; and reaching out to make a difference.

I’m always ready to add to my list of “one-derment.” What are your intentions for this year?



  1. Sarah Grace on January 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Love this!

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