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Pam Spano decided to take a different approach to New Year's resolutions, making intentions instead.

The holiday blur is over and visually we are left with the boxes that have to be broken down and the extra pounds we gained.

Inwardly, people make resolutions that are never kept. Since I’m one of them, I have not made resolutions over the years. I tried to make small adjustments in my life so I felt I had accomplished something. However, the other day I read something that changed my perspective of resolutions.

Someone stated they were making a list of “intentions” for the new year. Intentions? I was intrigued! It was explained that the intentions were just that.

I looked up the word intention:


an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.

the end or object intended; purpose.


  • purpose or attitude toward the effect of one's actions or conduct: a bungler with good intentions.
  • purpose or attitude with respect to marriage: Our friends are beginning to ask what our intentions are.

the act or fact of intending.


This made sense to me and I hope to you, too. I plan to start out small with one or two intentions. When I’ve accomplished those (or made them a habit), I will add more. I may or may not journal them, but I do want to keep track.

My first intention will be to pray for all of you: that you have a healthy and joyful new year!



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