100 Word Challenge: Intent

This time next week we will already be into 2018 – so ‘fess up. Who has already pondered on their New Year’s Resolution list? Anyone?

Typically I hate that sort of thing. For me, it’s just setting myself up for failure because I set some lofty goals. Still, I have an insatiable need to DO. SOMETHING to mark the start of a new year.

One year, instead of making a list of what I wanted to do, I made one of things I wanted to give up. Semantics… they were still New Year’s Resolutions that survived less than a month.

It may still be semantics, but this year, I’m making a Good Intentions list. Things I plan to do, want do, will try my best to accomplish, but won’t carry all the stress of failing like I did over previous years’ goals.

A few of my goals (I’ll keep some of my plans to myself so everyone can have plausible deniability):

  1. Whittle down my To-Read book pile before buying any more booksI have bookcases overflowing with unread books. Easily 100 or more novels gathering dust and warping the bookcase shelves.
  2. Tell people I love themthat means calling my parents more often, and making sure I call my daughter on the regular too. Validating those people in my life who are precious to me.
  3. Create moreindulge in hobbies like crocheting, photography, jewelry making, cooking, writing without guilt for what I’m not doing (read: housework)
  4. Learn something newtake a Continuing Education class at the local community college – e.g., drawing, yoga or maybe MIG welding.
  5. Eat more fresh fruit and vegetablesnotice that I didn’t list “giving up junk food.” I believe that if you completely deny yourself something you enjoy, it becomes that much more desirable.

My intention is to work toward these goals as best I can, but if I’m not completely successful I’m still ahead just for trying.

“New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” Mark Twain

This week’s word is:


What to do:

Using “intent” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.

  1. I look forward to seeing how your Resolutions turn out during the coming year. Happy New Year to you and your family.



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  3. nice, great idea. Although intent may mean “i wanted to but never had time”… hmmm



    1. Or, I wanted to but life didn’t cooperate. This time around, I don’t want to feel guilty over something that is out of my control. Intentions…



  4. A good intentions list…I really like the term better than what I’ve been calling it which is just “a list of things I want to do with no hard deadline or strict expectations”, haha! Great post and great intentions—Happy New Year!

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  5. a very ethical, do no harm checklist on which to build….kudos… I will watch with intent!

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