My online writing group, Artistic License, has weekly chats and we had our first one of 2013 last evening. The first chat of a new year is usually about our goals for the coming year. This year, because of one of our members (bless you, Connie!), our whole chat took on a new and deeper meaning.


Connie had posted her INTENTIONS for 2013. This concept hit me like an ocean liner. WOW! Intentions! It said so much more to me than just using the term “goals.”

At, one definition of intention is as follows: purpose or attitude toward the effect of one’s actions or conduct.

Intention is about action, about attitude, about one’s conduct. I had the feeling this means I’m GOING PLACES in 2013. Not just working toward something, but I have arrived. Where I am is just as important as where I’m headed.

For many months, I have been drawing one (and often two) Tarot cards per day as a point of focus for that day. It’s a way to make myself a more focused-on-NOW person, a better person. (I based the interruption of the card on work from another Artistic License member, Marilyn, who is putting together her book of Tarot interruptions based on a daily one card draw. Her work is positive and very uplifting.)

The card I drew yesterday had these meanings:

I live in the moment.

I am successful.

These two ideals are part of my 2013 focus. While I do work toward being and maintaining success, I AM successful. Right now. That is part of living in the moment. (And I love how these two ideals work together!)

Some of my intentions might sound like goals for 2013, but the big different is my attitude, actions, and effort that I focus on today. That carries over through all my tomorrows.

Intentions. 2013. Focus. Living in the moment. Claiming my success now. If I claim my today, the future follows.

Some of my major intentions for 2013:

Have the second edition of my nonfiction published by the end of March.

Have my novel ready for publication by the end of August.

Plan and begin the drafting of a second book by the end of December.

This is all part of living the dream…

CHALLENGE: What are your intentions for 2013?


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