The word intention is a buzz word lately. It may just be the universe speaking to me, but the word and concept of intentionality has been hovering around me. Set your intention. What’s your intention? Know your intention.

Today, I want to encourage you to write about your intention for your goals, for your dreams, for the next year, for the next week or two.

There is a difference between a dream or goal you have and an intention. An intention is the reason behind what you want to do, the purpose to your goal or dream. For example, If your dream is to create a community for people who feel lonely right now, that is something you want to do. Your goal is maybe even more defined and we can look at what the end result would be: facilitate and participate in an online support group for people who feel lonely right now.

But what is your intention for doing this?

Your intention might be to help yourself find a community of people who feel similar to you and work together to feel better. So, you might actually have several intentions: 1. to find other people who feel similarly to you 2. to create community 3. to work with others to feel better 4. to connect with others 5. to feel less lonely and more connected.

What are your intentions for what you want to do, how you want to be, and for what’s coming next?


* Think about your goals and dreams and just being in the coming week, weeks, year. Write your intentions for each of them.

** Next write: Are they positive? Are they negative? Are they neutral? How?

You might have a goal to write a book about your ex who was really horrible and abusive toward you. What is your intention? To write through your pain? To expose them? To show how bad your ex was? To make others feel bad for you and understand the hardship you went through? To be famous? To show others a path of healing? To help others understand about domestic violence?

All of these are valid intentions, but they might not all be the best reason to continue forward. At least not without some reflection.

*** So, next write whether your intentions are good for you? Do they help you? Do they send you in the direction you want to go in for yourself?

I invite you to consider your intentions for your dreams, goals, and actions, and just for daily life. Take time to really reflect on intention. How can your intention help you be more focused? How can your intention help you continue on a path for your highest good? And write about them.

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Take care. Be well. And Happy New Year!

With good intentions,



Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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