We have some big decisions and some big shifts heading our way this year. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m ready to shut the door on 2019 and embrace all this year has to offer. I promised in November that I wasn’t going to make goals and spreadsheets and big plans in order to “get my shit together” but I do have a word this year and I do have some intentions.

I’ll be using this creativity workbook throughout 2020.

Practice allows for mistakes and facilitates progress. Practice is fun. Practice can be (the good kind of) hard. To me, the word practice feels freeing and expansive and hopeful and that sounds like a lovely way to start a new year and a new decade.

My Intentions for the Year


  • authenticity
  • creativity
  • adventures
  • blog posts
  • movement
  • outdoor time
  • big love


  • screen time
  • chasing approval
  • night-owling
  • perfectionism
  • doubt
  • stuff

I’m excited to see you throughout 2020!!

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  • Happy New Year, Kate!
    I love your word for the year! Practice is something I’d like more of in my life too, and I can definitely relate to wanting less perfectionism and less doubt. (Now we just have to figure out how to make it happen, hey?)
    xo Marian

  • I am all about intentions rather than resolutions or goals, and I love your lists of both. (Although, how are you going to blog more and have less screen time? Asking for a friend.)

    I think this will also be a year of some big decisions and shifts for me. At least, I hope some big shifts. Depends on some of those decisions. I hope for you it is like it is for me: It’s feeling freeing, and expansive. Part of me is filled with trepidation about so many things outside of me (namely, the coming election and its aftermath, regardless of which way it goes, as well as climate issues), but personally, I am feeling more hopeful than I have in a long time. I’m looking forward to making this journey through time with you!

    • Hmmm. Perhaps more judicious screen use? I can definitely stand to cut back on the instagram scroll and television binge. Honestly, it’s embarrassing how much television I watch while knitting. If I listened to books or podcasts and stopped insta scrolling, I could probably blog two or three times a week and be even.

      I agree with your last paragraph 100%. Lots of world things that make me nervous, but personally, I am feeling more hopeful than I have in a long time.

      Thanks for being here, Rita. I hope your year is as a wonderful as you hope it to be!

    • “Although, how are you going to blog more and have less screen time? Asking for a friend.”
      This made me laugh out loud, Rita.
      I think, but don’t know for sure, that judicious use, as Kate suggested, has got to be key in this. I’ve just ordered Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism from the library and I’m hoping it’ll have some good advice because I need some help in this department too. (Last evening I was completely demoralized by a 10-minute mindless IG scroll; this just needs to stop…) I also want to read 24/6 by Tiffany Shlain.

      • I like Cal Newport–I’d love to hear what you learn from him. I could also do better in this department. I’ve set a FB/Twitter limit on my phone for each day, and I’m appalled at how often I hit the limit. I know I could be doing better things with my time. I’d like to explore this problem with the two of you.