New Year Intentions

On my personal blog, I have been writing about New Year “resolutions” for years.  Actually, it’s more my lack of resolutions.  I don’t really think I have ever met someone who made a resolution that they kept.  I am sure that someone does or maybe its one of the biggest urban myths in existence.  Either way, I began to do list of “intentions” at the beginning of each year.  Doesn’t intending to do something sound radically different from resolving to try to do something?  As Yoda says:

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

While I haven’t completed my list of intentions for 2015, one of them is to live more in the present.  I think it is easy to get bogged down in appointments, drama, sleep deprivation and obligation and there is a general lack of any spontaneity or FUN.  As I mentioned in my last theme park post, sometimes doing something out of the ordinary works out far better than expected.  Want an example?  We had a couple of mandatory road trips this week that would take us through Louisiana on I-10 this month.  We take the I-12 portion through Baton Rouge because it is supposed to be faster but for us it ends up being congested, angry and short on facilities.  It is by far the most stressful and miserable part of the trip, every time!  Because all of us have wanted to visit New Orleans for many years but some how never found the way to do so, I asked everyone, why not pit stop in New Orleans?  I mean we are going to get food and coffee some where, why not do it there?

There was really no reason not to.

Cafe Du Monde has been on everyone’s bucket list for several years, mostly because of its frequent appearance in movies/TV shows, but also because the incredible history it has with the city.  Out of the four times we went through this past week, we went to the Cafe three times.  (The fourth one was completely derailed buy the Rock & Roll Marathon street blockages but we DID try.)

 

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It was delicious food and a completely charming city.  Each time, we walked a little bit further, found a few more things we wanted to do next time and ended up deciding we MUST plan a family trip to NOLA.  Had we stayed on a rigid idea of what can and cannot be done, we would have never known how much we would love it.  Each time we were at the Cafe, we were eating and back out of the city within 45 minutes…not much longer than a regular pit stop but this was one with so much more character!

It was pretty eye-opening…

We set the intention for this year that we will try to plan a city pit stop in each area we go through.  There is so much out there that we are missing when we don’t slow down.  Instead of existing in a blur, we now have a new memory and a desire to explore a city not too far from us.  What’s better than that?

If you are interested in the kind of lists I do for the beginning of year intentions, you can check some of them out HERE.

What are your intentions this year?

What are you looking forward to most?

 

 

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