With the start of a new year I spent some time setting intentions for 2019 in my planner. I’m trying a new planner this year that requires you to choose one word to drive your intent for the year. It took me a few days to decide on my word. Many of the words swirling in my mind had to do with being healthier or words associated with my career goals. The word I finally felt most good about is “confidence”. To the outside world I probably appear to be confident in most aspects of my life. Honestly, this isn’t true. There’s a lot of negative self-talk that happens in my head. And I realize that I can be so cruel to myself. I need to set boundaries on the negative self-talk. My mean and hurtful inner-monologue is shameful. And it will stop this year. My intention for this year is to approach my life from a place of confidence. I plan to be more confident in my work, in my personal life, in my writing. I put in the work and now I need to make things happen for myself. I do not want my life to pass me by. In order for this to happen I need to actively pump myself up. I have to make the decision to shift my personal narrative. This is not something that I expect to happen over night, but I plan to do the necessary work to move from a place of confidence to make the things I want and need for myself to happen. I’m excited!