In the spring of 2018, I decided to take a break from my change management work to find a new way to focus on the two things I loved most - storytelling and ocean conservation.
I told a friend I was going to try to volunteer for a new non-profit for the ocean on Vancouver Island, run by two National Geographic photographers. But before I could contact them with my offer, I got their email newsletter, announcing that they were hiring a Story Lead. Hello, kismet. Three weeks later, I sold my house in Vancouver and moved to the Island to start my new job with them.
I don't fully understand how the power of intention works. But I've seen it happen again and again. Someone sets an intention and shares it with others – and bam! It comes true.
Today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere – the shortest day and longest night. Tomorrow the light starts to return. With it comes an opportunity for new beginnings and hope.
There's no right or wrong way to do this. I like to write my intention on my mirror with a whiteboard marker, where I see it every day. That reminds me to check in on my progress and keep sharing it with the world.
As I wrote last year, the winter solstice is also a wonderful time to let go of all the things that have been weighing us down so we can start the new year feeling light and free.
However you choose to celebrate, I hope this solstice sparks something wonderful!