A little over two years ago I met the founder of the My Intent Project, Chris Pan, in Malibu. Chris was going around asking people what their ‘word’ was (a word that was important or inspiring to them), and making them bracelets with their chosen word engraved. Earlier that morning, Brazil had just played a crazy game against Chile in the World Cup, which resulted in a 3-2 shootout victory in penalty kicks. Man, was that game stressful! When Chris asked me what my word was, I thought for just a second before replying, “faith.” My reason? I had faith that Brazil was going to win the World Cup. (Little did I know at the time Brazil would lose against Germany in the semi-finals by an embarrassing six points, but I digress.)
Over the years I watched as Chris’ company grew with the goal of becoming a catalyst for meaningful conversation. Picking a word begs the questions: “What do you want more of in your life?” “What challenges do you want to overcome?” or “What are you passionate about?” In no time, the My Intent Project was featured on the Today Show, had a booth at Jay-Z’s pre-grammy party, and most excitingly (for me) Kanye West proudly wore his word [BEAUTIFY] on the cover of Time Magazine.
Six months ago, my intent for the next stage in my life came to me out of the blue. I rushed to my computer, got on MyIntent.org, and ordered myself a bracelet. My new word? CREATE. I had realized that what makes me happiest is releasing my creativity. I needed to do more of that! So I made the intent to create on different outlets and on different platforms.
This Christmas I decided to give the gift of intent. I ordered a Makers Kit (highly recommend!) and started asking my best friends questions about what they wanted from 2017. “If you could choose a word, something you want to achieve or live by in 2017, what would it be?” This led to meaningful insights about those closest to me. Words such as AWARE, CONTROL, CLARITY, HAPPINESS, HARVEST, STRENGTH, BE, and YES came to light; all with beautiful and inspiring reasons behind them.
On New Year’s Eve, the only accessory I wore was my intent (now on a gold bead necklace) to set the vibe for the new year. I haven’t changed my intent to CREATE because I am still inspired by it every day.
Now that we are in 2017, I encourage all of you to think for a minute about what your word is. Some of you may have more than one word. Some of you may have to take some time to think about it. The goal is to dig within yourself, discover your purpose and passion, and set your intention.
The My Intent Project is a true Lyfebulb favorite! Feel free to reach out and share your word with me and the Lyfebulb team! We would love to hear your story!