Intentions for 2014
All of my intentions for the year 2014 are about being mindful. I want to be more present in the current moment, being aware of my body and others.
- Be mindful of my mind.
- Be mindful of my body.
- Be mindful of how I spend my time.
- Be mindful of my relationships.
This one is very important to me. I have always loved to learn. I have a giant list of books I want to read and I would love to go back to school (for design? or organization?). I intend to spend a little time each day reading something, whether for leisure or learning. I read a lot of blogs, but I will be more mindful of the blogs I read, to make sure they are expanding my mind. I particularly like the blog Jesslively.com. She lives a life with intention, and encourages others to do the same (she’s made a business out of it!). She is very inspiring.
My mood and emotions are directly related to my thoughts going through my mind. I will practice meditation (some call this prayer—to each his own). I will be more aware of my moods and feelings, and if I feel any negative, I will try to change those thoughts or feelings to positive. I will seek to understand why I have these moods or feelings and work through them. I want to be a genuinely happy, content person.
I will journal more. It helps me process. In a way this blog is my journal. Whether I write a blog post or a private journal entry, writing about stuff helps me sort through it. It always has, but I have not taken the time to do it in the past. Or I don’t do it because I feel silly. Well, no longer. I’m going to put it out there to get it off my chest.
Body image is something I have struggled with for a while. I have written about my battle with this here. I do think it comes with being a woman. We are so hard on ourselves and we are our worst critic. For some reason, everybody else always looks cuter or prettier than I do in my eyes. But I have to remind myself that most women think like this, and they are probably thinking the same about me. I will be more self confident, and I intend to instill this confidence in the women around me.
I have been eating a semi “paleo” diet and when I stick to it, it makes me feel better. I don’t want to have strict rules about what I can and cannot eat. I just want to make healthy choices and eat food that tastes good and fuels my body, allowing it to function the best it can. I would like to decrease my sugar intake. I love sweets, and I eat sugar to the excess. I have been working on this and will continue to.
I love yoga. I have written about how important it has been in my life here. I will continue to do yoga. It helps me with my mind-body connection. I will listen to my body and give it the movement and exercise it needs. No more running 6 miles or lifting heavy weights. Weight training is important, but using body weight resistance is plenty. I intend to practice more yoga, and take a time out several times a week for a walk (preferably outside).
3. MY TIME
This is a hard one for me. I am 100% extrovert and a people pleaser. The more engagements I have on my social calendar, the better, right?!? Not really. I intend to say, “No” to invitations or propositions that don’t seem to fit into my life or schedule, or that I just don’t have time for. I will be more accepting of the fact that I don’t have time to do it all. I have to choose the important things, and spend time doing those things to the best of my ability. Which leads me to my last one,
4. MY RELATIONSHIPS
I am married now. It hasn’t hit me really, but so far, I like it. I intend to be conscious of my marriage and invest in our relationship. I will carve out time in our hectic, crazy lives to spend time just the 2 of us. We are always so much better off after a little alone time.
I feel like after 4 years here in Clear Lake, I have found a few girlfriends. It took me that long. I miss my girlfriends from high school, college, and graduate school. They know me. And still like me. But I feel like the connections I am making now are getting deeper. And my friends here are getting to know me better, and I them. Its important to have friends that get you. I will cherish the connections I have made and plan to deepen them.
I will make time for my family. I live in Clear Lake IA because my family lead me here. I love my family, they are the most important thing in my life. As I grow older and learn about myself, I am understanding more and more how my family has shaped the person that I am. I intend to take time for my family relationships and spend quality time with those I love.
I have big intentions for the new year. Its going to be a good one.