The beginning of this month is bringing a full moon, daylight savings time, (and a Monday!) all in its first week. That sweet trifecta was enough to get me to do something I’ve been trying to prioritize for a few months now. . . writing down my intentions.
I see people I admire doing this all the time. And I’ve seen for myself the power that comes from not just thinking about what you want to do/be/embrace/change, but writing it down. And, taking it a step further? SHARING that. Putting those intentions out there publicly is a part of that belief that they will happen, and that is also accountability to myself.
I wrote Abundance under that November header, because (as it is for a lot of people) Abundance is a word, mindset, and notion that I try and pray over and meditate through a LOT. When I was in my Yoga Teacher Training we had a weekend intensive that included choosing a word and learning about how to meditate on it. Abundance was my word. I know it’s cliche, but the weight it carries has been big and important.
Some of what I attach to abundance in my prayers and meditation are:
- Abundance of time with Charlie and my girls
- Abundance of freedom surrounding food and movement in my brain and body
- Abundance of forgiveness and acceptance for what I cannot change
- Abundance of opportunities to teach yoga
- Abundance of paid work for Charlie and I
- Abundance of money for giving, for fun, for travel, and for the future
I shared a little on IG about that first intention.
“Twisting it out before class. We did all the moon Salutations (standing and kneeling) and kept it cozy and light tonight. It was such a soft way to start the week. With the full moon, new month, and a Monday coming quick I’m setting my intentions deeply and holding them lightly. The biggest November one I’m drawing in is to let go of others’ expectations of me. Sharing a lot online means the expectations others have of me, my marriage, or my family, start to whelm large, and can start to penetrate deep. I’m ready to release that, and just keep Being and loving where I’m at and who I’m growing into. I’ll share my other intentions tomorrow. But for tonight I’m meditating on that big one ❤️”
Twisting it out before class. We did all the moon Salutations (standing and kneeling) and kept it cozy and light tonight. It was such a soft way to start the week. With the full moon, new month, and a Monday coming quick I’m setting my intentions deeply and holding them lightly. The biggest November one I’m drawing in is to let-go of others expectations of me. Sharing a lot online means that often the expectations others have of me, my marriage, or my family, and those can start to penetrate deep. And I’m ready to release that. And just keep Being and loving where I’m at and who I’m growing into. I’ll share my other intentions tomorrow. But for tonight I’m meditating on that big one ❤️ • • • • • ##yogaformama #autumnonthemat #yogaeverydamnday #ytt #everybodybends #yogaforeverybody #bopofitness #yogaformysoul #sweatpink #bellinghamyoga #homepractice #Sundayselfcareflow #coreworksfityoga @coreworksfit
Next I wrote down what my go-to mantra is all about; Do the Next Right Thing.
I lean into those words daily, whenever I am saying yes or no, and making decisions I close my eyes and breath deep and ask myself – Is this the next right thing for me? Does this line up with who I am and who I want to be? If so, GO!
That all comes down to believing in the path I am on, that has been laid out so obviously before me, and continuing to take steps down it, even when it’s incredibly uncomfortable (sometimes!)
Next up? An uncomfortable one. One people don’t talk much about.
Making a Financial Difference I have BIG giving goals. I have BIG things I want to do. For this year’s Giving Tree (also, if you want to help me? PLEASE do. I have SO many ways you can help, and giving $$ is one of them!) For my extended family. And for my little family. I have giving goals each month. Places to give to, numbers I want to be able to reach, and a big goal of the ability to always give MORE to someone in need. So weird, awkward, or strange as it is to ‘talk money’… here I am. I’ve got some big money goals.
And, finally; Celebrate, Anticipate, Allow Growth
This is the month’s mantra. The holidays are upon us and I LOVE this time of year. I love connecting with my family, community, and online community through all the cheer there is to give and receive. I think this time of year (all the way through January!) is such a time growth. And I want to encourage myself (and others!) to celebrate, be excited about what’s to come, and be open to the growth that can happen in that.
I also have a few more tangible goals that are basically week by week. Stuff like; less coffee, more tea, thoughtful meditation (follow along with #5meditationminutes), gentle words to myself, and believing in the Good.
Do you intention set? It was a powerful experience for me this month and it’s inspiring me to keep doing it! If you are, I’d love to see more of what you are doing!