What are your intentions?
Happy September! Another summer has passed and I feel like I’m still in May. I’m choosing to believe this is not because I’m absent-mindedly going through my life but rather so present I didn’t notice time flying by. (Yes, that’s definitely it ;-)
And in waking up to the fact there’s only a handful of months left in the year, I’ve been exploring how I want to approach the remainder of it.
I could easily slam into Fall the way I’ve been known to. I could stress myself with work, with family, with the holidays, and end up a wrung out washcloth of a woman come January. I could do that as I’m sure you could too.
Thankfully we have choice in how we experience our lives. Though we can’t control situations, outcomes or people (damn it!), we do get to choose how we approach what comes. We get to choose our outlook, our perspective and how we take care of ourselves when emotions flare.
(My father attempted to explain this to me one day when I was in the middle of an 8 year old meltdown with the line, “I’m not making you angry. You’re making yourself angry.” I wanted to kill him. Though I still don’t agree with his approach or the possible overlooking of his own behavior and impact, I do now pull significant strength from knowing I always have choice. And it’s that choice that directly impacts how I experience my life.)
So when we’re seeking to make thoughtful choices for the remainder of our year, where’s the best place to begin?
Conscious choice begins by first flushing out our intentions as intention feeds choice and action.
Here are a few questions my clients and I have been working with to nail down our intentions for the Fall and beyond. Grab a pen and paper and give yourself 10 minutes to write freely.
How do you want to feel as you move through the rest of 2016? What do you want to experience, what do you want to remember? Who do you want to feel close to? What do you want to be able say at year end as you usher in 2017?
In asking these questions for myself, I discovered I want to approach the end of the year with gratitude and possibility. I want to feel connected. Committed. Dedicated. I want to experience wonder and grace and I want to remember it’s all going to be OK. I want to be close to my community and my family and at the end of 2016, I want to be able to say I showed up, did the work, faced the fear, loved hard, lived well and am willing to do it all over again, should I be granted another year.
It’s certainly easy to get caught in both the overwhelm and minutiae of life. To get bogged down with tasks, to dos, expectations and excuses. Yet when we take just 10 minutes to expand our perspective, to get intentional and reconnect with how we want to feel and live, we’re free to create a soul-nourishing experience for our lives and share it’s exponential power with the people and world around us.
As you journal on these questions, trust what comes up for you. Leave judgment at the door and let yourself be present for the goodness you want to feel and create.
And if you’re so inclined, I’d love to hear what flows from these questions. Simply send me an email and tell me about it.
All of my love,
P.S. I have 3 clarity sessions left for the month of September. If you’ve been wanting to feel intentional about the rest of your year, let’s talk. Whether your intention is to take better care of your body, your work, your dreams or your sense of self, we’ll dig into what’s not working and lay out a plan to move you in your desired direction. Simply click here and we’ll get you on the calendar.
P.P.S. If you enjoyed these journaling questions stay tuned as there’s more of that goodness coming in the next few weeks.
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