Hello friends and Happy February!
The stress of January is finally over and we are all settled into the new year, at least I am. As many of you know (if you've ready my posts) I always start off each month with a new set of goals or intentions.
Why make monthly intentions?
Ever since the summer, I've taken a little chunk out of my day on the first of a new month to write out 'monthly intentions.' I was completely inspired by one of my favorite accounts on Instagram, Lee From America. Lee is one of my favorites on Instagram for many reasons. Her holistic view on health, wellness & eating is refreshing and she uses her page as a platform to share her feelings about all of her life experiences. She's inspiring to women, dances in her stories, makes some amazing recipes (I'm addicted to the fat balls), and she reminds me of one of my best friends from college- shoutout to you Katie! Overall, I love her messages of positivity and self-reflection.
Needless to say, her habit of writing out monthly intentions has stuck on me for months now. As a society, we don't spend much time sitting down and reflecting upon ourselves.We get gratification for the things we do at work or on social media, but they're quite hollow. We are always in a perpetual state of wanting to 'be better,' but many people don't do much about it. Intentions are an aim or a plan that is tangible and do-able. No matter how small of grand your intention may be, it's important to write it down. I take flashcards or plain pieces of paper, use my favorite pen, and reflect on things that will make me happier and more conscious. Sometimes I like to add color to my intention list so I take out some Crayola colored pencils I've had for god knows how long, and get to work.
Most of my monthly intentions are centered around school and balance. I've been dying to do vinyasa yoga & bikram yoga so I plan on trying a couple of classes this month. I love CrossFit, but I want to incorporate more deep stretching and mindful breathing into my routine to help my body out. I also realized that my time management on weekends is a little off, so I'm making it a goal to do all/most of my homework on weekends so I'm not cramming during the week. As usual, I aim to create one blog post per week because of obvious reasons. I love this page and I love when people tell me they read it too ;). Lastly, I plan on signing out of social media on Sunday's. I've been taking baby steps away from social media (deleting snapchat, twitter, tumblr accounts, and facebook app). I spend a lot of time on Instagram, but I want to make a conscious effort to distance myself from my phone and social media. As someone who works with kids, it is sad to see them attached to their phones, sneaking it into class, clutching it in their hands to go anywhere and everywhere. I don't want to be like that, but I fall into the trap of how addicting it is to live a life that is centered around online activity. There is also a lot of negative content online and I think we've been desensitized to a lot because we are only seeing it from our screens (example: students obsessively talking about kill streaks, grenade launchers and best guns to use in video games, and laughing about it). I was talking to one of my friends in my class last week and it made me realize that there are many important things in life, social media is close to the bottom.
So.... there you have it! Like I said before, it's easy to write out your intentions for each month. It does take a little thinking, but once you create your list, add some color and place it in a visible spot, you will be reminded of ways to improve yourself.