Is it just me, or was January both 20 years long but also gone in a blink of an eye? I felt like in the midst of it, it felt like it would never end but now that it is February 1st, I can’t help but think “where did this past month go?!”
As I do every month, I’ve put together my intentions for February 2018. I have already seen a lot of comments online where people are reporting feeling sad or discouraged for ‘breaking’ their resolutions. I also found myself falling into the trap of feeling like I wasn’t living up to my intentions that I had set for the beginning of the year. I did some work to remind myself that I have all YEAR to work towards the intentions I set a month ago for the New Year, and that I can only learn from each day and the choices I make.
My February intentions are aligned with my overall theme of 2018: to be more mindful and to live authentically. I believe the things listed will truly help me live and be my most authentic self.
Intentions: February 2018
Recommit to Meditation
I was doing really well on working with my daily meditation practice for the first bit of the year, but these past few weeks I have been de-prioritizing meditation. This month, I am looking to find this meditation practice again. I acknowledge that it may not always look like what I want it to look like, and that it may not always be easy, but I know it’s important.
Keep Experimenting with Exercise
I just joined ClassPass for the first time, after being so intrigued for years! ClassPass allows you to take fitness classes at a variety of studios at a fixed cost. I am really excited about this, and I want to make sure I’m using this to try out new studios and workout types (while also visiting a few favorites in the midst). (Shameless plug! Get $40 off your first month of ClassPass!)
Meal prep a *little* more often
I’m not very good at meal prep, and I’m not shy about that. A lot of my meals are thrown together or made in the moment, and leftovers are often an after thought. I want to be a little more intentional about what I’m cooking and how much I’m saving for later. I even want to try to get into some freezer meals.
Eat Meals at the Table
Devlin and I have gotten into the habit of eating some of our dinners on the couch, watching TV. It is definitely doesn’t make for the mot present experience, and it means that we aren’t focusing on spending time with each other or with our food in those moments. We have a beautiful dining room table which I love, and I want to put an end to eating on the couch once and for all (mostly…)
Start Purging the Closet
We are moving to San Francisco (eventually). We don’t have a place, or a move out date, or any plan at all, but I know that within the next few months it is happening. Our lease is currently month to month, so we have a lot of flexibility. I want to slowly start preparing for the inevitable and I want to start getting rid of what I don’t want to move with. Starting with my closet. I still have a lot of clothes from college/my post-grad days, and they honestly just don’t serve me anymore.
I tend to hold on to objects, clothing, keepsakes, feelings, habits, and memories for no other reason than it’s what’s known. I want to practice non-attachment in all aspects in my life. If something
Leave the House Every Day
If left to my own devices, I could spend the majority of the week at home. I genuinely enjoy being home and am very much a creature of habit. Having to get to work every day definitely helps me get into the routine of doing something, but there are some weekends where I’m busy around the house doing blog work/school work/cleaning/watching Netflix/etc that I forget to go anywhere. This has been happening more often recently, so I want to make sure to get out at least once per day – even if just for a block around the block.
Fab 4 Smoothie
I’m currently reading the book Body Love by Kelly LeVeque, and in it she talks about the importance of each meal having elements of the following: protein, fat, fiber, & greens (which she calls her Fab 4). She also talks about the ‘Fab 4 Smoothie’ a blood sugar stabilizing complete meal in smoothie form. I have noticed a HUGE difference in my energy level (and lack of hunger throughout the morning) when I start my day with one of these smoothies. I don’t do it every day, but I’m hoping to continue the habit and make one as close every morning as possible.
Be easy on myself
This is easy to understand but often difficult to execute. I tend to be hard on myself when I don’t live up to my expectations, do something that I think doesn’t align with my greater goals or purpose, or watch one (or four) too many episodes of Shameless on Saturday morning. I’m aiming to live a life of ease, and at the core of that is to be kind to myself.
I would absolutely love to hear about one of your intentions this month. Connect with me on Instagram or leave me a message below.