Setting My Intention

“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” — Buddha

Year after year I always say “the best is yet to come” only this year…I am about to walk into the greatest year of my life. 

As we embark on a new year, maybe it’s not so much about figuring out what your New Year’s resolution should be – maybe it’s setting your intention every day, to being better than you were yesterday.

I think what we lack is being true to our intention. Great things begin when you begin living your truth – something that has taken me so long to get to. I just turned forty, and I read this recently – I think your forties are for not caring about what anyone thinks anymore. I want to be free and live my truth, every single day. I’m beyond tired of being a secret, I want to be here wholly and fully present. Love yourself.

We go through so many ebbs and flows depending on the season that we’re in. It’s about leveling up each time. One step backwards but leaping ahead four. I’ve said it before – I am a culmination of every conversation, book I’ve read, and piece of advice I’ve sought out.  This year, it’s about living all my truths.

It’s crazy to think about what can happen in just one day, let alone an entire year, decade. I’ve learned a lot about myself this year (again), layer upon layer – am I ever going to get to the easy part?

Your perception of what’s holding you back is currently big and bad and terrifying, but those obstacles are only real – if you believe them. The anticipatory anxiety is so much worse than what will actually happen. Love yourself.

Running has been my drug for a long time. My utmost magnificent blogs have been a result of a trek alone in the woods – albeit we’re on the road some days. I like my space, it’s where I recharge my batteries it took some getting used to.

There are some unhealthy coping mechanisms that exist. Bouncing from person to person, tipping back the bottle, or whatever your vice is, it doesn’t fill the void. It’s a temporary solution to a long-term problem. Love yourself.

You need to sit with it, stew, get angry and come up with a viable solution to your next step. Do you want to spend the next years of your life miserable and hurting the people around you, or do you want to start living your truth? Love yourself.

Why waste time being unhappy when our time is so short to begin with? There is no reason you shouldn’t be living your best life every single day (okay, most days). Quit your job, find something you love to do – I promise, it exists. Think outside the box. Start running. Start investing in yourself – at the end of the day it’s YOUR story – no one else’s. Love yourself.

I just keep going. Setting goals, crushing them, and along the way I have the hope that one day, there will be someone who loves me as much as I love them, won’t waiver, and be readily available. Love yourself.

Have you ever noticed when you *really* notice something for the first time, suddenly you see it everywhere – a new car, or a sign, etc. I feel like I’ve been circling back to my roots and trying to live with intention – now that’s all I hear about – doing it with intention, or not at all.

I’m ready for my forties. Everyone is waiting. If I’ve learned one thing thus far, it would be to not leave your destiny in anyone else’s hands.

Do all things with intention.

Why in the world am I chasing after people who don’t fit my requirements? Who don’t think of me? Who certainly don’t love me? Who don’t reciprocate? And take the pieces they see fit for themselves and leave the rest. Love yourself.

We underestimate the small habits.

If you went to bed 1 hour earlier, that’s an extra 365 hours of sleep a year.

If you read 10 pages a day, that’s 3,650 pages a year.

If you lost 1 lb a week, that’s 52 lbs in a year.

If you walked a mile a day, that’s 365 miles a year.

Don’t underestimate the small stuff, it adds up. Both good and bad.

Think about snoozing an extra hour each day, choosing an hour of Netflix over your workout, passing on the healthy food and eating junk instead. The small stuff creates the big results in our lives. It may seem like it doesn’t matter today but think about the small choices and how they compound over time.

What do you want? Will your choices today get your where you want to be a year from now? Set your intention. Love yourself.

Thinking of you, and sending you love.