I set up a little space on the bed for my intention setting tonight before I head to bed. I placed my laptop on my Slate, lit my GoodLight candle, pulled up The Balanced Blonde’s post from earlier today for reference, got my journal out, 4 colored pens and started writing!
I’m so excited to be setting intentions for this year and sharing them with YOU!
So let’s get started…
1. To be FULLY present in what I’m doing and who I’m with. So I personally think that I’m pretty good about putting my phone away when I’m with a friend or at dinner (unless I’m taking a picture of my food). BUT I am pretty bad about being in the present moment because I’m either constantly caught up in the past or living 10 years in the future. (YES I did have my next 10 years budgeted out, but ended up getting so much anxiety from it that I decided to only budget and plan out a year in advance. LOL. I know I’m crazy. So today I took a yoga class at Lifetime and the teacher mentioned something about focusing your gaze on an object in front of you and actually looking at it. I feel like that relates to being in the present moment because I found that I wasn’t really looking at anything…it’s as if my eyes were glossed over and I actually had to consciously look at something to actually SEE it. I don’t know if that’s confusing, but it makes sense to me. When I’m doing something, I feel like I’m thinking about a hundred other things and playing out a hundred other scenarios in my mind, but if I just realized where I was in that moment, all of that would fade away.
2. Be grateful. I have to write a separate blog post about this, but gratitude has CHANGED MY LIFE. Like…a lot A LOT. What I’ve been doing is saying (OUT LOUD) the things I’m grateful for on the way to work in the morning and it puts me in such a good mood automatically. If I’m ever grumpy or tired, I list off everything and everyone I’m grateful for and I realize that I am so blessed and end up feeling like any issues I’m experiencing are so small. Being grateful has really changed my mindset and has helped me stabilize any feelings of sadness and anxiety.
3. Be + share my authentic self. So what I really want to accomplish with this one is just allow myself to be me. We’ve all felt self-conscious at one point or another, and I feel like it’s so easy to censor ourselves from the outside world and people that we aren’t super close to. This year I want to truly open up to people both online and in person. I have worked a lot on self-acceptance and I feel like I’m in a good place with accepting who I am, and I’d love to share more about myself with others.
4. Get lost in nature. I LOVE the outdoors. For those that have grown up with me, you know that I went to an overnight camp for a WHOLE month starting when I was seven. This camp made me fall in love with hiking, swimming in gross ponds, making fires from scratch, dancing and just includes my favorite childhood memories. We literally slept in open cabins in the middle of nowhere. When I’m in nature…I just feel like myself. So, this year I’d really love to schedule some outdoor time at least once a week. Plus, this time of year is the perfect time for hiking in the Vegas area, because once it hits summer it is too freaking hot. So…the time is NOW!
5. Trust in my intuition + listen to my inner thoughts + my inner voice. Although I feel like I am a pretty good decision maker (besides when I’m super indecisive – which, okay, is a lot) I feel like I have missed some key moments where I felt like I should have acted on something or not have done something and I dismissed my intuition. Looking back I’m always like ‘ohhhhhh…that’s why I had those feelings or those thoughts!‘ This year I’d like to truly listen to myself and make decisions based on my intuition.
6. Let go of things and people that don’t serve me. No, I’m not dropping people who don’t do things for me. For this one, I just want to let go of relationships that have been a struggle. My mom always tells me that people come in and out of your life and it’s okay. We don’t need to fight to hold on to something that just isn’t there. This also holds for any goals, dreams, ideas, and material things too.
7. Use technology wisely. For those who don’t know, I’m a Social Media Manager. Which means I’m on the computer/phone a LOT. Like…all day long at work. Because I also blog on the side, it means MORE screen time. After taking a much-needed vacation to San Diego with Tony (my other half aka cuddle bunny) I realized how nice it is to not be on my phone all the time. SHOCKER. It’s nice to actually…you know…be present and live life in the moment. I want to carve out specific times in the day when I can spend some productive time online, so I don’t always have to be checking my phone 24/7.
8. Learn to BREATHE through it all. I find that whenever I’m anxious, scared or nervous, I tend to hold my breath. Practicing yoga has helped me deepen my breath, but I want to continue to practice taking deep breaths whenever I’m in an uncomfortable situation or whenever I’m feeling anxious. I’ve already started to implement this and focus on breathing through tough situations and it really works.
9. Write daily –> journal + blog! Anyone else feels like they love writing, but when out of practice it just seems to be SO hard to get back into it? That’s how writing has been for me lately. I feel like I’ve just been going through the motions, but want to break through and really make it a daily practice to put thoughts to paper.
Time for a little #transformationtuesday story!!!! On the left was me about 2 years ago when I hit my highest weight of 209!!!! Can you believe it!? I stopped weighing myself after hitting that number, but I’m sure it went even higher than that. Fast forward to the picture on the right, taken a month or so ago, I’m 40lbs down right around 170. Sustainable and healthy weight loss takes time and is different for everyone. I remember I used to gain and lose 20lbs in a matter of months in my late teens, but it also came with a lot of ups and downs with dieting…something I definitely do not recommend. As I had gained over 80lbs (staring at around 120 to 209) I knew I wanted this weight loss journey to be different. I put away the scale (for the most part), I began to eat healthy foods that I LOVED and I did the types of exercises that I enjoyed (like hiking and yoga). I’m still on my weight loss journey, but I learned that if I didn’t love myself at 209lbs, I wasn’t going to love myself any more when I lost weight. In fact I remember back when I was only 120lbs and I was constantly trying to get thinner (which now I don’t even know why). Regardless, if you’re on your weight loss or fitness journey, just know that you are beautiful regardless what people will tell you and it is worth it to be healthy. ❤️ . . . . . #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #healthyweightloss #healthyweight #sustainableweightloss #health #fitness #healthgoals #fitnessgoals #fit #fitnessgirl #fitnessmotivation #fitgirl #curves #yogafit #weightlossstory #weightlosssupport #healthylifestyle #beforeandafterweightloss #healthiswealth #healthy #health #lifeisbeautiful #selflove #selfcare #weightlossmotivation #40poundsdown #beforeandafter
10. Move my body every day. You guys. I am so so so grateful for my body. For those who don’t know I have a pretty big journey with weight gain and weight loss. Growing up I have always been in good shape and super active. Around age 21, I started experiencing severe depression, which with just how depression is and medications I was on, made me gain more than 88 pounds in about a year. Which is CRAZY fast. Never in my life did I think I would ever deal with being overweight. Literally, if you would have told me that just a few years back, I would have thought you were ridiculous. BUT life happens, and I gained a lot of weight. BUTTTTT I have also lost around 40 pounds VERY slowly in the last two years. I’m not at the same weight as I normally would be, but I feel like I’m in such a good place with my eating habits and exercise. What’s interesting is throughout this whole journey I have gained weight, yes, but I gained a whole new understanding of what health is. With the help of Dr. Kelly Brogan (her amazing book – A Mind of Your Own), I have been on this amazing healing journey with the help of diet and lifestyle changes. Anyway, I’d love to go into more detail about this later, but moving my body feels SO good and I’ve learned to do the types of exercises that I love and that make me feel good.
11. Shower myself with LOVE. Self-love is so so so so SO important to me. I can’t stress it enough. This past year, I truly have learned to love myself and it’s something I want to continue to do forever. Growing up I always felt like I was never enough. Like I needed to lose weight (even when I was at a PERFECT weight), like I needed to put on makeup, dress up, color my hair or act a certain way to get people’s approval. Look, there is NOTHING wrong with makeup or dressing up. In fact, I love both! However, it’s really the intention you have behind it. Are we doing things for others or because it makes us feel great? Anyway, I enjoy makeup, but I don’t wear it every day and I’d literally have people tell me that I NEEDED to wear makeup or I SHOULD dye my hair. The reality is, I don’t need to. And those people that told me that I did were so insecure that they picked out every single one of my flaws because they didn’t love themselves. I’ve learned that there is NO ONE…not one single person that can love us more than we love ourselves. If we don’t love ourselves…how can we learn to truly love and care about others? This one is so close to my heart because learning to love and accept myself FINALLY has felt amazing and I just want to continue feeling this way.
12. Food to heal my body and mind. So as I mentioned before, Dr. Kelly Brogan’s book has helped me overcome depression, anxiety and lose weight. I want to continue this healing journey by nourishing my body with healthy and tasty food. I really believe in eating food that you love. For me, I like to find foods that taste amazing to me, but are super healthy too. Some of my go-to’s are avocados, blueberries, chicken, sweet potatoes, and zucchini. Eating a non-processed, gluten-free, dairy-free and low sugar diet has made me feel great, and it’s something I want to continue doing in 2018.
Well…that’s A LOT! But, what’s interesting is that this list literally took me about 15 minutes to complete. All of these things just came to mind so easily and effortlessly, and I’m so excited to keep these in mind and journal about what I experience and learn this year. I also REALLY quick want to include that I didn’t mention reading, but reading is something I want to put more effort into this year. I don’t want to overwhelm myself with a huge goal of reading a ton of books, but I do want to read at least one book a month. I think that’s pretty doable, don’t you?
Now that you know me so well…I’d love to get to know YOU more! Are you setting intentions this year? If you are, let me know an intention you have for 2018, if not, tell me something about yourself!
2018 is going to be amazing.