As you probably know by now I’m a big fan of intentionality. I believe that in order to better yourself, in order to love yourself and in order to love others you have to be intentional.
One way I like to practice this is by setting intentions every month. Essentially this is like goal setting. I set aside time once a month to reflect, to set goals, to look at past goals and to physically write down using pen and paper my intentions for the upcoming month.
August is the month for summer but it’s also the month for change. It’s the transition from summer to a brand new season of fall. It means mentally preparing to head back to school. It means soaking in the last vacations. It means making the most of the moment. It means thinking ahead. It means planning for what’s next. And for me, it means moving across the country, once again.
While August does signal that summer is coming to a close, I am determined to make every spare moment count because I sure have a lot more summer left to see. This month I’m climbing South Sister, backpacking around Mount Rainier, attending a country music concert, trying new restaurants in Portland, writing more blog posts, going wine tasting and of course, doing LOTS of hiking.
When I set intentions I try to set three types of intentions. Open-ended long term intentions, specific daily or weekly intentions and reminder-like intentions.
So here they are!
There it is. My 10 August Intentions. Some will easy, some won’t be and that’s okay. The idea isn’t to restrict myself or feel guilty about anything that I’m doing or not doing. It’s just about being intentional about bettering who I am and the relationships I have, including the relationship I have with myself.
I encourage you to apply this exercise to your own life and if you do, let me know how it goes. I promise you that it helps. It helps you become self-aware, it helps you navigate this whole “intentionality” thing and it helps isolate concrete steps you can do this month to live a life that is for you, simply and unapologetically.
That’s all for now,