Rose: June Intentions

It’s funny. When I wrote out my “May intentions,” I actually labeled them “May Goals.” I can tell what kind of mindset I was in at the time. It was the last month of the semester, a typically busy period at work. Wedding planning was in full swing, and I had a race to run, too. No wonder I set up “goals” rather than simple “intentions.”

Let’s review how the month of May went.

Making me time. For the most part, I would say that I accomplished this goal. I spent my weekends taking little trips, which breathed new life and energy into my spirit. I also spent quite a bit of time with friends, including a day trip to the beach on Memorial Day. That day particularly stands out because we ended up riding a few rides at the amusement park. I haven’t laughed that hard in so long! I felt like a kid again, and it was fun.

Making a plan. The goal here was to use lists to manage my time better. For the most part, this was accomplished. I made a color-coded post-it note board in my apartment with all the remaining wedding tasks (see below — M added his twist to the captions). And I also made use of some serious lists to get through my work load at the office. All told, this was accomplished.

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Getting back to what I love. Okay, so this really happened! The goal was to get back to Max 30, yoga, walking, kayaking and softball. I have achieved all of these, except for walking. Looking back, I’m actually proud of how much exercise I did. We did quite a bit of kayaking, I went to yoga a few times, and I started up another 60-days of Max: 30. I didn’t walk that much, so in June I need to work on fitting in some walks home from work.

So what’s on tap for June?

JuneIntentions

Reduce stressors. This means turning off work email when I get home. I’ve been doing this most nights, and I can’t believe the weight that has been lifted. The only time I check it is when I’m on a deadline. Other than that, I’m email free. In addition to work, I am trying to break down the wedding tasks (and do some delegating) to reduce stress. So far, this has been working. I honestly had no idea how much work goes into a wedding. But breaking it down piece by piece — and having a fiance, friends and family who help — goes a long way.

Throw caution to the wind. You only live once, right? I am often quite practical in my decision-making, which is good. But there are times when I want to throw caution to the wind a bit more, and do things just because they are fun. This includes trips to see family/friends (even if it’s back-to-back weekends) and doing things outside of my comfort zone.

Read more. This goes on the list again because I still haven’t accomplished it. I would love to get into the habit of reading either at lunch or in the evening. Just 30 minutes would do. I need to exercise my brain more.

Adventure freely.
I find that I’m happiest when I’m out adventuring with M. New Jersey has so much to offer, and I’m thankful to have a partner who wants to travel with me and see new things. I want this to continue in June (when it can) and check out new places and spaces.

What are your intentions for June?

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Rose: October Intentions

Last month, I set some intentions for myself. It was the month of my move, and I was trying to be kind to myself. I stumbled across these while looking through old posts and thought I’d revisit my September intentions and whether I followed through:

September Intentions

Listen. I want to spend time with Pittsburgh friends and family before I go. Listen to their stories. Catch up with their lives.

I did this to the best of my ability. I had a going-away dinner. I spent more time with my neighbors and besties. I saw my family as often as I could. I treasured the time I had left.

Meditate. I want to spend some quiet time with myself this month. Going on canal walks. Sitting on my new balcony. I want to take in my new life and see its new beauty. I want to stay in touch with how I’m feeling.

Yes! I did this! However, I didn’t sit on the balcony as much as I wanted. Darkness and chills got in the way. But I have taken great advantage of the canal path near my apartment. Walks have been on the agenda, and I even went running this past Sunday for the first time. I love where I live!

Maintain. I want to stay healthy, continue moving, and maintain my “clean eating” routines. I don’t want this month to give me a reason to give up on my goals.

I am only doing “okay” with this. I’m not eating nearly as clean as I did in July, when I joined my first challenge group. Most of the week, I do fine. It’s the weekends where I hit some problems. Food on the fly has become a norm, as well as wine. I am only human.

Open-up. It takes me a while to open up at a new job or new environment. I want to embrace the change with fortitude. I want to assert myself kindly. I want to be myself from the forefront.

I am really trying with this. I try and make joke at staff meetings or join in the hallway conversation when I hear topics that interest me. But I can still feel myself being reserved. However, I did make a few new friends (yay!), so that’s progress. I hope to continue opening up, especially at work.

And even though October is almost over, it’s never too late to set some intentions. For the next week or so, I’ll keep these in mind:

October Intentions

Be true. I want to speak up regarding what I want. I will value my time and protect it. I’ll do only things that bring me joy. I’ll avoid feeling guilty if I can’t “do it all.” I’ll follow my heart and see where that leads me.

Relax. I want to read a book for fun. I want to go on walks without my iPhone. I want to go running and immerse myself in music. I want to sit in the middle of nowhere and do nothing for a while.

Laugh. I want to enjoy this time I have through humor. I want to delight in the company of others.

Here’s to the rest of a beautiful fall month!