The other year I started setting intentions rather than New Year resolutions as a way to evaluate things I wanted to work on and change in my life. A few months ago while scrolling through Instagram, I saw someone post their intentions for the month. I loved this idea because our personal goals, mantras or things we are working on change month to month (sometimes even day to day). This is something I’m starting to incorporate into my life and invite you to do the same!
I’m sharing a few of my intentions for July:
Get my body moving everyday (morning and nighttime stretching)
Clean and get rid of things I no longer need
Read a book I’ve been wanting to read
Try new recipes
Show gratitude for loved ones and kindness to strangers
Be more present in the moment
Take more time tolisten
What intentions are you setting this month?
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Happy May! To get the month started, I’ve created a yoga and wellness checklist for my followers. I invite you to switch up your routine and try some new things this month. You may find something you like!
How many things can you check off?
Practice a new style of yoga (Vinyasa, Yin, etc.)
Practice visualization (close your eyes and think of your favorite place)
Meditate for 5 minutes
Close your eyes and listen to a sound-healing meditation (I love finding videos on YouTube. Check this one out)
Dedicate your yoga practice to yourself
Dedicate your yoga practice to someone else that you want to send love and positive energy to
Put together a playlist of your favorite songs (maybe practice yoga to it, play it in the car, listen in the shower. Find some of mine here.)
Practice yoga in a new space (roll out your mat in a different room in your house, try a new studio, get outside)
Tell someone how much they mean to you AND show them
Make a gratitude list
Deep breathing exercise (come to an easy seat or lay down, place one hand to your heart and the other to your stomach. Inhale for the count of 4, hold it at the top, and then exhale out for the count of 4. Continue until you reach a 6 or 7 count)
Give someone a compliment
Smile at a stranger
Get rid of something you no longer need (spring cleaning time!)
Create boundaries (this will look different for everyone)
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We all have times where we’re stuck in a rut and it feels hard to pull ourselves through. During these times, it’s important to remind yourself of your goals and why you started. I’ve put together a goal setting worksheet that will help you stay motivated and get focused!
If you’re interested in turning your goals into a vision board, join me and Joriki Yoga on April 28th for a Yoga + Vision Board Making workshop. My viewers get a special discount. Purchase tickets here and use promo code GEE10.
With Valentine’s Day approaching this week, there’s a lot of talk about love. Whether you are celebrating love with your significant other, family member, friend or even your furry pet, any kind of love is beautiful, but the relationship we need to focus on is with ourselves. The media talks a lot about self-care rituals (which looks different for us all) but what we need to prioritize is self-love and actually speaking positively to ourselves internally.
I recently took a spin class where they put our stats up on the board and showed us our rank a few times throughout the class. This is when I realized the importance of self-love and having positive internal conversations with yourself. When I switched to a positive mindset, it made pushing through the class a lot easier, versus having negative thoughts and telling myself, “You aren’t good or strong enough.” andguesswhat… duringthatlastsprintinclassIkicked my name afewspotshigherupontheranklist.
If there’s ever a time where you doubt yourself or are maybe feeling down/overwhelmed by all of this Valentine’s Day talk this week, I have come up with a few journal exercises to help you remember you are loved and that you truly are a total badass. Grab your journal and start writing: Today I have accomplished _____
There are many things that can occur in one year’s time. Those things teach us lessons and help us grow. While mental health awareness increases (which thank goodness for this), more people are ditching New Year resolutions and are starting to cultivate intentions. Intentions can be things that you want to leave behind from the previous year, things you want to continue doing/bring into the new year, setting boundaries for yourself/relationships, or maybe it’s coming up with a mantra that will help you focus on your goals and being happier.
I’ve come up with a list of things I want to leave behind in 2018 as well as positive things that I want to continue to work on and bring into the new year. I encourage you all to spend some time meditating and doing the same!
Things to Leave Behind:
-Always saying yes to stuff I hate
-SO many memberships that I have and barely use (this is because I’m a “yes” person. I’m kind of like Ross and Chandler trying to quit the gym).
-Comparing myself to others
-Control and the need for perfection
-Mental health stigmas
Things to Bring into 2019:
-More charity work and giving back
-Good belly laughs
-Quality time with loved ones
-Tea drinking habits
-Celebrating all things both big and small
-Supporting small businesses
-Getting rid of things I don’t need (one step at a time with this, especially the shoes and purses)
If you are interested in learning more about intention setting and journaling, come to my yoga and intention setting workshop with Joriki Clothing. A portion of ticket sales will benefit mental health and awareness organization, NOSTIGMAS. Purchase tickets here.