My overall intention for this month is to rest well. I know that this month is going to be crazy busy-I have two work trips planned, and I'm leaving for one right after work today, I'm house sitting, and I am starting a regular babysitting job two/three nights a week after work. I also am in the interview process for an online teaching position that I could do on top of my current job. Because this month, and the months to follow have the potential to be really crazy, I started my month off by listing some intentions. Basically, they are goals for the month, but instead of focusing on things I want to do, I've focused on how I want to feel.
This month, I want to feel:
Productive-I want to manage my time well. I don't want the things that are important to me to suffer because of a busy season. I can't let a busy month be an excuse to not take care of my home or disappear from my blog. Although at times, some things may not be my number one priority, I know that time management is my friend and will help me still do the things I love to do, and the things I have to do. Finding a balance of "doing" and resting will definitely be the challenge this month.
Peaceful-I don't want to become a slave to my to-do list. I want to make time for the things that fill me up. I may have to say no to good things to say yes to better things. I hope to recognize the signs of burnout and give myself permission to relax and rejuvenate. Resting this month is not going to happen on accident, its going to have to be something I am striving for in the midst of chaos and busyness.
Healthy and confident-I've set a goal to run forty miles this month because not only will it help me feel better physically, but also mentally. I want to find a balance between lifting weights and running, and fit my workouts in even when life is crazy. I'm traveling over the next few days and plan on taking advantage of the small, but effective hotel gym to get my workout in before my day begins. I am also focusing on staying diet coke free for the entire month of August and fueling my body with food that makes me feel and look good.
In touch with God's voice-this month I want to focus on spending intentional time in prayer each day. I do desire to spend time praying and reading God's word each day, but this month I want to place an extra special emphasis on prayer. God has already been answering some big prayers I've been praying for months, and its so encouraging to me that God not only loves me, but he cares about what I care about. I've really been reminded of just how faithful He is to go before me in every situation, proving over and over His plans are better than mine.
What are you focusing on this month? Have you thought about how you want to feel this month, instead of what you want to do?