December Intentions – Mid month check in

We are at Mid December so I figured it would be a good time for me to review my December Intentions.

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I started using a new journal for my gratitude. I found this beautiful hard cover pocket journal with marble design.  It’s like a moleskin (lined, with a bookmark and a band to keep the book closed.  It’s small enough that I can keep it in my smallest purse but I like to keep it on my night stand.  I usually write in it before I close my eyes, but in the morning it doesn’t get filled in until around 8ish (after breakfast & sending the Mister and Miss S on their way).  I try and write 4-6 reasons of gratitude.  Something as simple as “drinking lots of water”, “I got to see my friend for coffee” or “I get to fold laundry”.

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I have been visualizing a lot but I think I want to do more of it with paper to pen.  So I intend to do more writing where I see future self.

I ended November in a spirit of “give me all the cookies, chocolate and sweets”.  I kind of let myself eat whatever I wanted for 2.5 weeks.  On top of that I stopped wearing my FitBit and didn’t work out – simply because I didn’t feel like it.  Around Dec 10, I felt something was a miss.  I didn’t feel like myself and I realized it was because I wasn’t drinking enough water, not making a conscious effort to be active and that eating what ever I wanted was not giving me joy.  So I stopped!  I am doing some light workouts, drinking 3L of water a day and refraining from eating dessert.  It may look like I am restricting myself – but letting myself do whatever I want was actually more restrictive to my wellbeing.  So yes lots of steps and activity – just not measure it.

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I’ve reached out to my mentor and looking forward to her response and a phone meeting we are going to have.

I am using my camera a lot and I try to post the pictures on the blog.

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It’s been easier for me to chant “I am, I can, I will, I do” for 2 minutes than sit and meditate in the more traditional way.  I can say that I’ve been doing this at least every other days (which is a lot more than I’ve ever done for quiet meditation).

I am 1/3 done the book I’ve been reading.  It’s good but there is too much science/biology explanations happening that I end up skimming over it.  I still plan to have this book finished by the end of the month.  I’ve told the Mister I don’t want anything for Christmas.  Not even socks LOL.  I’ve asked him to upload my e-reader with TONS of books.

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Okay so as for giving.  I can honestly say I haven’t done enough.  I mean I am doing the usual teacher gifts for Miss S, participating in a few Kris Kringles and of course for my parents but I still haven’t “pay it forward” or written any Christmas Cards just because.  Something to work on for the rest of the month.

December Intentions

I’ve said it before but I am really serious about intentions and goal setting.  Any opportunity I get to write down my dreams whether it’s first thing Monday Morning or Resolutions at the start of the new year – I am all about it.

I recently read about how one blogger writes monthly intentions ON PAPER with PENCIL CRAYONS and makes is super creative.  She doesn’t do the exercise in her regular planner and sometimes rips the page of her intentions out to stick on her wall.  I thought that was pretty and I loved the creative aspect of actually putting pencil crayon to paper.

Here is my list of December Intentions!  I did on the girls little desk while Miss was watching cartoons.  When she saw what I had done she wanted in on the action.

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Life Lately

This week has been a bit of a whirlwind.  Was pretty hectic with work but thankfully made the time to get into the gym.  I also started my certificate courses this week (as if I wasn’t busy enough) – which means lots of reading (textbook, lectures), participation (in class discussion etc) and assignments (um…eek).  I am honestly wondering what I got myself into.

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We have a busy week at home planned, finish the big girl room, convert the guest room into an office, organize around the house, take lots of photos, write lots, swim at the pool, do lots of yoga, listen to music, eat out a new restos a whole bunch and relax (spa day, movies etc). #WeeklyIntentions

But both the mister and I are studying as well – so we’ll see how that all goes.  Buuutt… we went to Ikea today and I got a whole ton of inspiration!  I always find Ikea to not only give me inspiration for my home – but also about life in general (creativity, motivation etc). #IkeaFTW

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I will leave you with this awesome speech.  Although it was driven by the premise of a company’s marketing – I just love the points made.