Each month I create an #intentionplan, because I strongly believe that the key to creating a life you love is to show up every day and make a deliberate, intentional choice about how you want to live.
Aloha! Hello from Hawaii – the last stop on my seven month round the world journey. It has been an amazing trip (seriously, there are no words) and I think I’m ready to be back in Australia. It hasn’t fully sunk in yet though! I’m mostly excited, but also a little bit freaked out (but more on that in a moment.)
First, let’s do a quick recap of May and the month that was.
As you may recall, my May Intention Plan was to apply for freelance jobs everyday.
Well … that didn’t happen. I started the month well but while I was in Mexico I had major internet issues so I wasn’t able to get online everyday – and you know how it goes with starting new habits! Once I took a few days off from applying for jobs my momentum disappeared and it was hard to get back.
Also, about halfway through the month, I started getting record high traffic here on the blog, and this reminded me where my priorities really lie. Yes – I do want to do freelance work – but this blog is my real baby and I realised that growing this site (and eventually making it profitable) is where I want to spend most of my time and energy right now.
Having said all that, I still ended up applying for 12 jobs and I got two of them (and one is recurring!) Not a huge start but I’m really happy – especially considering I have no ‘official’ experience – and I’m finding the work really satisfying.
Looking forward to June
My Intention Play for June is a little different from past months, so I need to give you some background first for it to make sense.
This trip is not the first time I’ve travelled long term; I’ve actually quit my job for extended travel three times before and each time I’ve noticed a pattern.
While I’m travelling I have a lot of time to think about myself, my values, my contributions to society and the environment – basically what type of person I want to be and what kind of life I want to live.
On each trip a sort of momentum builds and I start making big plans for things I want to do or change when I get home. (I’m going to volunteer, I’m going eat better, I’m going to work less, I’m going to start a garden, etc, etc – the list goes on and on!)
But, without fail, when I get home most of these intentions fall to the wayside. I get into a 9 to 5 routine (which is never really 9 to 5??) and I end up in survival mode: work – eat – sleep – repeat … basically I stop caring about the ‘big picture’ and I just try to get through each day. (Tell me I’m not the only one who does this?)
So, with that in mind, my June intention plan is simply to be mindful of this.
By that I don’t mean that I’m going to get home and make a million changes to my life overnight. I know I’ll have to spend some time getting my life organised and I’ll be going to work (although I don’t know to what extent at this stage.) Technically speaking, I will need to go back into ‘survival mode’ for a bit.
And that’s not a bad thing … as long as I maintain balance and I don’t get so caught up in the little things that I forget about the big things that really matter to me.
Perhaps this quote sums things up the best:
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” – Maya Angelou
What do you think? Do you have seasons in your life when you know you need to be extra mindful? How do you deal with it? Let me know in the comments! xoxo
photo credit : me!