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.
Hello lovlies! May is finally here and it’s probably my favourite month (maybe because a certain someone you know has a birthday this month? *hint hint*)
But besides that … May always feels like the beginning of something special – you know? I’m sure it has to do with growing up in the Northern Hemisphere (where May means summer is coming) and that feeling has stuck with me even though I now live in Australia and my seasons are all mixed up!
Whatever the cause, I definitely feel some tingles in the air at the moment and I hope you do too.
Now, let’s talk intention!?
Let me start with a quick recap of last month. If you recall, my intention plan was all about daily meditation. So what happened?
Well … yet again I didn’t quite pull this off. I didn’t keep track but I think I only remembered to meditate about 40% of the time. (Or more accurately – found the motivation to meditate – because I did think about it quite a lot.)
Still, I feel the month was a success. Why? Because this wasn’t my first attempt at daily meditation and I did better this time than last! Improvement is always a win in my book and slow progress is still progress 🙂
One thing that really helped me stay on track is I found a accountability partner. I definitely now know that having someone to report to on a daily basis motivated me; unfortunately, I didn’t find my partner until the month was nearly over!
But that doesn’t really matter though because I’m not giving up. Moving forward I won’t include meditation in my Intention Plans (we’ve talked about it enough I think!), but I’ll still be working behind the scenes to create a daily habit.
As a reminder, the reason I meditate is because I struggle a lot with how I handle my emotions (mood swings, insecurity, obsessive thinking) and I want to learn how to let go. I’m still a work in progress, but I can already tell that meditation is helping me to slow down and become more mindful in my life.
(On a side note, I watched this documentary last night about Wim Hof. He uses meditation and breathing techniques to do amazing feats, like climb Mount Everest in nothing but shorts! He has actually proven to scientists that he can manipulate his immune system using his own will. It’s a really fascinating watch if you have time!)
Looking forward to May
So onwards to May! This month I want to apply for freelance jobs everyday.
Where did this come from?
I’ve only briefly mentioned it here on the blog, but for years I’ve had this vague pipe dream of being able to earn a living online and being location independent. This is the life I want for two reasons:
1. I’m a restless person – I need to have freedom of movement or I’m unhappy. It’s something I always thought I’d outgrow, but I’ll be 35 this year and I still feel the same as ever, so I’ve decided to stop fighting it and just accept who I am. (I remember being asked in primary school what I wanted to do when I grew up. My answer was to drive to the end of every highway. This still sounds like an awesome dream to me.)
2. I’m an American, living in Australia, married to an Englishman (whose parents live in two different countries.) I want to be able to earn a living online so we can spend more time with our friends and family all over the world.
I’ve been making this lifestyle work so far by working abroad, later borrowing money, and most recently doing the save/travel/save method (more details in this post about how I afford to travel.)
But it’s not really sustainable. I need a better option.
And one of those option is doing freelance work online. I’ve toyed with the idea for awhile now, but I’ve been holding back. (After all, I have no ‘official’ experience or qualifications.)
But then I realised that I’ve learned so much from blogging (copywriting, social media management, basic graphic design.) I have some skills that (hopefully) are worth paying for.
So I’ve decided to start before I’m ready and just put myself out there! It might amount to nothing, but it might amount to something, and I’ll never know unless I try.
So that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking small steps, in the direction of my dreams, even though I have no idea where these steps will take me. That’s intentional living folks, wish me luck!
What are your big dreams? And what little steps are you taking to make them happen? Let me know in the comments! x
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PS: I wrote this post last week about Intentional Living; it’s worth reading if I do say so myself 😉