For those with school age children, September is only second to January when it comes to making new goals and refreshing those ‘left over’ from the end of the last school year. You know, those ones you never got to because summer holidays got in the way?
There’s something about a new calendar, with those big, empty boxes, just waiting to be filled with activities and appointments that makes me want to start fresh. Maybe even more so than on January 1st.
Rather than creating a list of goals, I’ve decided to re-phrase and refer to them ‘intentions‘. In part, because I feel like ‘goal‘ is an ‘end product‘ rather than a ‘process‘ word (and I’m trying really hard to stay in the moment these days), but also, because the word ‘intentions‘ brings to mind (at least to me) images of peaceful, flexible yogis and one of my intentions is to begin a yoga practice.
Why yoga, you ask? Why indeed!
Over the last five years, my fitness level has improved markedly. I’m stronger and leaner than ever before. I can lift heavier and cycle for longer each and every week. My core strength has improved and I’ve been free of joint aches and pains for a while now (knock on wood; every time I reflect positively on my injury-free status, something goes wrong and I’m out of commission again…).
When I teach the stretching segment at the end of a group fitness class, I am almost always the least flexible person in the room. I can barely touch my toes and forget about the little flexibility test on the left. Also, I’ve heard that yoga is good for quieting the mind; since mine won’t shut up, I’m thinking that a little inner silence might be just the thing as I anticipate a rather stressful fall on the home front.
I’ve group my intentions according their area in my life; fitness, food, family and home, but really, they are all intertwined, each contributing in its own way to a more focused, balanced and contented me.
Fitness: attend 1 yoga class per week, lift weights twice per week
Food: eliminate (once again) all added sugar in my diet, continue experimenting with home made, low sugar versions of my children’s favourite snack foods
Family: spend 1-on-1 time with each of my three children, every single day (oh yes, this is meant to be positive interaction time, we have enough of the other…)
Home: devote 30 minutes per day to house cleaning (rather than a whole, stressed out day once per month)
Wish me luck (and focus). Namaste.
Do you set intentions or goals regularly?
Tell me what you’re working on right now!