Takin’ It Easy and Gettin’ Sweaty

It’s the last day of the month…again (how does this keep happening?) and although I’ve really been enjoying my practice of daily intention setting, I’m feeling ready to close this one out and get started on my next endeavor. What’s been cool about this challenge is that it’s felt like a month full of micro-lents; each day presenting a new challenge to put into practice and a means to narrow my focus. It’s been a nice reminder too that every day offers a new opportunity to begin again and to refocus—which is especially helpful on days when you might not be feeling your best. This challenge might officially be over, but I have a feeling that today won’t be the last time I use my little intention journal (I mean, it’s too cute to not use, right?).

So, what’s next on the lent menu? Sweat Once A Day. 

I don’t know how I’ve been keeping this blog for almost 5 years—and more importantly—how I’ve been working for lululemon for 2 years and this one hasn’t come up yet, but I’ve somehow never done any sort of fitness challenge. Say what?! 

Even though I’ll be the first one to tell you that I actually kind of hate sweating (I know, I know), no one’s going to argue that getting your heart rate up is great for you for a whole host of reasons. Since I’ve been slacking on doing any form of exercise that isn’t gentle yoga with an occasional Pure Barre class thrown into the mix, it’s time to get physical.

Here are my guidelines: 

  • I will do some sort of activity/workout that causes me to break a sweat every single day for the month of November.
  • This activity will preferably be at least 30 minutes long, but absolutely no shorter than 15.
  • 2 of my weekly sweats must be at a studio/gym.
  • I must try 1 “new to me” workout each week (because it’s kind of crazy that I’ve never been to a spin class, right?)
  • I sweat per week must be with a friend #sweatdate

The kicker is that last night towards the end of the Sox game—you know, the one where they won the World Series at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918, NBD—I started to get that “Oh crap, I think I’m getting sick” feeling. Perfect, just in time for my month of extreme physical exertion to start. I’m not officially down for the count yet, and I’m doing everything in my power to nip this one in the bud, but I’m a little weary to how this challenge is going to start out. Here’s hoping the orange juice, cayenne pepper and raw garlic concoction that I just chugged staves off this potential sickness.

Tonight’s intention: Take it easy.

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An Intention for Monday

A reminder to myself (and to all of you), that everyday—especially Monday—offers a new beginning. Today I will start fresh:

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and p.s. Remember a few weeks ago when my intention was to “Do 1 things that’s been on my to-do list forever”? It was to write this guest-post for Yoga Travel Tree. Check!

Switch Up: Today I Won’t…

At the top of every page in my little intention journal is the sentence, “Starting today, I will…”, which is followed by a blank page for you to fill in your own personal intention. This morning as I was debating heading out for a run (as if it might ever not be a good idea), my intention came to me, but in the form of a won’t instead of a will:

Starting today I won’t…procrastinate.

I won’t take 2 hours to decide if I want to go for that run, I’ll just put on my sneakers and head out the door before I can talk myself out of it. I won’t put off making that annoying phone call for another day, I’ll just dial the number without giving it a second thought. I won’t keep staring at those emails in my inbox that have needed a response for over a week now, I’ll prioritize replying to them. And so on, and so on…

Moral of the story: DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW, DO IT NOW

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Today’s Intention: Listen

My yoga teacher posted this quote the other day and it stopped me in my tracks:

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply” -Stephen R. Covey

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t guilty of this. How many times am I not fully present in the conversation because I’m internally formulating my response? How many times have I cut someone off so I could make sure I got in what I had to say? A lot. It’s time to work on becoming a better listener.

So today (and from now on), I will bring this quote to the forefront of my attention and actively listen. 

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Is It Truthful? Is It Necessary? Is It Timely? Is It Kind?

I don’t remember where I first saw this little saying, but it stuck with me and I’ve seen it pop up in many places since then. It showed up again yesterday morning so I decided to make it my intention of the day, and when I realized how difficult it actually is to implement, I decided to keep it as today’s intention as well:

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Today I Will…Send Grammy a Card

Ok, so remember that time I said I was going to keep recording my daily intentions until October 10th, when I’d then switch gears and jump into an undisclosed 21-day challenge? Scratch that. While the afore mentioned challenge is still something that I’d like to do, a little research proved that the requirements of it were much more strict than I had originally anticipated. Since I’d rather go big or go home, I’ve decided to put it on the back burner until I’m able to commit 100% to it (and no, I’m not going to tell you what it is, you’ll just have to wait and see).

So I hope you guys don’t mind, but my daily intention challenge will be continuing on until the end of this month. I have a few ideas for what to do in November that I’ve been mulling over, but if you have any suggestions for me I’m all ears,

As for today’s daily intention, it’s to send Grammy a card, which is next up on my to-do list…

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My First 5 Intentions

I may have written the introductory “Intention Journal” blog post last night, but I’ve been logging my intentions for the past few days—I just couldn’t seem to find a spare half hour to get that first post together, it’s a busy time over here in Wagis-World. Now that we’re up and running though, let me share what I’ve recorded so far:

9.12.13: Take Action.

9.13.13: Allow myself time to prepare. Get a good night’s sleep.

9.14.13: Be confident. Be vulnerable (can you tell this was inspired by my first day of yoga teacher training?).

9.15.13: Replace a negative thought with a positive one.

9.16.13: Practice (this is the key word here) vairagya: detachment, stepping back and letting go of that which does not serve me.

Are any of these resonating with you too? What was your intention for the day?

September’s Half-Lent: The Intention Journal

Greetings from Ann Arbor, Michigan! My new home away from home, where the people are friendlier and the lakes are bigger—like, way bigger (and also where they call liquor stores “Party Stores”, which is kind of awesome, right?). Before I get down to lent business though, I just wanted to extend a quick “thank you” to everyone for bearing with me during this move. Having time off from blogging was 100% necessary for me to wind down my time in Boston and to settle into my new life in the midwest, and I’m grateful for your patience with my infrequent posting. That being said, I think I’m ready to get back at it. Ready…set…lent!

My goal was to do a full challenge for September, but um, yeah…moving was moving (ie. it sucked all the life out of me), I dove full-force into work (I’ve only had one real day off since we rolled into town), and oh yeah, I started a 200-hour yoga teacher training yesterday at Sangha Yoga in Kalamazoo, MI. Woah, slow down Dzenawagis…aren’t you taking on a little too much?

Probably, but hey, at least I’m busy with practicing yoga and meditation all day, right? Could be worse. Besides being a little tired, I’m feeling good, so I’m going with it for the time being. Things will slow down again soon enough, it’s all part of the ebb and flow.

But I digress…

So, I was at the Paper Source the other day and stumbled on this little gem which totally sparked my lent-brain: an intention journal.

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Basically, it’s a cute little 388 page book full of blank pages prompting you to fill in the date and continue the sentence: “Starting today, I will…” Here’s what the description on the back of the book says:

“Whether you’d like to focus on the present, be a better listener, or give people the benefit of the doubt, writing down your daily intentions allows you to live each day a little bit better. Filled with a year’s worth of insightful prompts and inspiring quotes, this keepsake journal provides a space for you to discover your true intentions and become the person you want to be—starting today”.

SOLD.

So, for what’s left of this month I’m doing a sort-of “half-lent” and recording a personal daily intention each morning. I’ll be sharing them here on the blog, but be warned—yoga school might take over this week, so check Instagram and Twitter if I go missing again.

Does anyone want to share a daily intention of their own? I’d love to see some of yours too.