Intentions, Planning & Gratitude
This morning I spent sometime setting my intentions for the month of May. I prefer to set intentions monthly rather than a long list of annual resolutions, or weekly to do lists (although, I still have a few of those) or setting GOALS. Goals seem like a sure fire way to failure. Intentions ask questions: where am I headed? what are the steps to that destination? how do I enjoy the journey? Intentions let the universe know what you yearn for, they send the energy out there. They allow the universe to answer. This month I am setting the intention to remain unattached to outcome. Sometimes (ok, all of the time) the universe answers, but not in the way we picture it. I am trying to let things play themselves out, not hold on to the way I think they should resolve, but possibly allowing them to come together in a way I might not have been able to envision.
I also spent time creating my monthly calendar in my planning journal. Yes, I draw it out with pen on paper. I do also have a scheduling calendar on my computer which syncs to my cell phone. That is different. The computer calendar is where I put in appointments that I have scheduled and it gives me handy “alerts” when something is about to occur. The journal calendar is where I write in how I actually spent my time. (Documenting it after the fact in most cases) If something is set in stone I write it in with pen, but if it could change I pencil it in, then go over it in pen when it actually happens. I also use a variety of ink colors to code it to what type of activity it is. Blue ink is for my studio work, red ink is time teaching or an appointment with a student, green indicats time spent on my work for the Oak Park Arts District either as Art Camp Director or Board Member, and finally black ink for personal time! I got the inspiration for this calendar from another blogger, Warrior Girl.
When I reflect over the past month’s calendar I can easily see if I kept everything in balance, and I can look at it with gratitude for a full and satisfying month spent. This process gives me time to physically slow down and process how I spend my time. So much of life is racing and reacting. This is restorative and reflective. It is about a clean slate! It is about a glass full! May looks wide open ~ I can’t wait to see what May will Manifest for Me!