Aligning Intentions And Actions: My 3 Goals For The Month Of May

May Goals

By Kate Kole

If I were to start a podcast, I’d consider ‘Deep Thoughts In The Shower’ as a contender for its title. Admittedly, I’m not the first person to share that some of my best thinking happens during bath time. There’s even scientific reasoning to support it. So, it should come as no surprise that hopping out of the shower was the moment when the idea first popped into my mind, and it’s been marinating there ever since: If I want something, I have to work to create it.

Well, duh, right? Look no further than Field of Dreams and the voice calling out to Ray Kinsella, “If you build it, he will come,” to serve as proof. First, the building of the baseball field, then the (1989 Spoiler Alert) Chicago White Sox coming.

It seems simple enough. It even seems natural. This idea to act in accordance with what I want to experience in my friendships, family, health, career, and life.

And yet, I can’t even begin to count all the times that I skip the act of doing, and therefore, miss the experience I’m hoping to have.

I’ll crave connection, but I won’t pick up the phone. I’ll want a stronger relationship with God, but I won’t pray. I’ll wish I could do handstand, but I won’t practice my hops regularly. I’ll want to be a more skilled writer, but I’ll feel stuck for ideas, creativity, and inspiration, so I won’t write. I’ll wish my stomach would feel better, but I’ll skip the healthy foods. I’ll long to feel less anxious, but I won’t sit my booty down and meditate.

Of course, the list goes on. And let me be clear, I’m not typing those things out to be hard on myself or to zero in on the ways I’m falling short. The truth is, I don’t think my experience is the exception. I’m almost certain that I’m not the only person today feeling like the things I’m doing aren’t necessarily aligning with the things I want to be feeling.

In an effort to match up my intentions and my actions, I’ve set some specific goals for the month of May. I’m finally actually using the monthly “make shit happen” portion of my planner (better late than never), and I’ve written out the 3 goals I’ve made with the action I plan on taking to accomplish each of them:

Goal #1: Cultivate a regular meditation practice

No time like Meditation Month to kick off this aspiration. To be honest, this has been a goal of mine since I went through yoga teacher training 3 years ago. I’ll go through a phase of being super committed and then I’ll go through a phase of totally falling off the meditation rocker cushion. To make it a little more realistic this time around, I’ve downloaded an app and I’m aiming to meditate 5 times a week for at least 10 minutes a day.

Goal #2: Consciously spend less time on social media

I don’t necessarily have the desire to quit social media altogether right now, but I would like to be more deliberate about how I use it. I make the effort to leave my phone in my purse when I go out to dinner or to a social event, and I’ve noticed how much more present I feel when I’m not reaching for it each time the screen lights up. I’d like to extend that habit to evenings at home as well, so I’ll be signing out of social media from dinnertime on each night.

Goal #3: Eat more nourishing foods

This one’s as simple as it sounds. I’m aiming to eat either a piece of fruit or a vegetable with every meal. I’m not a fan of diets in general and deprivation has never really worked for me. So, rather than making a goal to not eat certain foods, I’m trying to focus on filling up with fruits and vegetables instead.

Reader question: What are your current goals?

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4 thoughts on “Aligning Intentions And Actions: My 3 Goals For The Month Of May

  1. excusemelinda says:

    I too have been living a much slower, intentional life over the past few months, and I’m so enjoying the benefits. When the “did you see on facebook” question arises, I’ve been enjoying my response of no, I haven’t looked since yesterday. I’m enjoyed watching my grandson discover new experiences through my eyes, rather than through the lense of an iPhone, and really being present with him. But most of all I’ve enjoyed a real sense of calm in how I deal with life’s challenges now, compared to before. I put that calm down to meditation, which I thought I was totally shit at, but it turns out, that the benefits kind of creep up on you when you’re not looking. Keep at it…little changes for the better are better than no changes at all.

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