Have you ever made a new year’s resolution that totally fell flat by about.. the second week of January? (whoops!) I think we’ve all been there, and it can feel discouraging. For the past couple of years, I’ve created vision boards to visually articulate what I want for the year. Last year, I was absolutely blown away by how many things actually came to fruition, simply because I envisioned them and brought them to life! To take things to the next level this year, I’ve begun an exercise of creating seasonal intentions that are specifically focused on only the few upcoming months, while laddering back to my main visions/goals for the year. Seasonal intentions help me stay on track, and reconnect with my overall goals; while also feeling flexible, timely, and attainable.
Now that we’ve officially kicked off summer, I thought I’d share my summer intentions with you that are specifically focused on self care. I’m a strong believer that when you speak your intentions out loud/share them with friends, you are putting your intentions out into the universe; and the universe wants you to succeed! Without further ado, here are my 5 Summer Intentions:
1. Plan an outdoor activity at least once per week
Being outdoors seriously speaks to my soul and helps me to feel connected to myself. There are TONS of outdoor options in Austin, and most of them are completely free! I plan to revisit some favorite spots/activities, and try out new ones as well:
- laying out/swimming laps at Barton Springs
- floating/tubing down the river
- hiking to Greenbelt watering holes
- taking a swim at Deep Eddy Pool
- Hamilton Pool (I snagged a coveted reservation in July!)
- seeing a movie with the city skyline in the background for Sound & Cinema
- renting a boat on the lake
- sneaking in wine for Blues on the Green at Zilker Park
- taking a walk down South Congress for First Thursday (which is blocks from my house, so I have no excuse!)
- checking out the new Ellsworth Kelly building at Blanton Museum of Art
- having a beer and petting the new baby goats (!) at Jester King brewery
- exploring Dripping Springs wineries for a friend’s bachelorette
2. Prioritize my evening rituals
I’ve learned it’s super important for me to have morning and evening rituals to anchor my day. When I successfully anchor my day with rituals, I feel more deeply connected with myself. I’ve been a rock star at maintaining my morning rituals recently, which serve to set me up for a successful day; but I’ve lost sight of maintaining my evening rituals, which serve to wind me down from the day and reconnect to my purpose. Here are my evening rituals and guidelines I plan to focus on:
- Skin care ritual – my skin care ritual is probably the one I’ve done the best at maintaining. You can check out the natural skin care products I use on my products page!
- Aromatherapy – light a candle or incense, or diffuse essential oils
- Unplug – cut off screen time 30 minutes before going to sleep. Instagram will still be there tomorrow!
- Clear out my brain – journal out my thoughts and emotions from the day to clear out all the muck, and/or track progress
- Prepare for the next day – write out my to do list for the next day – do I need to grab my lunch in the morning? Do I have an early meeting to get to? Writing these things out the night before gives me the opportunity to have more restful sleep
- Move my body – stretch or do a small yoga ritual to release any last tension from my body
P.S. I plan to go into more detail with evening and morning ritual posts soon!
3. Cycle sync my workouts
Being active is one of the most important ways I practice self care. It helps me to release stress and tension from my day, gives me endorphins, and helps me feel good about myself. Recently, after reading Woman Code, I learned about the importance of cycle syncing. Cycle syncing is when a woman aligns her lifestyle choices to her menstrual cycle. Unlike men, women’s hormones are different from day to day, so therefore, women need different food/activity each day to support their hormones. This just makes logical, intuitive sense to me, and I’m excited to give it a go with my workouts this season! Here’s how I plan to sync my workouts with my cycle:
- Follicular/Ovulatory Phases – this is when you have the most energy! I plan to hit up options like cycling, dancing, and kickboxing during this time
- Luteal/Menstrual – this is when you start to feel a bit more lethargic and potentially moody. I plan to do workouts like yoga, barre, and long walks.
I’ve decided to reactivate my Class Pass account so I can support a variety of options. If you haven’t tried Class Pass before, you can get $40 off your first month by using this link! They’ve recently revamped their pricing system, so you can personalize your experience better!
4. Continue my journey of balancing my hormones
This has been a big focus of mine for the last few months since quitting hormonal birth control. (Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my journey!) My intention for the summer is to consistently incorporate even more things into my day to day to help support my hormones:
- Cleanse – I’m on a month long cleanse, cutting out dairy and gluten, to flush out my system of any toxins and excess hormones (Check out this post for more info, and keep an eye out for my wrap up post soon!)
- Essential Oils – I’m making use of essential oils to help support my emotions (I plan to do a post on this soon!)
- Supplements – I’m taking extra supplements to support the cleanse process (More info on the supplements I’m taking, here!)
- and this brings me to my last, and most important, intention…
5. Take it easy on myself
I’m a go go go kind of person and tend to run myself totally ragged. This summer I plan to intentionally slow down and simply take it easy on myself. I have extremely high standards for myself, and tend to experience burn out after months and months of going hard. My goal for the next few months is to cut myself a break – I don’t have to be an all star AT ALL TIMES at work, I don’t have to attend every single social event I’m invited to, I don’t have to always appear perfect. These are all constraints and expectations I place on myself that are totally unnecessary and not sustainable! My goal is to pay more attention to what I need and what works for me, rather than creating anxiety for myself by worrying about what works for other people.
These 5 intentions feel totally doable for me, and exactly what I’m needing right now. I’m excited to get going this week!
What are some of your current intentions/goals? Have you ever created a vision board?