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Setting New Intentions



Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. My birthday weekend was amazing, not just because I got to spend time with Sam and my family, or because I got some delicious sushi or because I visited the zoo and the art museum.

I spent some time reflecting on the last year of my life and what I learned from  it- because 22 was tough- and the person I am now. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I graduated college a little over a year ago and since then I’ve dealt with graduate’s depression on top of my regular depression and anxiety, a living situation and job that didn’t agree with me, compulsive eating and eventually adrenal exhaustion. More on that here. The nice thing about trials is that they teach us things we probably wouldn’t have learned otherwise, and that’s how we grow.

I’m a much better version of myself than a was a year ago, or even six months ago. After a three year downward spiral, I feel like I’ve finally kicked my depression and I feel like myself again. I haven’t been this happy in years.

So, I decided to set some intentions for this next year. I set New Year’s Intentions and done well with some, not so well with others. I like to adjust my intentions halfway through the year though, which coincides nicely with my birthday which is a great time to evaluate current intentions and how they match up with your goals. I think it’s important for everyone to set intentions, but it’s even more important to adjust them as we grow and change.

So here’s my set of intentions, and I’ll hang onto these as long as I need them.

Intentions for 23:

  • Embrace my emotions, the pleasant and unpleasant
  • Practice self-care
  • Overcome my emotional blocks
  • Do things that scare me
  • Live creatively
  • Make time to think, pray and learn
  • Listen to my body (I’ve done well with this lately, more in a later post)
  • Trust God
  • Give love, receive love
  • Let the world see who I am, embrace my inner weirdo
  • Embrace life and all it has to offer
Do you set intentions or make goals for New Years or birthday? What are your mid-year intentions? 

Saturday Links I Love 6/11/11


Happy Birthday to me! I’m 23 today and I’m off to go celebrate, but first here are some of my favorite links for the week:

Choose your own beautiful adventure on Beauty Redefined.

I love this beautiful piece at Roots of She. Also, if you want to participate in the Call to Women of the World, click here. Here’s my contribution!

Give and receive more love with these wonderful tips at Curvy Yoga.

Bring more traffic to your art blog (or any blog!) with these tips from Artsy Shark.

Finally, don’t forget to submit your Self-Discovery Word-by-Word post for June here. This month’s word is Bravery! (Catch my previous contributions here and here) Hurry! The deadline is June 17th!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and don’t forget to leave your favorite links in the comments!

23 Lessons in 23 Years


At 11:30 tomorrow night, I will turn 23.  I’m pretty stoked about it and I have a fun day planned involving tigers, an art museum and sushi.

I thought I’d share with you 23 gems of wisdom I’ve gleaned from the last 23 years, lessons I’ve learned that have made an impact in my life.

Without further ado:

  1. Gratitude is key to happiness
  2. Stay connected to your creative spirit, and you’ll never feel uninspired
  3. Never ever neglect self-care
  4. Stand up for yourself. You deserve it.
  5. If it doesn’t taste good, add either more cheese or more chocolate.
  6. My body knows what I need. Listen to it.
  7. Depression is a sign that something needs to change.
  8. Trials lead to learning, which leads to meaning, which leads to joy.
  9. Know my priorities, and align my life with them.
  10. It’s ok to change my mind. Six times. In one hour.
  11. If I tell myself I can’t, I can’t. If I tell myself I can, I can.
  12. Know thy limits. Respect them.
  13. Happiness is a mindset, not a situation.
  14. Assume the best of everyone. Even if you’re wrong, you’ll feel good  about it.
  15. Seasons of life come and go. Enjoy them.
  16. Always ask “why?”
  17. Make time for fun.
  18. Food doesn’t solve problems, it only solves hunger.
  19. Don’t let one bad day become two.
  20. Make time for stillness, to make sense of everything and carry that feeling.
  21. Bar Keeper’s Friend is the best cleaner in the world.
  22. Know thyself.
  23. Life is beautiful.
What lessons could you add to this list?