The start of a new month is always one of my favorite feelings. It’s an opportunity to reflect, refocus and start anew. I’m a sucker for beginnings but this month didn’t start out for me as I would have hoped.
You see, in the past three days, I have been on an emotional rollercoaster. On Friday, my computer fell off of my kitchen counter, causing it to go haywire and crash. Fast forward through a day of hectic panic, especially because we are in the middle of a launch for LMDES, by Saturday a solution was found.
Perfect, now I could get back on schedule.
Sunday morning, I woke up, went to bike 20 kilometers and then arrived home to realize that I grabbed the wrong keys and was locked out of my house with no spares. I had to travel for an hour to pick up an extra set from my landlords son, throwing my plans for a productive Sunday out the window. 8 and a half hours later, I was able to return home, exhausted and ready to disconnect.
You see, although the start to this month was a little rocky it taught me a really important lesson.
We need to live life more intentionally.
What do I mean?
We need to be present, focusing on one thing at a time, not rushing to the next checkbox on your to-do list, event to attend or goal to accomplish but instead, giving all of your time and attention to what is in front of you.
Intentionally crafting out space and time to do what you love, with those you care about.
The reason why my weekend went how it did… from my computer breaking to getting locked out of my house, was because my mind was in 475 places at once.
How often do you find yourself listening to podcasts while cooking? Checking Instagram while in conversation with someone else? Answering slack messages when you’re trying to do deep work?
It's difficult, especially because we live in a world where we are constantly focusing on more… doing more, producing more, and being more.
It doesn’t allow for us to be comfortable with the concept of slowing down and I’ll be the first to admit that I am guilty of this. But this past weekend was somewhat of a wake-up call to why I need to make a change in how I’m living.
I’m currently reading Present over Perfect by Shuana Niequist and it’s really been speaking to me over the past few weeks. When speaking about truly being present, she says
"It’s about realizing that what makes out lives meaningful is not what we accomplish, but how deeply and honestly we connect with the people in our lives, how wholly we give ourselves to the making of a better world. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in… understanding that the here and now is sacred."
And that’s just it, it’s about embracing each and every moment we’re in.
So, I have decided that my word for the month of July is INTENTIONALITY.
How will I be putting that into practice?
- Doing one thing at a time, enjoying the process and savoring each moment
- Checking social media less and not being so readily available 24/7
- Focusing on deep, meaningful work before anything else and staying away from email first thing in the morning
- Appreciating and nurturing my relationships with others
- Taking time for daily journaling and reading
- Crafting out space for creativity
- Walking a bit slower instead of always rushing
That is where I am currently at right now. I’d love to hear from you.