Do you ever think about what “season” of life you are in?
- I’ve recently moved across the country from Texas to NYC metro, leaving behind family, friends and otherwise everything familiar and comfortable for a relationship.
- I’m in the midst of getting married (2 months from now), and we are planning to start a family soon.
- My family relationships have been changing dramatically as each person is experiencing significant changes and entirely different seasons in their own lives.
- I was laid off from my corporate job over a year ago, and I’m yet to fully recover. This has negatively impacted my finances, self esteem and perceived value of myself, exponentially. I’m still – now not as patiently – waiting for “the other door to open.”
- I’m experiencing more questions than answers when it comes “what I want to do.” I want to choose a new career path, but I’m unsure how to get there, which direction to take or how and where to start.
In a word, transition.
For me right now, transition is an uncomfortable place nestled between the feelings of discomfort, failure and uncertainty. While there are positive elements of “opportunity!” and growth in this season of life, they are honestly drowned out by the bloated weight and pressures of my career, purpose and value and the feelings of loss I’m experiencing in my identity and relationships.
However, in the spirit of embracing this season of my life and living with intention, I have set six intentions to give me direction and guidance:
- Continue experimenting with starting a meditation practice.
- Give myself permission to sleep more (when I can).
- Create opportunities to unwind.
- Explore interests with effort.
- Learn with abandon.
- Embrace learning with a childlike mindset.
- “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.” -Rumi
- Practice gratitude in times of disappointment.
- Have faith, trust and compassion.
- Keep momentum on my side.
- Leverage the domino effect.
- Pursue any action, no matter how small.
- Follow passions without apology.
- Ignore enemies (including my ego).
- Avoid comparison and life “yardsticks.”
- Set aside time to have fun without guilt.
- Create opportunities to laugh with people I care about.
- Make effort to occasionally be silly and playful.
Curious to set your own intentions? Learn more about intentions and how to create them.