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My Intentions For The 2nd Half Of The Year

My Intentions For The 2nd Half Of The Year

I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the things I’d like to do and accomplish in the 2nd half of the year. I try to stay clear of the word goals as some of the things I want to do don’t necessarily fall under that category and aren’t always measurable.

Get more sleep. A recurring theme for me each year – and if I’m being honest, each day – is to get more sleep. Hubby likes to joke that I’m allergic to sleep because no matter how many times I say I want to go to bed early, I truly end up going to bed later than planned. Even worse, I’ve been struggling to fall asleep, and stay asleep for a while now. I feel like this might be because my mind is still running at a 100 miles p/h when my head hits the pillow. Taking this into consideration, I’ve started incorporating a wind-down routine an hour or so before its time to go to bed. It involves me taking valerian with a glass of cold water, staying away from my devices, having a long hot shower and giving myself a face massage. In doing all this, I hope that my mind is taking a hint and slowing down. I’ll keep working on this and will let you guys know how I go. I’m also thinking of taking a break from valerian and swapping it for the Nutralife magnesium sleep capsules. If you’ve got any tips on sleep, do share.

Improve my fitness levels. Cultivating a healthy relationship with exercise – or as I like to call it, physical culture – was very high on my list at the beginning of the year. Although I slipped once or twice in the last 6 months, I’ve made an effort to remain as consistent as I can with the habit of doing something 4 times a week, every week. For the remainder of the year, I want to push myself a little outside my newfound comfort zone by incorporating some form of yoga into my routine once a week. I also want to build on my newly formed habit of moving 4 times every week. It took a mindset shift to get here and I want to keep the momentum going.

Read more, and embrace audiobooks. As a daily commuter, there are two things I can easily do during my commute: read or sleep. Most of the time, it’s the latter as I haven’t had the best sleep the night before. If I can get more sleep every night, this will be an easy win as I love reading and I have a couple of books that are waiting for me to read. 

Be more gentle with me. Ahh. This is definitely the hardest one on the list. As I get younger, I’m making a conscious effort to forgive myself as quickly as I try to forgive others. I’m also trying not to be too hard on myself when I make mistakes or don’t perform as I expected. I want to focus on gaining clarity on whatever the issue was, being accountable to myself, and extend forgiveness to myself instead of beating myself up. 

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Improve my photography skills. Have you heard of the phrase point and shoot? That is exactly what I do. Literarily. I don’t think of composition, lighting, and any other thing that might make the picture tell a story. And these are all of the things I want to learn. But specifically, from my husband, because he has a very unique way of viewing basic things and telling a story with a picture. Do tell him I said so.

Learn how to draw. All I can say is I’ll be spending a good amount of time learning on Skillshare. It must happen this year. I’ll try to share my journey as I go along. If you’d like to get 2 months’ free access to Skillshare’s premium courses, click here.

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