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Coming Back to Myself: Setting My Intentions

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waterlily and moon in starry night - magic backgroundA couple of years ago when I had adrenal fatigue, a good friend of mine gave me some sage advice: “Give yourself more breathing room than you think you need.” As soon as I healed my adrenal fatigue, I promptly forgot her words of wisdom.

As I ended my Spring and Summer semesters sick and exhausted a few weeks ago, I saw her quote I had printed out and put on my wall 2 years ago. It has become my mantra once again: Give yourself more breathing room than you think you need.

More importantly, I’ve been trying to figure out why I keep forgetting to give myself breathing room. I think it comes down to this: I, like many, at some level define my sense of self-worth by my accomplishments. To be successful, I was taught, you have to work hard, skip vacation days, and work some more. That’s how you succeed in life. There’s a fundamental flaw in that logic though: if you run yourself ragged 24-7, 365 days a year, you may accomplish things, but you will also likely burn yourself out.

I recently read a blog post by my friend and fellow Everyday Goddess Jodi Chapman about success. In it, Jodi discusses how her current definition of success has more to do with how she feels (e.g., happy, calm) and how she prioritizes her time doing things she loves (traveling, spending quality time with loved ones, etc.) than more tradition financial- or promotion-based definitions of success.

Her words inspired me to think about my own definition of success. I, too, got caught up in defining success through accolades, promotions, and financial gains. But that hasn’t made me happy. It’s left me exhausted.

When I finished my semester, my friend Paula texted me: You need to get back to you. She’s right. I do need to get back to me. Moreover, I need to figure out what I want.

As I write this, it is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the perfect day to really reflect on how my year is going. I plan to spend the afternoon revisiting the intentions I set for myself in January, to first determine if these goals and aspirations still even apply, and then to ascertain where I am in the process. But using Jodi’s definition of success as a new guidepost, I plan to also set some intentions for the rest of the year – not productivity goals, per se, but rather, aspirations focused on feeling and intention.

Let me explain. I was watching the opening session of Woman Unleashed Season 4 with Amber Bonnici and she said something that really resonated with me.  She asked us to set our intention for the retreat as to how we want to feel as we go on this retreat together. I think this is a wonderful idea and that we should set not just our intentions for Women Unleashed 4, but for our lives each day. 

Danielle LaPorte talks about how she sets her New Year's Resolutions. She decides how she wants to feel each year and then takes aligned actions to make sure she feels that way. Amber's statement about setting intentions reminded me of that.  

But I want to take this one step further. My intention for the rest of the summer is to practice feeling-based intention setting every day. When I wake up, I will to set an intention for the day. I will then periodically check in with myself and my intention as I go throughout my day to make sure that, as often as possible, I am acting in alignment with my intention for the day.

and periodically throughout the day asked ourselves if we were acting in alignment with that intention?  I get that not every day is a day of yours to craft 100% on your own – we have jobs, children, etc. But wouldn't it be nice if we could spend at least some time each day going back to the intentions we set for ourselves for that day? Checking in with how we want to feel and it taking action steps to make ourselves feel that way?

I think it'll be an interesting experiment for myself and for anyone who wants to join me. Are you in?

Bravery – Jodi Chapman

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When we are brave enough to share our true authentic self with the world, we make room for miracles. When we remember that we’re all different and that it’s okay to not look like someone else or talk like someone else or share like someone else – it’s actually preferable that you are in your own lane doing your own thing following your own heart. Because that’s where the true magic lies. – Jodi Chapman

Everyday GODDESS: Jodi Chapman

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Jodi ChapmanJodi Chapman is passionate about helping others reconnect with their soul. After experiencing a spiritual awakening in 2010, she went from being a complete skeptic to a believer in miracles. She now lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. 

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you? 

It means I am comfortable in my own femininity. It means I live an empowered life that blends spirituality with practicality. It means that I take time each day to reconnect with my soul, while still embracing this life here on Earth. (This artwork sums it up.)

Quote from Jodi Chapman

At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

It's definitely been a gentle unfolding for me that continues to this day. I was molested as a child, and so I stepped out of my body and my femininity for many years. As an adult, it's been a slow process of reclaiming my body as my own and loving myself enough to embrace my own femininity. It's in the small moments of enjoying my femininity that get to awaken a bit more: painting my toenails, snuggling with my cats, brushing my hair, putting on a cute outfit, etc. It's in these moments that I feel so grateful to be a woman and to be brave enough to step into my own femininity again. 

What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

I needed to believe that I was worthy of sharing my true self with the world. I had to believe that my authentic self was good enough – that I didn't need to try to be something more. So I needed to let go of any belief that was no longer holding this authentic vision. What I love is that the more I showed up authentically, the more I was embraced by others. That was such beautiful confirmation for me to continue doing so.

What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

While this is definitely still a process for me, I will say that I'm feeling more comfortable in my own skin. I love being a woman. I love embracing each part of myself and seeing all of my traits as blessings. I've also found that stepping into my own feminine power gives others permission to do the same – it's a beautiful ripple effect. 

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

I absolutely love my soulful writing ritual. I go into my office and close the door. I light a candle, and I pull either an Angel card or a Soul Clarity card. I open up a Word file and place my hands on the keyboard. I close my eyes and let my spirit guides know that I'm ready to listen. And then I begin to type whatever comes through in that moment. Oftentimes, I'll close my eyes and will only open them when the message has stopped. It's such a great collaboration, and it's always such a magical experience.

I also recently started taking dark showers. I'm very sensitive, and sometimes by the end of the day, I feel pretty drained from all of the energy that I've taken in. And so I've found that stepping into a hot shower in a pitch-black bathroom is a wonderful way to allow the cleansing water to pour over me and take with it all of the energy that isn't mine. It washes the day down the drain, so that I'm left with a clean slate before I go to sleep. It's a great way to lovingly say goodbye to the day.

Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

I am inspired by any woman who has stepped into her power and is living from that divine source. It's not so much what they're doing – it's their essence. You can sense that they are full and at peace.

Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women? 

You officially have permission to be yourself. Period. So often, we think we have to be something or do something or get somewhere or have something before we can be okay with ourselves – before we can truly love ourselves. What if we dropped all of the conditions that we have placed upon ourselves, took a deep breath in, and bravely shared where and who we are right now with the world? How empowering would that feel? That's what I wish for all of us.

 

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