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From Intent.com: Grow Where You’re Planted

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The term “FOMO” has become a real thing for my generation.
It’s been defined as the “fear of missing out”. I think it’s safe to say we can always assume there’s something we’re missing out on, we can’t be everywhere all the time, but never before have we had such a visual reminder of all those things. Social media makes it really easy to see just how green the grass is on the other side. Continue reading

ASL Version of “Lose Yourself” Kicks Butt

The internet is always abuzz with all sorts of things, but we’re loving this video from Shelby Mitchusson. Shelby isn’t the typical Youtuber submitting covers of famous songs. She uploaded her ASL sign language interpretation to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and does an amazing job bringing intensity and understanding with movement alone.

Check out more of her videos here!

In a Rut? Five Steps to Get Unstuck

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The days roll by and sometimes you might wonder, “What did I do today? Did I get any closer to my goals and dreams?” Life gets busy and you get focused on what has to be done, not what you want to do. Your goals could be anything from finally losing those last 5 pounds to changing your career or moving to a new location.

Maybe every January you make the resolution that “this year will be THE year” but then before you know it, December rolls around and you are making the same resolution for next year. For many people, the rut just gets bigger and the opportunity to escape it seems less and less likely.

There are many very legitimate reasons why people get stuck in a rut. Life really is demanding at times. There can be health issues, family issues, and financial concerns, and sometimes the focus has to be on the emergency at hand, not on the dreams to come. But no one wants to feel unfulfilled and as if life is one big unrealized dream. What can you do, even in the midst of your daily life, to get unstuck and start to take those steps forward to the long-held dream?

Here are the five key steps to getting unstuck and moving toward where you want to go: Continue reading

Fighting Parents Don’t Give Kids A Fighting Chance

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Slamming doors. Cursing. Screaming. Stony silences. Constant criticizing.  Throw in threats of suicide. This out of control 13 year old behavior, is unfortunately the behavior of many parents.

And if this is you, you need to know your kids are taking it all in. They feel the tension when the two of you are smoldering. They cringe when their parents argue about them. They become clingy when one parent threatens to leave. They retreat emotionally as the tension rises. Teachers notice something’s wrong even thought parents don’t. A seven-year study published in Child Development in 2012 showed that Kindergarteners whose parents fought with each other frequently and harshly were more likely to grow into emotionally insecure older children who struggled with depression, anxiety and behavior issues by 7th grade. Continue reading

The Honor of Remembering

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On calendars in the United States, today is a day dedicated to remembering, Memorial Day. We remember those service men and women who sacrificed everything for the sake of others and that is an important practice because it feels easier to forget difficult things. It makes sense to forget everything aside from the happy endings and the good news but there is something very important to remembering the journey as a whole.

Acknowledging the journey allows us to be gracious. It reminds us not to take our steps forward for granted and that time is limited. How we choose to spend it, whether it be in vain pursuit or for the betterment of ourselves will ultimately affect everyone. Remembering is important because it allows us to be informed as we start a new page today. Continue reading

Officer Empowers Student to Independence

For many, their job is what happens between the hours of 9-5.
Their hearts sit on the sideline while their heads navigate a schedule of activities, expectations and stressors. But this isn’t the case for everyone.

Our Intent staff enjoyed getting to hear one man’s story from his proud sister! Beesley is the Student Resource Officer at Oberon Junior High School in Arvada, CO. What began as a result of a shared interest in bikes with an outgoing middle schooler named Micah Petersen became a story of independence and friendship despite the presence of a cognitive disability. Continue reading

Hopeful Parenting When Your Kids Are Emotionally Hurting

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As a parent, you never want to see your child in emotional pain. When you do, you often have a natural instinct to want to do everything in your power to take away their pain.  Sometimes, you cannot automatically “fix” your child’s situation as quickly as you would like to. Your child has to go through their own process of healing to find success on the other side.

There is however something very powerful that every parent can do when their child is experiencing emotional pain and that is “Hope.” Parents can create hope within their children that they will work through their feelings and emerge confident and strong from the experiences that caused their emotional turmoil.

Hopeful parenting is about believing that you possess the inner strength, determination and tools to move you and your children beyond emotional pain. Continue reading

Yoda Shares His Intent

Mallika Chopra comes from a family that understands the power of meditating and setting intents in living a life you’re genuinely proud of. Still, sometimes the lessons come in surprising new ways. For instance, the family dog, Yoda: Continue reading

Salmon Dating: Stop Swimming Upstream And Find Your True Mate

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A mature female salmon’s purpose is to make it to her natal river to lay her eggs and get them fertilized by a male before she dies.  Kind of macabre, but having a clear purpose and goal is what’s important here.  The female salmon’s journey starts in the salt-water ocean.

When she is ready to spawn, she swims thousands of miles to fresh water rivers and streams.  On her journey she is met with poachers, sport fishermen who catch and release, fishermen who catch for profit, bears, birds of prey, wolves, and other voraciously hungry mammals. 

Part of her journey also includes jumping upstream through a strong waterfall to get up to her natal river or stream.  Against all odds, many females make it to their natal river to spawn. Continue reading

Why I Sing the Blues: BB King’s Life of Purpose

May 14, 2015 will be a day known for the loss of blues legend BB King.
He shall be known as a man who overcame great obstacles to be known the world around for his moving lyrics and his even more moving guitar playing. Born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi in 1925, King was just 4 years old when his parents split resulted in his being raised by his grandmother. It was under the care of his grandmother, however, that he first picked up the guitar as a teenager. Continue reading

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