Category Archives: Intent of the Day

Intent of the Day: Believe in Better

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It’s wild. 54 years since it’s original publication, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s words spoken in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech are not only reminders of a rocky past, but also a reminder not to repeat the same mistakes in the future. We wish that 54 years later, racism was a concept taught to our children only as a part of history, but they unfortunately learn about it from our headlines, from their own lives, from actions taking place in every country including this one.

Our intent today is to, like Dr. King Jr, believe in better. Our hope is that you will too and that your believe will spark you to action. Our hope is that you would believe in kindness and in gentleness, that you would believe in forgiveness and grace. Our hope is that you would believe in your fellow human, that you would see them as a whole person and that you would seek to lift others up rather than tear them down.

We have no better words to express our intent than the following: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Enjoy the Moment

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Where are you right now?
Right. This. Minute.
Where you are, for better or for worse, will only be here for a moment. The people walking past. The clocking ticking. The person sitting next to you. The wind blowing. This moment will never be able to be recreated exactly as it is and these moments happen all day every day, but how many do we stop and sit in?

So stop.
Right. This. Minute.
Just be in the moment.

Our intent? To enjoy the moment we’re in right now. If you need help, here are some wise words from wise people we respect about taking in the moment:

Forever is composed of nows.
-Emily Dickinson

Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final
-Rainer Maria Rilke

Happiness, not in another place but this place…
not for another hour, but this hour.
-Walt Whitman

I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
-Abraham Lincoln

Intent of the Day: Practice Empathy

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Empathy is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.”

The action of understanding is an interesting sentence. It reminds us that it is an act, it is a choice. It’s not a thing you should consider yourself exempt from. It’s not that some people are empathetic and some people aren’t. It means that, for the most part, empathy is a trait you can choose to develop. Today our intent is to practice empathy.

And why does it matter at all?  Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Notice the Needs

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 When I was a boy and I would see scary things
in the news, my mother would say to me,
“Look for the helpers.
You will always find people who are helping.”
-Fred Rogers

In a time that can feel so unsteady, it can also feel difficult to focus on anything beyond ourselves and what is right in front of us. Managing the chaos in our own homes or offices might be overwhelming enough, and we understand that, but sometimes the key to alleviating some of that anxiety is finding a place where we can help. We don’t have to or want to feel paralyzed. Instead, we want to notice the needs and get going, whether they are inside our home or somewhere still unknown to us. Our intent of the day is to notice the needs.

Here are some needs you might not know about that could use some helpers today:

  1. UNICEF and the work their doing for children around the world.
    Most of us are already familiar with the name, but did you know that UNICEF raises money and works on behalf of the rights of children in 190 countries and territories? This includes everything from education, healthcare to meeting basic human needs. How can you help? Of course, it takes funds to make all this happen you can certainly give. You can also give! Find out about giving or going with UNICEF here!
  2. Yoga Gives Back and the work their doing to help women in India build sustainable lives for the price of a yoga class.
    Yoga Gives Back is an LA organization that seeks to mobilize the yoga community to use their practice and their passion to help women on the other side of the world end the cycle of poverty and discrimination. Through sponsored yoga classes, you and your community can pass the goodness on to women whose lives may be forever changed.
  3. The ASPCA and their work to end animal cruelty and find a home for every homeless pet.
    The ASCPA does work for a group of individuals who can neither speak up for themselves nor do anything to repay you. Dealing with both cases of cruelty and homelessness, the ASPCA rescues, restores and relocates animals who deserve much better than they have known. This organization is looking for volunteers, for donations, for your story and even for you to add a pet to your family! Want to get connected? Here‘s how you can!

 

Intent of the Day: Love Looks Like

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2016 was a particularly stressful year for many of us. Families and friends were divided politically, socially, geographically and that can force us to reconsider all we took for granted and expected from our relationships. What if we don’t agree? What does that mean for all of us? While this can feel scary, we want to consider a different and more empowering question. What will love look like when it’s full of intent?

We are excited about the opportunity to take an active role in deciding what love will look like for us. We are excited to be purposeful when it comes to loving those around us and beyond. To love with intent is to give our best effort at making a difference.
Today our intent is to decide what love will look like for us.

You too? Consider what it’ll look like to love these 3 groups of people in your life: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Find What Excites You

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New Year – a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.
– Alex Morritt

The year is currently a blank slate laying in front of us, which can actually be a very daunting thing. What story will you write?

There are the things you should do…
The things you could do…
The things you want to do.

Likely the truth of what you’ll put down on your pages is somewhere in the mix, but where do you start? Have you considered what you love? We don’t always think about it. The things that make us come alive can feel like things that should be preserved for personal time, but what if those are the things that we should spend this year investing in? Instead of saving it for the spare moments, perhaps it’s time to operate our of our love and passion. So what is it? If you have no clue or don’t remember, now is a good time to dig in!

Our intent? It’s to find the thing that excites us! You too? Here are 3 things to help: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Identifying the Time Wasters

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Getting back into the swing of things can be tough. If you’re anything like us, you’re tired, you miss your routine, you probably developed a habit for eating sugar every 45 minutes or so… In an effort to live lives of intent, we want to make sure we’re focused and acting with purpose. This means we want to face our time wasters head on. So what are the things that are intentionally or unknowingly taking all your time or providing distractions? Are you trying to escape or are you getting sucked in? Our intent is to identify the time wasters. You too? Here are 3 places to check yourself: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Clean House

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I am never five minutes into stripping the clutter from my life before I start running into
the clutter that is my life.
-Robert Brault

It’s funny how our home space says so much about our brain space. For some, the clutter in their brain is the opposite of their spotless home. For others, the exact opposite. For still others, the clutter they feel is exactly the picture you discover when you enter their living space. Sometimes the overwhelming feeling can feel very debilitating. Sometimes it’s the weight that keeps you from feeling like you can dive into something new. There is something important about the practice of deciding what needs to move forward with you and what needs to be let go that extends beyond just getting rid of stuff.  Either way, cleaning house figuratively and literally is a great task to take on as you prepare for a new year!

Our intent of the day is to clean house! Thinking about it? Here’s why it’s good for you! Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Rest Up

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You might be on vacation but it doesn’t mean you’re coming back refreshed. If you spent your time with family and friends catching up on all the things you miss year-round, you’re not alone. If you’re anything like us, you’re exhausted and that is no way to enter a new year. We’re going to spend the last few days of 2016 trying to catch up on some zzz’s so we enter the new year ready and rested.

You too? Let us help you get a little rest: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: A Little Extra Kind

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Holidays can be tough. Post-holidays can get harder.
The likelihood that you will bump into (or be) someone extra sensitive, overly anxious or unnecessarily upset is at an all-time high and our first reaction might be to match their emotional level. You feel justified in lashing out or shutting down, but is that really the best way to navigate this situation? Perhaps what everyone needs is a little extra dose of grace and kindness and where better to get those ingredients than you? Today our intent is to be a little extra kind.

You too? here are some ways and some reasons: Continue reading

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