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Setting intentions for your life, when aligned with who you really are, provide a beautiful framework for soulful growth.
You lay the groundwork by creating a beautiful timeline for your desires to manifest, set the intentions by putting creative energy into them, then watch things unfold.
This is a process I’ve used many times over to help stay focused on what I want most out of life: truth, love, and freedom.
I add things to my intentional + hanging calendar right off the bat, then adjust and make room for things as life occurs. Using this method allows me creative power in my life and also the ability to FLOW with what life offers me, too.
Read on to learn more about how to set + hang your yearly intentions for soulful growth + goals…
INTENTIONS + SYNCHRONICITIES
My world revolves around intentions and synchronicities. Whenever I set an intention, or ask the universe for help, I keep my eyes open to the answer. It can come in the form of a feather, a car up for sale (true story), or a piece of mail. These types of things have no meaning on their own, but by prescribing your own meaning to them, it can help you make decisions and create your life with more ease.
Intentions inspire me by keeping my spirit lifted and focused on what I want to create in my life. Whenever I feel unsure about how to move forward, I look to my yearly goals and other hanging intentions for confirmation: does this situation, job, or project fit within my current intentions? If it doesn’t totally fit, can I make space for it, if it aligns with who I truly am?
Some things require their own natural timing. When we begin to force things to happen, we don’t feel good because we’re expecting them to happen. And when they don’t? We feel disappointed, ashamed, frustrated. Not good feelings to send out into the universe about the life you want to live, right?
This is why making space is important, so be aware of where you may be pushing too hard.
If you want to move, travel, or find a new partner, put that on your calendar. Space it out somewhere it feels good. Only you will know when this is, whether it’s next month or next year.
Once it’s written down on your calendar, choose to be open to whatever happens
MANIFESTING: 5 QUESTIONS TO HONE INTO WHAT YOU REALLY WANT
Take a few minutes to uncover some of your goals for the upcoming year. Here are some questions to take into consideration:
- how do you want to feel? How can you feel more of this feeling?
- what would you most like to be experiencing in the next few months?
- what have you put off that you’d like to enjoy?
- where do you want to travel?
- what’s something that feels TOO BIG, but you want to do, anyway?
Journal these out and give it some focus.
Listen to your intuition.
When you ask yourself these questions, say them out loud, then close your eyes.
What comes to mind?
This might give you clues into what steps to take next. Also, keep track of the dreams you have – sometimes they can tip you into the right direction, too.
TIME TO GET DOWN TO BIZNASS
- your goals + feelings for the next year
- roll of butcher paper: head out somewhere like Hobby Lobby or Target. They seriously run for about $5 and last quite awhile. (They also are fabulous for creating unique wrapping paper, or posters for your wall).
- Sharpies, or other fun markers
- push pins and / or tape to hang your yearly intentions up
- Pull out a piece that will fit a space on a wall that’s in a high traffic area that you will pay attention to.
- Cut the butcher paper, then divide the piece into as many sections as years you have sketched out from the beginning exercise. It’s totally fie if you’ve only figured out the next year only, but always cool to make room for the upcoming years, too. Give yourself some breathing room when you sketch out the years. Leave room for magic to happen!
- Then, add your desires in chronological order.
- My yearly intentions have anything on it from taking a trip to the Oregon Coast (July 2014), a January 2015 vacation to the Dominican Republic and an intention to be fully self-employed by the end of next year (2015). If you don’t know when something will materialize, put it somewhere on the calendar to give it some space and time to do so. If it’s truly aligned with who you really are, setting these intentions will help you grow into that space, so leave lots of room!
You can use sharpies (my favorite!) to decorate and organize your yearly intentions and goals.
Be sure to refer to these goals and intentions monthly, to review and edit, where needed.
Plus, hanging it somewhere highly trafficked will give you the chance to see these goals daily and keep the top of mind.
So, tell me: what do you MOST want to create in your life this year?
Have fun + live magically,
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