Welcome to September! If you’re like me, you’re ready to transition into the coziness of fall, and the reflection and reverence of the autumn season. In addition to admiring the color-changing of the leaves, the rhythms of our lives, especially if you’re a parent, shift too- with back to school, daylight hours growing shorter, and the impending approach of the holidays.
Why Intentional Slow Living?
“The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections–with people, with culture, with work, with nature, with our own bodies and minds”Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed
For the past three years, I have been creating monthly calendars to help me stay intentional about my days. The calendars include recipe inspiration, reminders to pause, seasonal crafts, and creative ways to welcome the season into my home. I find that intentionally focusing on ways to simplify, slow down, and move gently each day results in a thoughtful approach to everyday life. Over time the practice of intentional living has become more and more important to me, and especially even more so now in these modern and uncertain times. I feel happier, more focused on the important things in life, and I find more joy in the day-to-day.
My Intentional Living Journey
My journey with intentional living became important, and took on a role outside of my personal life, back in 2015. I had started teaching art classes to young children and their caregivers to provide them with time each week to intentionally connect and make lasting memories together. Then, in 2017 I co-founded the subscription box company, KidArtLit to provide families all over the world with a more creative and meaningful way to connect with their children through books and art every month. I am grateful to continue to co-run KidArtLit and provide families unique and intentional ways to spend quality time with their children.
Over time, I recognized that my approach to holding space for my family, my art, my rest time, and manifesting my dreams and life goals were all supported by my intentional, thoughtful, and slow approach to living. Living intentionally doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. It can be done whether you are working full time or retired. The best part is that you can start any time, and when you do, you will notice your happiness increase and your joy for living blossom.
I like to root my process in the seasons. I find the cyclical nature and the rhythm of the seasons to provide a sturdy structure that makes living intentionally more purposeful and simple.
30-Days Intentional Living Challenge
Today, I am sharing one of my Intentional Living Calendars with you. This calendar is designed to welcome the fall season and the month of September. You’re invited o join me in Free 30-days of intentional living.
September always feels like a fresh start. It holds the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah and the Day of Atonement of Yom Kippur. There are a lot of things that vie for our attention in September, and into the coming season. I want to approach the upcoming busy month and season with more intention. It is possible to live intentionally and slowly, even in a busy season!
How the Challenge Works
Every day we will be doing one conscious intentional living action per day, on purpose. I hope that through the process you will build an awareness of other opportunities to slow down and focus on what is most important for you. Approach this challenge (I don’t even like the word challenge, more like an invitation) gently and with kindness towards yourself. Take baby steps and enjoy the planned intentions for each day.
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Benefits of Intentional Living
Focus on the important things. We live in a world that is always vying for our attention. It wants to eradicate our boredom and keep us scrolling. Taking the time to identify your personal values and what matters most to you, makes it easier to focus your time on relationships, projects, and interests that ultimately bring you more happiness so you can live a joy-filled life.
Helps you think more creatively. Your mind isn’t overloaded with all the things in the moment. It can focus on what is happening at the present moment, which can free you from worry and allow your mind to relax. A relaxed mind is able to be more creative and solve problems with more ease.
Make choices more easily. When you know what to focus on and you’re more aligned with your goals, making choices and decisions becomes easier.
Feel more present. Intentional Living helps your focus on what is most meaningful at the moment it is happening. So many of us grieve that time goes too fast or that we feel we are missing out. With a world that moves at such a fast pace, it can be difficult to focus on what really matters. Spending time to learn to be intentional with your time and awareness brings more happiness and joy to your everyday.
Did you miss a day? Don’t worry! start where you are and forget about the rest. We are all about slow baby steps to a more calm and intentional life.