I love the first day of each new month. It’s a fresh start full of new hopes and dreams, full of possibility and promise! Today we are presented with February. All of February is still ahead of us. I have a few intentions for this month.
I intend to be kind.
I am kind to others, but I’m not always kind to myself. I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed, to reach goals, to live up to a certain level of expectation that I have set out for myself. I get angry at myself when things don’t turn out the way I thought they would. I find myself losing my patience with others when I’m going through a difficult time. I don’t celebrate my successes, in fact, usually I just question if I could have done better. This month I will change my internal monologue from critical to kind. I will focus on the positive and celebrate my steps forward, no matter how small. I will talk to myself as if I were talking to my best friend. This month I will be a kinder version of myself to myself, because I deserve to be the kind of friend to myself that I am to others.
I intend to be in control of my emotions.
I have a short fuse. I get agitated easily. I roll my eyes when I’m pissed off. I sigh sarcastically. I say things I later regret. I yell. I cry. I go from being calm to crazy in a matter of seconds. It takes a lot to upset me, but when it happens, dear God does it happen! Even though the blow only last at best a few hours, I don’t like this about myself. I feel out of control when I get to this point. This month, whenever I feel these negative emotions creeping up on me, I will take a moment to breath deeply, bringing myself back into the present moment and assess what is causing this reaction. This will not be easy for me as I tend to react on instinct. I feel that this will benefit not only my own mental health, but my relationships with those closest to me.
I intend to love openly.
I am so blessed to have so many beautiful souls in my life. When it comes to friendships, I’m pretty certain I’ve won the lottery! My friends are all so different and unique in their own ways, and so very important to me. This month I intend on going out of my way to make sure that all of these special people in my life know just how much they mean to me. I’d be lost without them, and it’s about time they knew just how much I love them all.
February is a busy month for me, but at the root of all of my goals are these 3 intentions. These intentions will affect my relationship with myself and others, all for the best!