My Hope for June: A Return to the Basics

My hope this month is to get back on track after falling off the self-care wagon.

I'm welcoming June with a big sigh of relief. The first few months of 2017 threw our little family quite a few curveballs, and it feels like I've been living in a perpetual state of reaction, constantly having to think on my feet, act quickly, rearrange plans to accommodate the new situation, and ultimately work through processing a lot of trauma behind the scenes. During this time I've been trying to do some inner work focusing on self-care through Amy Kuretsky's Group Coaching program, exploring more self-compassion through 1:1 coaching sessions with Barbara Erochina, and using the Stronger Month by Month prompts by Erica Midkiff.

But even with all the help from these amazing ladies and their incredible programs, I remained resistant to change, was holding onto negative thought patterns, and used the launch of Own Your Why: Self-Paced as a legitimate excuse to avoid doing this important work. And now with that big looming deadline behind me, I'm feeling finally ready to show up and do the work as it was intended—with an open heart, an open mind, and a willingness to stick to a plan.

Which is also fitting with the card I drew during my Year Ahead Spread.

My card for June: Two of Pentacles

It is known to be a card that represents balance and change while you juggle opposing desires and interests. It demonstrates the necessity for managing your time wisely and prioritizing the things that matter most, even during the most uncertain of times. Because life will always be uncertain, but if we can maintain the small tasks that keep us centered, we'll more agile and flexible to deal with those changes and uncertainties that are inevitably a part of our path.

Incessant worrying has always been a part of my M.O., and I am really ready to work on correcting this destructive thought pattern. It's going to be hard work, but I'm grateful to have a solid support system to be there for me as I take the necessary steps to doing this inner work. And the changes I hope to implement are small things, but I feel confident that if I can focus on these seemingly small things, and intentionally prioritize them above my typical numbing activity (watching T.V.), I truly believe I will start to see bigger, healthier shifts for my mindset and my general demeanor. These are things I know to be helpful, but for whatever reason, I don't practice them as much as I should. Things like: 

  • Getting back into my routine of posting my yoga schedule online so that I attend class more regularly, and maybe see a friend while I'm at it!
  • When I'm working from home, add in active break periods so I don't sit at my desk for hours on end. 
  • Find new ways to achieve active rest so that I'm not simply numbing out. To that end, I will limit my TV watching to 1-hour every day, and I'm curious to see what other activities organically fill that extra space. 

If I go back to words I chose for me this year (Ease, Expand, Embrace), I just got off a huge period of expansion with the launch of OYW: Self-Paced, and I want to enter summer with more of an EASE mentality. I want to practice my morning routine every day. I want to go to bed a decent hour where I have some time to read before falling asleep. I want to leave pockets to free time in my calendar so that I can simply breathe. I want to focus on improving the services I already offer versus trying to think of creating something completely brand new. I want to soak up as much knowledge and inspiration as possible to start dreaming about what is bubbling under the surface that I want to share this fall during two upcoming speaking engagements. I want to give myself the time and space to simply BE so that I can envision and embrace the next steps I must take to walk down the path leading me to sustained health, happiness, and abundance. 

And what about you? What are your hopes for this month? I'd love to hear in the comments below!