Happy New Year, you beautiful soul! From the bottom of my heart, I hope this year brings you intentions of joy, laughter, love of self, and freedom from diet culture.

I am super excited for 2018 and all that there is to come this year. I’m going to share all the fun opportunities we have to work together, meet, hang, and support each other as they come about. First things first, the crew from the Non-Diet Tribe and I had our first Intention Setting Workshop on January 1st that happened to coincide with the full, super moon.

Talk about some powerful intention setting moments.

If you weren’t able to make it, no fear! It’s not too late to snag your copy of the 2018 Intention Setting Guide and get really clear about what you want to invite in this year.

I used to feel that setting resolutions and goals, although super fun was kind of a waste of time because they would be long forgotten a month into the new year. But about 5 or 6 years ago, I discovered the power of manifesting and intention setting and it just kind jived with my vibe a little bit more. They were rooted in creating a life you love and getting out of your own way. Truly powerful stuff. Sometimes though, manifesting and intention setting can get a bad rap because often we forget to put in the sweat equity. You can’t just ask something from the universe without actively showing the world, the universe, and yourself that you mean some serious business.

Earlier this week on Facebook, I shared the power of manifesting and intention setting when I announced I was teaming up with Three Queens Yoga for a workshop on January 27th {if you’re in Philly or up for a road trip, please come!}. For those of you not on the book, or missed the post. Here’s some background…

After the first time I stepped foot into the yoga studio at Three Queens Yoga 5 years ago, I knew in my bones that this was my new “home” yoga studio. I found my teacher, my space, and community. And since then, it’s been exactly that. I left that first class and turned to Casey and told him that I wanted to be involved in the studio somehow. I remember telling him specifically that I didn’t know how it would look or what I would do there (at the time I wasn’t even a health coach!), but I knew in my bones that this space was special and I wanted to be a small part of it. And I recall specifically saying, I’m just going to let this unfold as it will. I surrendered and didn’t try to control the outcome. And now, here I am 5 years later, sharing my workshop with my beloved studio. This is my dream workshop at my dream space.

This is truly a dream come true.

Sure, this might sound like I just wrote this on my vision board and then walked away. But that’s not true. I actively and intentionally made moves that brought this out into the world. My intention was backed by action. And without that action, all we’re really doing is daydreaming.

How do we surrender control, but also back our intentions with action?

  • Be Open to How
    I truly believe that we only have control of our own actions, not the outcome of our actions. This I believe to be fact. And the same thing comes into play with intention setting. We can’t get bogged down in the details of how this specific intention is going to manifest. Five years ago, I would have assumed that my involvement with Three Queens Yoga would have been as a yoga teacher, since at the time that was the only qualification I had. But, the universe has a bigger plan. If you’re actively leading with your heart and making moves that are aligned with how you want to feel and what draws you closer to yourself and your purpose, the universe will answer. Not always in the way that you thought it would, but in beautifully, unexpected ways. Be open to this.
  • Heart Centered Action
    I get it, follow your heart is one of the biggest and most common cliches out there. But there’s some really great truth to it. This isn’t about only doing things that bring you joy because sometimes life doesn’t exactly work that way. But it is about taking steps and action to do more of what makes you happy and listening to that inner voice that says to you “this isn’t working”. For me, this was quitting a job that made me incredibly unhappy and putting myself out there and going to graduate school. It doesn’t have to be that big of a slap in the face though. It can be much smaller – daily actions. It can be as small as making more time for reading books and articles that inspire you. I can be carving out the time to take the yoga class that lifts you up.
  • Actively Take Steps
    I’m a big fan of planning. I love writing out my to-do lists and putting my intentions into action steps. But it’s not all about breaking your intentions down into action steps. It can actually be seeking out support in other ways. It can be getting a therapist to help you work through your internal blocks. I did this for two years and I can honestly say, this was the most powerful action step I could have EVER taken for myself. It changed the game. But the time my first year was up – I had ended a negative relationship that held me back, enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach, and started dating my now husband, Casey. Seeking out therapy was single-handedly my biggest action step towards living a heart-centered, purpose-driven life. She helped bring to light my own inner intuition and taught me how to listen to myself. This is invaluable. This might not be the right action step for you, but I think you get the idea. Think about what ways you’re holding yourself back from being your highest and best self, and take action and steps to work on it.

In the Intention Setting Guide, I break down how to tune in and build intentions for 2018 and beyond. It’s never too late to set intentions. It’s not reserved for new or full moons or New Years Day. It’s every day. Every moment. Every second a new idea pops into that beautiful soul of yours.

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