Every August, as the summer comes to a close, I try to take a moment to reflect on my year thus far, gauge how I’m feeling and set short-term goals for the upcoming fall season. After all, what better time to attempt new things and turn over a new leaf? Setting goals with intent always helps me break out of my routine and approach my life (and the new season) with a mindful sense of awareness.
Living authentically and mindfully takes work. Just as the leaves change colors from green, yellow and red – so too can we take stock of the areas in our life that we want to transform. When setting your sights on change, try to be realistic. Then, take time to identify the emotions and obstacles that keep you stuck in old, habitual behavior. Though you may not always achieve every thing you set out to do, there is a simple satisfaction in knowing that you’ve truly tried your best.
Are you ready to turn over your new leaf? If so, get started with these suggestions:
TURN IN: What can you do differently to be more aware of your words and actions in each day?
TURN OUT: What can you do differently to foster a more compassionate understanding of the world that surrounds you?
TAKE TIME OUT: Develop a daily 3-minute breathing practice to help anchor your awareness in the present moment. Try Tuza.