Welcome to my Journey of Intention! Before explain my plan for this exciting journey, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m 37 years old, I have been living in London for the past 12 years but am from the South Coast of UK which has led me to a slight obsession with the sea! I love to travel and seek out new beaches around the world, so far my favourites are Koh Mak in Thailand, Om Beach, Gokarna in India and Tyrona National Park in Colombia.
I run a business called Create Yourself with a good friend, Michael Staddon, our mission is to help and support people in growing their self confidence and belief in themselves to create a life they love. We do this through confidence coaching, NLP image consultancy, Reiki, Yoga and personal fitness training.
This blog was set up to document a year long journey of intention and has continued to evolve from there. Now I have experienced living with intention I don’t want to just stop, it has become part of me and how I live my life.
Why did I start this?
Quite simply I did this to shake things up, to break my usual patterns and to do something totally different. The overall intention of the journey is freedom and love. Freedom means different things to people but for me it’s running a business that I love which allows me to travel the world extensively, a 6 month trip to India was part of this journey, and to live by the sea. Love is important to me whether it’s with a partner, between friends and family or even strangers, I want to feel love and connection in my life daily.
I have learnt about intention from 3 different angles over the past few years. Firstly through reading about the Law of Attraction, secondly attending various personal development courses who discuss the power in creating a context (intention) of how you are going to be in a situation and also from practising yoga. The day’s I have set myself an intention, a focus on how I am going to “be” that day it has significantly changed things. In fact this whole idea as come from an intention a 2 month charity challenge I organised from February 14th 2011, called Create a Life You Love. The mission was to do something that makes you smile every day, people paid to join the challenge which all donations went to Living Beyond Diagnosis, a charity that supports people affected by breast cancer. From the intention of creating a life I love everyday the idea of this challenge was born and now here I am!
The law of attraction states that we get what we focus on, if we set our intention to what we want to achieve and allow that into our being, it will be ours.
So I was intrigued, what would happen if I spent a whole year living with intention? What if every month I focused on a way of being that inspires me and is important to me? What if I picked some intentions that challenged me and got me out of my comfort zone, and would they lead me to my ultimate intention of freedom and love?
Each month I gave myself a different intention to focus on; I reminded myself of it daily, got creative around what to do for each one,I sought input from others and stretched myself to do things that were new to me and challenged me in some way. Half of the year I wrote my journey whilst travelling around India, a dream I had of doing for about 13 years.
You can see what intentions I planned for the year ahead here. The funny thing was I wrote the plan quickly in April 2011 before I began without much thought, as it happened each intention flowed perfectly into each other and was just perfect for that time.
Since returning from India I have relocated to Brighton, another dream of many years. I continue to set my intentions sometimes daily, weekly or even for specific task. I am continuing to write here about my learnings of using intention to create change and dreams in my life
I look forward to sharing my adventures and realisations with you.