Motivation Monday- Setting Intentions

Happy Monday, friends! 

I love Mondays because I see them as the ultimate fresh start, a new week and a new opportunity to accomplish something great. I  believe that there are two ways to approach life. You can take the backseat and take things as they come or you can live a life filled with intention. I choose the later. One of the ways I live a life of intention is by setting weekly intentions: small, attainable goals and changes I can work to accomplish every day over the next 7 days.   

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Life is like a race, there is no “taking a back seat” when you get to that start line .  Even though you can’t see the finish  you don’t go into a race without a plan, you know you have a set amount of time to accomplish something.  Monday morning is another starting line.

While I set long-term goals, make 30 day plans, and take each day as another blessing I find that the start of a new week energizes me most. 7 days. Its small enough to make a first step, yet  enough time to overcome a barrier. Deciding what I am going to accomplish in one week brings focus to each day while getting me closer to my long-term goals.  

As I get focused each morning and plan my day it is helpful to look over my intentions for the week. 

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If I don’t have weekly intentions, come Thursday morning I am exhausted and take the back seat approach to life. By just trying to get through the day I am not nearly as energized, productive or successful as I was on Monday. Looking at my weekly intentions even on a tired Thursday morning renews my energy to keep going after what I planned to. 

 

This week I challenge you to live with intention! 

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Today, think about and write down a few things you would like to accomplish or changes you would like to make this week. 

Some intentions might be, This week I will:

  • Be present
  • Respect my body
  • Love myself
  • Find new ways to move
  • Do one thing a day that brings me joy.
  • Do one thing a day that brings someone else joy. 
  • Face my fears.
  • Smile.
  • Love deeply.

Each morning as you eat breakfast or get ready for you day look at these weekly intentions for daily focus. 

Today I will:

  • Respect my hunger cues.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Organize my closet.
  • Call my mom.
  • Read a book.
  • Bake my favorite cookies.
  • Have that conversation with “blank” I have been putting off.
  • Not text in class.

I hope that you will find that Mondays are something to be excited for, not dreaded! 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 

TELL ME: What are your intentions for this week?

 

 

 

 

Weekend highlights in pictures

Here is a quick recap of my weekend:

Cooked this. Ate the whole batch in one sitting… recipe coming this week. 

photo 1Any guesses on what it is?

Took advantage of some perfect Colorado weather with a long leisurely bike ride which included a stop in one of my favorite little towns to enjoy the best mid-ride snack.

photo 2My sorta bliss

 

 I worked on my blog, ALOT! (no pictures for this one but I still need YOUR help!

 

I fell in love with this scarf all over again. 

photo 3circle scarves + selfies for dayz

 

I saw Frozen and loved it!disney-frozen-olaf_0I could not get enough of Olaf. 

 

My family got a new dog and tortured me with a constant stream of pictures.

photo 2 copyIs Rue not the cutest thing you ever did see?! 

 

 Rounded out the weekend with my ultimate comfort food: kabocha squash.

photoSimply roasted with coconut oil and cinnamon. 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I’ll be back in the morning with some motivation to jump start your week. In the meantime please help me make this the best blog for YOU by heading to this post and giving me any feedback you have. 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 

Best Blog Weekend- I need your help!

The past few weeks I have been experimenting with this blogging thing. Trying to get into the hang of posting, figuring out what to post, connecting with other bloggers and managing other  social media sites.

I have been pondering the content of the blog and my mission as I sit here and type every day. 

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What inspires me most is other bloggers and seeing what they have done, what is successful while still being true to themselves. This weekend I am set to get this thing into full gear. To write my mission statement that I will stay true to with every post, to make my layout something I love and to gain some focus and fluidity with the everyday management. 

BUT I have some questions for all of you other bloggers (some I especially look up to: Julie, Kristin, Gina, Jessica, Courtney, Cori, Page, Tina, Jenna, Amanda, Monica plus so many more I can’t even list them all!) and the readers that I am trying to reach: 

  1. First impressions of a blog: how much does a layout play into this and what do you like in a layout? does it affect how long you browse around the blog, read posts, come back?
  2. Blogger behind the blog: do you want to know about their daily life, eats, workouts? How much is too much or do you appreciate them sharing? 
  3. Drawing the line between real life and blog life- where and how do you draw it?
  4. What are your favorite posts to read? Informational content heavy, lots of pictures, recipes, daily life, training?
  5. How many posts per week/per day? What is too much, what is not enough?
  6. How do you manage all the different social media outlets?! 
  7. Do you have one twitter, instagram, Facebook for blogging and real life?
  8. What has been your most successful way in reaching more readers?

I realize every blogger and reader takes a very different approach to most of these so please just tell me how YOU feel about the topic or what you do and have seen success with. AND please, please, please respond if you have any input at all on any questions or any advice you have for me not relating to the questions, I will take it all to heart.

This blog is an outlet for me but it is more for you guys, so help me make it the best for YOU! THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 

Hayley Approved

Happy Friday! Here is what I was loving this week:

It is no secret that I love Julie and I was especially loving this workout she posted this week

Outside magazine wrote about something I have been preaching a lot lately. Get up and move! 

I really want to go here, who is coming with?

These bars, I had one every day this week!

This soup looks so good, especially for all the cold we have been experiencing. 

My training group has been using these new trainers and they are awesome! It is like a cyclists’ dream video game. 

This is almost embarrassing but this song…. Can’t get enough. 

The fact that everyone in California has been posting on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and snap-chatting me about how wonderful the weather is. 

Seriously LOL’ing on Monday, too true. 

Share with me a link to something you have been loving this week!

Healthy Regards,

Hayley