I started listening to Jess Lively's podcast, The Lively Show, for the first time yesterday, and I am hooked! I love her positivity, openness to life, and dedication to learning more about herself and living as intentionally as possible every single day. I've really been interested in intention lately, and before recently I had never really given much thought as to what the definition of "intention" actually is.
If you look it up in the dictionary, "intention" is defined as "a thing intended; an aim or plan". This is true, in part, but I'm coming to learn that intentional living is so much more than accomplishing goals or meeting deadlines. To me (and I think Jess would agree with me here), living intentionally means constantly making an effort to be present and reflective. It's not about trying to be perfect, or trying to be better than anyone else...instead, it's about trying to better yourself and only competing with the person you were yesterday and striving to be who you want to be tomorrow.
If you get the chance to check out her website, she has an entire page completely dedicated to helping others set intentions in their own lives. She stresses that intentions are not goals, future oriented, or metric or expectation focused. While this may sound a little strange at first, she's really just emphasizing the importance of living in the now rather than the future or the past, and appreciating and recognizing each little moment as it's presently happening.
This has really had a big effect on my life lately, and the gratitude and awareness I've been practicing has shown me that being present is a simple but amazing thing you can do for yourself. It's incredibly stress relieving and happiness boosting, and I'm really excited to see where the rest of her podcast and website lessons will take me in the future.