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It's officially September, which means that temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing color, and my heart is happy, because I am an autumn girl through and through!
We spent the first weekend of the month at the house, resting and enjoying each other's company - and the cooler weather! I've noticed a chill in the breeze for the last few weeks, especially in the mornings, when I walked Charlie out, but this morning, it was almost too cool to sit outside on the deck without a blanket.
I've mentioned before that one of my favorite parts of autumn (besides the sweater-weather!) is that, subconsciously, I offer myself more grace to slow down and rest. I don't feel like I have to be as busy as I am during the summer, and I'm looking forward to it! At the same time, I'm excited to be able to write and share more with you!
I did notice while scrolling through Instagram that everyone is sharing their monthly intentions, and I thought it was a wonderful idea! I love seeing how others take time to care for themselves, spend time with their loved ones, and accomplish their goals while honoring where they are in the present moment.
I've only got a few, but I think that's good for me; I generally love a long list of things to check off one by one!
1. Make time to rest.
This is my biggest stumbling block, and it causes a cycle of frustration, guilt, and exhaustion that I never seem to learn from! My main goal for the month of September is to listen to my body and mind, and pay attention to what they're saying. I may not want to go to bed thirty minutes earlier, but, as I've come to realize over the last few weeks, when I stay up too late and get overly tired, I'm easily overstimulated and find it hard to go to sleep at all, which causes mental and physical stress, which leads to less restful sleep...you get the picture.
2. Nourish the body, nourish the mind.
I generally eat a very clean, whole, nourishing diet, but there's something about the summer months that makes me feel like I can experiment with foods I would normally avoid, or splurge on things like sriracha and harissa sauce (spicy foods are my kryptonite!). All of the inflammation has finally caught up with me, and the days of raw veggies, spicy sauces, and fresh fruit are over. I've gone back to a strict AIP diet, which I'll write more about in a later post, which means lots of yummy soups!
But it's not just my body that needs to recover; after months of chronic stress, I'm setting an intention to care for my mind as diligently as I care for my body. That means more sleep, meditation, time spent enjoying nature and family (cough cough hygge!), and uplifting, inspirational books, like Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project.
3. Just be.
Be present. Be at peace, with myself and the world around me. Accept myself entirely as I am, and let that be enough. Let that be MORE than enough!
What are your intentions for the month? Let me know in the comments below!