I was fortunate enough to be able to visit my home state of California and see my beloved family and friends for a whole 10 days. I caught up with my relatives and friends, visited the west coast Flywheel locations, drove from LA to Santa Cruz, hung out with my totally loving, hilarious family (including the star of the show - my niece, Ari), cooked with my vegan partner-in-crime (my mom), and ate my way through incredible vegan food at Sage Organic Bistro, Crossroads Kitchen, M Cafe de Chaya, Joi Cafe, Mesa Verde, and Cafe Gratitude and Geisha Sushi in Santa Cruz. My family and I even had a mini Garage Band recording session of us singing our favorite family songs, "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell and the jazz standard, "Twisted." It was the vacation hippie dreams are made of.
With all the important eating, laughing, and loving I was doing in Cali, the end of 2015 crept up quick and took me by surprise once I got back to the city! With teaching to do as soon as I got back and New Year's festivities (thank you to plant-based chef Daphne Cheng of Exhibit C for hosting a lovely, mindful New Year's bash), it is now the 2nd and I haven't done my yearly intention-setting for this coming year! However, I am not one for self-shaming (anymore) and know that every day we are brand new so every day is New Year's in my book. That being said, the closing of our calendar year is a great time to get extra intentional.
So here is my intention for the coming year - to share and write about a different focus for each month on this blog. I will include personal experiences and practical ways to utilize each focus in your everyday life. The purpose of this is to provide guideposts for you along the journey of this coming year to check in with and inspire you to stay mindful of the way in which you are moving through it. I would love your feedback and comments on anything that is on your mind, anything that is a struggle, anything that you find helpful or any guidance you are seeking that I may be able to provide. I want to open a safe, supportive space for you where you can find insight on how to live a life that lights you up.
With that, the focus for this month is INTENTION. No surprises there, right? I can talk for hours about goal-setting and creating a vision to set an intention for your year and your life, but I want to share something more personal today. It's a story that I wrote almost two years ago, but now seems like the perfect time to share it. It is about an experience that taught me the true power of intention. Enjoy, my friends: