Intentional Living. Day One.

It's 5:45 in the morning.

My partner and I decided that it was time to reclaim some space for ourselves in the world. We spend much of our days catering to others' wishes, whims, and needs...whether it's our children or our co-workers or anyone in between (and I don't say this because I'm angered or even bothered to support those around me...in fact, it's my pleasure). The problem is that I stopped supporting myself. And although I'm a yoga teacher and I talk incessantly about the importance and value of putting yourself first...I realized that I had gotten caught up in the flurry.

It's so easy, though, isn't it? First, you miss one morning of meditation to help your daughter with a school project. Then you miss a yoga class to take your son on a field trip. Then you skip breakfast to take your partner to the airport. And all of these things are important and nourishing in their own way.

But, "you" get lost in the day. By the time your head hits the pillow at night, you can barely remember what happened in your day at all. And really it's just a matter of scheduling and conscious choices.

Today, was the start of our choice to begin each day on purpose. We realize that doing it together keeps us both accountable and supporting and supportive of one another. (Often when just one of us decides to do something...we fall off. Congruency and support is key.) Anyhoo, we woke up together at 5:05am. He went out to the yurt to exercise (krav style). I set up for meditation in front of the fireplace. We had made our refrigerator oatmeal last night...so breakfast was done. We agreed to wake our children at 6:30am. Out the door between 7 and 7:15am. BAM!

Let's just say that the intention is there. The execution was rough.

But we agreed that we are going to keep getting on this wagon anyway. He discovered that he hadn't accounted for the "little things" like choosing to shave his head this morning which adds an extra 5 minutes to his shower time. I didn't account for my two curious cats that found really unique ways to disrupt my meditation...note to self...find a less central place to sit.

Now it's time to see how the rest of the day goes.