Setting Intentions

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Wow! Summer sure has flown by. I know, it’s still in the 100’s where many of us live so you may be wondering how I can say summer has flown by when it’s still cooking outside? That’s because today is my first day back to school to a new job as a speech-language therapist at an inner-city charter school in Sacramento. . Summer, for me, is over! In the past, it would have been upsetting to start school so “early” in the year, but at this stage in my life, I am eager, grateful, and have new dreams.

August is a very meaningful month for me. As an educator, it marks the start of a new school year despite taking the last two years off while writing my book,  doing some public speaking at conferences, teaching private classes, and working on (and completing) my Spiritual Life Coaching Certification. So the beginning of each school year is as refreshing as ringing in the New Year each January. August is meaningful in another way ~ in 2009 I launched “Caring and Courageous Kids” while teaching as a speech language therapist in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Over the past five years, it has been evolving.

Today, as I begin my new job, although the children don’t start for another few weeks, I am eager to begin developing relationships with my fellow co-workers and become part of a new community of hopeful educators. I intend to make this the best year ever!

In fact, I am going to start a new practice of setting a weekly intention each Monday and invite you to join me. I will share my intention for the week on my Facebook page. I encourage you to reflect on your intention and welcome you to share yours on my page as well to help inspire one another. Of course, if you like the intention I have set, you are welcome to join me in the practice.

An intention is “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” An intention can help keep us on course for what we want to create in our lives by helping us grow and practice our highest values. Reflect on what it is that you most want to happen in the coming week personally, and/or professionally. Consider how you want to feel as you go about your day whether this intention is for your relationships with family at home, with co-workers, or if you are a teacher, with your students, or even out in the world. Surround yourself with the people, activities, and thoughts that fill you up, bring you joy, and keep you on track.

One way to help you be successful in watching that intention grow is to write it down. Write it down at home and then share it (such as on our FB page). Sharing can help hold you accountable, as well as inspire others to do the same! At the end of each day, reflect on how you did. Could you do better tomorrow or are you on target?

My intention for this week is to communicate in such a way that I leave “heartprints” on every person I interact with at my new job. I want to leave every person feeling joyful, peaceful, and inspired when I walk away! In elementary-school talk, we call that being a “bucket filler”! “Wherever I go today, help me leave heartprints of compassion, of understanding, of love.”  As a speech-language therapist I help people to communicate better. To commune is to exchange thoughts and ideas at a deep level, so my job is to help people communicate in ways that help them to commune and get closer! 

“I see communication as a huge umbrella that covers and affects all that goes on between human beings. Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him. How he manages his survival, how he develops intimacy, how productive he is, how he makes sense, how he connects with his own divinity–all are largely dependent on his communication skills.”  ~Virginia Satir

‘The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” ~Carl Jung

By practicing to be my best, I can contribute to an educational climate of kindness and caring while developing my own skills at becoming more #compassionfit. I can be a role model for others to become a mindful and conscious communicator.  That means I have to mindful and awake, or conscious, in every interaction I have. Yep! It’s going to be a great week… and a great year!

I look forward to hearing your intentions on Facebook at Caring and Courageous Kids (and/or share below)! 

“A good intention clothes itself with sudden power.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In joy and peace,

Dee DiGioia

Transformational Life Coach ~coaching with TLC

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