the intention i set for the month, and pretty much my whole life, is growth. to me, theres nothing more important. it's a pretty vague word to have as an intention, but i think that's what i like about it.
i think deciding that you're looking for growth is a really positive influence on your goals. although its important to give yourself specific goals, just simply aiming for growth allows you to be proud of even just a little bit of progress. we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to achieve all these things, when at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you're moving forward in the direction that will lead you to be the person you'd like to be.
searching for growth is a great way to promote self-love. when i choose to focus on growth instead of a concrete image or achievement, i learn to become immersed in the process instead. instead of looking at my final time for a run, i'm proud if i made an improvement from the last time or if i pushed myself to run instead of walk (i'm a new runner so this is a big one!).
the same thing goes for my mind. i can say that i'm a significantly happier person now than i was before i started to focus on growth. now i'm able to have productive conversations with people who i disagree with, and i'm open to understanding different viewpoints even if they aren't my own. it may seem like something basic, but it was something that was really difficult for me, so i'm very proud of myself for the improvement.
i've also had a lot of improvement with body image. for anyone who's unaware, i have blonde eyelashes and eyebrows, and in a world full of eyelash extensions and microblading, it's always been a tough game for me to feel comfortable in my own make-up free skin, but i've been getting in a better place this summer. i don't wear makeup to work, and i've been surprised by myself for being confident without it. i don't feel that all the time, but then again, all that's important is growing towards a more confident me, one day at a time.
those are just a few examples that try to explain the point i'm trying to bring home. what matters is self-improvement. not what you look like in the mirror or how you compare to the girl/guy next to you or how quickly you achieve your goals. all that matters is that you're working towards the best version of you (not to say that you aren't already a beautiful and fabulous joy of a human being). it doesn't matter the speed it takes you, just that you choose to get going and choose to grow in whatever way is right for you that day.