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Week In Review: Being Intentional About Being Intentional

Hey friends!

I don’t know if you read my post on Thursday, but basically I wrote about this feeling of uneasiness I’ve been trying to fight for the past little while. This inability I’ve had to focus or do any one thing at one time. With my whole new change of routine, plus more time to myself, this unrestlessness – I think – makes a lot of sense. 

But regardless, by mid last week it grew to something that was just completely aggravating and I wanted it to stop. So. I finally decided I needed to be intentional about being intentional. 

Thanks to a few small self care activities I’ve long neglected, some moments of stillness, and some focus back on the things that give me life….. I think I got some of that intention back. 

Lyss’ post Inner Work Brings Inner Peace really resonated with me this week. Sometimes (cough most of the time cough) doing the things that give you inner peace are really hard to get yourself to do!! I know when I am anxious or jacked up, it can be a plain old “no” to sitting down to journal or meditate or focus on one thing at one time. As Lyss said, staying in those anxious thoughts or wallowing in negativity is actually taking the easy way out. Doing the things you know you need, in moments when you most need them, is work!! 

Anyways. I’m still not 100% buddha over here, but I was able to at least find some moments of reprieve from the unrestlessness (and for the rest, we continue on trying). Linking up with Meg to tell you a bit about them. 

I got back to my lessons! I had a coaching with my acting teacher, and as soon as I left her, I booked a lesson with my singing teacher for next week. My acting teacher helped me realize I need to sing. 

Before my lesson I had a solo date with a Toris cinnamon bun. It had been far too long. 

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When things grew to their ultimate intolerable – I grabbed my journal, left my house, went to the McDonalds, got a latte, and just sat and wrote before heading to work. The date of my last journal entry… let’s just say that kind of time lapse should not happen again. 

I felt much more grounded after this. And then I wrote a TOL post. 

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The next morning I went to a 7 am yoga class. It was exactly what I needed: very meditative with slow, free movements to loosen up the body and just move

Then on my way home, I used a coupon to get myself a free latte from a little organic market down the street and brought it back home. Bliss.

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Early morning yoga + latte to go = perfect morning 

That afternoon I put together a big closet for our bedroom! One of the last few things we were needing to complete the move in process.

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And put up a few festive bits of decor

I spent a fair bit of time on public transit this week, which means I got back to some reading!

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…and some transit-reading fuel…

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Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie

I had yet another unplugged latte break before a work shift and put a good chunk in a play I took out from the library.

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I had two commercial auditions, which – after a couple of weeks of not hearing from my agent – really raised my spirits. 

I made a silly mistake in one of the auditions, which is just yet another lesson I will be taking in from here on in. But for the other audition, I got put on my first “hold.” Meaning they’ve told me I need to be available for the shoot dates but are still deciding between me and one or two other actors. 

And out of the four self tapes I did last weekend, I got two of them! Ha! Of all the timing. Maybe my black eye was some sort of good luck….??

I shot a short film – a 13 hour one day shoot – which was long but I think a positive experience. And I booked a feature film that will be taping in march. 

Not to treat myself, but simply because it would be delicious, I got myself a glorious vegan gingerbread donut from bloomers. Let’s just admire this one for a second. 

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…and maybe a bit more…

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Sometimes healthy coping mechanisms don’t work. Let’s be real. And that can be disappointing and frustrating and have you questioning why you should choose them when it would be a lot less work to just stay in your discomfort or revert to a less healthy way of coping. But its the trust in the long term vs the short term that we have to remember. I hadn’t been using many healthy coping mechanisms lately – rather I was just ignoring coping mechanisms all together and letting my discomfort linger on and grow. But the only place that got me was to a level of discomfort that was frustrating and intolerable. Being intentional about being intentional – forcing those bits of self care into your day – I think has a cumulative effect. They will start to gather up a sense of grounding in you. With the help of some public transit rides, some reading, some sweet treats and doing what I love, I’m on my way back there. 

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Tell me,

What did you do that was intentional last week?

 

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32 COMMENTS

  1. Jamie | 11th Dec 17

    Here was my intentional self-care last week: I slept in. Usually I am up by 4:30/5 to squeeze in some writing time and some alone time. It’s about the only chance I get. But the crazy schedule of the holidays has worn me down and so I slept in until…wait for it…6a.m.! That’s late for me and it made my days a little easier. Oh, and I read a few good books. “Do Not Become Alarmed,” the book I told you about, was one of them.

    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Yes! You go wild woman!!

  2. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 11th Dec 17

    I think this concept is so important – it’s almost like scheduling “nothing” or “intentional time for you” into your calendar. I do it occasionally, but definitely something I can do more. This weekend was a great blend of intentional rest – we had some snow, and family time on the couch, which was just what we all needed. Just being aware that we need this is important, I think!

    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Just being aware that we need this… YES. A huge first step that I don’t think a lot of people let themselves recognise. Step two….. do it.

  3. Nicole @ Laughing My Abs Off | 11th Dec 17

    Good for you for putting in the work and giving yourself the love you need. Morning lattes (especially when they’re free), cookies, donuts, reading…girl, you are doing it RIGHT! I’ve actually also been focused on self-care in the past week mostly as a kind of reward for getting through the semester and because I just have a bit more breathing room in my schedule that I COULD use to study for finals, but i choose to treat myself instead. A walk in the snow, a great movie with friends, a brunch date, it all adds up to make me much less stressed and thus better able to focus on what I need to get done. Have a great rest of your week, and congrats on all the acting achievements! You rock! <3
    P.S. Thought you should know, your link on Meghan's site is broken for some reason :/
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    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Boo! I wonder why! Thanks for letting me know.

      The end of semester – a mix of reward for all your hard work, plus all the weird sentimental feelings that this time of year bring – begs for extra self care and quiet reflective time, I think. Keep enjoying and giving it to yourself. It’ll make us more the people we want to be.

  4. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 11th Dec 17

    It was refreshing to read this post especially coming off your ToL last week. Self care works when you work it. I’m happy for you and thrilled you put some healthy coping mechanisms into practice. Also congratulations on the bookings. Go you!!!

    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Self care works when you work it… ha. I like this. Like one of those heat pads you really need to massage before it gets all hot.

  5. Miss Polkadot | 11th Dec 17

    Well, maybe that black eye was indeed some kind of lucky charm after all [if so, destiny, you picked a pretty hurtful one!]. Congratulations on both being put on hold for one production and getting lucky with two of your self-tapes. Along with the mood-/confidence-brightening auditions, it sounds like the past week was a good one career-wise. Yay!
    The whole concept of intentionally being intentional doesn’t come easily to me, either. I haven’t commented on it yet but the thoughts/feelings you described yourself having on Thursday are very similar to mine. Work gives me some kind of structure but outside of it, I’m lacking it in my life and crave it a lot. Especially since work isn’t fulfilling and I think ideally, our routines should make us feel good, not annoyed or forced.

    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Yes…. that’s the feeling exactly. I think this is especially hard for us creative brains. We aren’t able to rest in still periods and always need somewhere to put that energy. So then when we don’t know where to put it, everything feels out of control and messy

  6. Emily Swanson | 11th Dec 17

    Intentional self care for me usually includes some Bible reading, or prayer time or cooking or baking. I love that you had those sweet little quiet moments of investing in mental and physical self care. <3
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    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      I’m glad you recognize this need for your self too!!

  7. Ellie Pell | 11th Dec 17

    Congratulations to being put on hold! HAHA you know what I mean 😉 Focusing is so hard sometimes, especially when it should be straight forward and easy. It’s like, why am I avoiding doing these things? Why can’t my brain keep it together?! ARG! I’ve used the same mechanisms as you to try to get myself back in an attentive state, and sometimes they work more than others. Staying hydrated is really helpful for me as well 🙂
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    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      EXACTLY. When the time comes….my focus just seems to fly out the damn window and I don’t know what to do with myself! I wish I could just get a grip!

  8. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 11th Dec 17

    I think it’s really insightful what you said here, Cora, about healthy coping mechanisms not working sometimes. It’s true–yoga’s a big one for me that often doesn’t do anything but give me a good stretch. But that doesn’t mean that not coping or coping in an unhealthy way isn’t a better solution. Sort of like: you’re always going to get some of the math problems wrong, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your homework. Is that a weird analogy. Anyway, I hadn’t thought about it that way, and I appreciate the wisdom.
    Congrats on the hold on your audition! That’s super exciting!
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    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      That’s a PERFECT analogy. Holy smokes. One my high school self would have hated…. But incredibly true.

  9. Hannah | 11th Dec 17

    I took a nap yesterday…and it was totally an example of a healthy coping mechanism not working. I woke up feeling even more tired and wobbly than before. But to be fair…I was exhausted, and that forced me to take it easy for the rest of the day. Maybe it did work after all.

    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Ding ding. Perfect example. Maybe it didn’t work. Maybe you felt worse after. But how would you have known. And if you felt the need for it before hand, you made the right choice.

  10. chasetheredgrape | 11th Dec 17

    I love that being more intentional about being intentional worked for you last week. There were so many highs in your week and so many of them deserve big pats on the back. Also can I also add here your snack choices were definitely on point…. A massive round of applause from me!
    Well done on the work front…. Postive progress for the win! And I really hope that hold leads to them choosing you! #VoteCora

    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Sigh. Me too. One day of these “bites” have GOT to come to fruition. They just have to! 🙁

  11. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 12th Dec 17

    Self-care is so important this time of year. I did a lot of baking, which I find to be therapeutic. I also got to go run a little bit; something that’s a HUGE stress reliever for me.
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    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Oh nice – good for you. I spent all lastnight baking and it was the most wonderful, relaxing feeling I’ve had in a while.

  12. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 12th Dec 17

    Love this post! Glad you are feeling a bit better. I also think the holiday season can make me feel all over the place too. Also…that donut?! :-O
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    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Definitely. The time of year could be part of it. A weird mix of extra down time plus so many things on my to do list for Xmas gifts etc. Putting me all out of sorts.

  13. Evangeline | 12th Dec 17

    That donut! Pretty sure it’s singing sweet, festive carols to me through the computer screen.

    Being intentional about little, pretty routine things can feel nice. Like if I usually spend a few minutes before bed reading, instead of just doing it because it’s routine, it helps me to focus on the activity as an act of winding down and rest after a long day.

    Glad you enjoyed a few solo dates. Those are so necessary. Hugs to you <3

    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Yes! What a good additional thought! Not only to make time for these things, but I think their real magic happens when we make it part of our conscience awareness that what we are doing is for self care and relaxation. It’s like it makes it seep quicker into your bones.

  14. Kat | 12th Dec 17

    That donut. I literally can’t even. It’s gorgeous.
    Congrats on all the work progress, auditions and positive feedback this week! That’s awesome that you’ve been put on “hold” – fingers crossed for you!
    And girl – let’s not even talk about how long its been since my last journal entry. I totally agree with what you said though about pushing aside the things that we know we need the most because its hard work. My main thing isn’t even that its work – it’s the emotions that come along with it. Journaling forces me to become more intune with my feelings, emotions and thoughts – and sometimes that straight up scares the crap out of me.
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    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      THIS. Yup. Even MORE reason to put those other things aside and force yourself down. I know its so hard. But we just have to fight through and do it.

  15. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 13th Dec 17

    Living with intention is like healthy eating and “proper” eating. It really shouldn’t be so hard, but we still find a way to muck it up, don’t we? So we have to exercise that intentionality muscle until we have the muscle memory 😀
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    • Cora | 14th Dec 17

      Ha. Once again. Thats exactly it!

  16. danielle | 13th Dec 17

    your posts always make me feel good inside, even when you’re expressing some challenging emotions. i’m not saying your frustration makes me feel good, i’m just saying that i always resonate with your thoughts and feelings, and like i get it. the good part comes from feeling optimistic about your future as i’ve read your journey and read how far YOU have come. when you have some frustrations, i don’t feel worried because i know that something amazing is right around the corner waiting to happen to you. then my mind fills with memories and the realization of where i am now. always seeing where i am now and where i’ve been makes me feel humble and i guess grateful. grateful is not even a big enough word, i’m tired of it. i’ve been intentionally feeling grateful at each moment. i am looking for the silver linings in everything and everywhere. it’s definitely a good activity for an overly busy mind.
    i’ve been choosing to sit with more feelings lately rather than use exercise as my almighty end-all-the-feelings escape drug. i went through the ‘grunpy’ stages when i couldn’t run and was just angry about it. now i’m realizing how much i CAN do despite that one thing. i happen to love that one thing but whatever. let’s stay positive.
    life is good… it keeps blowing my mind at how good it can actually be if i just LET IT.
    let’s let life in, shall we my friend?

  17. Cora | 14th Dec 17

    You are so freaking strong Danielle. You continue to be my inspiration, motivator, and prime reminder for how I want to feel my way through this crazy life.

    Thank you for your starting words. I don’t usually have much optimism for my future and often (read:always) am filled with more guilt and regret than anything else. So it helps to know I have a little angel rooting me on and having faith for me.

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