Hey guys! I’m really excited to introduce Rita to you, today. She’s the blogger behind this adorable blog, TOMORROWtoday, and I absolutely loved the intentions she sent over. I’m particularly honing in on the “be active” intention today, since the slight shift in temperature over in the midwest is already making me feel a little sluggish and sleepy. The best way to combat that is to get up and move! So thanks, Rita. Read on for all of Rita’s intentions.  -Caitlin

DESIGN YOUR LIFE: rita of TOMORROWtoday

I love to read, listen to, watch and talk about basically anything and everything. I love to learn about all sorts of different things because you never know when you will be able to put something to use or find a way to use what you have learned to do something that matters. Even more, I try to surround myself with curious, interesting people who can challenge me and who I will learn from.

I am obsessed with travel. I grew up traveling to see family all over the US and the world and I believe that my experiences taught me to be grateful, humble and respectful of differences. Whether it be short weekend getaways or longer adventures, I learn something about myself and about my relationships on each and every trip I take. I honestly think the world would be a better place if we all had the opportunity to see the world and gain perspective a few weeks of each year.

I’m realizing more and more that I am at my best when I am regularly physically active and challenging myself beyond my expectations. Aside from the obvious (being healthier and sleeping better), I’m also more creative. When I think back on the last few months, the majority of my more inspired, fleshed out ideas (throwing a last minute fundraiser, well received blog posts, great presents for friends) have come to me while I was working out. And I never feel more inspired or motivated than when I finish something that sort of made me want to pee my pants at the beginning (i.e., waterfall rapeling in Costa Rica!) Clearly, something about tuning out my brain turns it on in a different way, and this is something I want to take advantage of going forward.

Spend time with people you love and that love you back. Surround yourself with things that you love and that inspire you (sometimes, that means shoes!). Find a job or a mission that you love so much that you don’t mind the mundane aspects that inevitably come with it. I believe that if you focus on creating a life filled with love, everything else will fall into place.

I try to be a good friend and family member. I love to send cards, give presents, call and email often and do what I can to show the people I love that I love them. As fulfilling and wonderful as my relationships are, I still felt like something was missing. I recently started volunteering my time for a cause I believe in and it felt like I found the missing link. I think that by doing good for people in a way which you don’t stand to benefit, you grow and learn more than you could ever imagine.

LOVE photo by Max Wanger. Check out past DESIGN YOUR LIFE interviews.

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  • http://www.laurenmaxwell.blogspot.com Lauren Maxwell

    This is very sweet. Speaking of great ideas while exercising, have you heard Einstein’s old quote about “I thought of that while riding my bike!” I went to a really interesting presentation last week about kinesthetic learners and thinkers – and the need to have that accepted with educators. Rita reminded me of that. :)

  • http://pvedesign.com pve

    Jess,
    I always love your “DESGIN YOUR LIFE” posts. Just keep moving (poster) is now hanging in my kitchen and I posted it today! Love for you to pop over when you have a moment.
    best-
    pve

  • http://pvedesign.com pve

    oops DESIGN is what I meant to type! :)

  • http://daydreamer-alifestyleblog.blogspot.com Jackie at Daydreamer

    I love Rita’s blog and was so happy to see her intentions here! I can definitely relate to all of them! I espeically love “do good.” It’s amazing how much more fulfilled I am when I am giving my time to help others or to brighten someone else’s day.

  • http://www.tomorrowtodayblog.com rita

    Jess and Caitlin, thank you so much for having me today! I loved putting my intentions down on paper/out there in the universe… thank you!

  • http://www.tomorrowtodayblog.com rita

    @ lauren – so awesome! i need to google kinesthetic learning and read more about it! also love that quote!

    @ jackie – thank you thank you!