Review: ‘Living With Intent’

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Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy by Mallika Chopra (Crown Publishing, 2015)

I loved this book. It was full of “that’s me!” moments, great anecdotes and stories. It had that “We all go through this and you need to grasp that concept” vibe, and it helped a lot. Chopra worked out a process for trying to fulfill the intentions we make and how to follow through with them. It’s worth a shot, right? Here’s the basic breakdown:

  • Incubate
  • Notice
  • Trust
  • Express
  • Nurture
  • Take Action

Chopra talks about family, work, education, personal hiccups, etc. She chronicles (more or less) her journey from not knowing what to do, to accepting a lot things and making some sound changes. The book includes links to a mind map, daily intent worksheet and balance wheel. (The balance wheel and mind map are pretty great.) I only wish I’d bought the actual book instead of the Kindle version.

Oh, and for those who don’t know her work, Chopra developed the Intent website – it’s wonderful – and she talks about it throughout her book. I’ve been using the site going on three years now. It’s a great place to connect with others who need some support and positivity in their lives. No negativity allowed; that’s the only rule.

Some of the changes she discussed in the book would benefit me, I think. Like most people, and women in general as Chopra points out, I overschedule myself. Chores, writing, everything. And it’s all centered around my job. I don’t really make time for me. Sure, I take a bath or watch a Disney movie once in a while. And I watch my dvr’d shows. But as far as doing something outside, on my own, just for me? I don’t do that. Mike has pointed this out to me on numerous occasions, and he’s right. I have many interests, but no gumption to take part in them.

So, I’m going to follow Chopra’s advice and start working on my Intentions. Small, bite-sized steps because small steps are better than no steps. Right?

My first legit intent: Finish that damn book!

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