Posted on January 15, 2019
Sola Salon Studios
Welcome back! Have you spent the last month and a half contemplating the questions we left you with? If you’re new to this two-part series on Living and Working With Intention, how about you come over to Part 1 and get up to speed on the discussion.
If you’ve been with us from the beginning, Amanda Fagan, one of our 2018 Faces of Sola, shared some tips and practices to help you live and work intentionally.
“Contemplative practice is a way we position ourselves in order to spend time practicing mindfulness and refocus our attention,” she shares.
“From here, we create awareness and gain the gift of wisdom out of reflecting on the lessons of past decisions. We can ask ourselves the hard questions and move towards a healthy mindset to be able to calculate the correct actions to reach our goals. It also helps cultivate enough self-awareness to become conscious to our motives and measure our stress, which is necessary to determine our limits. This helps reconnect our minds, emotions and body.”
Some of Amanda’s favorite examples of contemplative practice include:
Personality Assessment & Analysis
“Another helpful tool is taking a Myers-Briggs Personality or an Enneagram test to learn more about how you relate to the world through your behaviors, personality, motives, and overall, what makes you tick,” she adds. “Increasing this knowledge about yourself helps you get in touch with your beautiful, unique self and gain a deeper understanding of the ‘why’ behind your thoughts and decisions. This intentionally grows your self-love which creates the perfect landscape for growth and increased joy.”
Establish A Routine
“By definition, a routine is when we organize a sequence of actions that are regularly followed. This is the act of choosing to place yourself in the driver’s seat of your life and remain in control and accountable for your actions,” she says.
A few things Amanda recommends keeping in mind when establishing a routine:
“Be intentional about how to start, approach and finish your service. Greet them with a warm smile, offer them a beverage, take care during points of the service like shampooing that are easy areas to go above and beyond in ways - like doing a scalp massage. At the end of the service, complete your routine with good habits and intentions such as pre-booking their next appointment and offering products to maintain their look,” she adds.
“Self-care allows you to take time for yourself, not out of selfishness, but rather as an act of self-love. It is the metaphorical act of putting on your oxygen tank so that you can better take care of others. Self-care can be as free or as luxurious as you want.”
Amanda’s Personal Self-Care Examples:
“It is also good for the mind to regularly unplug from technology and social media. It can be anywhere from 24 hours to a week or even for a few months to fully detox.”
Examples of Physical Self-Care:
Self-Care at Work
It is also important to be intentional about practicing self-care at work. Simple ways to be intentional about self-care when working are:
“I am someone who has struggled deeply in the hole of overwhelm and fear, who has gone through seasons of unplanned tragedies and the hardship of circumstances that were outside of my control. What I have learned is that life is an ongoing process of highs and lows, filled with setbacks and growth. There are times where goals need to be put on hold, replaced with rest and met with compassion.
I’ve found that being intentional is about changing perspective, actions and behaviors in a positive way and this thought process acts as an antidote to stress. While I don’t hold the key to all the answers, I have moved from a stress and anxiety led life to one where I remain intentional in my process to continue to grow and recover. I am deeply grateful for the blessings that this perspective has resulted in.
We are only human and even though we have incredible strength and the potential to push through setbacks and fear, we owe ourselves the greatest gift of grace when we don’t get it right and we make mistakes. And we also owe it to ourselves to never give up, to keep fighting when it’s hard, to reach for support when we need it, to cheer each other on, and in the words of one wise fish, to just keep swimming.”
Read more from Amanda: