20 Minutes of Intention


This horseshoe is on a fence in my neighbourhood. I assume it’s a symbol of the farms that used to be on this land, but I’d never noticed it until I was paying attention one night.

About halfway through my 30 days straight challenge, high off the energy of working towards something and doing something that was good for me, I started thinking about what’s next. Something different, but equally challenging and equally good for me. I didn’t have any ideas at first — I did think about 30 days of green smoothies but I’m basically doing that anyway (because, yum!) and it’s not really much of a challenge — so I put the idea to bed for a bit. And then this morning I got an email.

A while ago I joined Go Mighty, which is about making a life list for people who want to “connect and collaborate to do something good for themselves and others.” Just the sort of thing I love. I have played around a bit in there and would actually like to get more active with it. I think it’s a great way to focus on your goals. In any case, this morning’s email was about their February challenge: 20 Minutes of Intention. The idea is to take 20 minutes a day to show yourself and your goals a little love.

“Savor every bite of a delicious meal. Write a poem. Memorize phrases from a language you aspire to learn. Go for a jog. Make something with your hands. That thing that brings you joy? Do that for 20 minutes every day and share it with the Go Mighty community…”

Easy, right? Well, yes and no. Easy in that the 20 minutes doesn’t have to be a good-for-you-but-not-really-fun sort of thing. Difficult in that finding 20 minutes to focus, even on something that brings us joy, can be tough. But if my 30 days straight challenge taught me anything… Well, actually, it taught me two things that relate to this:

  1. If I am deliberate and mindful and intentional about it, I can fit 30 minutes of something into my day. Every day.
  2. Even when I don’t feel like doing something I know is good for me, I always feel better afterwards and that makes it worth it.

I knew that second one already, of course, but it’s good to be reminded of it.

If you’re interested, check out the info about the #20minutes project. Just like I did with my 30 days straight challenge, I’ll share some thoughts and pictures from this one here on the blog, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram.

So…who’s with me? I’m looking forward to February already.




  1. I really like this idea, Robin. Now I need to find 20 minutes to think about it… ha ha. Kidding.
    Seriously, I need to get focused on an exercise like this, because I am feeling very un-grounded so far this year. Thanks!

  2. Oooooh me me me me me me!!!!! This is a great idea!

  3. MellieMom says:

    This is terrific…I would love to join you!

  4. What a terrific idea!

    In a way, I’m already doing this by starting the 30 Day Shred. It’s only 20 minutes of my day, and I know that once I’ve focused on the fact that it’s 20 minutes – time I can take out of pointless activities like surfing the Internet, or reading blogs – it was so much easier to fit it in, and I feel so good, doing it.

    I’m also mindfully taking time out to read real books. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed, and did very little of last year.

    Good luck with your challenge!

  5. Sounds Great! I’ve been looking into how I can add activity to my day and/or inspire myself. This is the perfect fit I think

  6. Just registered with them… can’t wait to get started!

  7. Oh, I love this! I have needed to do this for a while. I sort of am by working out every morning, and I have started reading real books again. There are other things that I need to do just for me, too. I’ll join!

  8. Yay! I love this idea. Just being, in the present. What a great idea!


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