That’s my motto for 2018.
I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. Intention. To be intentional. Especially with my time. About a month ago I read Loving my Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall. She takes 9 months and focuses each month on one aspect of her life in order to love the everyday. It was such a great reminder that the little changes can make large impacts.
There are only so many hours in a day and there’s so much that I want to do but what I find is an exorbitant amount of time lost on things like Facebook or Netflix. Now, I am not giving those things up. I am not crazy! But, my goal (or resolution, since that’s the word of the month) is to be more intentional in how I use those tools. Am I going on FB because I am bored or am I looking for something specific? Am I using Netflix as a distraction from chores that will serve my family or do I really need an episode or 2 of the latest binge as a way to relax and take some me time? I’ve found that the days fly by and at the end of the day I think of things that I could have been doing instead of what I actually did…or did not do.
Being intentional with my time can be all encompassing. Some other areas where I want to be specific:
My faith-to pull my bible back out and to attend church consistently again
My relationships-to be more proactive in maintaining and building friendships. Not using Audrey as an excuse. Hey, it’s hard to have a convo with a toddler or 2 vying for your undivided attention. I met a friend for coffee a few weeks ago and we got our drinks and took Audrey to the park nearby. It was a great way for her to play and for us to catch up.
Audrey-I’m a firm believer that play is work at her age (19 months) but I want to be more intentional in giving her opportunities for educational play outside of our home.
My marriage-to spend time together, not just next to each other.
My health-I have been talking about eating less meat (maybe even no meat!) for months. I got a few new cookbooks (Thug Kitchen, check them out! There’s a lot of swearing, but the recipes are fantastic) and I have already only had meat 2 times in the last week! I also need to get back into a workout routine. Nursing was amazing for my waistline, weaning was not.
My business-I am not interested in making this more than very part time but I can be more intentional in my interactions with customers and hosts, as well as with the logistics of managing a home-based business (Usborne Books & More if you didn’t know ;))
I know myself well enough to know that I shut down if I try to plan out my day hour by hour. I also know that the busier I am, the more productive I am. So there will be that ever elusive balance to find. I am not completely sure how I will incorporate these into my daily life but I will start now with finishing up this post and going to clean up the spare room which I have been talking about forever, instead of browsing mindlessly on FB or Instagram as Audrey naps.
Happy New Year!