I've set many goals in my life and I've failed miserably, I've started hard and fizzled quickly and I've even been successful and created life long habits because of a set goal. I have heard of other people having a "word to live by" and have never really applied this to my life, but lately I have been so drawn and focused on my intentions of many things in my life. I have been more aware of the things that I plan, do, say, think and create and cannot stop thinking of how when all things done "Intentionally" can become so much of who I am and who I am becoming (or hope to become).
My hope for 2019 is to live INTENTIONALLY
Here are a few ways that I can plan to pull this off.
Self- I intend to have some quiet time in the day to focus on the tasks/ day ahead, whether it's during an early morning workout, an afternoon quiet time session or taking a walk. I intend to move daily to keep up with the needs of my active children. I intend to eat healthier foods that will strengthen and build my body and keep it active and able. I intend to teach and learn with my family on how to care for our bodies and minds in the process. I intend to avoid social media accounts that make me feel less than or make me neglect who I am. I intend on working through my mental health issues wisely and appropriately.
Relationships- I intend to leave people feeling better than when they came. I intend on creating a safe space for my children, my husband, my siblings, friends, clients, strangers to want to share their thoughts and feelings with me, no matter what they are. I intend to listen and to learn from others, to walk away loving something about this person (even if it is hard) with at least one thing that I can use to strengthen my own character. I intend to remind others through my words and actions that they are loved and they are important.
Words- I am guilty of saying many things that I have immediately regretted. I have recently paused and asked myself, "Is it my intention, to say this thing, in this way?" "Could what I say, have an affect on how this person feels?" Marshall has been home for the last few days, and I have noticed a huge difference in how we have been communicating because of this small pause.
Words are powerful- when spoken genuinely and intentionally, they can be a link to communicating in a way that will unite and strengthen every relationship.
Faith- I intend to kneel in prayer daily and offer a sincere heartfelt prayer of gratitude to my Heavenly Father. I intend on living worthy of direction from the Spirit and Angels. I intend of asking more questions, finding answers and applying these to my life. I intend on acting on impressions to serve or say or teach something when guided. I intend on building a home of faith and hope where questions can be asked and answered through prayer, study and patience.
Homeschool- I intend on connecting with each of my children daily and teaching/learning with them on what genuinely interests them. I intend on reading to them daily and discussing with them about themes, characters and life lessons and applications. I intend on focusing on what we have accomplished and connected over for the day versus what was not done. I intend to nourish each of my children's gifts and encouraging them to use these gifts to learn in other subjects. I intend to never compare my children or myself to others journey in schooling. I intend to find joy every (scary, daunting, intimidating and discouraging) thought and step in the process of teaching at home. I intend on studying on my own of things that interest me, even if it is new techniques in the salon or new intimidating recipes.
I re-read these thoughts and think (sarcastically) "good luck, Kristy!" but knowing that I have the "intention" to be a little better will help my perspective in all aspects of my life going into this new year.
I hope that you have a wonderful year and live every day with purpose and love.