Happy Friday Friends!
I really enjoy this time of year! It is the time of year when I get to reflect on last year and create fresh starts for the upcoming year. I am not one for resolutions, but I do like to be aware of the things I would like to manifest in my life. I try to intentional set aside time and room to create those things that I may need to maintain or grow.
After last year’s whirlwind of change, I wanted to start out this year with a little bit more intention in certain areas of our life. Some areas have more room for growth, where others are just maintaining what currently works for us.
First lets understand what Intentional Living is…
Intentional living is any lifestyle based on an individual or group’s conscious attempts to live according to their values and beliefs. These can include lifestyles based on religious or ethical values, as well as coaching, personal transformation, and leadership training.
What does living an intentional life mean to me? It means that I am going to be intentional with some of my practices and actions in certain areas of our life.
Here are some of the areas I am hoping work on:
Start a Nightly Skin Routine– I suffer from mild rosacea so taking care of my skin is a must. I have begun using coconut oil to remove all my makeup each night and then following it up by applying witch hazel. I also wash my face every morning using Neem Oil. In just a couple of weeks of faithfully doing this I have already noticed significant changes in the brightness of my skin.
Meal Prep Each Sunday – One of the main culprits on unhealthy eating for me is not prepping for my breakfast and lunch meals. I tend to eat on the go or not at all. I am then very hungry by late afternoon and pile all my daily calories on in a short period of time.
Schedule Regular Bodywork Appointments Each Month– I feel so much better after a massage or chiropractor appointment, but I wait way to long in between them.
Setup a Monthly Budget at the Start of Each Month– On the 1st Sunday of each month it is my plan to sit down and schedule all our monthly bill payments, weekly payroll, and savings allocations. We have faithfully used MINT to track our monthly expenses for over a year now. Using the online system helped us get a better idea of what we were actually spending and in what areas we could create realistic budgets for. By sitting down at the beginning of the month to do the monthly bills and spending allocations it takes it off my plate throughout the rest of the month. It also helps so nothing gets missed because of having a busy schedule.
Organize Photos from 2009 to 2016– I have obviously needed to do this for some time, but life always gets in the way. Documenting our life thru photos is a favorite pastime of mine and it way overdue that I get the photos organized and something done with them. I need to go back through each year and delete any photos that are not of good quality and no longer needed. I hope to create a photo book for each year also.
Schedule a Coffee/Lunch Date Each Week– I am so bad sometimes at making time to connect with my friends in person, but I can’t tell you how much better having that time makes me feel.
Set Down My Phone– I am sure many of us struggle with this, I specifically don’t want to mindlessly scroll thru Facebook or Pinterest each night. I deleted Facebook off my phone hoping to curb this. Unfortunately it lasted a day and I then downloaded it again…work in progress.
Daily Gratitude Practice– Since September I have ventured into creating a bullet journal, as part of my bullet journal I have created a page for recording 3 things I am grateful for each day. The small things add up and often get overlooked during the business of our day. I always enjoy taking a couple of minutes to reflect back on what was great about my day.
What areas are you hoping to work on in 2017?
Thank you for stopping by!