I've been tossing about this concept of living intentionally and what that means. What do I want? How do I want to go about it? Well, I'm ready. Kinda.
Change is in the air. I can feel the energy. Last Saturday was a perfect sunshiney day. BigBoy was literally out all. day. long. I was all busy batch cooking, major cleaning, and busting out Sassy's warm weather clothes from storage, and feeling totally fired up. I had no idea what was going on but I was running with it!
I later realized that last weekend was the First Day of Spring and we were smack in the middle of the Spring Equinox. Ahh. Sometimes Nature will beckon you and you have no choice but to just go with the flow.
I feel in rhythm and pretty balanced, but totally overwhelmed at how fast things are coming at me. Overwhelmed with lists, overwhelmed with ideas and overwhelmed with the possibilities. Spring reminds us that it's time change, whether we want to or not. It also occurred to me that this is actually a better time to make resolutions or think about life changes, rather than January 1st. Dead of winter, hibernation, eating warm soup and baked yummies. None of that screams Time to Make Major Life Changes, does it? So it makes sense that many cultures/religions use this time to mark the New Year/Rebirth/Renewal. It seems like the right time to consider Living Intentionally and what my intents actually are.
By writing this post, I'm also making my Intent known. This has always been an integral part of my blog. (Back in the day I documented everything I ate. everyday.) Say it out loud, or in writing, and make your intentions known. Make it public. Make it happen. A lot like my Manifestation Board, which if you remember that far back, most of the "wants" actually happened! So here goes. I'm going to start with core values and build from there.
Simplify. I will purge more, streamline and de-stuff our lives to get rid of clutter. I will also be more aware of what is coming into our home. Needs vs. Wants. This will also apply to our budget and spending. I really like this statement, though I am eons away from it.... "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” I will also continue to hold family time sacred. Our time, together as a family, comes first and other events will be scheduled around it to ensure our family calendar is as simple as possible with lots of down time.
Strengthen. I want to have a strong healthy body, strong mind and strong, solid relationships. I will make exercise a regular habit. I will use my brain to read and write more. I will enrich my current relationships and continue to form new ones. I will also encourage my family to do the same.
Nourish. I will nourish my body by eating cleaner, seasonal, organic food and provide my family with healthy nutritious meals. What I don't grow, I will try to purchase locally. I will nourish my spirit by making time to pursue my interests and explore outside activities within our community. I will nourish my soul by regularly attending church services and celebrating life events/holidays that are incorporate our religion, culture, where we live and our place in Nature.
Enjoy. I will stop to soak in the moments. Enjoy the fruits of my labor. Enjoy my family, our lives together and everything this crazy world offers me. We will fill our home with joy and laughter. And dance parties.
So there you go. Documentation.
If you want to do something similar, I highly recommend it. I got inspired by Tsh at simplemom.net and this post on core values. These are things that have all been swimming around in my head and it feels good to just have it down on "paper." I know I'm missing a few things, but that's okay. This will probably be an ongoing project. My next step is create a family mission statement. Once again, simplemom.net has some great info here. You can also check out this page on Stephen Covey's site here. Or just google personal/family mission statement.
If you want to join me, please do! What are your core values? You can make your documentation in my comments if you want or on FB.
Love your intentions. As you age all these things come more naturally. Right now kids consume your life but later on you will see how all your self nurturing will come to pass and you will realize you have done that for yourself. It will all come together. Relax and enjoy the ride. And some days just throw away the lists for the day.
I love that picture of the whole family on the couch! Also, love your list. Putting things in writing definitely helps bring clarity and purpose. I like what Madgew said also. I tend to overthink things. Here's some advice a friend once gave me (courtesy of her dad): sometimes you've just got to drop your pants and slide on the ice. I've always liked that one. Also, I like the saying that life is what happens while you're busy making plans!
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