family · Intentional Living

Living Intentionally

It’s that time of year where I become very nostalgic and introspective. 

As much as I am sad that time seems to be flying by and the holidays go by just as quick, I always get a little giddy and anxious for the beginning of a new year.   For me it is a time of reflection and renewal.

2018 first sunrise
First Sunrise of 2018 and promise of a fresh start to each day!

A time to pause and take count and regroup.  A count of my blessing and accomplishments from the past year (count of the pounds I didn’t loose from my last resolution).   It’s a time to wipe the slate clean and start over with new goals and ambitions.   I have another 365 days to “get it right”.  A whole year to accomplish my long list of projects to start or complete, to be a better person, to get healthy, to live intentionally. 

Allow time to rest and recharge

What exactly is intentional living?  It is knowing why you do what you do or don’t do what you don’t do.  It’s about taking the time to evaluate what you are doing, taking advise and example from others and take from it what works for you so you can make an informed decisions.  It’s about doing things that are important to me no matter how difficult it may be and intentionally not doing things that serve no greater purpose.


My husband and I have a tradition on New Years Day to get together and reflect on five areas of our life:  Relationships (couple, family, friends), finances, personal growth and faith, health and projects.  My list is long as usual, but I am refreshed and energized by the possibilities the new year has to offer; our first trip to Hawaii, my youngest graduation from college, the arrival of our 3rd grandchild, a mini Minnesota family reunion in July and all the wonderful unknowns that have yet to unfold.  I love planning for the things that I know are coming but am equally excited to look back on December 31st to see what surprises this new year would have brought.IMG_0008 light

 Wishing you a beautiful new year filled with promise, excitement and wonder.  Happy New Year from my family to yours!



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2017 Refocus

I’ve decided I am really not that fond of the word “resolution”.   I’ve heard it now for over forty-five years (not counting my first ten years where I probably didn’t really care) and it’s starting to feel a little monotonous and meaningless.   It sounds so concrete and definite that I have “resolved” to do something and finish it.  There’s nothing wrong with that but that’s not how I roll lately.  I am trying to be easier on myself  and the word “goal” seems more appropriate and attainable, especially since goals can  be partially reached or broken into manageable pieces that you feel like you finished something and then can move onto something else.

I rather like the practice of looking back on the past year and taking an assessment of what I have accomplished and contemplate how I can do better and be better. Think of it like a camera lenses.  Sometimes the view and picture gets a little blurry or distorted especially when I get in a hurry and busy.  This is the time to zero in and refocus.

A long time practice of mine has been to write down my goals or focus points for the coming year. I usually will break them down into categories such as financial, family, marriage, health, travel, creative or projects and books to read.  I try to focus on all areas of my life and pay attention to all of them.  Sometimes we get so busy with stuff that we lose sight or focus in our lives.  This practice allows me to reset and refocus.

2017 will be the year of regrouping and refocusing. Last year was a crazy hectic year, full of ups and downs, changes, and lots of moves. I am looking forward to a calm year and ready to set some realistic goals.  So with a clear vision for the new year, I am excited and ready for 2017 and all its potential.