I’m so excited! Today is the first day of mine and Erika’s newest monthly link up WORKIN’ IT WEDNESDAYS!
The second Wednesday of every month, we’re hosting a link up where busy ladies can share how we are working to keep it together. (Because aren’t we all working it to keep it together?!?!) This year’s topics include…
So, if you blogged today too, link up at the bottom of this post…and if you didn’t blog, please comment and share how you are workin’ to keep today’s topic together in your life.
Today: how are we workin’ at keeping our New Year’s goals together.
Gosh. I love goals. I’m such a nerdy New Year’s resolution person who likes to make a few goals for that upcoming year. My dad always asks me on January 1 what my goals are for the year and I share…and then he shares his..and then I’m pretty sure both my mom and Andrew roll their eyes. 😉 Because you’re either into that stuff or you’re not…and my dad and I are. Over the years, my goals have run the gamut. One year, I made a goal on January 1 to run a marathon that year…
…and by the end of the year, I had run two. And I haven’t run once since because that goal was a lot of work 😉 .
Last year, I made a goal to read through the Bible in one year and like I told you on Monday…I did with the help of my One Year Bible…
…you can read all about that goal HERE.
I would say over the last five years or so, my goals have been more like: drink more water throughout the day, eat more vegetables, go meatless a few times a week and two years ago, I stopped having my daily latte (gasp!). This year, I decided my goal was this:
BE MORE INTENTIONAL
Nice and broad, right? I just started thinking about what I wanted this year to look like and the word intentional kept popping into my head. I want to be more intentional with everything. Here are just a few ways I’m thinking I can incorporate this into my daily life:
Intentional with what I eat. I have been trying to eat more meat-free meals now for over a year. I think I’ve always been an intentional eater (meaning, I pay attention to what I eat and don’t just mindlessly eat…even if it’s something higher in sugar/fat like let’s say a piece of pie…I am intentionally eating that and enjoying every bite, not mindlessly eating it)…so this year, I want to continue to try and eat more meat-free meals (for me that happens mostly during breakfast and lunch and occasionally dinner). I want to be intentional about how much water I drink (a lot!) and how much coffee I drink (this year, I’ve switched to tea mostly…insert a HUGE GASP HERE!). I realized when I cut out lattes that I mostly just enjoy hot drinks as opposed to strictly coffee…so, my mom bought me a kettle for Christmas and I’ve only been drinking one cup of coffee a day (right when I wake up) and then enjoying tea the rest of the day…and even hot lemon water too. I’m just being intentional about how much caffeine I’m drinking.
Another way I’m being intentional is on social media. I used to mindlessly flip through Instagram and Facebook throughout the day, but now, I’m making myself sit down and go through it to see pics of my friends’ and their kids. What has happened is that I only look about two or three times a day…but I’m really focused and appreciate what I’m seeing AND I’m on my phone less because I never just mindlessly pick up my phone and scroll during the day. I want to be intentional about how much time I spend on my phone looking at social media, so if I’m going to look, I sit down and really look when I have time (which varies throughout each day…some days, I have more time than others).
I want to be more intentional about spending more time with each of my kids. Four is a big number. Every night when my head hits the pillow, I think someone didn’t get enough of me that day. It’s just hard to feel like I gave all four the attention they need/deserve each day (especially the older two who are at school all day). So…I’m going to be intentional about carving out time each day for each of them that is just for them. Intentional time.
You see…I can work the word intentional into everything 🙂 .
Every morning, I start off my day with a quiet time, and I have written the word intentional down on my bookmark so that I can see it every day, and I have it on my desk next to my computer. That’s how I’m going to WORK at keeping this goal this year…I’m going to keep reminding myself daily to be intentional.
I realize I do a lot…I own a travel agency, write cookbooks, blog, raise four kids, travel, read books, spend time with my girlfriends, speak at events, volunteer at my kids’ school, I’m very active at my church…there is a lot on my plate, but I think I do it all because I am very organized with my time (every minute counts for something)…so, now, I just need to take those minutes and make sure I’m really focused and giving my whole heart…that I’m intentional with them and not multi-tasking, halfheartedly going through the motions.
So, that’s what I’m focusing on this year. What are you focusing on??? I have a whole Pinterest board for health and fitness and right now, I’ve pinned so many good things to incorporate into the new year. You can see it HERE. I find it very inspiring!
Share what you’re working on this year because I bet I’ll find that inspiring too!!
And don’t forget to link up!
Next month, the topic is: How are we workin’ to keep our marriages strong?
See you tomorrow friends!