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Live with intention

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As a new year rolls in, I love to reflect on the past year and imagine the upcoming year. It’s a reminder to set, or maybe reset, my intention. A little part of me wants to be spontaneous, but there is a bigger part who loves structure, routine, and a solid game plan! Which is how I chose my intention for the year.

Choose wisely! Imagine how you want to spend your time and commit to it. Set an intention each morning. Remind yourself. Write down your goals where you can see them.

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My family is the center of my universe. So, I intend to spend less money on my kids this year. I will make time to play more board games, skateboard and cook with them. I find joy in these activities…but sometimes I get stuck in the daily grind and all of a sudden it’s bedtime. I want them to understand that happiness doesn’t come from things, it come from experiences. I want them to value relationships over gadgets.

This year, I am reminding myself to set intention for the day EVERY morning. Sticky notes are good for this. What activities will I share with my kids after school? How will I spend my day? What is most important to me and my family? What do I want to accomplish?

I will make an effort to notice the beauty surrounding me, to notice the positive, and not dwell on the negative. The media showcases tragic stories because we, as humans, are intrigued by them. I will choose to spend my time doing something I love rather than reading the news. Positive thoughts breed positive outcomes!

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In a culture of abdundance, it’s easy to get caught up in over-consumption. We wander the aisles of Target mindlessly tossing items into the cart. Places like Bed, Bath and Beyond are even more difficult because you find things you didn’t even know existed, but suddenly you “need” them. I know, I get in trouble there too! This year, when I purchase something I will ask myself, “Will this make the ship go faster?” Maybe I don’t need another pasta-maker to sit in the pantry unused for 3 years. If you want it, give me a call 😉 I have a lot of purging to do!

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Am I the only mom who spent hours sifting through Pinterest last year? …looking for ideas to create the perfect home. I pinned so many gorgeous kitchen cabinets, organized craft rooms and sparkly bathrooms. There are lovely, but will it really make my life better? Or happier? Um, no. So I will ignore the blogs telling me that my kitchen needs updating. I will enjoy my fully functional kitchen. I will only spend money on my home when it makes life efficient or more functional…not for vanity. I will choose to be happy with what I have.

One more thing, what’s with all those ads in January telling us we need to take some supplement, join a gym and get fit to be happy?! Ignore them. Let’s play outside for the sake of playing outside. A hike, a game of frisbee…whatever does it for you. Be thankful for the body you have and it’s capability. Express gratitude for your surroundings. Daily.

Let’s spend more time being grateful and less time worrying. Let’s keep each other on track. You remind me and I’ll remind you.

Let’s live this year with intention! Let’s have a beautiful year!

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