New Years Intentions

intentional living
intentional living

The word "resolution" seems worn out to me. It's an overused word that makes me think of going to the gym- or even worse, going for a few weeks in January and never again. The word "goals" makes me think of #relationshipgoals and comparing where I'm at to where other people are at. There's nothing wrong with having goals and they definitely have their place, but these are not it.

I'm calling these "new year intentions" instead. These are intentional things that I will be incorporating into my life and daily rhythm. Things that will require more than just the action of doing them- they must be done intentionally for them to matter and have the right affect.

Hopefully these will inspire you to take some time to reflect and come up with some of your own new years intentions!

"And make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and work with your hands." 

1 Thessalonians 4:11

1. Be intentional about social media time

I'm putting this at the top of the list because this is something I really need to work on. This upcoming year I'm cutting out the mindless scrolling and habitual refreshing. I'm going to stop reaching for my phone when I'm bored or a need a distraction. I really want to learn the time and place for social media and how to use it in a way that inspires me and refreshes me and connects me, instead of in a way that sucks the life out of me.

I'm going to allow myself to take time away from social media if I feel like I need to, without worrying about "losing engagement" or disappointing people. If I'm going to live simply and intentionally, I need those values to have a place in my work life as well.

I'm starting this intention right off the bat by participating in Amanda Watters' Rest Retreat during the month of January. Although I won't be off instagram completely, I may only pop on once a week to mention a blog post or something of the sort. I really need some refreshment in this area of my life.

2. Eat meals with no distractions

My guilty pleasure is a good show and a good meal. Together. At the same time. I know it's so not healthy, so something I want to focus on in the new year is sitting and eating my meals without any distractions. No phone. No Youtube. No Netflix. I want to allow eating to be a time to connect with the food that is nourishing my body. I feel that by doing so, I will be able to feel true gratitude for the food God has provided for me and allowed me to cook with my hands.

3. Create less waste

As you guys may have read last month, sustainability is becoming something that's important to me. This year I would really like to focus on creating less waste by cutting out almost all packaged and processed foods, buying everything I can in bulk, buying unwrapped fruits and veggies, and make everything that I can homemade, etc. I am also making it a point to give myself grace in this area. Lots of grace. I know I'm not going to do perfectly and I know I'm not going to reach zero-waste. But I'm going to try my darnedest to try.

4. Create a wellness routine

I would like to create a "wellness routine" that I incorporate into my life daily or at least a few times a week. I really enjoy yoga so I would like to intentionally carve out time to practice, diffuse some oils, and refresh my mind through meditation. I constantly make excuses as to why I don't have time to do even a 20 minute yoga sequence and I want to stop that. My health and wellness should always come first, so this year it's going to.

Although I do use essential oils pretty much every day, I would like to come up with a solid routine and use them daily in ways other than just turning on my diffuser at night. I'm going to work to incorporate them into my yoga and meditation routine as well.

5. Change my mindset

This year, I would really like to focus on changing my mindset. Compared to who I used to be, I'm definitely in a better headspace. But I still find myself getting angry at things I shouldn't allow to bother me, thinking negatively about myself or others, etc. I'm going to really work on my mindset through the use of positive thinking, affirmations, and speaking life into myself and others. By doing so I will transfuse joy and peace into my being daily- and dwell there.

6. Learn homemaking skills

This one is more of a fun intention. Santa brought me a sewing machine for Christmas so I can finally learn how to sew! I would love to learn how to make my own clothes and sheets and pillow cases. I also want to learn how to make soap and other home necessities like that. I also would like to expand my knitting knowledge and learn how to knit socks and hats! I believe homemaking is truly a lost art, and I want to start my slow and handmade home sooner than later, even though I may not be a wife or mother yet. Learning these things will also help my "create less waste" intention as I will be making almost all of my needs instead of purchasing them! Craft over convenience, always.

Something I'm going to try to remember is grace throughout this all. I'm not going to do perfectly and some days may not look the way I would like them to and that's okay. I tend to have a perfectionist mindset a lot of times, so understanding that it will take time to implement these things will help me a lot. Do you set new years goals or intentions? What are some of yours this year?

Happy New Year to you all!