Intentional, my word for 2018.

As 2017 came to an end, I thought awhile about what I wanted my word of the year to be. No wild, unobtainable goals, just something to motivate me to be and do better in 2018. The word intentional kept coming to mind, over and over again.

Intentional with my God. This past year, I made it my daily goal to not scroll my Facebook or Instagram feed before reading my devotional. If I was too tired in the evenings to read my devotion, I was too tired to skim my social media feeds. It was so refreshing and motivating. I’m definitely using this same “rule” to make certain I invest more time building my relationship with the Lord.

Intentional with my family. So many times I let work or social media or housekeeping or cooking get in the way of time with my family. It’s so easy to look over two tiny people and see the mess surrounding us and choose to spend my time cleaning and fussing about the constant mess. I want to make lasting memories that make our family happy. Because honestly, will they remember our messy house or the time I invested in them?

Intentional with Justin. He’s my man and I have to remember that in the chaos life throws us. Life is full of so many distractions that often I spend so much time trying to be the best mom, employee, entrepreneur, house wife, that I forget to just be Justin’s companion, friend, and wife. He told me once that he’s so honest with me because I’ll always forgive him, and I think I’ve taken that same mindset with my priorities. I know at the end of the day, he will forgive me for all my chaos; but that’s not how it needs to be. He needs to be prioritized, just like God and the children.

Intentional with my time. While this one really is all about God, my family, and Justin, I want to make sure I prioritize my other responsibilities and choose what makes me joyful. I tend to say, “yes” to so many things that my time is stretched thinly. This year, I want to be more intentional with my yeses & to make the most of my time!

Intentional with my home. For Christmas I asked for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It’s all about organizing and decluttering your home. It is so good! Basically, if it doesn’t bring you joy – toss it. Recently we moved and I’m still unpacking boxes. As I’m unpacking, I am purging things that don’t bring me joy. I’m still reading, so my house is far from tidy, but I’m hoping this book helps me to be more intentional with the things in my home. More intentional with what we purchase, keep, and watch (see ya, cable!).

What’s your resolution or commitment for 2018? Please share. I would love to hear. I am also compiling a list of books I’d like to read this year. Recommendations are appreciated!

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