Becoming Intentional in 2019

As this year begins, I have really started to ponder about what I want this year to look like. I know that this is occurring in the minds of almost every other human being right now but I think that’s a good thing. The new year brings new beginnings, if you are willing to become intentional about goals you want to accomplish.

I do not really have any resolutions. My mind is set more on becoming intentional about goals I have set for myself this year. This past year I have accomplished so much! In 2018, I gave birth to a healthy, little girl who completed our family of four. I graduated with honors with my bachelor’s degree. I lost almost all of the baby weight gained from having two babies in two years. I grew closer to God and set aside more time for Him in my daily life. This past year was full of challenges, as this new year will be as well. However, I feel that my mindset dictates my attitude, my motivation, my accomplishments, and my relationships.

Finley was born; 4/30/2018

My mindset this year is to be intentional about the following things (although I’m sure others will flow into my mind within the next few months)…

Self-care

Last year almost all I did was give of myself. As a mother, you have to give. You give your time, your body, ALL of your energy, your sanity at times HA!, your social life, your clean house, and even your goals. Last year I was pregnant and had a toddler and that left little time to do anything for me. I naively thought that when Finley was born, I would be more productive but that was not the case either. Now that we are done having kids, I want to focus at least one day a week on myself. I was always the type of mom to say, “I want to be with my kids all the time and I will do it all.” While there is nothing wrong with that for some, I am seeing now why it can be so beneficial mentally, physically, and spiritually for mothers to take care of themselves and not lose themselves in their children. Since I am a stay at home mom currently, devoting a few hours a day to just myself is not realistic. That is why I am choosing one day a week, whether that means a coffee date with a friend, an hour workout and shower, a few hours of kid-free shopping, a date night, etc. My hope is that this small time away from my kids will rejuvenate me and help me be a better mother, wife, and friend.

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23, New Living Translation).

Travis, Rowyn, and I, finishing a walk in the neighborhood

Blog

This blog has become super special to me. It almost feels as though I am sharing a bit of my chaos with you all! I love that this blog gives me an outlet to not only share my thoughts but hopefully remind other moms/women that you are not alone, we have all been there, and it will get better. My true belief is that we can all relate to each other on some level and I hope that anyone that reads this blog can gain advice and perspective on their lives as well. I want to become intentional about posting on the blog multiple times a week. My goal is for it to be shared so others that may need to read it for any reason (spiritual guidance, healing, advice on kids, beauty secrets, etc.) may do so. And, for anyone that shares and supports this blog, I appreciate it!

“But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7, New Living Translation).

Finley and Travis; She was only born minutes before this picture. It still makes me emotional!

Health

I know it sounds super corny for me to be writing about health in the new year. Everyone says, “New Year, new me!” However, I applaud anyone wanting to make some changes for the better. I found a true passion for working out after a very traumatic experience in my life. After I would finish a workout, I would feel a true sense of accomplishment and the euphoric feeling would combat all the negative energy trying to intrude my brain and body. That is when I decided to make exercise and healthy eating a major part of my life. It helped to like what I saw in the mirror as well. Now that I have had two kids and more stress than usual at times, health is on my mind even more. I want to be intentional about working out whenever I can find the time and having my diet on point! Being intentional simply means to make a deliberate effort to do something. Because my schedule is so crazy with two small kids, being intentional about health may be to take them for a jog in the stroller or play outside with them for an hour. I think a lot of people envision working out as going into a gym for hours on end. While that may work for some, being healthy in my eyes simply means getting creative with physical activity and saying no to sweets, excess carbs and fats, and donuts of course!

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you most honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, New Living Translation).

Our family of four on Christmas Eve 2018. This picture sums up how impossible it is to get to littles to focus!

Spiritual Life

If God is not the center of your life, I can guarantee you that you will feel it and it will be effected. I spent many years where God or Jesus were not even thought of and if they were, it was only when times were bad and/or I needed them. Since that has changed, I truly feel how great He is. Being a follower of Christ does not mean that life will always be good and not challenging (man, wouldn’t that be nice?!), it means that whether times be bad or good, you are never alone, He is always listening, He has a plan if you are willing to listen and follow it, and He simply wants a relationship in return. I wish I could say that I read my Bible everyday, pray fervently, never sin, and always do my best. But, that would simply not be true. I fall short of Him everyday. However, I already started my final goal which is to grow my spiritual life. I received a journal from my mother-in-law and have been reading my Bible, even just a few verses, and journaling about them each day. I cannot tell you how it has transformed my mind by just setting aside some time with God each day. His word is SO good y’all so I encourage you to do the same. If we truly think about it, Jesus sacrificed His life, God sacrificed His son, and we honestly make the argument that we cannot sacrifice 10 minutes a day to further our relationship with them?!

I encourage you all to set some goals for yourself to be intentional about this year. Maybe even invite some friends or family members to be accountable for those goals with you. How exciting will it be next year, to look back on this one and be satisfied with all we’ve accomplished?!

My partner in crime! Looking forward to another year of wrangling kids and stepping on toys!

Happy New Year, be blessed!

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