This was a completely unplanned post, so I apologize if it rambles or the pictures aren’t that pretty. But I felt as though it was the perfect start to 2017. See, I’ve been really bummed out by the start of 2017. Almost to the point of wanting to hit the rewind button to 2016. And that is so unlike me! Usually I am thrilled by the new year! It’s the opportunity to start fresh, it gives me a little kick in the pants to want to make this new year the BEST YEAR EVER! However, that wasn’t happening this time.
Do you ever feel let down? I mean, by the people around you. And they don’t even know that they are doing it. You just see cracks. Or maybe, you are letting yourself down because you don’t carve out any “me time”. Whatever the case may be (and whether or not you can even put your finger on it) I was feeling bummed out. I spent several days on the couch this past week. Again, not like me.
Yesterday, I called my neighborhood gals (also known as the village or the best women I know) and we all went for a walk. A therapy session. One of the women said that this year she was going to live with intention. ??? Huh? We asked her to elaborate. She said that meant that whatever she was doing or planning on doing, it was going to be deliberate and she would be in the moment. Everything would come from a place of kindness, well-being and happiness. If it doesn’t make her happy, she’s not doing it. If it isn’t kind, she’s not doing it. If it doesn’t make her feel good, she’s not doing it.
I LOVED THIS IDEA!
What’s better than that?! And it’s true. If something or someone doesn’t make us happy, why do we force ourselves to persist? Why do we forget to do things that bring us joy? Why do we neglect ourselves so much?
Suddenly, filled with this new vigor for living intentionally in 2017, I began to clean and declutter. I stumbled across this book (affiliate link):
I had it in my drawer and completely forgot about it. Hello, serendipity! It’s nice to see you! I began to read it. It’s all about forming habits (or breaking bad ones) in order to be happier. I’m in! And if you intentionally create good, strong habits, they become second nature. Brilliant! So here I go. I am on my quest to be intentional, until it all becomes habit.
Spending time with people that make me smile is intentional. Sorry, but if you drain my energy, you aren’t good for my well being. Creating spaces and being healthy, those things bring me joy. Finishing projects, being clutter free, doing things with family, all of those things are awesome. So let’s do them more often.
What do you think about the concept of living intentionally? Are you in? I’m starting today. No excuses. It’s all about me (I know that sounds selfish but I don’t mean it to) and being happy. If I’m happy, then those around me are happy. That’s all there is to it.
I intentionally choose to be happy.