When the heck did that happen?
Seriously. It doesn’t seem like I graduated from Bethel that long ago. And it especially doesn’t seem like Adam and I have been married for almost SEVEN years. Seven.
And I’ll be 30 this year. I don’t feel a day over 25 and often forget how old I am until I do the quick math.
With these realizations it makes me think a lot of how life can slip away from me if I’m not careful with my time. This year the word that keeps rolling around in the vast expanse of my brain is INTENTIONAL. In order to take in all that is around me and that God provides, I need to be intentional with my time and intentional with my priorities.
Then I came across this book:
Adam and I were on a layover in Dallas when I decided to walk into a bookstore. It was glorious with all of those books around! It seems like I never take time to look for books that I want to read. Often I am looking for books for my kids. But then I decided that I would let myself buy a few books. This is one I bought just in case you were worried I stole it. 😉
In the book, Gretchen Rubin describes ways that she made her home feel more “homey” after discovering she felt homesick in her own home. Each month for nine months she focused on a different aspect with the goal in mind to rediscover what home is to her. For instance one month she focused on family, another she focused on her neighborhood. It was a great and inspiring read and I greatly encourage you to read it.
This couldn’t have been a better book to reach for with that word INTENTIONAL floating around in my head.
So I decided that I would take this exercise and put it to work in my life. Each month I will focus on an area in my life that I want to be (here’s that dang word again…) intentional.
I would like to complete my exercise in nine months similar to Gretchen Rubin’s exercise.
I’m calling it the Intentional Project.
You bet your bottom dollar!
My first month (February) my focus is on SELF.
So this month I am making time to read a book. It’s an autobiography, but a book none-the-less that isn’t for school. It’s for me. Something I haven’t taken time to do for months, maybe even a year.
I’m also trying out a new devotional She Reads Truth. I’ve seen great things about it on various blogs and finally strolled over to the sight to take a further look. Folks, it looks really good. And I’m really excited to delve deeper into the study.
I have also started running again. It feels awesome! Dana, in case you’re wondering it’s a slow mile, but I keep going without any tears. 🙂
At this point these are the areas I’m using to further explore self. I can already feel a calmness in myself and I pray it will continue.
I don’t have all of the months figured out, but I have a general idea. At the beginning of each month I will post what my focus for that month will be primarily for accountability. Because I know if I don’t have people what the heck is going on, I could:
1. Forget what I’m doing
2. Lose interest in what I’m doing, even if it is important to me
So, folks, don’t hesitate to ask me if you would like about what I’m experiencing on this crazy journey! 🙂