NO NEW GOALS
Have y’all ever had a word of the year before? This is my first time and I’m very excited about it! My hope is it serves as a reminder throughout the year to stay on track with what is truly important to me. I’ve found I don’t necessarily like goals…each year I make them and each year I ignore them as I grow and challenge myself in unanticipated ways. I’m not a big planner and ultimately know God has a greater plan than mine, so planning a whole year out kinda seems silly. (Maybe this is the non-planner in me making excuses…) Instead, this year there will be no new goals, just a word that gives me a “big picture” perspective to hold onto as I attempt to lead the life I was created to.
MY INTENTIONAL MINDSET
It all started when we moved into our new house. New home, new city… blank slate! Kind of like the feeling of a new year. I was determined not to overcomplicate and clutter our lives. My mind flashes to overstuffed closets, furniture that only serves to take up space and time spent on pointless pursuits. Theses thoughts… are mistakes I’ve made, not once, not twice, but over and over again. The perfectionist in me is always wanting, changing and forcing excess. More work, more things, more new… it’s one of the many sins I’ve prayed to see so I can try my best to walk away from it. Instead of adding joy to my life, it steals it. Only taking and giving regret in return.
It was in realizing these habits the word intention popped into my mind. Forcing me to think before I act and make decisions. Is this serving anything other than my temporary desires? Gus is already sick of the word… since I started using it daily when we moved into our new home. Saying things like “ I want to fill our home with intention, not things.” or “ I’m not being intentional with my time…” to him meant one more week until we have a dresser to put our clothes in. But to me, it helps me simplify and see beyond a current circumstance. Which he does fully support! Mostly he’d like me to use a synonym every now and then….
Intention helped me clean out my closets. Donating boxes and bags of collected clothing and trinkets. Intention helps me see the value in less is more and quality over quantity. And ultimately, intention helps me see God when I’m selfishly thinking of myself. This word has magically found a way to ground me and filter my thoughts and actions.
LET’S TALK ABOUT REAL LIFE
Less numbers, less boxes to check — I think we’ve got enough of those! More of a mindset that I can apply to life in general. There are some examples below of how it’s shown up so far!
Intention in the Home
Looking for pieces our family will continually appreciate, enjoy and use. Filling it will life, light, and creativity. For me, this will look like cleaning out clutter and giving things an actual home instead of a general area or basket. If it’s not worth creating a home for…c ya! Our home is important to me and I want it to reflect the intentions of the life I hope to lead within in.
Intention in Products
I’ve been looking more and more into who companies are, what they create, and how they do it. Ignorance has been bliss for most of my life and it’s been soooo convenient to buy and use whatever I wanted. But I’m slowly learning what’s in these products and the consequences they have on my body, the environment and the communities around them. It will take some time, but I’m being more intentional about who I’m supporting with my purchases and what I’m bringing into our home. Eco-friendly, cruelty-free and sustainable products have been popping up and shining a light on the problem I’ve been ignoring. I’m so grateful for their movement and will be looking for clothing, beauty products, and home goods on the same mission.
BRANDS MAKING SUSTAINABLE STRIDES
So far….I’ve made changes in our bedding and towels with Tuft & Needle and Parachute. Everlane (the jeans I’m wearing) is making strides in ethically sourced materials and transparency in factories and supply chain costs. They even have a goal to have no new plastic in their entire supply chain by 2021… Go Everlane! This video I found on their website blew my mind and talks about their Renew line. Reformation is another brand I appreciate and follow closely (wearing their t-shirt). They are a sustainable clothing company with their factory and headquarters in the same building in LA. Little side note, their pieces are beautiful and great quality but often pretty thin. Not a bad thing, just something you should know and be prepared for since they can be see through. Madewell has an entire “Do Well” program where they support local charities and work toward a friendly supply chain. I just got a Matt & Nat bag for Christmas! They are crazy good quality and made with vegan and recycled materials. Plus… they have a bag that fits my 15” laptop… bo-ya! Another bag company making strides is Baggu. Inspired by reusable bags and using recycled and waste-reduction practices to create lovely pieces. You’ve probably seen their styles before!
Intention in Time:
To tackle intention with my time I’ve got to get a bit more disciplined. Waking up on time to start my day with prayer and quiet time. Honestly, the best thing I can do for myself to set up a good day. Getting my work done efficiently so I can close my laptop at night and spend time with Gus. We’ve been loving our Nashville date nights lately! I’ve caught myself deep into a search or scroll and realized this is serving no intentional purposes… it’s just an addictive habit I have and need to kick! More discipline needed over there… Picking up a book and turning off my phone so I sleep better has been life changing —when I decide to do it. Overall being mindful of where my time is going and what purpose it's serving.
I’m telling ya, this word makes you think!
I’m going to hold onto intention this year. Bring it into my home, my work, and my relationships. Reminding myself that my intentions are to love and spread joy. Which has nothing to do with new anything but everything to do with Jesus. Who will provide a fruitful path if I let him.