Are you familiar with people choosing a word they want to focus on and implementing it into their life at the beginning of a new year? I first heard about this concept a few years ago but never really gave much thought to it for myself until this year. I don’t know what it is exactly but this year just feels different to me, like I’m finally able to step outside of my shell and make some changes and really grow into the person that I want to become. I halfway wonder if turning 30 this past November had something to do with it. When I first thought about turning 30, and starting a whole new decade of my life, I was honestly freaked out for several years beforehand and dreading it. You read that right… yes, years. I know that sounds super silly and naive but it’s how I truly felt. The day came and I never announced that I was turning the big 3-0 because I figured the less people to know, the better. And when the day ended and I woke up the next morning and was still alive I figured it wasn’t so bad after all. Just kidding 😉 But since that day I have been learning to embrace it, as “growing old is a privilege denied to many.”

So in thinking about what word I wanted to focus on in 2018 I finally decided on “intentional.” For myself personally, it looks like this:

  • Being intentional about what I’m spending my time on
  • Being intentional about who I’m spending my time with
  • Being intentional about the thoughts I’m thinking and only dwelling on positive ones
  • Being intentional with what I’m reading, watching on TV, or the music I’m listening to
  • Being intentional about having a daily quiet time with God
  • Being intentional with the food I put into my body
  • Being intentional about the skincare and makeup products I’m putting on my body
  • Being intentional about the household soaps, detergents, and cleaning products we use
  • Being intentional about exercising and staying strong and healthy
  • Being intentional about the way I’m interacting with my sons and what I’m teaching them, whether or not I use any words

So there you have it. I just basically want to really focus on being more intentional this year in every aspect of my life. If you have a word you’re focusing on this year I’d love to hear what it is!


amanda jane

Cheers to the New Year

“Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”   

There’s just something about a new year, turning the calendar to January 1st, that makes me feel like I have the opportunity to start over with a clean slate in front of me. That the new goals I have been wanting to accomplish and the resolutions I know I need to make can finally begin. I feel like I have a fresh start, even though in all reality it’s just the day after yesterday and the day before tomorrow. But no, today feels so different than all the rest.

Or does it…?

To be honest, the start of a new year was exactly the motivation that I needed to begin writing this blog. It’s been something that I’ve thought about doing countless times in the past but always brushed it off, for fear that nobody would want to read it or my posts wouldn’t be interesting enough. But then one day one of my best friends started a blog (I’m looking at you, Sadie!) and really encouraged me to give it a try.  Her encouragement, help, and guidance, along with the new year, a time for new beginnings, led me to where I am today: writing my very first blog post. So I wanted to say thank you for reading, whoever you are and wherever you are, because this wouldn’t be nearly as fun if I was just writing to myself. My hope and prayer is that I will ultimately bring glory to God with each and every post I publish, because without Him I am truly nothing. I also pray that I might have the chance to encourage someone, provide hope, and spread knowledge. I’ve learned a thing or two from my three decades of life on this earth so far and I’m happy to pass on the good and useful things I’ve learned in hopes that they will be helpful to others, even if that is just one other person. If you’d like to journey along with me on this exciting new endeavor, then please feel free to sign up on my email list to have my posts delivered directly to your inbox so you don’t miss a single one. Cheers to the new year, friends! May this be the best one yet.

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, any one can start from now and make a brand new ending.” -Carl Bard


amanda jane