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

6 Replies to “intentional.”

  1. Love this intentional post. I still thought you were 29 hahaha! I am also trying out a theme for this year. Mine is joy. I want to do the things that bring my family and I joy. I want to find happiness and joy in every situation. Great post, looking forward to reading more.

  2. Intentional. It’s a great way to start. After all, it’s not about what you can do, or you want to achieve, it’s about your intention. Your purpose of doing one single thing. Is it for good or bad.

    Happy 30!

  3. It is really important to really mean and intend to do what you are planning or else it will be just words and thoughts. We have to turn our thoughts into real thing.

    Thank you for your post

  4. I’m turning 30 by September and the thought of it is freaking me out already. So much responsibilities and expectations (especially my family reminding me everyday to get married).
    So great to read this post. At least I know it’s not something to dread.

    Oh I love the word “intentional”. It was my word last year. I’m still trying to figure out a word for this year.

    Thanks for sharing your heart with us.
    Have a great year.
    Hearty cheers.

  5. Such a great and inspirational post! I have three words for this year – health, happiness and success! Thank you for sharing this great read! ❤

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