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