Being Intentional

Now is the time to be intentional!

It’s been a very busy time and I feel on the edge of being overwhelmed. That puts me in danger of letting the default of shutting down take over. I’m determined to grow past that into healthy purposeful action.

Keeping a journal has become the most helpful tool to living with intention and staying focused on what I believe is important in life. When I am busy, it is even more important… Here is my journal page dedicated to being intentional.

When I sat down to consider what it means to be intentional in my life and with my word, Light, here is what I came up with:

“Being intentional is living out my ‘how’ with purposeful action based on my ‘why’ as a result of ‘who’ I am.”

What to do?

  • Look at what I have and have done and be grateful. I can add these things to my ‘Grateful’ pages in my journal.
  • Simplify – Lighten the load and the expectations I put on myself
  • Let go of perfectionism and performance
  • Seek to bless
  • Don’t feel guilty or a lack when saying ‘no’
  • Ask for grace and do what God is giving me grace for
  • Choose to keep growing and engaging my ‘why’ with intentional action

The A-Z Challenge of Living Your Word of the Year is stretching me. I mentioned in the last post that my friend Bernice Hopper gave me some wise advice on how to live out my word, Light.

She said, “In ‘light’ of your stress levels, have a look at whether you can write ‘less,’ research ‘less,’ make your pages simpler – work on lightening your load.” She also mentioned when I talked to her in our meeting that I may want to revisit some of my journal pages from the past in my posts.

This advice came to me like balm for the soul, lighting the fire, spurring me on. It gave me the opportunity to be intentional about putting it into action.

After I made this page using the Mid-Century Modern Banner Stencil, Gelatos®, and Washi Tape, I listed what I will do today below “Today I Will:” It really helped me focus and be proactive with the few things I wrote on the list. I am pushing past the paralyzing feeling of being overwhelmed and into intentional action.

Questions to Consider

  • How am I doing about being intentional to live out what is important to me?
  • How am I living my word of the year?
  • What do I want living my word of the year to look like?
  • What do I need to change in order to live out my word of the year in a way that is fulfilling to me?
  • What is God giving me grace for?

“let us not grow weary in doing what is right,

for we will reap at harvest time

if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9 NRSV

Deeper Questions to Consider & Journal

In these past two posts I’ve been talking about how to live intentionally. I believe two other questions should be asked and answered first. They both take intentional time and effort to answer:

  1. Who am I? (Who did God make me to be? What are my strengths? What are my passions?)
  2. What is my Why? (my purpose, calling…)

These two questions are ones worthy of visiting and revisiting. Knowing who we are and why we are here make knowing how to live doable.

Living Your Word 2019 Opportunity!

Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019

CHECK OUT THE BLOGS:

Bernice: https://newlycreative.com

Mary:  www.foundonbrighton.com

Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))

Stencil Used in This Post

StencilGirl® Products
Mid-Century Modern Banners
9×12″ L711

2019 Word of the Year – Everyday Journal Posts

How I Choose a Word of the Year

Video and written steps on how to choose a Word of the Year to focus on and live by. Visit my blog for creative ways to journal and live your word this year

The Treasure of X in the A-Z Word Challenge

The mysterious treasure and paradox of the letter ‘X’ in the A-Z of Mystery journal. Scripture and questions to consider in this journey of life.

Wisdom from Above – W in A-Z Word Challenge

Seeking wisdom “the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, insight, understanding and common sense; unbiased judgment, and compassion.” What do I have grace and time for?

Vision – Valor – Victory ~ V in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

V in the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge I was almost asleep one night recently when a phrase floated across my mind and I knew it spoke truth and asked to be written down. So I pulled myself out of bed and went to my journal to write: “Vision with Valor lead to Victory.” This got me thinking of what this means to me personally. I went to the first A-Z journal I did with Bernice Hopper’s challenge back in 2013. Here is my V for Vision for that: Vision is a key word for me right now, and… Read More

Living in Unity – U in A-Z Challenge

We are bound together in a common life. Seeking unity with one another is a worthwhile pursuit. “How wonderful it is…to live together in harmony.

Living Time Now – T in A-Z Challenge

“We live in the past of the future,” I heard Jonathan Cahn say. So I am choosing to make today count like a time traveler! It’s like I am actually able to go back in time and change the trajectory of my future. If I were looking back from tomorrow or next year, that is exactly what coming back to this moment would be like.

Shine Your Light! S in A-Z Challenge

It’s time to Shine! What does it mean to shine? “How do I shine as myself, with God, and others?” To shine looks differently for us individually, but my guess there are also some common things we long for, need, and value.

Developing a Rhythm for Life – R in A-Z Challenge

Seeking to establish a fulfilling rhythm of daily life, working from rest and resting from work in a fulfilling way. Every living thing has a rhythm. “R” for Rhythm in the A-Z of Mystery Word of the Year Challenge.

Being Quiet to Hear – Q in A-Z Challenge

Getting quiet is important in order to hear and discern what to do. Listening prayer is a way to do that. Suggested questions & art reflections on Q-Quiet in the A-Z Challenge included

Living with Paradox – P in A-Z Word Challenge

Paradox is holding two opposites as true at the same time. We live in paradoxical times that have polarized relationships and our nation. We tend to paint other people with harsh, broad brush strokes of black or white. Living with paradox requires empathy and invites reconciliation, seeking to understand a viewpoint opposite of our own.

Order and Organizing! O in A-Z Word Challenge

Overcoming my struggle to order my stuff, organize and create beauty. O – Order in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge. Key questions to help organize.

Celebrating Nature – N in the A-Z Challenge and NEW Stencils Released

Celebrating Nature with a Word of the Year active challenge and NEW leafy doodle stencils. Included are artful inspirations and a how-to stencil Washi tape video, comparing medical tape with white Washi tape.

M-Inspiring Your Creative Muse in Living Your Word of the Year

The word ‘Muse’ is filled with mystery. Muse is associated with memory and music. We may sense the connection most when we hear a song from our past, bringing back all sorts of memories, and we feel transported back to a specific event or time. Google Dictionary defines Inspiration as:” the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative” or “a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea.”

L-Looking Back with New Eyes to Move Forward

I’ve been reminded to look back in order to move forward. At first it sounded counter-intuitive and non-productive, but after doing it, I see the value of taking a fresh look at what I have, what I’ve done, and stop to look, listen, and be grateful. It was the prompt I needed to Live this moment, to be present without the pressure to perform.

K-Keys to Living Your Word of the Year

A key is a small thing that opens a larger, important experience. A question can be a key to the answer you’re looking for. A key can unlock a mode of transportation that can take us on a journey to another place. A key can open up a space of a new world. A key can bring us home.

J-Journey Living Your Word of the Year

If you are here now, you are on this life journey, and so am I. My journey is taking me back, like revisiting these journals with journey themed pages and bringing to mind my faith journey. I am grateful for the process, even though at times it was hard to see on the path… What is your journey…

HOW? The Question Growing Out of My WHY

Asking myself the simple question, “How?” Is leading me in a life-changing evaluation of how and where I spend my time and energy.
My “how” needs to be an outgrowth of knowing my “why.” How is the way we live out our Why. I am grateful to know who I am and why I do what I do. However, sometimes I get confused on “how” to move forward from the deeper place of who I am and knowing my why.

Growing in Goodness & Gratitude with Your Word of the Year

G – Growing in Goodness & Gratitude I’m feeling the need to release grumbling and embrace gratitude as my “G” word. Grumble feels like a heavy word to me, like carrying around a dirty burlap bag of rocks. Gratitude feels light and hopeful. What better way to become grateful than to list what I have to be thankful for and to focus on the goodness of God, and good things! Building on the “F” Flow with the Fun post of last time, I’ve decided to do some “Grateful Groove” in my movement, during my worship dancing time. The combination of… Read More

F – Flow with the Fun of Your Word of the Year

What do you do to help you reach your goals that seem unpleasant? For me, March is a time when my yearly goals wane a bit. Now I’m being intentional about pushing past that and having fun in the process.

E – Explore & Experience Your Word of the Year with a Vision Board

E – Explore & Experience Your Word of the Year with a Vision Board Many of us have forgone the new years resolutions, but still have dreams and goals. This year, I’m following Mary’s suggestion in making a vision board. I want mine to fit in my Leuchtturm journal so it can be portable and easily accessible throughout the year. There are some good options for that. I considered my options for format: I could just use some of the pages in my everyday journal, or do a tip-out accordion fold, or try my hand at a portable fancy fold… Read More

Dig Deeper to Discover – D in the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

“D” is our 4th activity in Living Your Word of the Year A-Z Challenge. Dig deeper to discover more about your word by finding relevant Scripture & Quotes. This part is so important to me, I would do it even if I wasn’t doing the A-Z challenge, because it helps me live more intentionally focused on what’s important to me. I hope you find the suggestions helpful.

Building on Your Word of the Year – C in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

This post is 3rd in the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge: C for Creating a Cairn. Build on your word using words & stones, actual stones or in a journal. Visual inspiration & Scripture included.

Discovering the Color of Light

I’m excited about some discoveries and insight found about light, the color of light, and the symbolism of the primary colors of light and the colors of pigment.

A-Z Word of the Year Inspiration Challenge – B

This post shares a visual Ignatian prayer process in being present to God’s presence in light of reflecting on a Word of the Year.

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