Living intentionally is something that I’ve tried to bring to all areas of my life….to my time, schedule, commitments, work, relationships, dating, health/well-being, food, shopping, money, etc. To me living intentionally is living with integrity and with my values at the forefront of my mind and heart. There’s a level of awareness and presence that’s required when living this way, otherwise I can find myself in old worn out patterns or behaviors that are not necessarily good for me.
This isn’t always easy. But when I stay awake to my life and the choices I make I can get clear on what is driving those choices. That’s also a big component of intentional living; getting extremely clear on WHY you choose something and why you do what you do.
Again in order to see your reasons, there needs to be lots of digging and uncovering, because often our motives or what’s driving us is not at surface level. It’s interesting though and I know I’ve written about this before (it seems to be popping up a lot for me this past year) is this idea of how we spend our days is how we spend our lives. We tend to put much more focus and energy into the big decisions we make but what about those seemingly small ones that you make on a day to day basis.
Deciding what types of food to nourish your body with, to go to the gym or not to go, to skip out on that 3rd or 4th glass of wine, to not text that guy again who you know wouldn’t be around if you actually raised the bar, to save your money to travel rather than buying the shirt you don’t need, to say a polite ‘no’ to the invite that really isn’t your thing, or to curl up with a good novel instead of watching yet ANOTHER episode of Netflix. These “small” decisions add up to great big change, and in every moment we have an opportunity to say yes to things that support our life vision rather than breaking it down.
Our days keep passing by and what I’m realizing is yes even though I’m highly intentional, my time and days and life still get away from me. I see time and time again that my choices do matter. They matter so much and often it’s the small ones that matter the most. The ones that don’t seem like a big deal, but really all those choices add up and they become your life. They are a big deal.
I want to be more present with my time and the choices I make. I want to live as engaged and intentionally as I can. I can’t remember where I’ve heard this quote before, but it was something like ‘the days are long, but the years are short.’ This phrase has really stuck with me. Mostly because I’m experiencing how quickly time is passing by….the weeks, the months, the years, even though it doesn’t necessarily feel like it in the moment.
Living an intentional life is using this time wisely and not wasting it away. Not taking life or our days for granted, but diving deeper into life, pursuing relentlessly what truly matters to us, and making choices that are really good for us on all levels of our humanness.