I was challenged to pick one word for the year that will help me focus on what I want to accomplish by the end of it. I chose the word, intentional (I’ll explain why) and how it has been working for me already! Today I’m sharing why and how to pick your own ‘theme’ for the year so that it can put some pep in your step like it has mine. I’m looking the new year in the face and saying, “I’m doing my best and letting go of the rest!”
I have to confess that I was experiencing major anxiety with all that was on my plate and guilt for being so busy. There was no intention, I felt as if I was just surviving most days. As you read in my New Year’s confession, I got a grip on what makes me happy in my writing life (you – my WifeLife Sistas). Now, I’ve discovered how to enjoy the rest of my WifeLife and actually meet important goals this year without being a stressed and grouchy Mama.
Pick a WifeLife theme for 2017!
I admit, when I first heard of this idea, I thought the whole concept was a little silly. Over the weeks of January though, I’ve mulled it over, picked my theme word, and have actually seen some progress. I chose the word INTENTIONAL because it encompasses how I want to approach my life this year as a Wife, Mom, Homemaker, and Christian woman.
The older I get, the more aware I am of the frailty of life. I realize how living each day abundantly should be number one. Right? In the busyness of life, however, us girls tend to forget this fact and tend to just get all of the mundane things done each day. Before we know it, another month is gone. Like, where did January go?
I’m challenging you to think of a word you’d like to help you focus on what your main goals are for the year. Is there something you’d like to accomplish like getting out of debt, or something you’d like to improve in your life like being a more connected parent? Your theme could be a word like focus, perseverance, determined, etc. You are free to use my word if it fits.
Intentional adj., done with intention or purpose; intended: Antonym: accidental
Did you catch that, girlfriend? The opposite of intentional is the word accidental. Whoa – that got my attention. Do I want to love my man, kids, Lord, and life accidentally?! Heck, no!
I’m trying to wake up each morning and intentionally think about how I can bless my man. How can I be a blessing to him? End of story.
Not making him pay for what he said or did yesterday with pouting or silent treatments. Beginning each morning with thoughts of how awesome it is that I have a perfectly imperfect man who loves God, is an awesome Father, makes me laugh uncontrollably, and loves me for who I am (bible study first thing in the morning helps get my perspective adjusted – just saying).
No doubts … this is hard if he’s hurt my feelings or made me mad the day before. That’s why I need to get those issues discussed the night before as scripture states so that I can begin this day new. Ouch. I know, I didn’t want to accept it either. It’s true though, we gotta start living today on its own and quit bringing our yesterdays into it. As women, we are so good at dragging that past along with us. Let it go.
If we aren’t intentional in really loving on our husbands, days can turn into weeks. Weeks turn into months that turn into years, and the next thing you know, we’re just roommates. Not on my watch, Sister, and I hope not on yours either. It’s time for us to get a grip on living abundantly today.
Each day of 2017, I’m trying to be an intentional Wife.
I’m trying to go through my days and think about what comes out of my mouth to my teenager before I say it. I can be a real Debbie downer sometimes-correcting way too much of the time that we are together. I’m trying to be intentional to balance out my correction and teaching with just having fun with my girl. And fun we have been having. Being intentional in this way is working, y’all.
It’s a little tougher to show my oldest (and his wife) lots of attention on a daily basis since they don’t live near us but I’m constantly thinking and praying for them. I love to send a random text or card just to say how proud I am of them and how much they mean to me. I lay my head down each night and think of all the kids and ask myself, “If something happened to me … do they know how much I love them?” I don’t want there to be any question in their minds.
Each day of 2017, I’m trying to be an intentional Mom.
I simply am trying to practice what I preached when I wrote in Guru Hacks to a Happy Healthy Home. Even though I find more joy than ever being a homemaker, some days are still stressed or overwhelming. Those are the days I have to remind myself to be intentional to not take for granted the life, family, and home that the Lord has blessed me with.
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Besides the hacks I share in that book, one thing that has helped me tremendously is to make a to-do list right before bed each night of what has to be done the next day. JUST the next day and only about 5 things. List the most important items first!
Each day of 2017, I’m trying to be an intentional Homemaker.
Intentional Christian Woman
I listed this one last because it affects every area of my life that I’ve mentioned above. I am trying to intentionally make my time with the Lord a big priority. If I begin each day with even a smig of bible study (like the app, First 5), my day is completely different than if i don’t. I am able to keep my mind on eternal things and what’s important as I go throughout the day.
When I spend more time daily in prayer and study, I’m more able to deal with difficulties, watch my tongue (oh boy!), and keep my attitude with my hubs, kids, and the world in a much better way. Can I get an Amen?! I can also get my mind off of myself and the poor me syndrome. The needs of others are in the forefront of my mind instead of my own needs.
Each day of 2017, I’m trying to be an intentional Christian Woman
I chose the word intention, which word do YOU choose?
I’d love to hear about what you chose in the comments.
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