Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 - The Year of Intentionality

We are ten days into the new year. At this point, most folks have decided what their 'resolutions' are and they are diligently working towards them. I've never been much of a resolution setter. Frankly, I lack the stick-to-it-ness it takes to maintain the classic assortment of resolution. Self-discipline is not at the top of my attributes list. I am more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants sort of gal.

What this means in layman's terms is that I do whatever is screaming for my attention the very most at any given moment. And I occasionally manage to squeeze in other things. Which means I have a few of these...

Affectionately dubbed the 'School Closet'

I frequently find myself scuttling about to 'get it all done' at the end of the day. I like to tell myself the reason my afternoons are so productive is that's just My Time Of Day.

You know, like some people get up at 5AM because they are morning people.

Puh.

Glad there are some of y'all out there. Really, I am.

However, after reading this post, my cogs began turning. I spent several days contemplating what this would look like in our home, what kinds of words we might use and how we would define those words to the children. Then I decided that I really wanted to pick one word, just one, to by My Word For The Year.

Do you have any idea how many really good words are out there? I was overwhelmed at just the ones that immediately came to mind. A few more days of thinking and praying, and I have finally settled on one single, solitary word.

Intentional.

It's not all that original. And it has been a theme that has come back to me over and over for quite some time now, but I have been to busy putting out fires to commit to actually making it an active action in my life.

Intentional.

...in my faith.
...in my marriage.
...in my parenting.
...in my relationships.
...in my home.
...in my time management.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I am beginning to sort through the why's and how's and try to organize in my head the many different ways to live up to this word and prioritize all the applications. There are thoughts left to be developed. I think as a part of my intentional-ness, I will do a monthly check in to let you know how things are going, what kind of changes I am making, and what kind of changes are a blessed byproduct of grabbing hold of what I have been given and making the most of it.

We are still going to choose a handful of words for our family as a whole. Possibly this weekend when we see snow and the South comes to a screeching halt. Again. I have plans to display those words in a prominent way so that the kids and Joshua and I can ruminate on them. Better insure that they are descriptive of what are lives are.

What are your plans, goals, or dreams for 2011? Do share!

2 comments:

The Farmer Files said...

Our family word is TRUST.

Fran said...

We chose the same word. :)