2011: Intentional


Courtney first introduced me to the idea of a theme word for the year.  Not being one to make (or keep!) resolutions, I still have many, many improvements to make on the way I live this life.  My biggest “issue” is that at the end of the day I look back and wonder what on earth I’ve accomplished!

I know, I know, it’s the plight of many a mom wrangling young children and nursing a baby.  Much of what I do is in direct obedience of the “tyranny of the urgent” (a quote I remember from my friend Crystal.)  Cleaning spills, sweeping floors, making meals, changing diapers… it all needs to be done; sometimes rightthisveryminute.  (My biggest tyrants somedays?  facebook and twitter and skype… sigh)

The problem with that is that too many things that don’t qualify as urgent get set on the invisible back burner, out of site, out of mind:  exercise, clutter control, quality prayer and learning, deep cleaning, projects with the kids, date time with my husband.  Those important things get bypassed all too often around here.

Basically, my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants methods are not doing anyone any favors.

In 2011 I’m going to allow life to happen to me a lot less, and be more intentional with the life I’ve been given.

Intentional time management.

Intentional homemaking.

Intentional parenting.

Intentional budgeting.

Intentional blogging.

Intentional relationship building.

My life is too blessed and too full to let it fritter away under the tyranny of the urgent!

You’ll be seeing my theme word around here a lot as I make and carry out some plans, sharing both successes and failures.  In fact, once I finish the Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me? series, I may launch into an Intentional Living series.  Actually, I may not wait for the end of one series to begin the other.  We can handle two at a time, right?  I bet I’m not the only one wanting to take back control!

What grand plans have you made for the New Year?  Do you make (and keep?) resolutions?  Goals?  Want to join me in living out a theme word for the year?  You can even share Intentional if you’d like!

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  1. This week I blogged about choosing “focus” as my theme word for the year. I’m seeking to focus in four areas of my life: spiritual growth, healthy living, stewardship and personal development.

    I really like the word you ‘ve chosen, too! May 2011 find us living focused, intentional lives!! Happy New Year!

  2. I was first introduced to the theme word by Ali Edwards who has been doing this for several years now. I never really adopted a word, but very ironic that yesterday as I was doing some goal-planning I couldn’t get the word “intentional” out of my mind. I’m tired of spending my life putting out fires reacting to kids needs, work pressures, outside forces. I want my actions to be “intentional” and hopefully that will keep the fires from igniting in the first place! I love your theme word, and I love your blog!

  3. I love your theme word! I could be more intentional about things that I do as well. I have way to many out of sight-out of mind projects.

    My plans are to spend more time with my family, to save money and cook dinner every night for my family.

    I can’t think of a word of my own….so glad you will share yours.

  4. You took the word right out of my mouth. Intentional is my word for 2011, too.

  5. This is great! I bet everyone can relate to the need to be intentional. Bring on the series, I can take 2 at once.

  6. Intentional is a great word! It is funny, as I looked back on our theme words for the last three years they have all started with a “g”. 09- gratitude 10- giving and this year is grace. Looking forward to your series!!

  7. You’ve spoken pretty much exactly the thoughts I’ve had lately. I’ve been mulling around the word “intention”…

  8. I love this – intentional living! I need to work on it too – can’t wait for your series!

  9. I think ‘intentional’ is a great word to focus on. I think we all can benefit from more intentional living.
    I think my word this year will be ‘thoughtful.’ Thoughtful in the sense that I want to be better about thinking before I react and say, write and do things, but also in the sense that I want to really focus on thinking of others–being thoughtful and considerate of their feelings.

  10. That’s my word too! I found I had written it and said it so many times lately, so it only made sense when I was trying to figure out my word for the year. Last year, my word was contentment. It was the first time I had a “word” but it really helped me focus on the now and be content with it all. I’m excited about what the words ‘intentional living’ will bring this year.

    All the best to you in 2011!

  11. i love that, i’m going to take that word on myself!

  12. Your so right, intentional living, I used to be so good about that, but somehow it has slipped, I need to get it back!

  13. I usually don’t have new years resolutions but I’m aiming to pray and read my Bible more.

  14. I think this is perfect. I’ve been feeling like my life is passing me by and couldn’t figure out why. I think it might be the tyranny of the urgent you spoke of. Looking forward to your series!

  15. Intentional is my word for 2011 too, and for many of the same reasons. I actually found your blog doing a search for quotations with the word Intentional in them. I am going to bookmark it now. Thank and good luck.

  16. Great choice! Intentional was my theme word for 2010. It really changed my perspective on things, but I feel like I’m still working on it! I was originally going to keep it for this new year as well, but I’m praying about a new one. I might just add one, as to not take the focus completely off being intentional, but also focusing on another area. I love Trina’s word for last year of ‘contentment’. That’s very fitting for my life right now.

  17. My theme word for 2011 is discipline. I posted about it here: http://mfamily08.blogspot.com/2011/01/discipline.html

    I love the word intentional, and being intentional is probably the next step after the initial discipline that I need to get myself in order! Looking forward to the series.

  18. Mackenzie says:

    My church does myoneword.org (the Pastor that was on KLOVE this week) and my word 5 years ago, the year we started “My One Word” was “intentional.” It was so very powerful in my life. At that time I had just one child with my daughter’s father (not yet my husband) and I wanted to be an intentional parent and intentional in my relationship with him and in praying for him. 5 years later we are married and have 2 more kids! Focusing on one word is POWERFUL!!!

  19. I really like this line from your post: “My life is too blessed and too full to let it fritter away under the tyranny of the urgent!” A very good reminder to us all!! Happy Intentional New Year. 🙂

  20. stephanie says:

    Just the word I have been searching for, “intentional”

  21. Are you sure you’re not writing about my life??? lol Can’t wait for your intentional series. Happy New Year!

  22. God has been laying on my heart for months that I need to be intentional in ALL areas of my life. Can’t wait to read the series. Thanks for the affirmation.


  23. What a perfect word for 2011! Tim & I talk a lot about intentionality around here. It’s something we hope to focus on this year and every year.

    Time waits for no man…we want to be sure to embrace and maximize every minute.

  24. I think this is a great word to focus on for 2011. I want to be more intentional, too. I am looking forward to this series.

  25. Amy, there is a good radio program on that I listen to via the web actually called “Intentional Living.” The host is Randy Carlson and he has a book out that sounds good called THE POWER of ONE THING.
    I have struggled all my life with not being a goal setter and flying by the seat of my pants, so to speak. All of those words for the year people have chosen apply to me!!
    I have been intentional the past 4 months in going to fitness classes and watching my diet and it has paid off-my cholesterol is in the normal range for the first time in years. Now, to all you spring chickens, that may not sound like a big deal, but at almost 62, let me tell you, it is!! 🙂
    Phil. 3:13 and 14 Forgetting what lies behind and pressing on towards the goal…..
    Excited to see how the Lord works in all of our lives this year as we seek Him.


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