Throughout this “Simplify” series, I’ve asked some of my friends here in blogland to share their thoughts on intentional living with you. I’m sure they will encourage and inspire your journey as we travel along together!
Today, we kick things off with Jenni from Story of My Life. An entertaining and introspective writer, an amazingly talented photographer, and someone who is truly walking this path toward intentional living by my side. – I hope you’ll make her feel welcome :-).
Take it away J:
Ah, intentional living. Something that really wasn’t much on my radar until I met Kristin and accepted her challenge! Or something that I didn’t really have a label for, anyway. I knew I wanted it, but didn’t know what it was or how to really get there.
I feel lucky to have some really amazing influences in my life, and for the first time ever, I am on the road to satisfaction with my achievements and pride in how I use the minutes of my life. For me, I think it had to start with self empowerment. Getting over that feeling of “there’s-too-much-to-do-and-not-enough-time-in-the-day-and-I-think-I’ll-go-sit-on-the-couch-instead.” I still have my bouts with it, but people like my husband (and like Kristin!) have been the living examples of my favorite Mark Twain quote, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Intentional living, for me, has been about taking action where my prior self wouldn’t, whether that means organizing my life better, adding things to my life that were never there before (like people who will hold you accountable), or cutting things out of my life altogether, if necessary.
My top two passions for the past couple years have been blogging and photography, and “making it” in these two areas (while also “making it” in my personal life) has required living much more intentionally. Getting up early. Doing things that aren’t always fun, but still necessary. Using time wisely. <— That has always been my biggest weakness! But time, I think, and our stewardship of it, is crucial to living an intentional life, and one that you are proud of. One where you go to bed at the end of each day and say to yourself, “Today I took steps towards my goals. I made progress. I made room for what’s important, and learned to recognize what isn’t.” It’s a journey, and I’m happy to be traveling it.
**Thanks so much for having me, Kristin! Sure love you!
Tomorrow, join me as we talk about addition.
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