Living Intentionally

A few months ago I started to feel a growing desire to start living more intentionally. I hated that my life felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants. I never felt like I was getting anything done and I felt like my relationships with my family were suffering. I was stressed beyond anything I had ever experienced before and it was showing.

I had already been reading The Hands Free Mama blog written by Rachel Macy Stafford and had her first book Hands Free Mama. I pulled it out and read it in a couple days. I felt like it had nailed a portion of what was making me feel disgruntled. I was feeling the effects of a life spent being distracted.

I was failing to see the beauty in front of me.

I wasn't seeing the happy smiles on my kids faces as they showed me something they found exciting or beautiful.

I wasn't taking time to exercise.

I wasn't feeling like I was accomplishing anything.

I was missing out on life. I was spending too many precious moments being distracted by what latest notification had popped up on my phone, or the emails in my inbox, or what was going on in Facebookland. I was focusing all my time and energy on things that really didn't matter. I wasn't living up to my potential and purpose in this one life I have been given.

I only have this one chance and I want to live it to it's fullest.

I want to see the joy on my kids faces as they run to greet me after school.

I want to hear their laughter and sounds of playing fill the air.

I want to see the world.

I want to enjoy every second and every minute of the day.

I want to stand in the pouring rain with my face tilted toward the sky.

I want to walk in nature and see all it's beauty.

Which brings me to the book I recently finished which is a follow up to Hands Free Mama. It's called Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More. Once I opened it I couldn't put it down. It was everything I needed to read at this moment in my life.

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It highlighted 9 habits that I can work on that will help me work on the areas of my life that I have been struggling with. I love that she includes stories from her own personal life that help to inspire others to make the changes that they need to make. I love the Daily Declarations and Habit Builders that she includes in each chapter. I love how each chapter felt like a huge encouragement to take that step in the right direction to live a more intentional life.

It won't happen just like that but each step I take towards living an intentional life puts me more securely on the path that I want to be taking. Each moment of each day is a chance for a new beginning. That's something to be thankful for. It's never too late. Never too late to live the life you want. To be intentional.

What are some ways or things you do to live a more intentional life?



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