IS THIS ALL THERE IS? Working for the weekend, have a couple kids, and then watch their lives flash before my eyes?
I’m so tired of seeing my life flash before my eyes with nothing to show for it! I mean I have a great life!! I don’t want to miss anything!
But still the question haunted me, is this all there is?
Nah, I refuse to believe that! I simply want more out of my life and there’s nothing wrong with that. So now that I’ve established that, what next?? This is where my research started! Lot’s of Googling and Pinteresting, mostly Pinterest, but that’s where I stumbled upon the phrase intentional living.
I’ve been hooked since! It’s been about 5 months now and I’ve been honing in and fine tuning what intentional living looks like to me and how I apply these principles to intentional living to my whole life!
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For me it’s all about having purpose and reason behind why I’m doing something. It means that I’m living life more in the moment and with more mindfulness, really soaking up what wonderful things can be experienced while on this Earth.
4 principles to intentional living
Living in the present
There ya go! That’s what it means to me! I’ve been trying to live more intentionally since late 2019. Keep scrolling to see more of my 4 principles to intentional living.
Purpose, the reason that something exists.
I am not talking about a sense of purpose in what I’m doing for a career but in my everyday things, habits, food,. Ect. I like knowing that what I’m doing means something. Took me a long time to figure that out but that’s okay. I like knowing that whatever I’m doing in the day is in some way good for me.
What do I mean by this?
3 hours in front of the TV, everyday? No purpose, probably a stupid show, just to waste time away.
3 hours reading? Um yes! This is good for my soul, reading expands my knowledge base regardless of what I’m reading, and wastes time but in a more purposeful way.
See what I mean?
You’ll have to decide for yourself what is considered purposeful or not. I always ask myself the hows and the whys about just everything lately and I totally suggest that you do the same! It doesn’t hurt to ask yourself questions!
These are some examples that might help complete the picture for you.
- Why are you doing *insert whatever*? Is it because of habit? Or because you really enjoy it? Or it’s somehow getting you closer to your goals. (Let’s be honest, not everything we do is because we want to. LOL)
- Is this helpful to your goals?
- What is this *insert whatever* going to bring you? Is it a good laugh? A needed break from life’s chaos?
- Could I be doing something different that’ll be more beneficial to my life?
So everything in my life needs to have a purpose! From the food that I’m eating, leisurely activities, how I allot the rest of my time.
There’s a bit of trial and error that comes with this so don’t get discouraged if it’s harder than it seems.
Honestly, this really should be the first point because it’s like the starting point for everything else. You have to be mindful of basically everything you’re doing when trying to live an intentional life.
You have to analyze all your current habits and everyday routines to really decide what is working for you and what’s not. And that’s not possible with being aware of it which is exactly what being mindful is.
Being mindful is also about being aware of your surroundings and what’s going on with you. Mind, body, and soul.
3. Understanding WHY
This is my favorite part! Since starting to become more intentional, I’ve really become obsessed with the “whys” in my life. Especially, why am I doing this? This has forced me to become very honest with myself and I love it!
I’ve learned so much about myself! And I love that I have an answer essentially for everything! It’s helped me to become so much more confident in what I’m doing because I know the reasons for why I’m doing *insert whatever thing here*.
If nothing else, start asking yourself the “whys” in your life! And let me know if you’ve found anything surprising about yourself!
Fun fact: I’ve learned that I don’t enjoy just having the TV on! Which is so weird because I don’t enjoy sitting in silence generally! If you have any music, podcast, audiobook suggestions for me to start listening to, leave me a comment!
4. Living in the present
Rather self explanatory but my biggest thing about intentional living is focusing on being more present!
People, myself included! Always complain that they’re missing out on stuff, always feeling like life is just zipping by! I complained about it earlier in this post!
This is partly because we’re never in the moment! We’re not living this moment but waiting for the next “big moment” or scrolling through feeds that portray others living a fuller life than us. Or what appears to be better because let’s remember that social media is the highlight reel and not everyday life! We don’t always know what’s on the other side of the camera.
But anyways, we’re constantly pushing to that next thing! I’m guilty of it!
But that’s the point, there’s no focus on our day to day lives! There’s no living in the present.
And maybe this is just me but I’m so focused on that next step in life that even once it gets here there’s almost no way that it can live up to expectations built up in my mind.
Do you feel that way??
Like that event, no matter what it is, it just doesn’t satisfy the appeal to live. So we’re already thinking about what’s going to be coming up next and the cycle just repeats itself.
This is why being present in our more everyday life is so crucial! It adds color and flavor to our lives! Because there is always something in the moment to breathe life into, well our lives. As corny as that sounds! Becoming more mindful and appreciating the little things in life are only going to get amplified by all those bigger moments.
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There is a lot that goes into intentional living and these 4 principles of mine are just the start! I love living life this way though! I get so much more out of my days!
And it all started with my 4 principles to intentional living. You’re going to be surprised how much you’ll get out of life when you try living it this way. There’s no way to even measure the joy that I’m sure you’ll get!