An Inspired and Intentional Life

What do you want to do in your life? Have you written them down? For me, I currently have two lists going: one for things I’d like to accomplish this year, and one to accomplish in my life.

How do you want your life to look? Be intentional. Surround yourself with what you want your life to look like, find what inspires you to make your life the one you want to live. What type of people do you surround yourself with? Are they conducive to your ‘dream’ life or are they a hinderance? Do they support you and try to help you or are they negative about the things you want to accomplish in your life? There is a definite difference between offering helpful and wise counsel and telling you “You can’t do that”.

The type of people you surround yourself with is the type of person you’re going to be.

I am a big believer in the philosophy that the type of people you surround yourself with is the type of person you’re going to become. Maybe because my early experiences taught me that. I’m a bit picky about who I let close to me because of that. I know the type of person I want to be and I want people around me to be nurturers of that person.

Currently I’m working on being healthier both physically and spiritually. Being a stay at home mom and an introvert, I don’t get out much. (Seriously, my normal scheduled outings are church and the dance studio, but we’ve been on summer break and won’t go back for another few weeks.) To help me achieve my goals, I’ve surrounded myself with motivators. I’ve filled my social media feeds with ideas and displays of the direction I want to go. My husband and I will do a morning stretch together on the days he can drag me out of bed.

Life isn’t always one direction.

All my life I have wanted to inspire people. I have so much I want to accomplish in life and I want to help people accomplish their dreams along the way. I want to be a nurturer not a hinderer. And I guess I’ve said all of this to say that it’s okay to dream. It’s okay to re-evaluate where you are and where you’re headed. Life isn’t always one direction. There are multiple paths you could take, some of them good and some of them not so good. It’s up to us. I know that I want any path I take to be a God-breathed path, but I can’t be so scared that I’ll step out of His will that I don’t move. I’ve done that before and I am now fighting the box of anxiety and fear that I’ve placed myself in because of it.

So live your life with intention. Don’t believe Benjamin Franklin when he said that nothing can be certain except death and taxes (paraphrasing a bit there). This world is a beautiful place, even if a lot of what’s going on in it says contrary. Find new motivation to learn that language or to go on that hike. Find people who aren’t necessarily “Yes” people, but are people who will support you and help motivate you on your journey. Make a list of things you want to accomplish in the next year and then do what you need to do to start checking things off (hint: starting a blog was my number one for this year).

Yeah it’s going to take guts, it’s going to take a lot of “You can do this” conversations with yourself, and it’s probably going to take a lot of procrastinating while you work on conquering your fear; and then one day you’re going to take the jump. You might not make a big splash, but even the smallest ripple affects the water. And if you need some more motivation, go listen to some Carrie Underwood. Find what inspires you and then set out to inspire others too.

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