In 2019 I want to lose 10 pounds, not drink soda, budget my money and instead of watching Netflix before bed, read. Sound familiar? Maybe like every new years resolution from the past 5 years? Same.
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. Sure, you get to see the occasional outfit post, skincare update or new listing to hit the blog. But I haven’t sat down to just put my thoughts in one place, & in complete transparency this awkward time between Christmas & New Years has put me in quite a funk. I turn 25 in January. Wow, thats weird to think of let alone say out loud. A quarter of a century year old, why does 25 sound so significant? It has me thinking, what do I want 25 to look like? More workouts? Less carbs? Start stockpiling money away for retirement? All of those things are great in theory & if saying those things out loud or putting them on paper cause you to actually do them, tell me your secret!
The word ‘Intention’ has been repeating itself over and over again in my head. Being intentional. Doing things with intention. Not just doing things because you should, need to or feel like you have to, but doing them because you are intentionally doing so. It sounds simple… but it’s a lot harder then putting a few goals or resolutions on paper, throwing that paper in the kitchen junk drawer and finding it next year when you do your cleaning & realize you didn’t lose the weight, save the money or read as much as you had planned.
Instead of saying “in 2019 I’m going to lose 10 pounds”. I told myself that I will be intentional about working out 4-5 times a week, whether that is Orange Theory, a walk with the dogs or an in-home workout. Knowing that I need to be intentional about this, I will plan those workouts the Sunday before as if they are meetings or appointments during their day, so that I will intentionally complete them.
Instead of saying “in 2019 I will budget my money”. I told myself that I will be intentional about what I spend money on. Blogging makes it easy to purchase the $10 shirt from Target that I’ll end up wearing once and ends up in the Platos’s closet bag 6 months later. Needing new clothing to post content & to share with you is important, yet completely financially draining & overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good sale, and this isn’t to say I wont be checking the clearance racks of Target, but when you are out shopping & you find something you want, ask yourself two things. 1. “Do I have something similar?” 2.” Is this something I will wear for the next couple of years?” Bringing to perspective… Quality vs. Quantity. Do you need 5, $10 sweaters from target or do you need 1 great quality, unique, sweater that you will be able to wear with jeans, skirts, leggings, etc. I struggle with this, trust me, it’s much more difficult then you think, but I have put down so many $10 sweaters since I have began buying with “intention” I could have bought 3 $50 sweaters by now!
Instead of saying “in 2019 I will read more before bed instead of watching Netflix”. I told myself I will be more intentional about my time. With the short amount of time we get each day, I need to be intentional about using it the best I possibly can. Workouts, office time, time with family & time to myself (spent reading & goal setting, not binge watching the latest Netflix series. Knowing that I am using my time intentionally, and making the most of each minute will lead to obtaining what we use to call “resolutions”.
So why intention & not resolutions? To me & many people I know, resolutions are bench marks. Your resolution is to lose the 10 pounds, and you start off guns a blazing, going to the gym 5 days a week, eating clean and then you have a cheat meal, that turns into a cheat week and your workouts dwindle to 2 a week. And by now you feel as if you can’t start over until 2020. But, when you set your resolution to be intentional, in your daily life, with fitness, health, time, etc. You can quickly put yourself in check & the rest falls into place.
Where in your life is lacking intention? Your job? Your fitness routine? Your budgeting? Start small, intention isn’t something you will master right away but it makes a big difference when you consciously add it to your daily routine.
Wishing everyone a 2019 filled with laughs & memories, But most importantly, filled with Intention.
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