Every year I choose a word of the year and commit to living by it. Last year, my word of the year was “Despite“. I chose that word to serve as a reminder that I will not let my circumstances decide my outcome. This year my word of the year is Intentional. Since the end of last year, my husband has been using this word and after a while, I realized that it is more than just a word. It is a way of living.
def. done on purpose; deliberate.
To be intentional means to not just let life pass you by or just let things happen. It means to deliberately choose to be happy. It means finding ways to see the positive and do things that uplift your spirit. It means actively going out and making memories instead of waiting for the opportunities to present themselves.
Make the opportunities you have been waiting to come around happen now.
– Bonjour Rachel
With the constant influx of information regarding the pandemic, rising death tolls, and ever increasing number of cases, anxiety is at an all-time high. If you get too engrossed in the media, you’ll never leave your house to even put the garbage out. You’ll might even just lock your family up in a room and just come out in 2021. Despite the overwhelming concern we all feel, being intentional means taking in all of this information without letting it take over your life. There is no reason to stop doing the things you love. Find alternative ways to get them done and keep living intentionally!
You want to spend quality time with your family? Do it now!
- Get dressed and kick a ball around in the yard!
- Grab some chalk and teach them to play hop scotch!
- Bake a cake together and make it a family affair. (We actually baked cupcakes this weekend using the cake mix we mentioned in Thursday’s article – 6 Tips for an Awesome Easter while Social Distancing. They turned out great and we are looking forward to another baking project this coming weekend.)
Be intentional about what you want for yourself and for your family and find ways to make it a reality. Being on lockdown threw me for a loop this past Friday. I have always gone all out for my kids and I was sad that I would not be able to do the same this year.
Then, it hit me!
It was at that moment that I realized if I wanted to change how I was feeling, I needed to change the narrative. I got up off the couch and picked outfits for my kids. On Sunday, we attended church online. Then, I dressed my littles in their best, went out to our front yard, snapped Easter pics, and had a mini egg hunt.
As simple as it seems, this lifted our spirits and for a few moments, we forgot that we were under lockdown. Our children were all smiles and we were able to capture memories that will last a lifetime.
We intentionally decided that our happiness would NOT be under lockdown.
We intentionally decided that we would NOT sit in the house and pout 7 days a week.
We will find ways to intentionally live even through a pandemic!
That decision led to an awesome Easter weekend with my little unit.
Yes, 2020 really does suck!
However, we are still here in the land of the living and for that reason, I will continue to be grateful and cherish every single minute.
Hope you all had an awesome weekend!