2014 goal: to live intentionally

We’re back in South Dakota, spending a few days at my parents’ house for a late Christmas. It’s ridiculously cold (like -11 degrees cold) and so so snowy, but it’s home. It’s wide open pastures. It’s a blazing wood fireplace. It’s Gramma & Grampa. It’s good and warm. It slows down here. It’s just.. home.

Yesterday, I read a blog post by my new and dear friend, Taurie, who is also currently in the midst of some huge life changes. It’s all so good, but it’s new. And different. That can be hard some days, and it’s good to know we’re not alone in that. We’ve formed a bond and found countless things to relate on. She’s real gem, and I’ve enjoyed knowing and learning from her. She shared her word of the year – a word chosen in lieu of a resolution, to live inspired by in 2014. As I read, soaking in her words and relating to each one, I decided that I, too, want a word of the year.

Intention. That’s my word for 2014 and what I vow to consider in every step of my walk. I want to be more purposeful, to slow down a bit and follow through, to do things the right way, not the quick way. It wasn’t hard to choose.

I tend to skim things.
I skim when I read. I’m guilty of skimming when I listen.
I drink skim milk.
I try to do so many things at once that I am often not fully “there” for any of them.

Small town South Dakota is a great place to spend the first days of the new year. Being back here, I’m reminded how quickly time moves. I don’t want to miss any more of it.

In 2014, I vow to be more intentional. Intentional with my health, my relationships, my work & creativity. To slow down and savor. To read and hear every word. I yearn to live intentionally in my relationship with Jesus Christ, every day. To remain connected to Him, listening to what He is saying and becoming in tune to His will. I want to live healthfully, happily, and faithfully, and a big part of attaining that is living intentionally. The biggest part of that is remaining in Him, as he does in me.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. -John 15:4-5

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  1. shanna you write beautifully? This is such an inspirational message and I intend to live that way as well. My plan for 2014 was not written as eloquently but I wrote to “show up” every day. Like you I “intent” to live fully in the moment. Than you for using and sharing your gifts. Blessing, Nancy

    • Nancy, thank you! It is so sweet of you to comment – it’s a blessing to know people are reading. 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful new year!