5 Ways to Live Intentionally
Intentional living is truly about designing a way of living that encourages us to set clear boundaries and understand what serves our heart, mind, and bodies. It allows us to align our days in a way that allows us to achieve these priorities.
I've been on this journey for years now and trust me, once you start, there's no turning back. Here are 5 tips to help you begin your intentional journey:
1. Assess your spending habits
We live in a consumer culture and society will often make you believe that you need bigger and more. Learning how to be intentional with your purchases sets the groundwork for designing a lifestyle that is purposeful and simple. Some questions to ask prior to entering your credit card number: How will I use this? / Is this something I need or something I want? / Do I already have something like this?
2. Re-evaluate your relationships
This is a tough one, but probably the most important. Are your relationships positive? Are your conversations supportive, impactful? How do you feel after spending time with them?
Your inner circle plays a vital role in helping you achieve success, regardless of the project. Make sure that yours is serving you well.
3. Take back control of your time
Is your calendar packed for months out? Do you often find yourself wishing plans fall through? Living intentionally requires that you allow yourself to have moments in your life that are spontaneous and serve you in the moment. It doesn’t need to be grand. It can be simple. Like giving yourself the space to go for a long walk or watch a movie simply because your heart/mind felt like it that morning.
When you’re constantly being asked to make plans you’re not excited about, it’s important to learn to say no. Sound too harsh? How about this: “That sounds great. I’m not going to commit just yet, but let’s touch base that day to see if that still works.”
4. Don’t fall victim to the algorithms
Unsubscribe from media accounts that aren’t helping you reach your goal of living intentionally. Accounts, articles, and comments that don’t make you feel enlightened or inspired will only set you back on your journey.
5. Develop healthy habits
Health is wealth, I’m sure you’ve heard that before. But it’s worth hearing it again. Be intentional with your exercise, whether it’s a HIIT class or regular walks with your pup. Give focus to the food you feed yourself and your family. Honoring your body, how you use it, and what you put in/on it will make all the difference. As a result, you’ll feel better, increase your energy, and be all the happier for it.
The busier you are, the more intentional you need to be. With time, space, people, and energy. Start now, start small. We promise, it'll be worht it.