2015 Word Of The Year: Intentional

Intentional: deliberate; done on purpose; done by intention or design.

Synonyms: conscious, deliberate, knowing, purposeful, voluntary, willed, willful

I chose this word for this year because I wanted my steps to be with purpose and done with forethought. I want to plan my time and be more aware of how I am spending it.

I want to be intentional about my health because I’m no longer 21 and I actually need to make an effort in staying healthy. I want to get in shape, feel good about my body, and be a good example for my daughter on the importance of taking care of yourself.

I want to be intentional about my marriage because marriage can be difficult. It takes work and I don’t want to just coast along. My marriage is important and despite the fact that we are opposites, we’re hitting our 10 year mark. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs – all the while trying to support one another in whatever endeavor we were trying to pursue. I’m excited to see where the next 10 years will take us.

I want to be intentional about my friendships. Time seems to always be short, but I treasure the food that my friendships feed to my soul. My friends bring about inspiration, challenges, and make me a better everything.

I want to be intentional about my faith. What I believe in is important to me – it’s been with me since the beginning. I don’t want to be someone who sits idly by in my faith. I want to be a voice for the oppressed and the injustices that happen – many of which is done in the name of faith. I cannot sit silent.

I want to be intentional about my writing. It’s something that I love to do and it gives me life. I also feel that it’s giving voice to a voice that is not always heard.

I want to be intentional about my parenting. The days seem to slip by faster and faster. I don’t want to look back on this time wishing that I had spent more time with my daughter. I want to stop and really think about how I’m parenting. I know my days of influence with my daughter are growing shorter, so I want to make sure that I help to shape a kind, generous, bold, loving, and strong human being.

I want to be intentional about my time. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I spend my time. I know that I end up wasting a lot of time doing things like surfing the web, watching mindless television, and so forth. I’ve noticed that it disrupts my sleep, my writing, my parenting, my marriage – everything. I’m not planning on scheduling every minute of my days and nights, but I definitely plan on being much more deliberate about how I will spend my time. I think this will also be an exercise in understanding myself better including when to say no and being okay with the fact that my capacity will not be the same as someone else.

I am going to strive for a much more intentional 2015. How about you? Did you make any resolutions or did you choose a word for this year?

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