Being Intentional With My Life in 2017 - Brittany Comeaux
Recent Posts

Being Intentional With My Life in 2017

12:33:00 AM

I'm pretty sure "intentional" is the buzz word of the moment. With the way our society has become so withdrawn into gadgets and social media, I see a big movement of people trying to pull themselves out of that fog and be more "intentional" about their lives and time.



So when I tried to figure out what my goals were for 2017, this word immediately popped into my head. It's really been on my mind throughout the past few years as I navigate parenthood. However, something about this blog venture is what really woke me up. I don't know whether this is a good motivation or not, but the more I build an online persona the more worried I am that it doesn't line up with what my real world looks like. So what I would like to work towards throughout 2017 is being more intentional with what goes on, in and around my body.

For the record, these are lofty goals, that I am sure I will fail often. But, that's the nature of most New Year resolution's right? And I don't see any problem with that. What is bad about setting goals and wanting to work towards a higher purpose?

WHAT GOES IN:

I have been doing my best to get to my pre-baby weight this year, mostly for vain reasons. But, lately, I am realizing that my issues with food are really more about self control than anything else. I have always gone to food for comfort. Which can be harmless. But, I think those moments where I lost control of my vice are a symptom of a larger spiritual issue. Where I let my emotions outweigh rational thought or my confidence in who I am.

So, I started tracking my calories right after christmas. And while I am working towards a specific weight goal, the benefit of logging my food is that I'm paying way more attention to what goes into my body. I can't believe how many wasted calories I was consuming each day, before starting this. Now I am forced to spend my calorie allotment on the healthy meals that provide me with real sustenance which leaves less room for the junk I was somehow surviving on before.



WHAT GOES ON:

I spent my New Years day doing a huge purge of my closet. Approximately 9 filled to the brim trash bags of clothes, shoes and jewelry all went to our local Teen Challenge. When I saw how much crap I had, I was sick to my stomach.

I want to make more of an effort to be intentional about what goes on my body. What clothes and makeup I buy. Things that will really benefit me and not just fall apart or out of style in days. I want to cut down on my consumer addiction a bit and focus more of my money on sustainable products when I can.



WHAT HAPPENS AROUND:

This goal really encompasses a lot of things. But, the biggest pieces of the puzzle are how I treat my God, my husband, my children and my home.

I want to know that I am fueling those relationships and not just letting them run on auto-pilot. I notice the times when I put more focus on my relationship with the Lord, I am filled with more peace and less anxiety. This then, trickles down to my husband and my children. If I let myself rest in that peace, I tend to take more pride and joy in my Jamy and the kids. Seeing them and treating them as the gifts that they are. And then this moves into my housekeeping, as I want to create a healthier and more calming environment for our family to thrive in.

Now, the diet and clothes, I know I can handle. Being intentional about the people and things around me, however will be a heavier struggle. Because this mama is just tired and lazy. Haha. However,  I have faith and am still glad to have a concrete goal in mind to work toward.




I would love to know if you have any tips on how to be more intentional with the relationships in your life! Or if there are any other areas that you want to focus on this year! Let me know in the comments. I love hearing from you guys and getting a dialogue going!



Share this Post
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email This Pin This


You Might Also Like



19 comments

  1. I absolutely love this post for so many reasons, especially your honesty. These are lovely goals for every year of life. We forget how privileged we are and get caught up in our day to day lives living through our bodies and emotions, forgetting the needs of our loved ones for our complete presence. It's a tricky balancing act to care for one's self in order to care for others.
    With great privilege comes great responsibility. Privilege to have special talents, do I use them for my own, or even greater good? This is been the question placed on my heart, only yesterday, and it can be applied to every single aspect of life. And I believe God posed this question to me after asking him to help me be the love that he wants me to be. Also, after wondering "break time?!?!" no, no, time to handle up gracefully with the confidence that comes from knowing I'm trying by taking care of all of me (daughter being part of me is majority of my whole) and applying my God-given gifts in every situation.
    ��

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love goals and nothing like a New Year to bring them on! My word for 2017 this is year DETERMINED...I always have so many goals but sometimes feel by the end of the year I've failed at them..so this year it's about making sure I follow through..good luck with yours!! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Determined is such a good Word to guide the year! I know you can do it!

      Good luck girl!

      Delete
  3. As I was reading your post I was thinking of a friend who just deleted her Facebook account and pinterest. She found herself wasting way to much time scrolling instead of spending time creating, enjoy her family more. Is becoming a problem.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I've thought about doing that so many times! Have you ever thought you might try that?! I worry I would feel so disconnected but then sometimes I think it would be such a relief!

      Delete
  4. These goals are great.. About the closet; I am constantly trying to pair down and ask myself if I really need something before I buy it. I'm getting better, not perfect, but better.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yes! I think it's going to be a life long struggle (at least for me!). But definitely something that's helpful to keep in the forefront of our mind!

      Delete
  5. Love this. I agree, diet and clothes are easier to handle than the relationships. I think it's so easy for us to kind of let our close relationships run on auto-pilot, but it doesn't mean they have to! I need to work on this too. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I absolutely love everything you said! I have chosen some of the exact things that you mentioned!! I've been tracking my eating as well- do you have any favorite apps to use for this? I am on Day 6 of healthy eating and it feels amazing! Best of luck to you!

      Delete
    2. Yes! It's amazing how much of a difference diet can make!

      I have been OBSESSED with the Lose It app. It's completely free and it has such a large database of foods and nutritional facts. And it has a barcode scanner that will look up calories of basically anything.

      Delete
    3. It's good to know I'm not alone. It seems like everyone commenting here can relate.

      Good luck this year, girl!

      Delete
  6. I really need to purge my closet. It's a disaster area. As for relationships, this year my goal is to call and text people more. Invite them to coffee or over for dinner. I have turned into a bit of a recluse and I only talk to people who call me first. It's not the best way to have successful relationships. So I plan to call my dad, who I'm terrible at calling, at least once a week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's like you're reading my mind. This has to be the hardest thing for me lately.

      Delete
  7. I LOVE these categories for goals! Such an easy way to break down small areas of our life that have a huge impact! This year, I've set (too many) goals but one of the most "intentional" is time with friends. Last year I let too many opportunities to spend time with my people slip away!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes!! That is for sure something I need to work on this year as well! It just seems so hard to fit everything and everyone into the those 24 hours.

      Good luck this year!!

      Delete
  8. Being mindful when it comes to eating is definitely difficult. It's hard to be intuitive, especially when we have weight loss goals in our mind. Working towards that goal has been one of the hardest things to overcome, but I feel so free eating what I feel like my body wants and needs.

    This post was very heartfelt and inspiring. Good luck to you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Katie!! It's definitely something that becomes easier the longer I do it, it's always just hard to get into the swing of things!

      Delete
  9. Love this! writing it down def. helps you realize things! And I'm right there with you on trying to be more intentional on how I live life!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! It's amazing how much writing things down and logging them helps!

      Delete