Simplify & Be Intentional

IMG_3804Every year, I try to come up with a ‘theme’ for the year.  This year, the words that are running through my mind are “simplify” and “intentional.”  Like many moms out there, I sometimes feel like I’m running ragged–bringing kids from one activity to another, keeping up with my work schedule, trying to build a business, and working to be healthy and fit.  Unfortunately, more often than not, I go to bed at night feeling like I’ve failed in EVERYTHING I set out to do.

I’d like to think that I’m the only one out there who feels like this (because I don’t think ANYONE should ever feel like a failure!), but I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.  Whether it’s eating two donuts or spending too much time on the computer instead of with my kids or not making the phone calls I think I should have, I usually end up feeling as if I’m in a losing battle.

Last night, I dreamed that I was in jr. high again (weird, I know!).  I was telling one of my friends, “I give up.  My life is over.”  And she reminded me (in my dream) that “this is just jr. high!  You have your whole life ahead of you!”  And then I woke up…and thought–no, I don’t.  It’s too late.

But you know what?  That’s a  BIG FAT LIE!  It’s never too late to move forward, to be better, to live your dreams.  As long as you’re breathing, you have time to make a difference.  So, this year, in order to help me balance out all the facets of my life, I’m going to simplify and be more intentional about everything I do, whether it’s eating right or building my business or being there for my kids or living out my faith.

We can do this, Mommas!  Let’s make 2014 the best year yet!

Karen

PS  What are some ways that you can simplify and/or be more intentional in your life?  Please share your ideas!

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