December Goals

Wow, November went by fast! It was such a busy month for us with Kate's birthday, my sister-in-law's wedding, the unexpected stomach bug, and Thanksgiving. I am glad that this week is a semi-normal week for us with a little bit of margin because next week is a doozy. In balancing homeschooling and ministry and family life and personal goals and creative projects, it helps me to keep a simple list of intentions and goals for the upcoming month so that I can prioritize, use my time wisely, and … [Read more...]

November Goals

I can't believe that November is here already. This is an exciting month for the Medlin family! Kate's first birthday is on the 15th and my sister-in-law is getting married on the 22nd. And then there is Thanksgiving and decorating for Christmas. With so much going on, I jotted down a few goals and intentions for the month to help me stay focused and not get too overwhelmed. Weeks 1 & 2: Prepare for Kate's birthday party Paint kitchen island (a DIY that I promise to blog … [Read more...]

5 Things I Am Doing to Bounce Back

Yesterday I shared with you that my life has felt a bit chaotic lately and that I have been struggling as a result. But, I am ready to get my life back in order, so here are five things I am doing to bounce back. I threw out my 2012 planner and bought a pretty new one because it's the little things that make the mundane more fun. With my new planner, I will get back to planning our meals, my daily time with the boys, my blog posts, and all of the other things I want to be intentional about … [Read more...]

My Practices of Intention {A Manifesto}

Well, I am happy to say that I finished my 31 days series before the calendar rolled over to 2013. So what if it took me three months. (sigh) I am glad that I finished what I started. Really, it was more to me than following through on something I set out to do. Writing the series really helped me define the areas of my life that I want to live with intention as well as opened my eyes to how much I really need to walk in His grace. So as a little tribute 2012, I thought I'd write a … [Read more...]

When You Grow Weary Of Intention

I’ll have to be honest with you…sometimes I just want to throw intention out the window. Sometimes I get tired of goals and to-do lists. I get tired of thinking and planning. Sometimes I wish for a care-free life where everything just falls into place without me making any effort. You know that feeling you get when you are on vacation. You stay up late, sleep in, eat too much, spend money. You wish it could go on forever. But it can’t. Life awaits. Laundry. Grocery Shopping. … [Read more...]

Go For It

Bucket lists, resolutions, life goals, hopes and dreams – whatever you want to call them, we all have things that we would like to accomplish one day. You may have a specific list written down in a journal somewhere, or you may just have some dreams tucked away in your heart and like an old box of photographs, you occasionally pull them off the back shelf, blow the dust from the lid, and smile tenderly as you look at them one by one. Snapshots of a future you hope to have. Is it just me, or … [Read more...]

Quieting the Noise

To really begin this journey of cultivating a life of intention and grace, we must first quiet the noise in our lives in order to lessen the distractions. I’m not talking about locking all of the kids in the playroom for a few hours so that you can just simply put a thought together, although that has crossed my mind a time or two. I’m talking about those things we turn to when we don’t want to think or do. We all have things we turn to when we want to tune out. Books, television, music, … [Read more...]

Defining Intention

Before we had the boys, Phillip and I went on a small trip every year to celebrate our wedding anniversary. My favorite trip by far, was our little weekend getaway to Tybee Island off the coast of Savannah, GA. I was working in office administration at the time, and probably used a little too much of the company’s time on the internet planning out our weekend to the smallest detail. I knew we were only going to be there for a short time, and I didn’t want to leave anything out. I found a darling … [Read more...]

Be Intentional

The big picture of your life and who you are is made up of millions of tiny snapshots of moments and decisions. If you do not like the picture you currently see, you have to start changing the types of snapshots you are adding each day, and slowly the bigger picture will begin to shift and change, taking on a new look and feel. For the next 31 days, I will be writing about cultivating a life of intention and grace. To form better habits and see real change and transformation in your life, you … [Read more...]

Intention, Meet Grace

Grace, allow me to introduce you to my good friend, Intention. I think you two will really hit it off. In fact, Intention is desperately in need of a friend like you. You see, Intention is a good girl but she tends to hang out with the wrong crowd. When Perfection and Over-Achiever saunter her way, she is enticed by the way they flaunt their accessories. But they are not good influences on her. Like I said, Intention is a good girl, but she goes a little overboard when she hangs out with those … [Read more...]

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