Living Intentionally- Where to Begin

Intentional living to me means “to consciously live our life in a way that drives our dreams and goals.  To consciously make choices for our lives instead of leaving it to chance.  Not allowing the world’s distracts take me away from my dreams and goals.”  I found a great quote from one of my favorite writers out there.  He said, “Don’t just drift through life. Live intentionally and on purpose.”  taken from http://www.becomingminimalist.com.

In the same article as the quote, Joshua Becker stated that living a simple life, you need to be intentional about it, in which you need the proper foundation & steps.  Since I am new to all of this, his steps helped  guide me in the right direction.  The hardest part of my journey was figuring out how to begin.  This is a great place to start.  To read more about each step, please click on the link below that will bring you to his article.


Part 1- First, Lay the Foundation

~Realize that your life is made up of choices

~Evaluate the culture that you’re swimming in

~Examine yourself


Part 2- Second, Add Practical Steps

Decide to live your life

Define a purpose

Set goals

Stay focused

Learn from others

To read his full article, which I promise you is a great read, you can find it here http://www.becomingminimalist.com/the-helpful-guide-to-living-an-intentional-life/  

I strive to live intentional and by doing so I have noticed a few beneficial side effects.  Living with as little distractions as possible, we are also able to save our money, save our time & energy, save our “real” relationships, and save the things that are important to us.  Talk about some great benefits for being intentional, living a simple life.

Where did you begin your journey?  What are some other practical steps you could add to the list above?  What are some other beneficial “side effects” that  you noticed?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Living Intentionally- Where to Begin

  1. Good for you. How long have you been focusing on intentional living? Yes, I too forget about being intentional with my decisions, which is harder than one might think in our busy world. But I am working on it. I’m a work in progress 🙂

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  2. When you are active and aware of your life’s direction, only good things will come. People seem to have lost a step in how important quality of life is. I’ve always had little so I’ve always had that appreciation for the “real” things in life. Over the years that need to live and help others understand what living actually is has only strengthened. I just can’t watch us go about our day half asleep anymore.. Nice post!

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    • Thank you 🙂
      Our quality of life is something that people have seemed to forgotten about. Or replaced it with the importance of possessions. I know before I had my “aha” moment, I was more concerned with getting the next best thing, I would have missed my whole life with my family. Growing up I had little and was just like you, grateful for what I did have. But once i had kids, I swore that their lives would be different than mine. And somewhere along the way, I got off track. Now, I can gladly say, my life is in the direction that I want it to be in. For us experiences and being together mean more than anything we could ever buy. We appreciate the “real” things in life.
      Good for you wanting to help others. I hope I am able to help or guide someone somewhere to what is really important so they don’t live their entire life, half asleep.
      Thanks for stopping by and chatting with me 🙂

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  3. Pingback: Why I Began My Journey | Living Intentionally Simple

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