Friday, April 08, 2011

Intentional (Take #2)

I am not a rigid schedule person, nor am I a huge fly-by-the-seat of my pants.  I rest pretty comfortably in the middle.  Since marriage and motherhood got off to a very early start for me and I went right from high school into my new life, I found myself always busy.  I never set huge goals for myself because I concentrated on figuring what needed to happen next. 

Since moving to NY is a temporary move with a specific amount of time, it caused me to think about this next year.  My life at this point is pretty quiet, and I knew moving here with just one kid in my house, no job and apartment living would free up lots and lots of time. I began to think about what I would do with it all.  So, unlike me, I made some bigger goals.  They are not all huge, but I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what I wanted this next year to look like.  I became intentional about this next year. 

One of my goals has been to get in shape.  I had really let things get out of control in this area of my life and besides the fact that I would like to feel good about the way I look and feel, I have someone counting on me being able to lift him and care for him for a long, long time.  I intentionally decided to make some changes in my life where fitness and eating was concerned.  So, intentionally, I start exercising every weekday as soon as I put Davin on the bus.  It has been six weeks now:-)  Along the way, I have picked up a ruggedly good-looking exercise partner (Alan) and two super cute new workout outfits.  Those were not intentional, but sure have encouraged me to continue on.  I have intentionally changed the way I eat.  You all know I was practically being force-fed wheat rolls and bread at my every turn, so I guess I decided to stop kicking and screaming and just join in:-)  I have intentionally cut my calories way down.  I think about what I am eating and intentionally look at labels and calories. 

I am being intentional about my devotions.  I have a time and a place for them and they almost always happen now.  Why has it taken me so long to get this under control?  I am being intentional about it now and it makes a huge difference!

I also had four scrapbooks to complete this year.  I intentionally completed my first project about a month ago and have three more to go.  I need to pick up the pace with this goal.  I need to intentionally have one day a week where that is my focus because I have the time and the energy to do that at this point.  Life will not always be this slow, but for now, God is giving me a rest and I am thankful.  I do miss the busyness of life, but I am so thankful for the rest knowing that He cares for me.

Oh yeah, there is one more rather big goal.....we have intentionally decided to expand our family.  After many years of feeling God tugging on our hearts to adopt, we feel very called that now is the time!!!  We specifically feel called to adopt a sibling group and are starting the process.  I will share more about this on my other blog Always Room for More, but we are so excited!!  Oh, and we are so scared!!!  I go in between quite frequently, but have such a peace knowing that this is the path we are to walk at this time. 

6 comments:

Darci said...

You are agreat encouragement ... I'm striving to be more healthy and stuff too.... Will be praying for the adoption details and looking forward to updates!

Martha said...

Heather, you're the best!

Bethany said...

Take #2... I had to reread the whole thing and I found the new stuff! Hooray!

Christine said...

Woo-hoo!

joeks said...

"Intentional" sounds like a good focus word. I totally understand the need to be intentional in what we do. Otherwise, the whole day, week, month.....

Praying that all goes well as your family grows through adoption!

Natasha said...

Love it!!! Praying for everything to go well with adoption, and waiting for updates and more info on that! As I'm typing here, I hear Ryan and Oksana playing with Ryan's big DRex, and they're just laughing hysterically, as they make the DRex "answer" their questions. And then I remembered the first time Oksana heard Ryan have a melt down, in Ukraine...I think that scared her. But she got used to having Ryan around pretty fast, and she's pretty darn protective of him...how things change. I think God blessed us in this area, for sure...