Intentional living and minimalism
Intentional living and minimalism have been trending for a while now.
I'm interested to know how intentional efforts can really change one's life.
I think minimalism will help you to concentrate on the most important things in your life.
For me, intentional living means I need to be more present, mindful and more true to myself in every aspect of my life and business.
Are you already following an intentional life path? Tell me your tips in the comment box!
Holiday season and slowing down
This time of the year - when the old year is ending and the new one is emerging - I always pause a bit and start thinking about improvement. How can I, and my life, be better next year?
Last year I wrote about the slower pace of living which I definitely have tried to follow this year - sometimes with more success and sometimes not so much success.
That’s the beauty of life, I guess. Trying, making errors and trying again.
The upcoming year I’m going to delve into intentional living - I want to go really deep.
I want to make my minutes count. I want to be present and aware of everything that is happening around me more clearly and more intentionally.
Life priorities and how to make them count
My top three priorities in life are my family, my health and that I can create something meaningful.
Those values are also a basis for my intentional living experiment - reasons for my choices in life.
They are answers to my WHY. Why I do certain things, why I say “no” to certain things and why I spend my time like I do.
What are your top 3 priorities in life?
Are you living your life based on those priorities? Do you make your choices based on those principles? Decide what it is for your life that you enjoy the most.
Intentional living helps you to make right decisions that you don’t have to regret later. Start focusing on things that matter the most.
Be more happy, less miserable.
Create intentional living practices and be present
I’ve come up with 5 special ingredients for making intentional living easier to attain:
Open your eyes, I mean, really open them to see the world around you.
Be attentive and see everyday moments that are happening around you. Be conscious of your choices and why you do things like you do.
Start asking questions: Are all your daily tasks necessary? Are they meaningful to you? Do you enjoy doing them? Can you spend your time in other ways?
2. Get lost
Being intentional means also being fully open to new experiences, deeper connections and meaningful moments.
What if you could get lost in a great book or amazing conversation with an old friend (or even a stranger)?
Take more time to go deep and get lost in the beauty of being present. How does it feel? What sounds are you hearing? What smells and tastes? Have you noticed how beautiful things are around you and how many precious details there really are?
I encourage you to allow yourself to take more time to get lost and do what you’d enjoy the most. Give more time to things that have value in your life.
Your (and mine too!) life may be a chaos once in awhile (hopefully not all the time). It helps if you intentionally try to simplify things.
Things are constantly pulling your attention into 100 different directions and it may cause mixed feelings.
The clutter of chaos can be overcome with simplicity.
Start with simple routines.
Create an easy-to-follow morning routine that you try to stick to. It doesn’t matter what that routine includes - just try to keep it simple and easy to follow also in those hectic mornings when kids are screaming and your morning coffee spills to your lap.
My intentional morning starts with a cup (specifically a white ceramic cup handmade by Tuias) of slowly infused tea, 5-10 minutes meditation and checking my daily to-do list before I dig into my workflow.
4. Create everyday luxury
We need some luxury to our everyday lives.
When creating an intentional way of living your luxury may be a bit different than an expensive designer bag or a lavish car to take your kids to school.
Everyday luxury for me is a time to read a book - just by myself. It’s my own time to think about colour palette of a table setting for our next family gathering. It's a new organic tea flavour that I can test out or a local honey with minimalistic package design. Everyday luxury is all around me. I just need to see it and realize it.
Create your way of enjoying luxury everyday moments and try to incorporate them into your daily life. Start with just 10 minutes per day if it feels impossible otherwise.
5. Gratitude practise
There’s a lot of negativity around us every day. Negativity does not lead you to success - not in your personal or business life.
You should try to minimize all negativity. Your attitude will change if you concentrate on things and people that you’re grateful for.
Gratitude journal may be the most common way of doing gratitude practice.
Writing each day things that you’ve been grateful for in that day is a powerful tool for creating happiness in your life. Be really specific when writing your gratitude journal.
I’ve already started to write my gratitude journal just before I go to bed. I’ll write 3 things that I’m grateful for each day. I’ll remember all the great things that happened to me during the day and embrace those.
A great way to practise gratitude is also with writing a thank you notes to people that are special in your life. I love that idea and actually already started to do that, too!
Intentional living quotes
I’m a lover of quotes.
Quotes usually simplify things and thoughts and can help you with your daily affirmations, too.
Here are some of my favourite quotes regarding intentional living. I hope these will encourage you to take action and start living more intentionally!
Most people spend more time planning a one-week vacation than they spend planning their life. – Michael Hyatt
Intentional Living does not have a moral compass. – The Finance Girl
Positive thinking is powerful thinking. If you want happiness, fulfillment, success and inner peace, start thinking you have the power to achieve those things. Focus on the bright side of life and expect positive results. ― Germany Kent
Minimalism is about intentionality, not deprivation. - Unknown
Never surrender your hopes and dreams to the fateful limitations others have placed on their own lives. The vision of your true destiny does not reside within the blinkered outlook of the naysayers and the doom prophets. Judge not by their words, but accept advice based on the evidence of actual results. Do not be surprised should you find a complete absence of anything mystical or miraculous in the manifested reality of those who are so eager to advise you. Friends and family who suffer the lack of abundance, joy, love, fulfilment and prosperity in their own lives really have no business imposing their self-limiting beliefs on your reality experience. ― Anthon St. Maarten
Learn to be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not. ― Henri Frederic Amiel
When I live in the present moment my intent is to be vibrationally aware and united with everything. ― Debbie A. Anderson
When you get right down to it, intentional living is about living your best story. ― John C. Maxwell
Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others' choices make us. ― Richie Norton
If you’re going to grow, you have to be intentional. —Curt Kampmeier
Live your everyday extraordinary! ― Charles F. Glassman
Good habits and intentional daily effort to turn excuses into solutions will help you become the person and entrepreneur that you want to be. ― Farshad Asl
Until we make the unconscious conscious, we will be dictated by it and call it fate. ― Jerry Colonna
You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.
— The Wizard of Oz
The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. — Abraham Maslow
It is only those that live intentionally that can accomplish and come to the significance meant for them. ― Sunday Adelaja
When you intentionally use your everyday life to bring about positive change in the lives of others, you begin to live a life that matters. ― John C. Maxwell
Own less stuff. Enjoy more freedom. It really is that simple. ― Joshua Becker
Simplicity is complex. It’s never simple to keep things simple. Simple solutions require the most advanced thinking. ― Richie Norton
The quality of your commitments will determine the course of your life. ―Ralph Marston
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all, become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. —Roald Dahl
The slower the living, the greater the sense of fullness and satisfaction. ― Ann Voskamp
An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance. ― John C Maxwell
Wherever you are, be all there. ― Jim Elliot
Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. — Author Unknown
And suddenly you just know… it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings. —Meister Eckhart
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. — Oprah Winfrey
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches. ― Napoleon Hill
The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present. ― Eckhart Tolle
The best gift we can have is living in the present moment and really enjoying it for what it is; and, not being in our heads and getting sidetracked. ― Amy Smart