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Life is often messy, busy and unpredictable. Creating an intentional home will help us make the most of these less than perfect seasons. Have you ever been frazzled or overwhelmed thinking about all the things you have to do? Maybe the house is a mess, or every day seems chaotic and you just can’t get through it. Maybe you are in a season where you are raising babies (or teenagers!). There are times when it’s really hard to meet all the needs (or your own expectations).
How is it even possible to be intentional in creating at home during a crazy season of life?
Do you have memories you want to create or things you want to do that you never do? Do you expect life to slow down a bit so you can finally enjoy your home?
You are certainly not alone. Setting my intentions for every season helps slow life down to a manageable and more rewarding pace. Life always seems busy and stressful at times, but I feel more at peace when I’m realistic about my expectations.
Being intentional in what we do makes taking care of our home and family a much more rewarding experience on a personal level.
An intentional home is all about discerning what matters more to you so you can let go of what’s wrong.
We can do a lot, but not all at the same time.
There really is a season for everything.
My secret to being intentional is to kiss a seasonal rhythm for the care and maintenance of our home and the family.
By being intentional, we are able to make the most of every season.
Does creating an intentional home sound feasible, hopeful, or even impossible?
An intentional home is not about mastering the art of a perfectly lived life.
Your home doesn’t have to be perfect to be meaningful to your family.
You don’t have to be a housewife or a parent or a perfect person to be intentional about your home.
Your family doesn’t have to be perfect for you to care for them with intention.
Honestly, LIFE itself doesn’t have to be perfect to be lived more fully and intentionally!
In reality, imperfection This is why we MUST be intentional! There is no point in waiting for “things to slow down” or for us to have the ideal conditions to enjoy our lives. It’s normal for our home (and our life) to be imperfect. In many seasons, life will feel busy, get messy, break down, or something new will require our attention. The children will grow and the needs of our family will be different in the coming seasons than they are now.
So how can we successfully set intentions for our home when life is imperfect, changing, and often unpredictable?
Live the life you want, even when it’s imperfect, busy and unpredictable!
Many people confided in me that they always felt behind or failed. When something “unexpected” happens, their intentions get derailed.
It’s hard to stick to our intentions when they were based on things that weren’t appropriate for this season! Comparison is the thief of joy, what is happening for someone else might not be for us right now. Even if you have figured out life or have your home the way you want, something will change. Believe me, I’ve been around long enough to confirm that change and imperfection are just a part of life.
We must learn to “expect the unexpected”. Flexibility is an advantage of setting up intentions. Intentions help you find a rhythm that allows you to “go with the flow” of your life. A seasonal rhythm can remind you that you’re not behind and help you get back on track!
Learn to define what matters to you right now. Support your own intentions with meaningful and appropriate actions. Intentions are not the same as goals you can fail at if things don’t go your way. Rather, they are values that you can cling to and integrate into various circumstances.
Setting your intentions for each season helps you live the life you really want.
How to create meaningful intentions for your home:
1) Adopt your own seasonal rhythms. Find manageable rhythms in each season for both housework and attentive that support your stated intentions. You can do a lot of things, but it’s important to focus on what makes the most sense to you. Practice the seasonal rhythms with intention in order to begin to feel more balanced and at peace with your choices throughout the year.
2) Learn the art of savoring simple joys. Incorporate as much meaning as you can in what you want to be your most memorable moments. Scents, images, sounds, touch, taste…they improve everyday life at home. They are so simple, but are often overlooked. Learn how to use them to your advantage. The senses really are the secret to staying more present in what matters now while creating more meaningful and lasting memories. Turns out you don’t need to do everything! Simply make the things you choose to do more meaningful. Incorporating more meaning into your daily tasks, activities, and the rhythms of each season will enhance your experiences.
Create a greater sense of well-being and beauty at home with inspiration from my books A Lovely Life and Dwelling.
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