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Hello, and happy 2011! I can’t tell you how many posts I’ve written in my head over the past couple of weeks, but somehow, sitting down to actually type them just wasn’t in the cards. So here it is, a brand new year! Dave and I finally took some down-time yesterday to think about the past year, and talk about our hopes for this new one. I can’t say we made any resolutions (such a serious word!), but we did come up with a lot of ideas for little changes and transformations that we’re excited about trying this year.

One word kept coming up for me again and again: intentional. I feel like the past year I’ve spent a lot of time running around like that headless chicken, trying to keep up with life. I suppose that having a (nearly) new house, a new business and a new baby all in one year can do that to a person. So this year I’m really hoping to be a bit more directed, organized and intentional with my time and my life. A big goal! For me, that means knowing when to structure my time, and when to allow myself a little unstructured, creative time to keep myself dreaming and gliding. I always think of the swimming coach in elementary school who was trying to improve my breast-stroke. He told me that you have to pull hard and kick hard, but then you must allow for the glide to maximize your forward motion. Otherwise, you just end up thrashing. Kind of a good analogy for life, I think.




  • Ester Jean

    That really is a good analogy! Thanks for sharing! I also love the use of “intentional” instead of just me sittin round in my jammies on the computer, not working 🙁

  • Dear Jennifer! Wish you and your family a happy neu year! Good plans. Good thoughts. I feel so too. Intentional is really a big goal, I think very important, to be not a crazy running something, I think our power is very splitted than and that makes us quickly tired and stressed. It could be easier and clearer to manage our time intentional,(this word, in german “bewußt/absichtlich” has to write on the pinbord or so:) ! A red line through this year. I would like to know if we can learn this sometimes…. Some people I know are the opposite, they plan and plan and control and seem to be perfect mummies/housewifes/ businesswomen.? I think this is not the meaning of “intentional” … I think in the middle, that would be good. 🙂
    Lovely greetings from the east of germany from Uta!

  • monaluna

    Ester Jean – I think you can still be “intentional” in your jammies! At least I hope so…

    And Uta, happy new year to you! I'm going to need to find someone who speaks German and get them to pronounce those words for me. 🙂 I do hope I can learn it, but I've already had some pitfalls in the first 5 days of the year. Like those lost hours spent web-surfing when I meant to be designing. Sheesh! Practice makes perfect though, right? Good wishes to you!

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