Living a Life with Meaning

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Happy New Year!

The past year of my life was pleasant.  I went up in my first hot air balloon in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I explored Detroit, a city filled with hope in the midst of major decline.  I made friendships and I strengthened friendships.  I read a few amazing books- the kind you wish would never come to an end.  I celebrated 2 years with my boyfriend who makes me laugh and feel beautiful.   I spent quality time with my family for holidays and Sunday dinners.  I began a journey of self-discovery and growth.

Yet somehow, as the year came to an end, I couldn’t help but feel uninspired.  I spent too much time on the computer and not enough time enjoying each moment of this life.  Instead of relishing each passing minute, I found myself wishing the days and weeks would go by faster.  That is no way to live.

From now on, I want to try and live my life in a more mindful way.  I understand this will take practice and work, and in order to succeed, I know I need a plan (I am a planner after all!).  Thus, I have come up with 12 intentions, one for each month of the year:

January – A Healthy Me
February – Relationships
March – Culture
April – Organization
May – Knowledge
June – The Great Outdoors
July – Creating
August – Read More
September – Fashion
October – Socialize
November – Giving
December – Letting Go

At the end of each month I will create a list of daily actions for the coming month.  Things like take Mom out to dinner, go get a manicure, lay under the stars, or visit an exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  My hope is that by creating daily experiences, my life will be fuller and more meaningful.  The blog is a way to hold me accountable.

I’m excited to start this journey, and look forward to having some of you with me along the way!

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