The new year brings new goals. I decided to start the year off by being more intentional about the things that I want to improve: my relationships, my health, my career. I can say I want a healthy body, strong relationships and a successful career; I can even put it on my calendar, but it takes me an extra step of intentionally working towards the goals when I’m doing them. I can write in an hour at the gym on my calendar, pack my gym clothes and go, but when I get there am I checking a box?: “Made it to the gym for 1 hour” or am I thinking I want my heart to be healthy, I want my back and legs to be stronger?
The same for my relationships; when I take my daughter to a fun activity am I thinking “quality time” box checked or am intentionally building a relationship to know her and enjoy her? The same for date night with my husband: box checked. I married my best friend to share a life with him, to share who I am and learn who he is, and a date night just to say it’s done with the Facebook pic to prove it doesn’t actually accomplish anything.