Word of the Year:: Intention

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions.  It may sound pessimistic, but I kind of feel like New Year’s resolutions are just setting yourself up for failure. A few months later you’ve reverted back to your usual ways and your New Year’s resolutions have long been forgotten.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them at all. For some, working towards small, or big, specific goals is helpful.

This year though I want to work towards something. Maybe not specific New Year’s resolutions but focusing my heart and mind on an overarching idea or lifestyle for 2015.

I’ve seen people come up with a ‘word of the year’ the last several years and always liked the idea, but never got around to figuring out what I wanted my word to be and why.

But this year it felt right.

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My word for 2015 is Intention.

Ever since we got back from Africa, there’s been a stirring in my heart. A stirring for change, new perspectives and wanting to live with more intention in all areas of my life.

I want to be more intentional with how I spend my time and what I do on a daily basis. I want the things I do to further the kingdom, inspire and shape lives. Because of this I recently left my current job and accepted a job at our church. My first day is Monday and I can’t wait to see what this next job season holds.

I want to be intentional about forming relationships within the community and forming friendships. I want to invest more in the relationships I’ve formed through church or with the people I’ve met in the community and turn acquaintances into friends. Since moving to Greenville I haven’t formed a ton of friendships, and part of that is because I haven’t put myself out there. So in 2015 I want to intentionally put myself out there more and not be afraid of rejection.

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I want to be more intentional with my current relationships. More intentional about serving and showing love to my husband on a daily basis. Nurturing existing friendships that span several states and different time zones. And doing better about calling and visiting family.

I want to be more intentional with the things I buy and the things I hold onto. Going to a third world country will totally rock your world when it comes to material possessions. I have a tendency to hold onto things, but in 2015 I want to give away things I no longer need and only keep things that are really special or that could be useful in our home. I don’t want to buy things just to buy them and want to be good stewards of our finances.

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And lastly, I want to be more intentional about this blog. It’s something I plan to blog more about in the future, partly because I’m not exactly sure how to put it all into words. But, you’ve probably noticed this blog being a little more quiet the last few months. It’s because the things I was working towards like more subscribers, magazine-worthy photos, and ad revenue just don’t seem to matter as much anymore.

I’ve always wanted this space to inspire and I still plan to blog about pretty home decor things, but I don’t ever want the things I blog about to make people feel bad about what they have or don’t have. I don’t want to always show the ‘perfect’ with perfectly styled spaces and perfectly clean rooms. I want to share the ‘real’ with you guys.


There’s always been this pressure to consistently churn out pinterest-worthy projects but that’s not what I want this little slice of the internet to always be about. I don’t want to put up a post just to put up a post, but instead want to be more intentional with what I share and write about with the goal to inspire.

2015 is already shaping up to be a year of changes, with a new job and moving into a new house, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store.

I wish each of you the happiest of new year’s and hope your 2015 is full of laughter, joy and happiness.

Do you have a word of the year? If so, share with us in the comments!

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  1. says

    Love that word and it is so powerful and so important. I forgot about that word, but I apply it in my life, but not enough….and I “intend” to be more aware of that ! Sounds like you have a wonderful plan for the upcoming year, and your community and family and “new” friends will be all the better for it!!

  2. Cookie Wilson says


    I truly enjoy your blog and this was my favorite. I have lived in Greenville my entire life and enjoy reading your posts about our wonderful town.

    I appreciate that you share your feelings so openly and it makes me feel as if I’m reading a letter from a friend.

    I wish you much happiness in your new marriage, home and job.



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