Living Intentionally

Can we just acknowledge that this is me posting my little heart out? Good. Moving on! Topic 2: Living Intentionally. 

Each of the topics I'm going to be writing about this week are so important, in my opinion,  however I feel that this might be one of the most important. It wasn't until I was about 20 years old that I started living intentionally. You might be wondering how I define "intentional living," so here goes...

I believe that intentional living is done by identifying the things that you find most important and seeking ways to improve upon them or incorporate them into your daily life. Basically the things you enjoy and the standards by which you live.

For me  those things include: 
  • the health and well-being of my family
  • environmental sustainability
  • eating healthy, sustainable, and often locally raised food
  • spending as much time traveling and outside as possible. 
I believe in adventure, the positive results of daily acts of service towards others, and true friendships. These are the things that I value most in my personal life.

Professionally, my intentions revolve around creating a solid work product, to be interested and challenged in my job, and to be paid a fair and sustainable wage.

All of these things are attainable. How do I go about them? 

I have made a conscious effort to incorporate as many eco-friendly alternatives into my life as possible, In the house, shower heads were replaced with low-flow ones, toilets were replaced that now have a dual flush option depending on how much water is required, dryer sheets were replaced with wool balls, and only reusable bags are used for groceries. We have a filter system for the whole house meaning we can get fresh, clean water from any faucet in the house meaning we don't need Brita filter after Brita filter and absolutely NO plastic water bottles. We have two separate trash cans for trash and recycling and most food waste goes down our mega garbage disposal that we installed when we remodeled the kitchen.

As for my car, I would love to say I drive a Leaf or Prius (which I almost bought) but neither of those vehicles suit our lifestyle. I went for a 2017 Subaru Forester instead. I opted for cloth interior (as I don't eat red meat and don't need huge quantities of leather just to sit on) and the basic features like a wide front window and an extended moon roof. The eco-friendly benefits of owning a Subaru have to do with the fact that they're a zero landfill company and my car has much better gas mileage than most SUVs. 

We try to shop at the farmers market as much as possible or at least buy as local as we can at the grocery store. I read a lot of books and articles related to food studies which I find super interesting and if you're interested-I'd start by reading something by Michael Pollan. If you're curious as to why shopping local and/or organic is important beyond the economic and health benefits, comment below and I'll do a post on that later!

As for the rest? Travel. Read. Love. And do each of those things as much as you can.

I wake up and try to be the best version of myself daily. I want to be the best Frenchie mom, wife, sister, daughter, employee, and friend as I can be without losing what's important to me-REMEMBER, you must always put yourself (or your dog in my case) first. I make time to cook, hike, fish, walk the dog, and try to live am overall pretty simple life. 

Life is too short to worry about all of the things that don't matter-focus on the little things that are the things you remember when you're 80 years old and for now, the things that leave you with a smile on your face when you go to bed at night. 

If you do nothing else take these things from this: You are not t what you do for a living. You are not your dress size. You are not what you own. You ARE the choices you make and the actions you take every day. 

Who are you? How do you live intentionally?

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