Intentional Living is living life based on YOUR North Star.
Have you heard the term Intentional Living before, but do not know what it really means to live intentionally? Is intentional living a lifestyle? How do you live more intentionally? What the heck does intentional living even mean?
Over the past few years, Intentional living has definitely been showing up more and more as people begin to focus on their overall emotional wellness and focusing on what really matters in their personal lives.
Can you relate?
I know I can. Before I began living with more intention I was living… but kind of floundering…
not making progress towards my goals, heck not even making goals, getting caught up in my head and having a hard time making decisions.
Until I finally asked myself:
- What would life look like if I were able to clear the mental clutter?
- To organize priorities in my life? and,
- To be able to make decisions with confidence?
What would life look like?
The thing is, over the years we have been so conditioned to the ‘hustle' lifestyle that we literally have to re-teach ourselves to slow down and ask ourselves what our priorities REALLY are, and how we want to be living life right now.
So let me ask you.... What would your Life look like if you started living in alignment with what really matters in life?
If you can relate, then my friend, you are in the right place
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What is Intentional Living?
↠ Intentional Living is living life based on YOUR North Star.
↠ Living a life of intention means that you are bringing awareness to your ‘why’s’
and making the daily decision to make appropriate course corrections or pivots to align with where you want your life to go.
↠ Intentional living means making conscious choices
and taking aligned action that help you to get closer to where you want to be in life and how you want to show up each day.
Okay, fair enough, but I why should I start living with intention?
1. You are more present
Embracing an intentional way of living naturally means you become more present. Living a life with intention is living with awareness of what brings you joy, what lights you up and what fuels your fire. In doing this you naturally become more present to everyday moments as you are hyper aware of what is bringing you joy in the now.
2. You have happier and healthier relationships
After I started living intentionally ALL of my relationships improved. So often we are quick to blame other people, to react in defensiveness and to create more drama in our relationships that we may not be aware of. When you start living intentionally, when you start taking responsibility for the things you can control and letting go of the stuff you cannot - your relationships will improve.
3. You are aligned with your values
Getting aligned with your personal core values is one of the foundations of living intentionally. When you know your North Star, when you know what is important to you in life, you naturally become more aligned, happier and joyful in your life. You find peace because you make decisions that are in total alignment with who you are at your core. It is amazing how many people do not know their life values… if this is you do not feel bad, as it is not something we were taught; it is however something easily learned and essential to living an intentional life.
4. You create healthy boundaries
When you are living an intentional life from your values, it is much easier to feel confident in creating healthy boundaries. You learn to let say no to things that no longer serve you and say yes to things that light you up. You begin to recognize relationships that drain you energy and are causing drama and toxicity in your life and you become more confident in setting boundaries that work for you.
5. You communicate more confidently
As you hone your skill of living with intention and you begin to take responsibility for your responses and reactions, you will find yourself being more aware of how you speak to others, how you communicate your needs which in turn leads to better communication with the ones we love.
6. You create better emotional and mental health
Living intentionally shines the spotlight on your mental and emotional health. You begin to recognize the importance, the need, the NECESSITY, of caring for your emotional and mental wellness which trickles into every aspect of your life. You learn how to stop the band-aid self care solutions and create the lasting emotional balance you are seeking.
7. You have better physical health
It has been proven time and time again that up to 70% of all physical health issues are directly correlated to stress. When you live more intentionally you are decreasing your stress, getting out of states of fear and worry and into the present moment. As you balance your mental and emotional health, your physical health also begins to balance (and guess what, there is no strict diet required)!
But Lora, where do I start?
STEP 1: Keep Learning about Intentional Living.
Below I have currated my top posts to help you learn how to live more intentionally.
STEP 2: Define your Core Values.
I know many people think they know their core values.... but can you name your top 3-4 values off the top of your heard? If you can't then Grab my FREE Core Values Worksheet (with a list of core values) to get Started HERE.
STEP 3: Create Your Life Vision.
Without a direction to go in life, it is like getting into your car and telling Google maps where to take you without putting the end destination in. You need to create a destination to strive towards. Not sure how? Check out my Pinterest Live series HERE to get started.... and bookmark this page as I continue to add blog posts to this guide!