My One Word 2014: Intentional

I want to be more intentional in how I live these next 365 days.


I want to be more intentional in how I interact with my husband–loving, supporting, and dreaming with him.

I want to be more intentional in how I spend time with my daughter and create memories that I can look back on fondly.

I want to be more intentional in remembering the gospel and boldly share it with others.

I want to be more intentional in caring for this body–the only one I have–through what I eat, how I move, and how I rest.

I want to be more intentional with this blog and move from drafting posts in my head to actually hitting “publish.”

I want to be more intentional in what media I consume and pick that which edifies, challenges, and sparks a conversation.

I want to be more intentional in caring for my home and developing skills that will help me better care for my family.


Another way of saying I want to live on purpose, without regrets. I want to frame positively all those resolutions I made and broke year after year by focusing on just one word.

Before I know it, that beautiful sunrise turns into a midday heat and melts into a quiet sunset. And the days all run together, and I’m left staring at a grey-haired woman in the mirror.

I know picking a word isn’t a unique idea. In fact I’ve heard others call it cheesy, overused, and faddish. But I believe picking just one word for this year will help me lean into the things that matter and confidently walk away from the things that don’t.

The Intentional Life Series

For the next 12 months, I’ll dig into what it looks like to be intentional in all aspects of life, as listed below:

January: Perspective (The Secret to the Intentional Life)
February: Love (So THIS Is Love–And I Still Struggle with It)
March: Life Goals (Part 1: You Were Created for a Purpose and Part 2: How to Live with Purpose Today and for the next 60 Years)
April: Marriage (Intentional Marriage)
May: [Break] June: My Walk with God
July: Motherhood
August: Fitness
September: Work/Homemaking
October: Celebrations
November: Friendships
December: Margin

I would love for you to join me on this adventure of learning to become more intentional with our lives.

Your Turn

Did you make New Year resolutions? If you would pick one word for 2014, what would it be?