I am excited to share a new update of our living intentionally. A while back i wrote about how we are changing our lives by living intentionally.
Well, we needed a change asap, we felt we weren’t truly living. We needed to revamp our lives, take control, use our time wisely, make great choices, live our dreams.
Our inspiration is our kids, we wanted to set right healthy example for our children, but also we wanted to live our dreams, do more what we love and feel good about it! And we love the fact, that most of you shared this with others and I am pretty aware some people may be eyeball me. I totally get it, I am pretty sure I will get to that point too, ha!
But for those who are serious and ready changing their lives, take control and time. I am so glad we can do this together! most of us who are serious about taking control of their life and time. There is nothing better than sharing with one and other and encouraging to do better, and become a better person/ mother / wife / daughter / human being.
Disclosure: After wasting full year of 2014, I made many mistakes and made many regrets rhat filled the glass full. I came to realization that I have done nothing and I mean literally nothing with my life and haven’t achieved anything that I could look back and be proud of. At the beginning of the new year I was determined to make this year a productive and memories to look back on. This post is to share with you and hopefully I am not the only one who is ready to change their life around.
In our previous post of How to live Intentionally and live the life you actually love, I talked about these 5 topics that were part of living intentionally:
- Family Quality time
- Giving up / letting go
If you haven’t had the chance to read the post, I so encourage you to read.
Today I want to share these topics with you as they are part of our goals.
Now you know me, I like to question myself quite a lot. Sometimes it take a while for me to get to the point where I need to be real with myself, but what matters most is that I get there!;) A few months before the new year, I knew in my heart where I needed to put my focus+heart in it and get my priority’s together. I started off so well, but slowly I bounced back to my old bad habits. I am so grateful my husband catched me and reminded me several times to get my priority straight and re evaluate myself again. Thanks hubs!
I am quite tough on myself, but I can be such a softie too! Whenever bad things happens – or something hasn’t gone quite the way I like to be – I easily crawl back to my old habits and the old me likes to give up A LOT. Now if giving up part is so easy, it would’ve been AWESOME with staying strong and consistent too!
Scheduling wasn’t even part of our normal thing in our household before. I upped my game when it came to scheduling and it’s been such a relief feeling. On this post I talk about why you need a Dry erase Calendar and then I showed how we Use Our Calendar and how you can do it too!. It feels good to be this organized and not miss anything out in our chaotic life.
I also shared with you, that we took strong measurement with the use of technology and internet use in our household. Like almost any household, it honestly took over everything and that was something I promised wouldn’t happen. But it happened and I became aware.
My husband and I talked and watched how our 5-year-old started getting tantrum and always asked for the ipad as soon as he woke up (how crazy is that?). On top of that, our youngest who is 2 knew his way to watch his favorite movies/episode on Netflix!. Ehh, hello??
We hid our one and only iPad and completely shut that off. I am thankful to say we haven’t used the iPad for a very long long looong time!! To be precise 4 months!!
The second step we also did was as parents, we needed to be tough and be an example to not only to our children but also to our self and minimize the use we use with technology and internet around our children.
- No phones
- No Blogging
- No Ipad
- No social media
Just nothing, nada, zero , walou (arabic).. just plain no phones, ipad, laptops NOTHING.
We spend our time talking to one and other and get to know our self better. But don’t get me wrong we did use our internet, just only on times that we felt needed or whenever the kids were in bed!
I am a traditional girl and you know what? I loved the way the ‘’back in the days’’ spend their time. Choosing our lifestyle this way made me realize how normal became abnormal and weird. which of course isn’t.
We just recently started to use our ipad for 1 week now and it’s been great! However we keep continue using our strong measurement.
Quality time :
I admitted that I didn’t felt I was doing more than I actually could do in terms of spending time with our children. I am hands-on mum, but I learned I could do more with activity side. The kids love playing cars all day, but they also started getting bored and wanted to do other things. I shared in another post of how to keep the kids stay entertained and it was successful. We use our basket a lot and it gets filled with full activity goodies that we do a lot and enjoy. We take them to indoors playground almost ever Saturday and have a family out and about. We still play hide and seek almost every night and boy do they get us tired!
Learning to give things up + letting go
You know, when changing something you also need to give up on something. That to us was our bad bad bad stinky habits! I have my bad habits and I will spare you the details. But letting go of your habits you are so used to is so damn hard, now don’t get me wrong most of them I am more than happy to let go! It’s just a work in progress and bite your tongue, squeeze your eyes and taim your attitude. We have ditched our bad habits of eating out and other things that actually gained us and rewarded us with so many great things. Both financially, physically and mentally + health.
If you got to the end to our Living Intentionally Update, you are such an awesome human being! I Would love to hear from you, what are some of the things you need to change and what are your plans and/or goals?
If you have been going in this living intentionally mode already, we would love to hear your process!! What’s been tough and what has been a such an easy process!? Do you have any tips and advice, that has helped your family? We would love to know more about it!
Thank you my friends, for taking time reading our update.