intentionality

something i've been thinking about the past couple of weeks is living with intentionality. i want to use the time i've been given responsibly. i want to make the most of it. it doesn't mean that i have to end world hunger or save every homeless cat (although, i'd really love to be able to do that. well, both of those things.) it just means that i don't want to look back on my last summer as a semi-student/semi-adult and feel like i wasted all that precious time i was given. know what i mean?

it's definitely easy for me to find things to fill my time with, i just want to make sure that those things are meaningful. not that watching 8 seasons of one tree hill isn't meaningful... 

i'm still trying to figure out what those things are, but i've got some time left.

what about you?

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  1. Hey Lauren! Great to "meet" you! I totally hear ya on making the most of time, especially as you're on the cusp of a big life transition. Curling up with a book and taking time for yourself isn't wasted however. A little time to recharge is so worth it! Love your posts...keep it up!

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    1. Maybe you can volunteer at a summer camp this summer & pour your talents into the lives of kids :) My summer project is helping my sister and sister in law prepare for their weddings while I prepare for mine too :) I have noticed that helping them actually takes stress away from planning my own. Have a sweet day! Your blog is very inspiring!!

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  2. I completely agree! If there's one thing I've taken away from this whole blogging thing, it's be intentional with your life, the little moments, taking time for you so you can be a better person to those around you but also taking time out of normal routines to do something nice for someone or something you really enjoy that you don't normally do! LOVE your blog :)

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  4. Definitely! After I graduated college it was tough to find a job, so I started helping out at a law office. It has been two years and I have been obsessing over the fact that I'm 24 and doing something that I don't find fulfilling. I've been trying to find a path that makes me feel like I am accomplishing something, but it really is all about what I do outside of work. I do what makes me happy and I fill my time with productivity and things that inspire me. It makes life good :o)

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  5. Serve others! Can you volunteer somewhere? I really want to join Big Brothers Big Sisters and be buddied up with a kid, I think it would be fun and something I could do long term. Of course, I say this as I'm scanning my DVR for all the very important shows I need to catch up on, thanks for the reminder to actually plan and do this! Plus, then I can plan for relaxing too......there's nothing wrong with that and I won't feel bad about it!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  6. i know exactly what you mean! I'm a Queen Time Waster...I'm working on that...starting with waking up earlier! (and maybe less TV, but I'm not ready to commit to that!)

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  7. I always seem to dive head-first into things. I immerse myself completely. Straight out of college, I signed up for a year of national community service with AmeriCorps... and then signed up for another after that! My time is college with sprinkled with volunteer work, jobs singing and performing, and internships.

    You are right that this time in your life is unlike any other that will come. ENJOY IT! Make it count!

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  8. I think it it always super important to live intentionally.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    Amy
    Takingstepshome.blogspot.com

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  9. This post was great to hear today!
    I feel that we are supposed to live each day with the intent of helping those around us and that even in the smallest things we do we should think of others.
    Thanks for your blog and for helping me to remember that today!!

    Montana
    saramontanasays.blogspot.com

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  10. I am basically posting about the same thing today! I have really been thinking about specifically living to make my life count in the day-to-day. It has always been important to me to live for the big picture, but sometimes I forget that it takes pieces to make a big picture. So, to have a life well soent I must have spent my days well too!


    Let's do it!

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  11. Yes! Especially looking for a job I feel a lot of my time is used wisely. However, I'm hanging in there and reading blogs, writing, and getting into crafts. Thank you for being one of those blogs that keeps me going!

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  12. As one or two people said before me, reading isn't a waste of time! Especially if the books you are reading are profitable. Sure, it's great to read to relax and it's fun to follow a captivating story line (take it from the girl who spent last semester in Children's Lit), but it's even better to read books that you about learn new things, like more about yourself, people in general, God, etc. But this is only my opinion and I know that different things work well for different people.

    Another thing I've learned is never a waste of time is journaling. It's a great way to keep track of what you're learning and thinking about at any given time. It's also really fun to look back on what went on in the past.

    Just a couple simple suggestions. Let us know if you come up with something really cool, or something that uses the involvement of lots of people, because you'll find lots of bloggers willing to help!

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  13. I know what you mean. I graduated in May and am about to start my first job. Part of me feels like I've wasted all this time in between, but I'm also glad I was able to sit around and relax a while. I've been going nonstop for the past few years, and it won't be any less hectic once work starts. So I have been intentionally relaxing and getting myself recharged to start my new job.

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  14. I say all the time that my days just pitter patter on past me. It's not that I'm not busy, it's just that I'm not doing enough of what I love. It's a hard balance but I wish you all the luck in the world!!!

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  15. Wow, this is something that I have been hearing all over the place lately! My church just finished a sermon series on finding our purpose (according to His purpose), and my small group has been doing a study on the Holy Spirit. What has been resonating to me is the idea of intentionally pursuing the Holy Spirit - because then God's divine plans and our spiritual gifts can be revealed - and we can bear fruit! :) Blessings!

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  16. I can definitely relate with this-feeling like you need to use your time wisely in a manner that not only benefits you, but others, as well. On the whole I think that our generation of 20 somethings agrees with this sentiment-we want to do good. I struggled with this a lot when I was unemployed, wondering where my time went and how I was using it to serve. But I'm learning to follow God through the little things-all the down time and questioning leads us to something bigger. I think you're taking a step in the right direction with your journals for quiet time. Just let God lead you, sister! Glad that you're open to sharing on your blog, though. It's refreshing.

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