Welcome Autumn! It’s time for a 30-Days of Intentional LivingChallenge! If you’re like me, you’re ready to transition into the coziness of fall and the reflection and reverence of the fall season. In addition to admiring the color-changing of the leaves, the rhythms of our lives, especially if you’re a parent, shift too- with back to school, daylight hours growing shorter, and the impending approach of the holidays, there’s a lot to take in this time of year.
Although I enjoy following the 30-Day Intentional Living Calender in the autumn, you can use this challenge any time during the year.
Why Intentional Slow Living?
“The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections–with people, with culture, with work, with nature, with our own bodies and minds”Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed
My Intentional Living Journey
My journey with intentional living became necessary and took on a role outside of my personal life back in 2015. In 2014 I started teaching art classes to young children and their caregivers to provide them with weekly opportunities to connect and intentionally make lasting memories. In 2017 I co-founded the subscription box company, KidArtLit to provide families worldwide with a more creative and meaningful way to connect with their children through books and art. Creating ways for families to meaningfully and deeply connect has always been an important aspect of my career, and it continues today in a broader approach with this website and writings. Connection to self, home, community, and family are all important ways to find contentment and meaning in our daily lives.
Over time, I realized that living intentionally doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. It can be done whether you are working full time or retired. The best part is that you can start any time, and when you do, you will notice your happiness increase and your joy for living blossom.
I like to root my process in the seasons. I find the cyclical nature and the rhythm of the seasons to provide a sturdy structure that makes a living more purposeful and fun.
30-Days Intentional Living Challenge
Today, I am sharing one of my Intentional Living Calendars with you. This calendar is designed to add a touch of intention to your every day. You’re invited o join me for 30-days of intentional living, 100% free. You can start the calendar at any point in the season, and the challenge is completely self-paced.
Why Start Intentional Living Challenge in the Fall?
Autumn always feels like a fresh start. It holds the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah and the Day of Atonement of Yom Kippur. The celebration of Michaelmas and the Pagan sabbat of Mabon happens this time of year. There are many things that vie for our attention in fall and into the coming season. It is possible to live intentionally and slowly, even in a busy season!
How the Challenge Works
Every day you will do conscious, intentional living action on purpose. I hope that through the process, you will be aware of other opportunities to slow down and focus on what is most important for you. Approach this challenge (I don’t even like the word challenge, think of it more like an invitation) gently and with kindness towards yourself. Take baby steps and enjoy the planned intentions for each day.
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Benefits of Intentional Living
Focus on the important things. We live in a world that is constantly vying for our attention. It wants to eradicate our boredom and keep us scrolling. Taking the time to identify your personal values and what matters most to you makes it easier to focus your time on relationships, projects, and interests that ultimately bring you more contentment so you can live a joy-filled life.
Think more creatively. Your mind isn’t overloaded with all the things at the moment. It can focus on what is happening at the present moment, freeing you from worry and allowing your mind to relax. A relaxed mind can be more creative and solve problems with more ease.
Make choices more easily. When you know what to focus on and are more aligned with your goals, making choices and decisions becomes easier.
Feel more present. Intentional Living helps you focus on what is most meaningful when it is happening. So many of us grieve that time goes too fast or that we feel we are missing out. It can be difficult to focus on what matters in a world that moves fast. Learning to be intentional with your time and awareness brings more happiness and joy to your everyday.
Did you miss a day? Don’t worry! Start where you are and forget about the rest. We are all about slow baby steps to a more calm and intentional life.
More Ways to Add Intention to Your Days
If you enjoy the 30-Days of Intentional Living Challenge, you may also like the Autumn Hygge Challenge.
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