Thursday, January 9, 2014

One Word

As evidence by my lack of material the last month or so, I have taken an unplanned hiatus from my blog. On more than one occasion I have started a post, only to be sidetracked and unable to finish it until too much time has passed and the material is no longer relevant.  

This blog, at one time, was the only thing (besides Luis) I had to pour my energies into. Lonely, in a new city, in a foreign country, I felt a lack of purpose. Upon discovering the world of cooking blogs (due to the abundance of time on my hands of course), I got inspired and started my own. 

Not a cooking blog per say, but rather a compilation of stories of our life in Germany. It became an outlet for me, and a place where I could express my thoughts and creativity. I didn't have any intentions behind it other than to share our experiences in a foreign country with friends and family back home. Over the last 3 years, however, it has evolved with me through adventures, trials, moves and motherhood and now I'm in a sort of "search mode" of what the focus of it all should be.

The last few months I have become aware of how much I let myself get lost in the midst of parenting. It's easy to do as it's constant and busy and fast paced and by the end of the day you're so exhausted all you want to do is just sit on the couch with a glass of wine and relax. 

Lately however, Proverbs 31 has been popping up, convicting me that, somewhere in the chaos of runny noses, trips to the playground and repeatedly saying "Don't Touch" I need to be more intentional of how I spend my time. 

More intentional in how I spend my time with the Lord, with my husband, with my son, with others, more intentional with this blog and more intentional in how I spend my downtime. 

So that is my word for 2014: Intention. I want to make the most of my time this year and not allow anything to rob me of opportunities where God wants to use and grow me.

If you haven't seen the "My One Word" floating around the internet, I encourage you to check it out and think about a word that might be pressing on you to focus on throughout this year. 

And hopefully, by me stating my plans to be more intentional on here, I can be more accountable to resume regular posting. Here's to intentionality in the new year! 


Linda said... Best Blogger Tips

Living life with "intent" as opposed to living life according to the obstacles, interruptions, tedium and predictability each day can typically bring, gives us an opportunity to meet each day with a new fervor and attitude of being in control. The challenge is in order to develop a habit of living with "intent" (assuming it is a new way of life for us) is developing the discipline and focus to regularly and consciously strive for it. A good goal Cara and definitely worth striving for. Happy New Year!

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