What does it mean to live your life with intention?
I saw this video on facebook tonight and it made such an impact on me, I had to write this post right away!
If you haven’t been following our journey, my family and I just returned from a four month long road trip with our two teenagers. We sold our house, bought an airstream trailer and drove around America for four months while the children were road-schooled.
When people ask us what it felt like, living on the road for four months, it’s almost impossible to explain. Sometimes I say it felt like being retired but, that’s not quite right since; I did actually work part-time on the road to cover our expenses.
Sometimes it felt like working from home except; we had a lot more freedom in our day to do whatever we wanted rather than just getting up and setting your hours for work while your kids are at school.
While we were on the road we weren’t completely separated from real life the way vacation separates you. We were required to make decisions every day however they were not the usual decisions like: when do I leave for work, how long am I going to have to work today to get everything done and how am I ever going to be able to pay all my bills?
This life was different!
Living on the road definitely had it’s stresses BUT having so much freedom every day completely shook us out of our routines and made me feel like I was actually in control of my life instead of living every day in a daze.
We decided every day to seek out things that made us happy or would expand our knowledge of the world around us. We purposefully chose foods we could take time to cook and enjoyed trying new recipes. We spent more time with family, more time exercising and more time having fun.
This is what living a life of intention is like!
I’m sure you’re thinking – well this sounds amazing. Where do I sign up? How can I live my life with more intention and less routine?
We chose to sell our house and almost everything we owned to achieve this level of freedom. But there was a cost. We had to live in a tiny trailer. We had to get rid of most of our possessions and pay for storage for the ones we weren’t ready to give up.
It was not easy!
Do you have to go to this much of an extreme to live you life with more intention? Of course not. You can start anywhere. Perhaps you don’t need such an expensive car or house. Maybe you could downsize so that you’re mortgage payment isn’t so big and you can work fewer hours. Perhaps that would allow you to take an art course or learn something new you’ve been wanting to do for years.
It’s incredible easy to get caught up in the routines and lifestyle of our modern world, always working and be stuck in a pattern of always wanting and thinking you need more things and more money, always comparing yourself to people around you and not seeking out the things that really make you happy.
Could you live your life with more intention? Have you already started? What choices are you making that are different than you were doing before?