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November 13, 2018

When I think of living intentionally, I can't help but think of the idea of planning.  Although we can live intentionally without planning,  I find that my intention-radar goes up significantly when I plan to be intentional.  Planning allows me to develop my days, weeks and months in an organized manner, therefore allowing me to accomplish the things that I would like in the manner that I set out to.  

A few of the areas that I like to be intentional about include planning our family outings, intentionally choosing organizations to give to and to serve through, creating dates with my husband, planning fun ideas to add to my children's schooling, growth time for myself, etc.  I have found that when I take the time to plan the things that are important to me, I can fit everything in my schedule and reserve the energy I need to accomplish it.

On the flip side, if I don't plan for the things that matter, time goes by and I don't accomplish the things I want to.  If I don'...

November 6, 2018

Studies show that we have more positive experiences everyday than negative.  However, we sometimes remember the negative ones more often or they have a tendency to affect us more.  I have tried to learn how to enhance my positive experiences so that they can have the greater affect on my life.

Positive emotions can be very powerful.  If we focus on trying to cultivate our positive emotions on a regular basis, our brain chemistry can actually change in the long run.  According to Barbara Fredrickson at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, positive emotions include Joy, love, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration and awe.   According to studies by Fredrickson, positive emotions broaden our awareness and actions.  This means that when we are having positive emotions, we are more adept at doing positive things like goal setting, decision-making, problem-solving, etc.  She says that positive emotions are our nutrients as humans much like sun...

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