An Intentional and Inspired New Year!

December 31st, 2013 | Posted by Spice Grove Designs in Inspiration from others | Spice Grove Designs

Happy New Year Friends!

As we enter into the season of ‘New Year’s Resolutions,’ I did some soul searching about making goals. I’ve never been one to make resolutions as I’ve never been able to keep ones that I did make! So I wondered what if I just found a simple way to live better and more fully……Hence the title and focus on being intentional and inspired! I suspect that this could have a profound impact on life personally, relationally, spiritually, and business-wise!!

Little Hands

Little Hands

I think living more intentionally for me means putting more thought into what, when and how I do something rather than just going through the motions. It means if I set aside time to play with my kids than that is ALL that I do – not 10 other things at the same time. It means making a schedule for the business that I can stick to. It means only checking my email 2 times a day. It means being okay with NOT multi-tasking. The list goes on and on. Now obviously life gets crazy and I sure don’t expect to do this perfectly, but I would love to climb into bed at night knowing that I did my best to make each moment count. That my kids know that they had captured my heart while we were playing. That my Husband knew he had my full attention when he came home from work. That I started each day in prayer, talking to the Lord. That my customers knew they could count on exceptional service and quality with every interaction.

What a BLESSING this would all be!

And just think – if we could live more intentionally, wouldn’t that free up our hearts and minds to be inspired by little moments? I want to be inspired as I open my jar of star anise, wondering at each perfect shape, so individual and unique. I want to wonder at the little eyes that ask to be read a book for the 100th time, trusting that I will say ‘Yes!’ I want to marvel at the amazing world around me that God has created from the smallest flower to the mountains behind our house! I want to set big, brave goals for Spice Grove Designs and make plans to see them happen. I want to remember to be grateful for each day I have with family and friends knowing that tomorrow is never promised. I want to give more back than I get. I want to ‘choose’ joy daily since it is a choice not a given!

Choose JOY this year!

Choose JOY this year!

So even though I may not have a list of resolutions, I pray that this new way of thinking about each moment I live may have life changing effects! I hope that whether you set goals, resolutions or make changes you know I will be here to encourage you and wish you JOY and PEACE and INSPIRATION this year!!

Blessings to you friends,
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  • spicegrovedesigns says:

    Thanks so much Brenda! The top one is from Loops and Threads called Country Loom and is Acrylic. The bottom is a double knit from Handspun by Lion Brand (blue) and is a poly/acrylic blend. (This is my favorite to work with so far.) I forget what the other brown mixed with it is….I’ll have to find it and let you know! :)

    • Thank you Charlotte! I just picked-up a little crochet hook and made a doll scarf from cotton yarn. I have some wool (imagine that!) that I had stored up from using on my upcycled wool items. Maybe I’ll really learn a new craft (in my spare time)…

  • Lauren Groenewald says:

    Hi Charlotte, I’m Lauren from your SITS tribe – I absolutely adore your blog and you have definitely gained a new follower. I love your positivity and this post is so well written and worded. Chat soon,L

  • Mistie says:

    I enjoyed reading your post! May your life be blessed!

  • Lisa Mallis says:

    Great post! I love that you have decided to live a life filled with mindfulness! It is the “little moments” that make up a life!

  • Margaret Heisworkingitout Reed says:

    Just reading this post is a blessing! These intentions are ingredients for a fulfilled life! Be blessed as you share and bless others!

  • Rakhee Krishna says:

    What a wonderful blog, so well written! How come I dint see it for this long? Yes yes the little things in our everyday life has the most magic in them! I am also trying to live ” Intentionally” since the last few years, some days I forget it all together but some other days I love the fact that I am giving my attention to just one thing at a time only! <3

    • spicegrovedesigns says:

      Thank you so much sweet Rakhee!! You are so kind! I agree – it’s so freeing to just do one thing at a time! Although with little ones it gets a bit tricky sometimes!! <3 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Love the way you are mentioning all the things we think of as the little things but those can really be part of our biggest blessings.

  • Elizabeth Trull says:

    This is such a great post! My focus word for the year is “intentional” so I loved reading your thoughts on what living intentionally means. I definitely need to be better about not multi-tasking, I spend so much extra time doing things when I’m doing several things at once.

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    • spicegrovedesigns says:

      Oh I’m so glad I’m not the only one tackling this Elizabeth!! I’ve saved so much time this week by just doing one thing at a time. And I feel so much less stressed! Thank you so much for coming by!! All the best of luck with being intentional! :)

  • Tara says:

    Sounds like a wonder-filled plan Charlotte!



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