As I entered my thirties, I noticed a shift in how I viewed my life. Up until then, I was doing my best to juggle being a wife, a new mother, and a good employee. When I became a stay-at-home-mom something changed. I threw myself into my role as a mother and a homemaker, and I loved it! After a while, though, I began to wonder if I was called to more.
I spent my days cooking, cleaning, and caring for others with little time left for myself or my marriage. There is nothing inherently wrong with cooking, cleaning, and caring for others; however, if you allow it to come before your marriage or your own sanity you may have your priorities out of line.
As I began to explore this tug in my heart pulling me toward something more than laundry and dishes, I discovered that I wanted to spend more time enjoying my husband and my kids and less time cleaning up after them. It was around this time that I first heard about the concept of living with intention.
Living intentionally means you live your life on purpose instead of by accident. You say no to things, so you can say yes to even better things. It means you strive to clear space in your heart, your home, and your calendar to make room for the things that matter. You are proactive in how you spend your time and your resources, rather than living day-to-day in survival mode.
I loved this idea of living intentionally as soon as I heard about it, but changing your mindset and shifting your way of doing things is easier said than done. It has taken me many years to adjust my way of living, and I still have a lot of work to do! It is a never-ending process of growth and personal development to live the life you want to live.
It is possible, though, once you decide to take action. It also helps to have inspiration along the way. Below, I am going to share with you some of the women who have inspired me to continue on my journey of intentional living. If you have a desire to live intentionally, here are four women you must follow.
1 // Lara Casey
I have been following Lara Casey for quite some time. She is a huge inspiration in my desire to live intentionally. I began following her on Instagram a few years ago and found her to be incredibly encouraging and uplifting.
Lara is a wife and mom of three who is passionate about getting women unstuck, unrushed, and living on purpose instead of by accident. Why? Because that was her story.
She has also written two books:
My journey with Lara began with reading Make It Happen, which encouraged me to take a leap of faith and start writing again. Remember that tug in my heart I mentioned earlier? This book quite literally helped me to make it happen.
I purchased my first set of Powersheets during the middle of 2017, and they completely changed my goal-setting process. Using Lara’s technique has helped me get closer to reaching my goals than ever before, and I will never go back to my old way of doing things.
2 // Allie Casazza
Allie Casazza is a minimalist wife and mom of four who believes that mothers need minimalism above all else. She helps overwhelmed moms clear the clutter in their homes, calendars, brains, and lives so they can take a deep breath and find joy in the mundane.
Allie has been blogging for six years but has spent the last year or so coaching other mamas to live with purpose and intention in their homes.
By reading her blog and listening to her podcast, The Purpose Show, you will find a sea of motivation, fresh inspiration, and unique tricks to transform your mom life from cluttered to crystal clear and thriving.
Allie will teach you all you need to know about minimalism for moms, intentional living, and life management with a little bit of sarcasm and quick wit.
3 // Kelsey Van Kirk
Kelsey Van Kirk is a writer, thinker, speaker, coach, and creator of Simply, Life on Purpose where she helps women learn to find freedom, joy, and fulfillment by living on purpose and creating space for what matters most.
She also hosts the Simply, Life on Purpose podcast with new episodes twice a week. Kelsey is a master at helping you discover your core values and living true to those values by taking ownership of your ability to choose the kind of life you will lead.
She and her husband spend their days serving God’s kingdom, homeschooling their four little girls, and having endless living room dance parties!
4 // Natalie Bacon
Natalie Bacon is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ by day and a blogger by night. Her blog is dedicated to teaching women about personal development and managing their money well.
If you want to live intentionally, you will need to be intentional with every aspect of your life including your time and your money.
Natalie quit her six-figure job as a lawyer because she hated it, then took a job as a financial planner for 50 percent of her previous income. Meanwhile, she paid off more than $100K dollars in student debt, even though she knew nothing about money when she graduated law school.
Natalie truly believes that you can create a rich, full life, even if you know nothing about money. Her blog, nataliebacon.com, and her YouTube channel are a wealth of knowledge on a variety of topics, such as personal development, goal setting, productivity, and money management.
Who inspires you on your journey to living intentionally? I just love finding new bloggers to follow! Leave their names in the comments below, so I can check them out!
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