I don't really do New Years resolutions. I have read a lot about people have words to follow for the year and that has always rather attracted me. In 4 years of blogging however I have never felt there was one word that summed up my hopes in myself. This year however a word has been going round and round in my head all week.
Now I have been applying this word to a lot of things to do with the way I live and bring up my family.
I am intentionally vegetarian, I don't just do it or bring my children up that way for no reason.
I always attempt to be an intentional shopper, finding fairly traded goods and ethical, organic produce now happens on a daily basis on the majority of my shopping.
I have an intentional relationship with my husband. After 16 and a half years we have discovered that listening is terribly important as is saying what you really mean to say.
It is this last point that has particularly got me thinking. I do this with my husband, but do I do it with all those I am surrounded by all the time? How often do I walk away from conversations thinking that I didn't really get across what I really wanted to say.
Now there are times I think when it may be more prudent to intentionally ignore, rather than labour a point which is never going to be understood. However with those to whom I am closest I do feel I could be doing a little better. Too often I go around the houses or just stay quiet rather than say what I really mean - leaving too many opportunities to be misunderstood.
So they you have it, I am now praying and hope you will join me in trying to put it into practice more and more.