We all want a better life than the one we have. While you may be content with the majority of your life as it is, there is almost always some aspect of your life that could be changed for the better.
Living intentionally means proactively trying to change your life for the better on a consistent basis. It’s about pursuing the good you want to attract in your life. The best part? It’s totally possible to start changing your life for the better today.
Each “change” below encompasses an array of suggestions that will help you on your journey to a better life. Choose one suggestion per section, or mix and match to craft the life you want to create. You’re the boss.
How often do you find yourself exhausted and unhappy at the end of the day?
How often do you actually take the time to do something that brings you joy?
Self-care is a hot topic these days and is projected to be a fix-all for all of life’s problems. Exhausted? You need more self-care. Unfulfilled? Self-care. Failing at everything? Girl, getcha some self-care.
And while self-care is seriously important, you need to understand why you need more of it in your life.
It all comes down to the fact that no one has the power to make your life better but you.
When you take time to focus on yourself and improve yourself, you’ll soon come to see that other areas of your life begin to shift in positive directions.
Productivity grows, you create more time for the important things in life, and your relationships begin to blossom in a way they haven’t before.
And that’s the point.
Without the ones we love, life is just goo.
But if you’re having trouble seeing past your own insecurities, your relationships will be stunted until you deal with your own stuff.
You just gotta do you first.
Focus on yourself for now. The rest will fall into place.
Spend an evening pampering your nails, skin, and hair
Eat nutritious meals
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Take a walk
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Get some Vitamin D by getting outside for some sunshine and fresh air
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A wonderful way to add value to your life is by caring for those you love most – your family.
Do you still remember how your husband used to give you butterflies each time he touched your hand? Do memories of adventures and excitement still linger even as you both crawl into bed exhausted from a full day of work and babies?
Having kids can do a number on the marital relationship. I mean, things can really get hairy if you and your spouse are unable to communicate and stay on the same page.
It’s vital to purposely work on communication with your spouse.
Spend time with your spouse talking about your communication styles and letting each other know what you both need.
Communicating about how you communicate can vastly improve a relationship.
It’s important to keep your goals for your children in mind, as well.
I’m not talking about goals such as helping them become a professional athlete or the best dancer in the state.
I’m talking about goals such as teaching them how to be good, kind, independent people.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of motherhood and forget the real work we’re trying to do.
It’s not all laundry, toys, snacks, and diapers.
When you shift your perspective to focus on instilling values instead of just surviving another day, you’re able to handle situations differently and more efficiently.
Cultivate the family culture you want.
It starts with you and with how you approach the members of your household.
Cultivate an attitude of service, gratitude, thoughtfulness, consideration, patience, kindness, and love.
As you live these values, hopefully your family will start to reflect them back to you. You can only control your actions, so what are you going to do to influence those around you?
And if it’s a matter of feeling overworked and unappreciated, go back to point number 2 and talk to the members of your household.
You shouldn’t be the only one working to keep a clean home. You’re not the only one making a mess.
Even little ones can help out.
A clean home creates the space necessary for relaxed, quality time spent with the people you love (or by yourself).
Without an endless to-do list constantly staring you in the face, you can rest, relax, and actually do something enjoyable every now and then (what what??).
Keeping a clean home and enlisting your children to do their part teaches your children the value of taking care of their possessions and space.
It creates an environment of safety, security, peace, and calm.
The house you live in should be a home, not a storage facility or ongoing source of stress.
List all of the tasks you would like to have done around your house
Divide your list into daily, weekly, monthly, bimonthly, twice a year, and annual tasks
Grab a calendar and schedule out your tasks
Laminate your daily tasks and keep it somewhere visible
Take the time to set up your systems
Figure out what time of day is the best time for you to take care of your cleaning tasks
Create a chore chart for kiddos and offer rewards for helping out (aka make it fun)
Have a honey-do list for your spouse (especially if they aren’t the type to naturally help out)
Set a timer and work hard for 30 minutes, then stop
Work to get one room at a time “under control,” meaning getting it to the point you can have it picked up and guest ready in 5-10 minutes max
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Take time to create a master list of your staples (reduces grocery list creation time)
Use a grocery delivery service or something like Wal-Mart pick-up (saves you time and money)
Create a master list of your favorite recipes, including necessary ingredients
Keep some “back-up” meals on hand
Plan your meals ahead of time so you don’t have to think about what to cook
Start with yourself before diving into the other three areas.
Once you start gaining some confidence in yourself and seeing that you can change your habits, you’ll find the motivation and momentum to dive into improving your relationships, your home, and of course, your time.
You can create a better life for yourself.
You can absolutely change your life for the better.
But it’s going to take effort. There’s no getting around that fact.
If you will put in the effort, you will see results. So get to it. You’ve got this.
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What are your best tips for changing your life for the better?