I’ve hit a rough patch in my #LifeOnPurpose challenge. It turns out that it isn’t easy to wake up and be intentional and purposeful every day. Even with a list of ideas, a schedule of challenges, and the best intentions, sometimes it is just easier to coast.
Im currently on Day 24 of my challenge, and you might be curious to know what I’ve accomplished in the last seven days. Truthfully? Not much. I’ve hit the point where I really kind of wish I had made this a 20 day challenge instead of a 40.
I’ve realized that most days, I’m pretty satisfied with creating my to-do list, knocking off items one by one, then ending my day feeling accomplished because after all, I marked things off my check list. This past week, I’ve written down my to-do list as usual, but there was always something purposeful missing, and it started to annoy me how much additional effort it was taking to add intention into my day.
But that is exactly the point. If it were easy to be intentional in our daily lives, if it were simple to just wake up and live out our days with purpose, than everyone would be doing it. So I may be struggling, and I may want to quit, but press on I shall because I want to live my life on purpose, and this past week has taught me how willing I am to accept something much, much less.
To be fair, it’s not like I laid around on my sofa for the past seven days and let my kids wander in the street. However, I wasn’t overly creative or inventive in my daily challenges. I pretty much recycled some of the ones I’ve already done. Still, they were some of the more meaningful ones to me, so purposeful living was still accomplished.
Today I took my boys to one of our favorite restaurants to meet my mom, share a cinnamon roll, and celebrate her birthday. It is always so much fun to be out and about with my boys, and it was made even more special by getting to share the fun with my mom. Plus, I mean, we ate cinnamon rolls. What adds more purpose to your life than that? (Ok, maybe a lot of things. But not much tastes as good!)
Today I gave myself two challenges: run someplace new, and create something new for dinner. So that afternoon I headed out in a new direction and enjoyed some beautiful country roads. It was nice to mix things up and the difference in scenery was refreshing.
Later that evening, I threw out the menu I had planned and decided to get creative. I grilled some hearts of romaine and avocados and made a beautiful, deconstructed version of a taco salad, complete with a homemade Mexicali inspired vinaigrette. If you have never grilled your lettuce before than you are missing out! It brings out the most amazing flavors in your romaine, and makes any boring old salad into a show stopper!
For our main course, I made homemade pizza in a new way using our favorite fresh baked bread from our local grocery store. I took the bread and split it lengthwise, topped with pesto and our favorite toppings, baked for about 15 minutes and then…we devoured it to the last crumb!
This morning my husband and I bonded over massive amounts of breakfast food. We’ve tried to do a few fun, out of the ordinary things this summer in an attempt to “vacation at home.” As much as we’d love to go to the beach or somewhere, anywhere this summer, it was a good reminder that all we really need for some fun and relaxation, is each other. Well, and pancakes.
For today’s challenge, I wanted to continue to reach out to others, build relationships, and open up our home. We had limited time that day, but we carved out some time in the evening after the kids had gone to bed and relaxed around a campfire with good friends. It would have been easy to not do anything after a busy day, but talking and laughing with others was the best form of refreshment.
Ok. I’m starting to notice a theme this week. Today the family went out for a walk and frozen yogurt. What can I say. When I think about getting out of the house, my mind instantly goes to food. In my defense, my family has some of the most fun when we get out of our space and share over a meal or special snack. For Day 22, we enjoyed our frozen yogurt while catching up on the World Cup and then headed out for a walk together. Those moments force you to focus on the people who are right in front of you, and end up being some of my favorite times with my family.
One of my all time favorite tv shows is Gilmore Girls. If you’ve never seen the show, then first of all, you are really missing out, but secondly, one of the many fun things that the two main characters do is have a formal dinner with the main character’s parents every Friday night.
I always thought it would be fun to have one night a week where I got dressed up for dinner, but instead of going out to a restaurant, had dinner at home with my family. So, for Day 23, I asked that my family come to dinner showered, well dressed and on their best behavior.
My menu that night wasn’t fancy, but I lit a few candles, put on a summer dress, and enjoyed a meal with my handsome family. It was nice to have us all freshly showered and dressed, as opposed to the normal state of disrepair that we find ourselves in most summer evenings.
I may not be able to pull this off once a week, but I think this is something I’d like to do once a month. I would love for this to continue as a family tradition for years to come.
For tonight, I’ve asked my dad to dinner. It has been a long time since we’ve had a father-daughter date, and this challenge has inspired me to get one scheduled. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my dad.
And now that I realize that I’ve spent the last seven days of this challenge eating, I think I will work on some new ideas that don’t revolve around food. Stay tuned :-).
This post is part of an on-going series, #LifeOnPurpose, where I’ve challenged myself to do something each day for the next 40 days- no matter how small – to slow down, notice my surroundings, and be intentional. It is part of my effort to live less on accident and more on purpose. You can read other posts in this series here: