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My Year 29 Goal: Live with Intention

Hello everyone! Welcome to BirthMay 2020! Today, I wanted to share my year 29 goal, Live with Intention.

Every year, I pick a new goal to focus on for that year. Sort of like a New Year’s Resolution but better because it’s for my birthday! This year’s, live with intention, is actually one that I’ve had in mind for a few months now. I’ll explain more about what I mean later in this post, but basically I have been excited to share this goal for quite some time!

In case you’re new, BirthMay is my annual birthday celebration where I blog every day for the month of May. This is the fourth annual BirthMay and no matter how many BirthMays you’ve been here for, thank you for your support!

What “Live with Intention” Means to Me

This goal is probably fueled by the fact that I’m now 29, so I only have one more year in my 20s! I feel like my 20s flew by and while I’m really excited for my 30s, I’m going to miss the chaotic energy of my 20s.

I feel like a good way to start to describe this goal is by saying “live in the moment” but the moment must have a specific meaning or reason behind it. I feel like living in the moment is mainly used for those exciting times, but living with intention is different. To me, it means that everything I’m doing has a purpose. If I’m off living a great adventure, I want it to have as important of a reason for happening as if I’m watching Netflix in bed. The adventure’s reason might be to boost my happiness and Netflix night’s reason might be to rest, but both are equally important as they’re both meant to recharge.

Another big reason for this is finances. I feel like in past years I’ve let myself be pretty carefree about my spending habits. While I’m grateful that I had the ability to let myself be that way, I want to take a more responsible approach now going forward. If I chose to do an activity or buy myself something, I want there to be a legitimate reason for it, rather than just buying it because I can. This goes for experiences too. For example, I love musicals so I want to make sure if I go see one, I intend to gain some sort of message from it or draw inspiration, rather than just going to go see it just because. Also with even smaller purchases, I want to remember that I want to focus more on saving for bigger experiences in the short term, and long term perhaps a down payment for a new car or home. For example, my little car is ten years old now, so eventually I’ll need to replace it, especially since the milage is getting pretty high. Saving with the intention of replacing my little car at some point is easier to grasp as opposed to saving without meaning, at least I think it is.

In short, I don’t want to look back and think I did life in a meaningless way. I also don’t want to make it seem like I’m being super tough on myself either. It’s mostly just me trying to make sure I’m actually thinking stuff through and doing things for a reason instead of just going with the flow and not being focused. I feel like this is a strange goal to try to explain because it’s something I feel and perhaps not quite putting together the right words but I hope this was understandable enough.

So that’s my goal for this next year! I’ll be sure to regularly update you when we have our coffee chats, so don’t you worry.

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  1. This goal seems so important and although I turn 19 this month, not 29 it’s been something I’ve been thinking about so much recently. Everything you said is so true and as I near my twenties I want to remind myself that they are a time for intentional, spontatnoeus growth all in one.


  2. I think we all want to be working towards something and a have a purpose somewhat even if we don’t always strive for one particular thing we still have a good idea of what we’d like to achieve and how reaching smaller goals can add up and be benficial.This is a great goal and I look forward to reading your updates about how you’re tracking 🙂


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