I’ve been feeling a renewed sense of taking the time to live. Do you know what I mean? Like all of us, I can get so bogged down in the daily doings of life that I forget to truly live.

It’s funny how spring invites us to see things freshly.  All the life bursting forth reminds us that we also need to recreate.

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So, I sat down and wrote a bit in a journal about what that means to me right now and I realized that I need to protect this sacred place of living. I mean, I already knew that, but it gets lost in the fray at times.

I realized, anew, that I’m responsible for my own happiness and time to live.  It is not anyone else’s responsibility to carve that out for me.  Me being me, I came up with a plan.

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On the docket:

  • Gardening
  • Walks
  • Time to reflect/Bible study
  • Handwritten letters
  • Time outdoors
  • Creating my own adventures
  • Simplicity and Minimalism
  • Nourishing my artist’s heart
  • Friendships: Old and New
  • Guarding my heart
  • Meaningful conversations and fellowship
  • Seeking out inspirational, passionate people/being mentored and mentoring/a circle of giving and receiving
  • Abundance mentality in thoughts, words, and deeds
  • Picnics
  • Time with hubby
  • Wine and cheese

Gosh, there really is so much more I could say.  This will require lots of prayer and intentional choices.  You may remember that my two words of 2015 are Pause and Follow. It’s getting close to mid-year and it’s time to do those gut checks.  Am I making strides towards my goals? Are you? Are you pursuing them un-apologetically? If I’m honest, there has been rough surf.  I’m grateful for those because I can adjust my sails going into the second half of the year.

Happiness is the reward of intentional living.  I’m growing.

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  1. This was so beautiful and rings true for me too.
    Hope you get to the amazing items on the docket!
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  2. Indeed! Funny how the new life makes us see that what was once important isn’t so much anymore. It calls us outside to simplify our thoughts & takes us where our souls need to be. It’s great to hear your plan – LOVE the view of your yard, it’s so pretty!!!
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  3. Laurie @ Pride in Photos says:

    Kim, you will desire even more simplicity with every year you get older…it is a good thing! I giggled with your last line…wine and cheese. You spoke to this girls heart…smile.

  4. Kim, I love your red boots and the garden pics.
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  5. being intentional about it is the first step… is that your backyard? just gorgeous- you are so blessed to be surrounded by such beauty if it is… x
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  6. Hey Kim!!! Love this post…. I kinda like needed it today! I so agree with you that our happiness is that ¨ours¨, and yes it has to be intentional! that last part I think is the oe that we tend to forget…. so given that, that bucket list is just perfect… long but simply perfect!

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