Happy February y’all. I am so ready to be back at this, and hopefully blogging regularly. It is such a great outlet. So without further ado:
Have you noticed this trend of choosing a word for your year? More than a resolution of: I want to work out! Or I want to learn a new language, or any of the other noble things that we often leave behind by March 1, if not sooner. Choosing a word, is a way to hone all of the things you want to do, into one concept that can apply to multiple parts of your life. So, for me, my word this year is “intent”. I want to be intentional in how I respond to my children, and to my husband. I want to be more intentional in how I am spending my time, and what I am eating, and how I am treating my body, and others around me. I want to stop being a solely reactionary human, and start being one who does and acts with intent behind it.
January was a great way for me to start seeing exactly what areas of my life need more work than others. One thing that became obvious was that I needed to recommit to the idea of dating J. For one our FAVORITE past date nights, read here. Since last year was so bananas (ya know, cancer and stuff), dating got put on the back burner, but, things are a little less insane now, so we decided to set one night aside a month and plan a date night. For February, I am super excited! because, we are doing….an at home PAINT NIGHT!
Here’s the how: I know people, who have been using YouTube painting tutorials to host paint nights at their homes, and I totes stole the idea. I spent some time browsing different videos, trying to find something that would work. When I say “work” I mean that 1. neither of us are artistically inclined, and 2. it had to be something we actually wanted to have up at our house, and 3. it had to be either a couples type picture where the 2 canvases complete one picture, or two of the same picture could be used in a series without it looking super strange. We finally settled on this one.
Then I set out finding food and drinks, and the necessary supplies. We decided on beer, and pig candy! And, probably something else too, because I love food. And then I hit up Hobby Lobby. I found two 8×10 canvases on clearance, used the 40% coupon to get some brushes, and dug into my memory banks to decide what colors we needed without buying every. single. color. This date night definitely isn’t the cheapest one we’ve ever done (we played “The Newlywed Game” and not only was it free! but it was also so very fun. Even though I lost…) but it is certainly cheaper than dinner and a movie, and a sitter! Another added bonus is that we are doing something completely new together. In all honesty J and I do not have a lot of things in common, our interests are very different, which is great! but can also leave me feeling like we’re in a bit of a rut. Adding a new skill that is fun, without a lot of pressure is a great way to relax, and learn more about the person that you are doing life with. And, a great way to be intentional with our time.
Has anyone else jumped in on this trend of choosing a word for your year? How are you putting it into practice in your life? And what are you learning about yourself? I am excited to see how this pans out throughout the year. But, I am sure I will be letting you know.