"You're Intentionally Amy." My Grandmother says with a smile back to me, often after I let how I truly feel slip out in ways that aren't always delicate. Delicate was never something I felt described me, so this whole middle name of Grace thing didn't mean anything to me. Not until I realized that Grace had a whole other definition outside 'graceful like a ballerina'.
Before this small website, there was "Amy: With Intentions". At the time it was a dare to myself to learn how to write again. A weekly exercise to get me writing and focus on the things I felt were important as I walked into my twenties. I didn't know it then, but that was the journey back to my core. It took some years but Amy With Intentions became a blog I was happy with leaving behind and focusing on other things. The concept of intentional living had sunk deep within my soul and somehow became a part of me.
Intentional means to drop your expectations of the moment you are in. It means that you are in the 'here and now' and you will be and find out what 'this now' means. Eating a simple lunch brings a whole new expierence when it is done with intention. A pinterest board made out of wishful thinking becomes a vision board full of potential and action. An autumn walk becomes a journey for your soul... Anything and everything becomes a whole new expierence when intention is involved!
Breathing becomes a moment to remember, and when I write words on my chalk board painted fridge I think different, because words carry intentions and energy. I may as well grasp this intentional thing for all its worth and write quotes and things that will inspire, move and help create a better place.
So I choose the intentional life because the alternative is a side of me that brings nothing good. I can be destructive, and so can anyone really. I found a way to get to the best of me, and it's not me doing it. I call it out right here and now. It is a deeper calling on my heart and I know that God places desires in each of us, and for me it is to live fully and grasp the moments, so maybe intentional is my natural and most best place to be
Either way. I do it
This intentional life.
I live it.