Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Being Intentional

Smart About Life Event :-)
It's a one hour, fun teleconference for the ladies to visit with Deborah Dunn, author of Stupid about Men: 10 Rules for Getting Romance Right.... as she presents how to have better relationships with the men in our lives. Then we'll have a time to visit and catch up with gals we don't have enough time to visit normally. Friends welcome!

There are 3, count them-3, options to participate!

1. We invite any women in the area on May 7th at 7 p.m. to come to a potluck dessert social (bring simple desserts, who needs to clean up?) Dessert social will be held after the teleconference with Deborah Dunn, author of Stupid about Men: 10 Rules for Getting Romance Right. To be held at Atonement Lutheran Church in Missoula, MT. It's behind the Southgate Inn on Brooks.
(Potluck desserts can be dropped off in the Fellowship Hall while we enjoy the teleconference.)

2. Anyone unable to come to Atonement Lutheran can dial into the number at 7pm on May 7th and listen in to the conference from anywhere in the country.
Phone number for listening:
Use Conference ID: 585956# (you hit the pound key after.)

GREAT IDEA HERE **Some of our friends that are not in Missoula are inviting their friends to have dessert and join the event in small groups at their homes. We know of 2 already! They're just planning on putting it on the speaker phone and sharing dessert while they chat afterwards. How cool is that?! Feel free to have your own fun small group dessert social. Why not?

3. OR--anyone can pull up the website and join us by listening in too. Remember it is May 7th at 7 p.m. Mountain Standard.
The link will be
This link is just for the teleconference on that evening. You can find more about Deborah Dunn and her work at:

This started as creative way to have a different Bible study for us, but it's turned into an awesome event. (It's totally free too because it is really is just our regular Bible study bringing ladies together in this fractured world to support our marriages and relationships.) Come and have a great time visiting, learning and then eating together.

Thank you! (And I'm bringing cookies.)

And now back to our regularly scheduled blog post~

Lately I have been working two offices, our heating company and my life coaching/writing/speaking burgeoning business. I've had to be so very focused to get home work done for the coaching classes as well as having now trained 4 different temps while my assistant (in our heating company) is out on maternity.

Very focused. In order to get bills paid, accounting done, classes taken, volunteer board member duties handled and the list goes on...not to mention plain old vacuuming so my little grandson can learn to crawl when he visits, lol, without becoming my vacuum.

With my book written to help people overcome their internal pirates, now I've turned to the companion journal and the line of meditation jewelry and the new website. All this required incredible detail for suppliers of gems, silver and even small jewelry tote bags to store the memory pieces inside. The website needs logos and written material and hours of attention. Even phone conferences and important business calls are on the lists.

(Here's an assistant in the making for our family heating business. I have even had to be very aware about spending time with my family or with my workaholic personality, it's easy to keep going and forget the who I do it they go on the lists too.)

I've raced through the days following a list for each hat I am wearing. Very important lists lest I forget a small link that holds up others.

I've taken time to rewrite each list as I scribble them to smithereens. Each time a new series of lists emerge.

What am I really doing?

I'm being intentional.

Definition: Purposeful action or set of actions in order to achieve a pre-planned outcome.

Today I'd like to offer one small thought for you to take through the rest of your day.

Think about those days when you are not intentional. Do things just seem to slip away from you like they do with me? I've learned I like this intentional way of being. I like the results and I like how I feel about myself at the end of the day.

I'd like to challenge you to intentionality.

How can you act intentionally in order to achieve your goals?

What one thing will cause purposeful action for you today?

Can you begin practicing the art of intention every day in your life?

What would stop you?

Come visit me over at God Uses Broken Vessels too.


  1. Angie,
    Yes, if I don't have a plan for my day or start on my day early, it seems I waste a lot of time! I turn around and it's bed time and the house is still a wreck - and guess what? - It's time to go back to work!

    I appreciate your advice on making lists. I've tried but haven't been diligent. That may be the secret to success for me too.


  2. Ah, it's ALL about being intentional :-)

  3. Good points, Ang. Since we're fixin' to share our lives with a two year old, I definitely need to be intentional. Thanks.

  4. I'm a list maker, but I haven't been as good about it lately. When I have a deadline, everything seems to circle around that--everything else falls into the background. I need to keep being intentional even when under a deadline!