How to Live an Intentional Life

 

“Pay off debt & live an intentional life.”
It’s what I’ve decided to live by and am always striving for. 

Before I came across the idea of living debt-free, I had a completely different set of goals. I wanted the latest phone, nice car, clothes, etc….but thankfully that has all changed.

As I started reading about others who were paying off debt, the topic of minimalism kept popping up. Slowly, I began to crave it. So I got rid of things I didn’t “love” and stopped buying things because they seemed like a good deal. I did this so I could achieve debt freedom sooner but after a while, I started to enjoy living with less.

Practicing minimalism led me to discover that my happiness is not tied to material things. I learned that the bit of joy I feel when I buy something only lasts a few weeks at most. As I daydreamed about what my life could be like without debt, that feeling of freedom made me happier than any physical “want” could.

Where Intentional Living comes in

As I became intentional with the things I “owned”, I started to notice that I wasn’t intentional about the things I “did”. Checking my social media accounts first thing in the morning and sitting down to surf the internet when I got home from work, were things I did without thinking. I was wasting a few hours a day just because I wasn’t paying attention to how I was spending my time.

This year I decided to make conscious decisions regarding my time. I’ve started planning out my morning routine the night before and scheduled some time to work on my blog after work. This has already made a big difference in how I feel about my day.

Your time is one of the only things in the world you can’t get back. Choose to spend it wisely.
Here are a few tips that have helped me live a more intentional life:

Examine the life you are living
In my case, it wasn’t until I was paying attention to how I was spending my money, that I started to realize I wasn’t happy with how I was spending my time. Take some time to analyze your day to day routine and consider what you need to change and be more mindful of.

Define a purpose
Figure out what you want your life to be like and make the changes you need to get there. You will need a lot of self-reflection to figure out what truly makes you happy. In my case, this was definitely easier said than done. It wasn’t until I started this blog and came across the debt-free community that I’ve felt closest to my purpose. This came with a lot of trial and error but self-reflection is definitely what allowed me to finally realize what direction I wanted my life to take.

Design a life with less
I’ve found that the more cluttered my physical environment is, the more cluttered my mind feels. Now that I’ve become more intentional with what I own, it’s cleared up some mental space and allowed me to focus on what’s important to me. So take a look at your surroundings and get rid of items you don’t need or want. I promise you will notice that increased mental clarity.

Live every day on purpose
Living every day with intention is not easy. Life can get in the way, work, deadlines and errands, can all get you into a routine where you’re once again on autopilot. The trick is to remember to reflect on your life regularly. Remember, how you spend your days is how you spend your life.


Don’t just drift through life. Live intentionally and on purpose.

Author: Amanda

Amanda graduated architecture school in 2012 with approximately $24k in student loans. Soon after, she financed a car a year later and ended up with a total of $40,000.00 in debt at the end of 2013. After being introduced to the Total Money Makeover book by Dave Ramsey she completely changed her views on personal finance and decided to stop borrowing money and focus on becoming debt free. She is Debt Free as of October 2017.

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