Intentional In 2014

My Mom & I have never had a moment in our relationship where we felt everything was "perfect."  Those moments that you want to stay in forever.  Our relationship was never like that.

Sometimes it was her doing.  Most of the time, it was mine.  Our personalities never allowed us to relish in those moments.

Because we both believed life went on.  And that there are many more moments to enjoy.

And also because we have an unusually large, close, and chaotic family, had full time work and school, activities, etc. that just kept life moving.

That is not to say that I Love her any less.  Our relationship is just unique.  As are all relationships.

Today I got to thinking about this new year.  And how one of my goals was to be a more intentional person.

Because I felt that I too carried traits from my relationship with her into my relationships now.

And what I came to realize is that one of the the most intentional person I know is my Mom.

Sure, what I wrote up top is all completely true.  And to be honest, my thoughts of the past with my Mom are partly filled with pain, and sudden out bursts, and occasional moments I probably would like removed from my long term memory.

But she was there every step of the way.  Every. Single. Day.

With the intention of both needing and wanting to be there for me, no holds barred.

Despite the busyness that is life, she never stopped being my Mom.  The strong, loving, compassionate, intentional Mom that I want to be.

And it's kind of funny because whenever I have asked her about something in the past, whether good or bad, she remembers wholeheartedly every detail of that event, from start to finish.

That's how I want to live my life.  Present in each moment.  Intentional in everything I do.

Just like her.

This post today was inspired by the new Procter & Gamble 2014 Sochi (Russia) Winter Olympics Ad:



  1. I have some not great memories from my past with my mother as well. It was hard sometimes but as an adult, it is easier to forgive and forget and focus on all of the positives instead. That is how I live my life mostly.

  2. Everyone seems to have a difficult or tense relationship with one parent or both, but most of the time it is because they love us and want us to do better. A lot of the tense situations I've had with my mom is simply because I thought one thing and she thought another. As I get older I realize that everything my mom has done for me was because she loves me and wants me to do better than her. I guess that my relationship with my mom isn't the normal because I can honestly say that through all of our hardships, fights, and arguments we are now pretty much best friends.
    Great post! Keep living intentionally and live in the present. Its the best way to be.

  3. Being intentional is on the top of my list when it comes to how I parent and live life in general. Thanks for the reminder of the importance of it on a daily basis! Visiting from #SITSBlogging

  4. Love this! My mom(s) weren't perfect either, but one was very intentional and involved and focused on our well-being. I find myself striving to be like her with my girls. Good goal for the new year!

  5. Such a sweet reflection! It's interesting to note how we see our parents as children, and how we see them as adults. And it's important to share these feelings with ourselves and our parents. They love to see that we appreciate their efforts, even if it's a decade after the event happened! #sitsblogging

  6. Thank you all for stopping by! :)