{52 Week Project} Week 1: Good Intentions

Good Intentions {Living Outside the Stacks}

Edited to add:

I recently found out about the Our 52 Week Project hosted by Lipgloss and Binky and Everyday Eyecandy and I wanted to participate because, well, I heart these ladies. And since I wanted to stay in the week, I’m going to link up this post with them and then get a fresh start on the themes this week. If you’d like to know more about me, check out 100 Things About Me

But for those of you who are in a hurry: I’m first and foremost a Jesus lover. And serious coffee drinker. I have the research skills of a librarian, the preservation skills of an archivist, the organizational skills of a soldier, and the domestic skills of a Stepford wife. 

I’ve been married for almost 20 years to The Hubs, we have five children, four grandchildren, and a dog who may be a cat…

Make sure you check out the hashtag #ourproject52 to meet the other ladies who’re participating.

I’m not a big maker of resolutions. I have a hard time keeping them, which means I usually end up totally frustrated with myself by the end of the year. The Hubs says it’s because I pick difficult goals. I think it’s because I allow little things to derail me. You know, I quit running because the weather’s bad. Or I don’t pick up my DSLR because I have my cell phone. Excuses, excuses. No matter how you slice it. Excuses.

The 52 Week Project: 2015 Edition theme for this week is “good intentions”. I so much rather prefer “intentions” to “resolutions”, it sounds less harsh and intense, don’t you think? Less like I’m due for some sort of punishment if I fail.

I know it’s only been two days, but I really wanted to sit and think about my intentions {whether they’re good or bad is up for debate} for 2015. We’ll have so much going on with the move and the kids becoming a bit more independent that I didn’t want to set myself up for failure. You know, like The Hubs thinks I do. And, since I know he rarely reads my blog, I’m going to say I’m inclined to agree with him. But, please, if you see him walking down the street, promise you won’t tell him that I said that.

So, here we go, my intentions for 2015:

  • complete a Bible study {feeling so spiritually disconnected}
  • help The Hubs settle in to our new home {cannot wait to start decorating}
  • learn to use my camera {I want to create the images that I see in my head}
  • start running again {I miss the hour of “me time}
  • finish a book {can’t remember the last time I finished/enjoyed/recommended a book}
  • find a new job {something fulfilling with an edge of creativity would be nice}
  • settle on a word for the year {those seem to be very popular and I’m a bandwagon jumper}

From time to time I plan to revisit this post, you know, to see how I’m doing with my “good intentions”.

What are your intentions {good or bad} for the year? Please share in the comments below.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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  • Life got in the way, I loved coming here and I am glad to be back at home of sorts. When I switched to Bloglovin I lost you, signing up for email alerts now. You always have such an amazing outlook not to mention I’m always smitten by your beauty.

    My intentions for the new year are to simplify things. I can get so high strung that I miss the important things. I’m going to try to do a better job at not sweating the small stuff and get back to the basics. Family is at the top of the list.

    • Hi! *waves* So glad you’re back.

      I so agree with you, not sweating the small things and just focusing on the family is such a fantastic intention. It feels like all of us are realizing that we need to step back and refocus.

  • HEEEEEEEEEYYYYY!!!!! I’m so excited that you joined us!!!! My intention this year is to actually FOCUS on life on my marriage, on my child and on me! It’s going to be hard, but with God and coffee I will prevail.
    P.S. I love this picture

    • Hey! Love your intention. It’s so easy to get distracted by every. single. thing.

  • Shon

    Girl, we need to chat…so many things to catch up on!! How did I miss that you are a grandmother?? I am glad that you decided to link up since you always have such great input. Oh, don’t worry about the running, as the road ahead will be there. Wink, wink!

    • Right? It’s been so long! The grandchildren are from The Hub’s daughter from his first marriage, but I’ve had her so long that they’re all mine. 😉 And, yep, as soon as it warms up, I’ll be back out there with you…

  • Oh, I’ve missed coming and visiting you. My intentions this year are to be a better bloggy buddy. I mean, that’s how we got our community right? Blog Hops and all of that. As usual, your photography is stellar, and I love reading your writing. See you next week!

    • Lady, I don’t know how or when it happened, but I know what you mean. I miss the community and support that was there back in the day. I know it still exists but sometimes it feels like things have gotten so, ummmm, big, ya know? But don’t think I haven’t been keeping up – The Cellist looking like a grown man and those babies trying to become teenagers with their little selves! 🙂

  • I love the idea of having intentions for the new year. We share some of the same intentions. I really want to keep running. It just got cold here in TX and I’m trying not to let that derail me.

    • I have to admit, as soon as I walked outside and saw my breath I walked back inside. I’m going to have to figure this cold weather thing out soon. But, oh my word, is it hard!

  • I just read a good post by Wayne Dyer about the problem with resolutions is that we’re planning in January how we will be feeling in November. We can really only live day-to-day… and that’s a good thing, because the present is the only thing we’ll ever have. Instead of a resolution for the year, he suggests a resolution for the day, because living in the present, and that day is the only thing we really can do. (You can read the whole post beside the picture at http://on.fb.me/1zK62Dw). As for me, today I’d like to read more, spend less time starting at screens, spend more time being present, and learning to appreciate quite times instead of grabbing my ipod or laptop to fill the quietness with noise.

    • Ya know, I say that about picking a major. My kids are all in college and they’re stressing over careers and I’m like, hey, you’re 18, you can’t be expected to tell a 25 or a 40 year old what to do. It’s the same concept. I like that… And the happiest of happiness to you for 2015.

  • Vanessa G

    Hi! I like your picture. I need to get in front of the camera myself. Maybe that’ll be one of my “resolutions”. I actually haven’t gotten around to making any yet. I guess another should be organization. Ha.

    • Hi Vanessa! Thank you. I’m still not comfortable in front of the camera. I find my faults and complain because the camera and the mirror never seem to agree… But I think it’s worth it because it gets you comfortable and you understand how others feel when they see a camera.

  • Kelly

    Hey Daenel! That a great group of intentions. My philosophy on resolutions? DON’T MAKE THEM! Personally I’ve never, ever, ever known one person to say they’ve completed what resolution they made. It’s a set up for failure-always. That’s why I jumped on the ONE WORD bandwagon 3 years ago. Way more manageable-and can be tweaked as you go along. I also have started to realize, a year is a LONG time so chunking “intentions” into months is also way more manageable. Don’t punish yourself, and I promise not tell the hubs anything…and thanks for “coffee”!

    • LOL Kelly, thank you for not telling The Hubs! I’m like you, I don’t like resolutions either. They always make me feel like a complete failure because life takes over and then I have nothing to show for it. This year, I’ve bought a planner and I’ve started scheduling out my intentions so that I’m not overwhelmed. Everything is being done in bits and pieces. No pressure and no crying. PS Love your avatar – stunning!

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