I was going to skip October’s intentions post but then I thought to myself “be consistent, beloved”. haha. I am committing to doing a monthly intentions post for an entire year. Pray for me. Three months in, at least nine months to go. Here’s August Intentions on Mindfully Living and September intentions on Authenticity. For my October Intentions, I am simply focusing on learning to lead a life of gratitidue and contentment. This month seems like it’ll be a little busy for me, so I won’t burden myself with an extraordinarily long task list. My goal every day is still to simplify every area of my life as best as I can.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain”- 1 Timothy 6:6
As I thought through everything I need to work on this month, I also thought about everything I’m grateful for. I have recently shared some of the things I’m thankful for and I’d really love to keep my gratitude list growing.
I think gratitude and contentment go together. I’ve had to remind myself that contentment is not necessarily the absence of desire. It is, however, being satisfied and thankful for what I have NOW. Contentment is my realization that though my needs are many, everything I’m thankful is just as much. I can choose to be sad about things I want but don’t have, or I can choose to be thankful and truly find joy in the things that I do have.
Contentment is being happy for the people around me without envy or desire for what they have. There are so many good things happening to so many people my life this month and it is my utmost desire to celebrate with them without wishing it were me.
So To practice Gratitude and contentment, I will:
Not compare me to anyone else. I won’t compare my blog, my craft, my photos or my journey.
Keep a daily gratitude log. Each day for this month of October, I will write down something that I am grateful for. It’s really impossible to be content without gratitude.
Say yes more, and give more. Whether it be my time volunteering, accepting to go thrifting with a friend, saying more Yes at work and picking calls or replying to texts on time *Side eye*. I will also pray more for people and do more reaching out first.
Not buy clothes that I don’t need or shop for things to mask my longing for something else. I recently ended my one-year clothe shopping ban. (A detailed post and video on this is in the works). Since my ban, I have gone out shopping because truly, I didn’t have anything to wear since I decluttered most of my clothes. However, I don’t want to fall back into the habit of shopping for clothes or acquiring anything just for the sake of it.
Have fun. One of my biggest regrets in life is that I never really allowed myself to have fun. Even though I have previously written about how to deal with guilt and regrets, this is still an area in life that I need to work on.
Intentionally embrace stillness and quietness. Social media is a loud noise that I still need to learn to grasp. While I don’t spend all my days on social media, I know I can do better with the time I allocate to it. From running my own Instagram account, to my food page, to trying to stay in touch and connect with people on twitter, I find that even my quiet time is interrupted by notifications. So I will be more protective of my alone time.
Create more. In my creative moments, I learn to be thankful: for the gifts that I have, for the hobbies that I’ve found and for the passion that I have for all of the above.
I hope this also challenges you to practice gratitude and contentment. October is such a beautiful month with all the leaves and colors, let’s enjoy it rather than wallow in discontentment and ungratefulness.