An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.  

John C. Maxwell

Life is busy.  I depend on my calendar every day all day.  Work meetings.  Dentist appointments.  Ballet class.  Conference calls.  Basketball practice.  The list goes on and on…and goodness knows I wouldn’t show up to anything without my calendar notifications.  Of course there are the times I swear “I can remember that” (whatever that may be) and inevitably I forget (immediately) and miss something important.  I have had to really train myself to be consistent and responsible with my scheduling.

People often ask me for hiking advice.  They then usually follow up with “You are always going on adventures and doing something fun”  For some silly reason that would bother me sometimes.  It almost feels as though I am being judged, like my life must be this never-ending fun adventure where we laugh and play and never fight or argue or get really tired.  But that’s probably a discussion for a whole other post…

What is my point here?  That we must strive to live intentionally.  Ann Voskamp said “How long does it take your soul to realize that your life is full? The slower the living, the greater the sense of fullness and satisfaction.”  SLOWING DOWN is SO HARD to do.  We work, we have kids, we have busy, busy, busy schedules.  And on top of all of that is the constant technology in our face.  (Does anyone else hate the word “screens”) The iPhones and iPads are always lurking nearby, calling my name, my kids names.  Play with me…check your emails…your Facebook…Candy Crush is waiting………google this, google that…..

I grew up going on adventures because my parents enjoyed it.  Now I go because I do like it, but most of all – it is hands down my favorite time with my kids.  They are truly kids.  They notice the butterflies.  Take in the views.  Get sweaty.  Discover waterfalls.  Talk to me about life.  I treasure this time with them.  Away from schedules and technology.

I’ve even become a bit more adventurous – and intentional – like stopping by a roadside park I must have passed a million times.  Never gave it a second thought before.  But I won’t soon forget the time spent there with my kids.

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BY THE WAY, we were at Long Shoals Wayside Park, which is right off of Hwy 11 near Keowee Toxaway State Park. Have a picnic, wade in the water (caution – slippery rocks!), explore…but most of all, slow down. Enjoy life.

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