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Setting Intentions: Family Videos

Setting Intentions: Family Videos

Most who know me know I get a rush out of follow-through. I love taking an idea and seeing it through to completion. I can certainly get intense (and overbearing) in this tendency, but it is one of my most beloved attributes that I enjoy cultivating.

Sean and I have several points throughout the year where we sit down together and set intentions of various natures.

-New Year: At the start of a new calendar year, we review highlights of the previous year and talk loosely about what we would like the year ahead to look like, both individually and collectively. We map out some concrete ideas, but we primarily try to keep it casual. I am a firm believer that any time period--any day, any month, any occasion-- is an opportune time to set intentions, so I try not to put too much pressure on the new year.

-Marital Year: Our wedding anniversary is June 28th. We take time to celebrate and reflect, but we also take time to think about what we want for our marriage in the upcoming year, focusing on three categories: do, go, be.   

-Seasonal: At the beginning of every season, we reflect on happenings of the previous season in our My Life Story book and accompany our notes with a few choice photos. We then think about the season ahead and make a list of ideas of activities we want to engage in. Some are particular to the season (i.e. snowshoeing, picking berries, nature blooms walk), and some reflect intentions we set either during our anniversary or the new year (i.e. trips we want to take or trying something new). We often throw in non-seasonal-specific intentions that sound good to us at the moment (i.e. host a southern-themed dinner party).

-Monthly: Each month, we look at our seasonal list and plug ideas into our calendar in pencil (to allow for flexibility). We also note national holidays we want to consider observing (see my post on intentional festivity). This is also a time to proactively think about making plans with friends and loved ones.

-Weekly: We try to chat for a bit on Sundays about the week ahead. We review our individual calendars, our family calendar, and we try to carve time for doing absolutely nothing and seeing where the wind takes us.

One of our marital goals in 2016 was to create more family videos. I have heaps of photos to document our lives, and I’ve gotten quite good at collecting “just be” mental photographs as well, but there is something about video that is just different. When I was home in Michigan for Christmas last month, my family gathered around the only tiny television left in my packrat of a father’s collection that contained a VCR. We watched a swath of family videos that jumped back and forth in time, and I found myself tearful in nearly every one. Being able to experience movement and sound of loved ones at different ages tugged at my heart strings.

Below are three videos I assembled from moments in 2016. The first two were created with while traveling, and the last is a bit of a hodgepodge of various moments. While I appreciate the themed cohesion of a vacation video, I have a soft spot for the everyday bits. I very much look forward to continuing on with this intention.  

 

California Coast Road Trip: August 2016

Portland Weekend: November 2016

Winter 2016 Bits and Pieces

Out at Sea: On Depression

Out at Sea: On Depression

Celebration Station: Making Time for Intentional Festivity

Celebration Station: Making Time for Intentional Festivity