Life Lessons from Toddlerhood: Be Intentional

Life Lessons from Toddlerhood: Be Intentional

When You Love What You Do, You Never Work a Day in Your Life

Do you have a difficult time balancing your working life with your personal life?

In Michigan where we live, the weather has been wonderful. Today, we have a high of 67 degrees with partly cloudy skies. I love this weather. Fall is my favorite season. I love the colors changing. I was getting all excited about the weather when I noticed the date…August 13th…with a high of 67 degrees!

I love fall, but really, it’s August 13th. It is a bit cool at 67 degrees. I guess the only thing I can do is pick myself up a Caramel Apple Spice at Starbucks after yoga class. A little treat for myself.

Today is the second Tuesday of the month and that means its Life Lesson from Toddlerhood Tuesday! Once a month for the past 3 months, I have been writing about little things that my, now 19 month-old, toddler is teaching me. For today’s article, my husband has given me permission to use what our little lady is teaching him.

The quote at the beginning of this article is something my mom has always told me. It’s a lesson that only recently have I actually been able to ‘get’. My husband, Seth, has known this for a while. He is passionate about physical therapy. He worked in the field 3 years before being accepted to University of Michigan-Flint Physical Therapy Doctorate program.

If you haven’t read the article I wrote about his journey to grad school, please visit it at: Never, Ever Give Up on a Dream.

Seth has just completed his 1st year of school. He has 2 more years to go. When our little lady was about 3 months old, I went back to work full-time and Seth stayed home with her. They had this amazing time in which they really bonded.

It’s OK to Love What You Do and It’s OK to Spend Time Doing It

Fast-forward to over a year later. Seth comes home from completing his first year of school and the little lady is kind of unfamiliar with him because he had been gone so much with going to school and working part time.

Have you ever experienced this?

First let me highlight again, that it is OK and even good to love your occupation. In fact, it is a blessing.

During his break, Seth went to work again. This time, however, he was intentional and invested into the little lady. He took her out for Starbucks dates, to the park, and probably mostly importantly he got down on his hands and knees and played with her.

With a few weeks of the break to go, Seth and the little lady are more bonded than they ever have been.

August’s Life Lesson from Toddlerhood is in the words of my husband,

Use my time wisely and to be intentional.”

It is a huge blessing to love what we do. It is a huge lesson to learn that when you have the time, intentionally invest that time into the people you love.

Have you ever had to make an intentional choice to use your time wisely? I would love to hear about it in the comments below. Have a wonderful week everyone and I’ll see you back next Tuesday.

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

14 comments on “Life Lessons from Toddlerhood: Be Intentional
  1. Keri Kight says:

    What a lovely story! I spent a few years bouncing from job to job because I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do in life. I currently have a degree in teaching that I don’t use, but I’m okay with that. I’ve learned so much about myself just in the past year, and I’m so happy to finally be on the path that is aligned with my soul’s purpose.

    I have been spending more time doing what makes my soul happy, and taking care of myself, and it’s made a world of difference.

    Thank you for sharing your story. 🙂

  2. Caroline says:

    It is tricky though when you love what you do. I personally struggle with this a lot and haven’t really got the life:balance sorted 🙂 Perhaps there is hope for me yet..

  3. Margaret says:

    Great read! It is really something special when Dad gets to spend so much time with the children, I think that they gain a new respect and appreciation for what we mom’s do. It is also so much easier to work know that your little one is in great hands, what peace of mind. Yea fall is my favorite time of the year also, but not really ready for it right now.

    • Margaret,
      Yes, you are so right, those Dada’s as our little lady likes to call her dad, get a whole new appreciation. I’m so glad the weather has warmed up a bit. I’ll be ready for my carmel apple spice come September. Thank you for commenting!

  4. Delmy says:

    Great inspiration to do what we love with wisdom and intention! You little girl is so lucky to have you both as parents! Raising her in a loving intelligent manner! The three of you are growing up and developing bonds that will last all of her life. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Delmy,
      You are so kind! Thank you so much. I really like how you put it, “do what we love with wisdom and intention”. You summed it up so well. Thank you so much for the comment. You’ve made my day.

  5. Laura says:

    There are SO many ways to use our time–or to waste it. I’m a big fan of being intentional. Sometimes I have to be intentional about kicking back, slowing down. And I learn so much when I do. Thanks for this post!

    • Laura,
      You bring up a great point about being intentional about slowing down. I think that is hard for many of us to do but so important. What are some ways that you intentionally slow down. I would love to get some suggestions. 😉 Thank you for sharing.

  6. Delia @ Blog Formatting says:

    I think it’s really up to us to be more intentional an create better work/life balance in our life. It’s sometimes us that create a false perception of what’s expected of us and this creates lots of stress.
    Always stop and listen to your heart and you’ll find out what you need to do.

    • Delia,
      I love that you brought up the false perception of what is expected of us. I do that all the time! Your advise is right on, “alway stop and listen to your heart and you’ll find out what you need to do”. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  7. You are always inspirational, Christine!

    Part of me thinks there really is no such thing as “Work-life balance.” I tend to think that making a commitment to something means doing it 100% – including work and personal things. There just is no 99%. You either make the commitment to do something all the way or you don’t do it. I know that’s not something most people embrace … I also know that means I work too much. But right now, I’d rather work hard and relax later (I don’t have a family or that may be very different!). Just a thought from the “other side” of the fence! 🙂

    • Brooke,
      I love that you are an all or nothing sort of girl. I can relate, I don’t like to do anything that my heart isn’t in. If that works for you, I would never try to fix something that isn’t broken. Thank you for sharing the “other side” of the fence. 🙂

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