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A Year of Living Intentionally

I always set lofty goals for myself. I love the process of goal setting, and every New Year I’m tempted to set a series of goals for health, work, homeschool, and Bible reading. The list is long, and I often start out with good intentions. But the list is too big for me to tackle in my own strength, and every year I fail.

This year I am jumping on the word of the year bandwagon – one word to describe all of my goals for the year. This year I am choosing the word “intentional.” There are many areas of my life where I need to be more intentional, including my relationships with God and my family, my health, and homeschooling. But in this New Year’s Day post, I want to talk about what living intentionally means for this blog.

2014 Goals

Over the last year I’ve struggled mightily with blogging. I love to write, but I hate self-promotion, which goes hand in hand with blogging, or so it seems. I love that sponsored posts pay the bills, but I hate that they give off a sense of being inauthentic, even though I’m honest in every post I write. I love writing passionate posts, but I hate offending readers. It’s a paradox for sure.

About a year ago, I felt led to change Freelance Homeschool Mom a little. I was feeling boxed in to writing mostly about freelancing and homeschooling. But instead of doing something about it, I just thought about doing something.

A few days ago, I began thinking about making changes again. This time, I pulled out my Bible to do my devotional reading, before going any further. I’ve been using Professor Grant Horner’s reading system, which has me reading 10 chapters in the Bible a day. That day I read the following.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loos on earth shall be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 16:19

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. – Psalm 16:7

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. – Psalm 16:11

Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established. – Proverbs 16:3

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. – Proverbs 16:7

I knew, after spending time in prayer, that some changes need to be made. Here’s what those changes will look like.

Intentional Living

I’m going to be moving this blog from the domain to Even though I blog under my name now, there’s just something about having my name splashed across the top of the page that makes me think twice about everything I post. I want to really stand behind every word I write. I do now, but using my own domain gives me an extra level of accountability.

I’m going to be more outwardly focused. Since I dont’ like self-promotion, I’m not going to do much of it. I’ve been floundering in the last year, writing with no real purpose. This year, I want to write with the purpose of encouragement. Why are we on this earth, if not to encourage others in Christ? That is my purpose.

Sponsored posts pay the bills and allow me to work from home, something that is extremely important to me. I will continue to write them, but my new challenge will be to find every way possible to give back with those posts. Perhaps it means giving a product I’ve reviewed to someone in need. Or maybe I’ll write about something fun that can bring a family closer together. It’s a challenge, but I’m determined to bring my readers value with every post, even the ones for which I get paid. That means I also need to be more intentional about which sponsored posts I accept. I’m convinced, though, that taking a small hit in income to be more purposeful in my writing will be beneficial in the long run.

With all of that in mind, look for the big move to happen sometime very soon (hopefully by the end of this weekend). My twitter and Pinterest accounts will remain the same, but my Facebook page will need to move. I would love it if you like my new Facebook page!

Since I’m getting ready for the big move, I won’t be posting for the rest of the week. Email subscribers will continue to receive updates, but note that they will be coming from a new email address (lynnae.m.mccoy at gmail dot com) and the emails will contain the subject New Post from Don’t worry, I haven’t sold your email address. It’s still me, just blogging from my new location.

If you haven’t signed up for email updates yet and would like to, you can do that right here.

I’m excited about the changes ahead, and I’m looking forward to a year of living (and blogging) intentionally! See you on the new blog!

Do you have a word for this year? I’d love to hear it!

This post is part of the Life Simplified Project.

  • fiona

    ‘Atta girl!!!

    I absolutely believe the road less travelled, the road that is the hardest, is the road most blessed. Excited to watch from afar and see this journey unfold.


    • Lynnae

      Thanks, Fi!

  • Jill @ Called To Be A Mom

    Good luck with the move. I also have thought about writing under my own name. For now I have a peace about keeping my “mommy blog.” I am going to put my name blog out when I have a few more books written. I want my name blog to be more of an author page. I love the intentional thoughts I love being intentional in all we do.

    • Lynnae

      Thanks. I struggled with the idea of this move for a year. It’s definitely the right direction for me. But if you’re an author, I can see wanting to make your name blog an author blog.

  • Angelsong

    I have been a devoted Lynnae reader for several years, since your first blog, and I am not about to stop now. The upcoming changes sound exciting on several levels. Thank you for being so encouraging in a challenging world. Looking forward to 2014 right along with you.

    • Lynnae

      Thanks for sticking with me all these years, Angelsong! Can you believe it’s been almost six years since I started my first blog? What a long and winding journey it’s been. Glad to have you along for the ride!

  • Tika Nicole

    I so excited for you, Lynnae! I know change of any kind can be hard, but it usually brings greater reward than just contemplation 😉 I am right there with you on being INTENTIONAL. And in similar fashion, my one word for this year is… PURPOSEFUL.
    New Year Blessings to you and yours!

    • Lynnae

      Purposeful is a great word! Perhaps we can hold each other accountable, my friend!

      • Tika Nicole

        Sounds like a great idea to me! :)

  • Linsey K

    I love your challenge to give back with every post. It’s something I’ve been trying to do (without total success) and hope to try harder with in 2014. Love the new look of the blog!!

    • Lynnae McCoy

      Thanks so much!

  • Your Mom

    I love it, Lynnae. It looks so cheerful! You are going to have a very exciting year.

    • Lynnae McCoy

      Thanks! And I hope it’s an exciting year – in a good way!

  • Christin

    Sounds like you have a great plan!! I totally understand about wanting to write and leave the promoting behind. I literally just wrote about it on my other blog yesterday:

    • Lynnae McCoy

      Congratulations on your new blog! I can identify with everything you wrote. I’m going to check out the book A Million Little Ways. Sounds like something I’d love to read.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • DaLynn McCoy

    Perfect. I need to come back later when I have more time and re-read this post. It’s my heart as well. Thank you for opening up and being transparent! Thanks also for linking up with Christian Fellowship Friday this week. I’ll be back soon! Be blessed!

    • Lynnae McCoy

      Thanks for stopping by, DaLynn!