The Journey: Let’s Be Intentional in the New Year!


By SAMANTHA BRAZIE, Special to The Paper

Happy New Year, Paper readers!

This is the time of year where we reflect on the year prior and look forward to being better versions of ourselves in the future. 2022 was especially a unique year for me and my family … a new season of life. Yet it seems like we’re about to go into yet another one this year. We are getting used to being flexible with traditions we’ve had for 20+ years and looking at how we will adjust with our extended family tree to make the most out of the time we have together. 

If I had to pick one word that summed my role up as board chair of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber in 2022, it would be “intentionality.” I was very intentional about how I spent every moment of my time in that role, but even more so at work. Still, most of the time I felt like I was running on a hamster wheel. My love of travel became more of a burden … I looked forward to trips planned and had a wonderful time but was completely overwhelmed when I came back because the one thing I couldn’t do when I was gone was truly support my people. So almost all of my time was spent with them and my tasks had to be done whenever I could fit them in. In hindsight, I did the best that I possibly could and always made myself available to my team and my family, but no one does it all well. 

New Years resolutions are everywhere although quite often not followed through with. I have written about goals, how to follow through with them and make lasting change over the last few years. In reality, for me, some of my biggest and best lifestyle changes have come through NY resolutions. It requires a need for change, discipline, and yes – intentionality. 

So this year, while I definitely want to be healthier, exercise more, make more money – all of the ‘fad’ resolutions – what I want most is to be intentional about everything I do. The season of chasing my tail is behind me and I am moving forward to making the most out of every moment, even the ones I don’t plan. My version of being intentional doesn’t mean I have to plan every second of my life (even though I’m pretty good at micromanaging myself), but it does mean that I plan on being more present than I have been in years, in as many moments as possible. It means that I am not going to put myself on the backburner anymore … my wellbeing is important. It means that I am going to spend meaningful time with the people in my life and work on things that are truly important, intentionally.  

I challenge you to look at your life with a ‘big picture’ mindset and think about not the problem itself but what the behind-the-scenes thought processes are behind that problem. That, my friends, is where you are truly going to be intentional on making lasting change in your Journey. 

“In death, we are not defined by what we did or who we were but by what we meant to others. How well we loved and were loved in return.” – Allison Pearson, I Don’t Know How She Does It.

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