Does today really count?

“Later, when you're grown up, you realize you never really get to hang outwith your family. You pretty much have only eighteen years to spend with them full time, and that's it.” Mindy Kaling

This weekend, according to my handy dandy apps, we hit another family milestone.


Both of our children are under 3,000 days away from college.What. In. The. World.

We are inching, almostimperceptibly, closer to a season where the "team" will scatter.  If you have children, you can fill in the emotions, but time marches on even if you have never had kids or if your children are long gone.

In life, one of our goals is to make sure time doesn't slip by, but that we stay aware and perceive its passage.

The point isn't a morbid obsession as the days countdown, but to stay intentional and wise in how we use our precious hours.

My nature is to be open, flexible, and exploratory. (I'm an ENTP for those of you who speak Myers-Briggs.) But that means sometimes I lack structure and wander too much. To compensate, I emphasize routines which keep me grounded:

Morning PagesEating ListsReading GoalsRelationship Habits

And, of course, writing habits.

These habits keep me aware of and moving toward my top priorities.

What does an intentional life look like for you? Where do you need to establish routines with your family, in your relationships, or your work?

What can you do this week to make the "almost imperceptible" visible?