22 Genuine And Purposeful Intentions For My 22nd Year

22 Genuine And Purposeful Intentions For My 22nd Year

A year to remember.

"One day, you're 17 and you're planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life." - One Tree Hill

This quote just about sums it up.

For me, college has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Out of nowhere, I turned 22 and started making decisions for my future. While it's been terrifying, there's also something really cool about it.

At 22, I'm the same person I've also been, but also very different than I used to be. I dedicate myself to what I like to call the two "G's" ― growth and grace. One thing that has never changed about me is my Type-A personality. Organization and compartmentalization is my forte. When I turned 22 I, like most Type-A people, made a list.

22 is the age we all dream about at eight-years-old, and now that I'm finally embarking on this journey, these are the 22 intentions I wrote down very quickly and without thinking too much. While some of them are direct, detail-oriented tasks, others are more broad attributes that I intend to discover and maintain.

Are you in your 22nd year? Are you in a season of growth? See if these intentions could align with your own!

1. Hey, God. 

Growing closer to God and nurturing my faith is a special intention for me this year.

I can feel him at work in my life, and because of that, I feel little worry and lots of happiness.

I intend to dive into this.

2. Bye, Social Media. 

I intend to remove myself from social media as much as possible. It's a black hole in many ways.

3. Distraction-Free Quality Time. 

I intend to focus on quality time with the people who matter most ― no phones, no distractions.

4. Hey body, how are ya feeling?  

I want to be more aligned with my body and take care of it accordingly.

When it tells me to slow down, I will listen.

5. Hey mind, how are ya feeling? 


6. Hometown. 

I intend to reconnect with my hometown and embrace what it has to offer.

7. Is this going to make me happy? 

I intend to ask this before making decisions.

8. Keep listening to that gut of yours - it's always been right. 

I want to listen to my gut and follow my heart. It has never, and I mean never, steered me wrong.

9. Bank Account, You Good?

Y'all know us college students are BROKE.

I intend to earn an income and begin saving.

10.  Hustle 

More than ever, I hope to work as hard as possible. Dreams don't come true without hard work.

11.  Good music. 

I want to listen to nothing but the best music out there.

Different genres. Different artists. Good messages.

12.  Coffee Addiction 

I intend to drink lots of coffee.

Maybe start plans for my dream coffee shop?

13.  Generosity. 

I plan to pay it forward as much as possible, in many different ways.

14.  Stream-line. 

I want to simplify my life ― clothes, my room, my computer files.

I am easily the kind of person that works with 15 tabs open at a time. I want to be more intentional and focus on one or two things at a time, while also accomplishing bigger goals.

15.  Travel to at least three new places. 

I want to experience new environments and learn about new things.

Nashville. New Orleans. Montana.

16.  Dedication. 

I want to remain dedicated to my friends, family, and myself.

17.  Openness. 

I want to open myself up to the possibilities of life.

18.  Graduate School. 

I plan to earn a Masters degree in the field I love.

19.  Love. 

What does it mean?

20.  Learn first, then teach. 

I want to learn as much as I can and teach those around me ― particularly my future students.

21.  Connect with a new community. 

School community. Coffee house community. Any community.

22.  Rediscovery. 

I plan to rediscover myself, while also staying grounded.

I cannot wait for this 22nd trip around the sun.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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