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Journal: Day 12 of Becoming More Intentional

I'd be lying if I wasn't as close as I could have gotten in my head to not journaling today. I went to bed last night and woke up this morning feeling the world's weight on my shoulders.

Sometimes, the weight of life and being a dad is just heavy w—the expectations, the stress, and the needs that need to be met. As men and dads, we must keep pushing and figuring it out. Sometimes, it's tough to keep pushing forward cause it gets tiring. To everyone else, we can make it look so easy.

I know I have been asked more than once, "How do you balance?" "how do you do all the things?" I don't, honestly. I show up half the time or even more, and everything works out. I'd be lying if I said I was always prepared to teach a lesson at church, Awana, attend an appt with a client at work, attend a meeting, and respond to a text. Heck, half the time, I feel sounder prepared. I am winging it more often than then.

But we show up, continue, push, and figure it out. The weight today is heavy, the stress is high, and the anxiety is high. The mind won't stop running. I know it'll all work out; I must trust God and that the teacher is silent during the test. I can only control what I can control and take things moment by moment.

Part of being intentional is having the self-reflection time to slow down and admit to yourself that you need to evaluate a couple of things. This is okay; it's part of being accountable to yourself, working through the feelings and thoughts, and finding the other areas in your life that need some intentionality.

Today, I started at about 6:35 and went till 6:45 am. I barely got the 10in.

The image symbolizes day twelve on your journey of becoming more intentional. Planting a tree represents the sowing of future intentions and the nurturing of your long-term goals. It's a metaphor for the care and dedication required to grow and flourish, set against the backdrop of a new dawn, signifying hope, renewal, and the endless possibilities that come with each new day.

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