Affirmations for Intentional Living

How will 2019 you differ from 2020 you?

Less than one month left of 2019! I’ve been thinking a lot about the year of purposeful growth and hard work it has been — dealing with all of my baggage and how it affects the people I love.

There are so many sayings that got me through difficult days, or helped me with my goal of intention, and I wanted to give you this piece of my heart. As you reflect, I hope these words will help you feel empowered, encouraged, capable, and loved.

Personal Growth

  • “Failure” is just another way of saying “practice”. (Jenny Furse)
  • “I can do hard things.” (Several People)
  • You are enough. You are so enough, it’s unbelievable how enough you are. (Sierra Boggess)
  • Don’t play small because of someone else’s opinion. (Monica Packer)
  • The secret to not worrying about what other people think of you is to know who you are. (Jenny Furse)
  • Take imperfect steps anyway. (Mother Teresa)
  • If they aren’t in the arena, then their opinion doesn’t matter. (Teddy Roosevelt)
  • Am I leaving it all on the field? (Vince Lombardi)
  • Do your future self a favor. (Lindsay Bird Nielson)
  • “We all deserve [therapy]. It’s not for crazy people. It’s for broken people, and there’s not a person on this planet who’s not broken.” (Joshua Straub)
  • Don’t expect something of others that you aren’t willing to expect of yourself. (Joe Furse)
  • Gratitude for, and being truly present in the moment, rather than fearing the loss of it, leads to greater resilience when the need arises./Are you walking sightless among miracles? (Brene Brown/ Amit Sood)


  • “There’s a quote attributed to Martin Luther (I’m fairly certain he didn’t say it, but I like the sentiment): ‘The Christian shoemaker doesn’t put little crosses on each pair of shoes; he makes a good pair of shoes.’ Electricians don’t go out and tie wires into crosses, plumbers don’t write theological treatises, and garbage men don’t preach twenty minute sermons each Sunday. But they do good work. It goes back to all sorts of other things. We can’t pray every moment of every day but the Spirit is at work making those prayers through the faith He works in our hearts. No matter what we do, we will not be talking specifically about Jesus every moment of every day. But we also remember that in all things we do, we are to ‘give glory to God’.” (C.D. Anders, I hope you don’t mind I saved this. It may be some of the best advice I have ever received.)
  • More on consecration: Utilize prayer! Make God a part of the every day, not just the joy, the sorrow, or the Sabbath. (Jenny Furse)
  • When you read the scriptures, you are spending time with Jesus. (? Random Person in my religion class)
  • “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. Because of Jesus, we are never alone, and all of the sinful, difficult, unfair, hurt — all of it — has already been conquered. (John 16:33)
  • “I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me”/ “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” You do not have to be perfect, or labor alone, before you can “access” Jesus’ love. It is meant for you! And freely given. (1 Corinthians 15:10/ Mark 2:17)
  • God made you, and He doesn’t make mistakes. (Max Lucado)


  • What truly makes you come alive?/ True rest = RESTORATION. (Christi Straub/ Saundra Dalton-Smith)
  • Self-love is not loving everything about yourself. It is seeing the good along with the bad and respecting the whole picture. (Meg Holden)
  • In regard to caring for your mental and physical health without compromising one for the other — What feels like love? (Taffy Micheli)
  • Choosing to honor your commitments to yourself is not a loss of autonomy. (Brenda Lomeli)
  • True self-care is not creating regular diversions from the difficulties of life; it is creating a life that you don’t need to escape from. (Brianna West)

Parenting, Marriage, & Relationships

  • Positive Parenting Acronym: Be calm & positive. Enforce meaningful boundaries consistently. Spend quality time together. To understand, children must first be understood. (Jenny Furse)
  • It’s not about what strategy you use; it’s about who you are. (Joshua Straub)
  • Be honest. The peace that comes from clearly defined, realistic expectations and/or resolved miscommunication can’t happen unless you: Talk about it. Talk about it. Talk about it! — with compassion of course! (Jenny Furse)
  • Listen more than you talk. (Several People)
  • To everything there is a season + Your dream won’t leave you behind. (Taffy Micheli)
  • It’s all about the relationship! (Joshua Straub)
  • “Be one who nurtures and builds. Be one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” (Marvin J. Ashton)

And with all of it…

  • Be self-compassionate. Treat yourself like you would someone you are responsible for helping (Jordan B. Peterson)
  • You aren’t going to be perfect. You aren’t going to get everything right 100% of the time, but let go of shame. “Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.” (Brene Brown)
  • And don’t forget to celebrate your successes! You have already come further than you know. (Christi Straub)

Here’s to continued progress!

❤ Jenny

28 thoughts on “Affirmations for Intentional Living

  1. Thank you, dear Jenny, for this reminder! As a mom of grown kids, and looking at your pictures, your post speak to my heart as well. As each day drips into the next, continue in steadfastness and faithfulness in the “small” things! They are the stitches of the fabric that wraps it all up in His love.

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  2. I love this post and the positive vibe it gives. ❤ I also find that the end of the year is always the right time to re-evaluate my choices, think things through, and reflect. 😊

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  3. Key truth to walk with. We have to consistently take the steps, believing we can do it and do it “anyway”. Eventually we would be surprised how far we have come, just by us taking the leap of faith and stepping out to accomplish all we look forward to even as He has directed us to. 💯

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  4. Wonderful affirmations! I especially like the one that focuses on gratitude and truly being present in the moment, instead of fearing the loss of it. That is one of my big goals for 2020: to be more present, especially as a parent!

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