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On Being Intentional

April 30, 2018 · 3

Cee F. -  - On Being Intentional

I loathe over-used and cliche buzzwords, particularly ones that are used to speak about lifestyle – wellness, clean living, mindfulness… They all make me cringe, and I could continue the list. Every one of them smacks of privilege and worse, of judgement over people without privilege, who can’t afford to make luxurious lifestyle changes.

Intentional is a word that has long been on that list. The very idea that people float through life without putting thought into their decisions, that this is something we need to learn to do consciously as adults, sounds very much like a snake oil sale to me. But with that said, I’ve started giving more thought to being more intentional in one area of my life recently: blogging.

For years, I’ve published three posts a week virtually without fail. I’ve taken no breaks, blogging on vacation and during public holidays. And I’ve done it all without soliciting any help – I think the last time I asked anyone to guest post was some time in 2013. I’ll be honest and say that mostly, it’s worked for me. There have been stressful moments, but I’ve always recognised that stress as self-imposed and known I could stop if I wanted to. But in Vancouver, that schedule depended, largely, on our ability to rush out and take a set of photos in twenty minutes if we needed to, just to have content prepared. For our first year in Winnipeg, we relied on a backlog of Paris photos to get through the long cold winter. Those photos ran out earlier this year.

Initially, I told myself I would just have to come up with a new strategy. Perhaps embrace indoor photos. But the more I’ve considered it, the more clearly I’ve realised that the photos we rush to take in twenty minutes, just to have photos taken, are never ones I love. Those photos wind up in posts like this one, where I talk about how cold I was when we took them, because I recognise my compulsive desire to create content sometimes borders on ridiculous. And because, really, what else is there to talk about? The story of those photos is that I was cold. Beginning, middle and end.

In life, I always focus on quality over quantity. So I finally asked myself why I haven’t done that on Coco & Vera. After all, it seems to me, when I step back and consider it seriously, that it would be better to share two really great posts a week – or even only one – than three that I slapped together in a hurry because I felt I had to. After all, no one is demanding three posts a week from me except me. So from now on, I’ve decided to take the pressure off. If we don’t have time to take photos, we won’t. The same goes for if the weather is miserable. I don’t just want to share content. I want to present content that is beautiful and meaningful, the product of reflection and inspiration. For me, that’s what intentional blogging looks like.

I still hate the word intentional. In fact, after I finish this post, I hope I’ll never feel compelled to write it down again. But in this context, it was the only one that made sense. This will be a new chapter for Coco & Vera, and I’m excited to see what it will look. Happy Monday, my darlings!

#christianlouboutin #aninebing #mavi #sheinside #massimodutti

Tneale Williams
Nice one.
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Mirjam
Love the look!
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