Women with Intention Wednesday: Intentionally Making Changes in the New Year


New years frequently inspire people to consider making changes–break bad habits, establish new good habits, re-evaluate choices, and reflect on the good and the bad. We can then learn from all of those things in an effort to turn our lives around from any negative influences and move forward into healthier, happier lifestyles that include pursuing our dreams we may have put off for any number of reasons.



It’s Women With Intention Wednesday again… which means focusing on something INTENTIONALLY, one step at a time.


Here’s the definition again:


Deliberately, purposely, knowingly**



Since this new year has arrived, I thought I would share a resource I have found especially helpful. Considering the arrival of winter and the changes going on in Maine (manifesting as snow and ice, and cold, crisp temperatures), it seemed appropriate to me to discuss a resource that focuses on change and turning our lives around.


In fact, the name of this book is Turn Your Life Around, written by Dr. Tim Clinton, who is a Christian professor, counselor, and President of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). It was actually this book (or God using the anointed message in this book) that helped me work through the pain, anger, and confusion over losing my Dad back in 2002, and the sense of loss and loneliness that lingered for years.



Available on Amazon (not an affiliate link)


Dr. Clinton’s main focus is on overcoming pain, loneliness, and negative consequences of the past. The themes in the book include the following:

*Losing heart: the Descent into Pain

*Ambushed and assaulted

*Anger, Anxiety, Aloneness, Alienation, Arrogance

*Adulteries of the Heart and Addiction

*Alive Again!

*Accountability, Action, Attachments, Awareness, Assessment,

*Affection of God

*Recovery of the Heart: Coming Out of Pain



Here is an excerpt from chapter 2, “Anger: The Fiery Furnace of the Soul” —


“There is great hope for you–even when you feel helpless. Just as your life journey may lead you into disheartening circumstances, so the Lord God can lead you out.

Do you know someone who is filled with anger because life isn’t the way it is supposed to be?

How about you? Are you fuming over something that has happened? Why? How long have you been frustrated inside? Can you see the path of anger in your own life?

What’s sad is that when we don’t make a course correction in our anger, life gets more complicated.

For some, the downward spiral stops here, where they confront life’s challenges and bring anger under control.

For others–many others–the next dark step of descent is into deeper, more destructive anger.

Yet never forget that there is a way to come out of your pain and recover your heart!

Action Point: If you are deeply angry, face it. Acknowledge the source and seek to remedy whatever ignited this often-destructive emotion. Do you know someone who handles anger well? Ask him or her to give you some guidelines. And don’t forget to ask God to help you make a course correction today, so you’ll keep from traveling further down the spiral.”


In this new year of 2019, I hope you are not going through any significant struggles in your life. But if you or any of your loved ones are, I hope you will consider purchasing this book.  It is available at Amazon in ebook and bargain book prices — and no, this is not an affiliate link– I get nothing out of referring this book other than the reward of knowing someone’s life may turn around from reading the book! 😉


So what do YOU think?


Have you ever heard of this book?


Do you have any good resources or suggestions to share?


Happy New Year from hubby Dave and me!
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16 comments to “Women with Intention Wednesday: Intentionally Making Changes in the New Year”

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  1. Denise - January 2, 2019 Reply

    Loving all the inspirational quotes for the new year!

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  2. Pashmina @TheGoneGoat - January 3, 2019 Reply

    Love this inspirational post and I couldn’t agree more!!

  3. Patricia - January 4, 2019 Reply

    I haven’t heard of this book but intentionality is so important!!

  4. Joline - January 4, 2019 Reply

    I haven’t heard of this book but I know just the person who might need it. He’s been struggling lately, hopefully this book helps him.

  5. Susan - January 4, 2019 Reply

    Hadn’t heard of this one before. Love that it’s, in part, helping people move through/past anger. I think that’s an emotion few of us know how to handle without either stuffing it in or incinerating everything around us. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2019!
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  6. Neely Moldovan - January 4, 2019 Reply

    I had not heard of this book. It seems like a really great one thogh!

  7. Stephanie - January 4, 2019 Reply

    I have not heard of this book before, but it sounds like it’s a good one to read and reference when needed. I’ll have to see if it’s available on the library for me to check it out soon, thanks for the suggestion!!

  8. Kim Kupiecki - January 4, 2019 Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve never heard of this book but it sounds like a great read. I’m sorry for the loss of your father. Losing a parent is hard. Here’s to a fab 2019.
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  9. Kayla - January 4, 2019 Reply

    I have not heard of this book, but I love how passionate you are. I can tell that it truly had meaning to you and that you want to share it with others.

  10. Shane Parks - January 5, 2019 Reply

    Its so difficult feeling like this sometimes. I had a really hard time a few years ago. This would have been great to have back then. Might still be worth a read!

  11. Elaine - January 5, 2019 Reply

    Using intentionality to make important changes or cope with hard times is a great way to find the positives. It’s definitely something I could do more.

  12. Elizabeth O - January 6, 2019 Reply

    I am familiar with this book but have not had a chance to read it. I will look into getting a copy just for inspiration in 2019. Thank you!

  13. Helene - January 6, 2019 Reply

    The book sounds so inspirational although i haven’t heard of it before. I need to change a few bad habits of mine that put limits to my creativity so i think i ll have a look at this book.

  14. Krysten Quiles - January 6, 2019 Reply

    This book sounds absolutely wonderful, I need to add it to my reading list. Thanks for the recommendation.

  15. Angela Tolsma - January 6, 2019 Reply

    I love finding books that help you find answers to pain and allow you to heal and move forward. Glad you found this.

  16. Christa - January 6, 2019 Reply

    Winter months and the cold that they bring always seem to inspire introspection in me. This book looks like the perfect read for right now. Thank you for sharing!

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