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We Gordons brush together.

If you’re like me, then you’ve been reading this blog for a while now.

If you’re like me, you’ve seen time and time again that your own sense of wellness is dramatically improved by intentional living. If you’re like me, I want to tell you a story.

Approximately 11 months ago, my wife Sarah and I took a stay-cation. Over the January 3 and 4th weekend, we shipped the kiddo to her grandparents and prepared to stay home for 3 days.

Oh man, we BASKED in the sweet anticipation of 3 glorious days of eating out (read: no prep, no mess, no clean up), staying up late, sleeping in, and long, leisurely evenings with popcorn and old movies. And lots of canoodling.The focus of those 3 days, besides excess canoodling?

To build the most ambitious ‘to-do’ list of our lives. To organize the year 2011. To decide what we were going to quit, commit to, and achieve. We titled it “The Weekend of Coolness and Skulduggery” (no, we didn’t know what skulduggery was either; we had to Google it). In short, we committed to answering one question:

Next January, when we’re looking back on 2011, what will we wish we had done with our life?

And wowsers – over the next 3 days, Sarah and I hammered away, shaping the next year of our life. We wrote it all down on big sheets of paper, plastering ’em all over our kitchen wall (you can see pictures here). We had BIG plans; we wanted to do so many things with 2011.

We wanted to travel. We wanted to experiment with minimalism. We wanted to get healthier. We wanted to spend more time outdoors. We wanted to hang out as a family a LOT more. We wanted to be more intentional about specific relationships. We wanted to pick up some new skills. We wanted to make a habit out of creativity. We wanted to live more artistic lives. Big plans, like I said.

That 3 day weekend was galvanizing. It drew Sar and I together – tightly united us behind a set of common goals. That weekend forced us to intentionally examine our lives, and launched Sar and I on a quest to re-organize our lives around values of OUR choosing, not the crap culture had force-fed us for so long. Since that fateful weekend…

  • We started a family website. Originally designed to allow family and friends to watch as we carried out our plans for 2011, the quickly mushroomed into a tight community bent on equipping other families to live their best lives.
  • I quit my job to start a business… a HUGE adventure.
  • We made 15 family trips.
  • I lost 40 lbs. Sarah lost 15 (we look hot, trust me)
  • We stopped hanging out with people we don’t like, and have discovered so many exciting friendships that inspire and awaken us.
  • We reduced our family possessions by 40% (approx).
  • We upped our family happiness and excitement by like… 4000% (again, approx.)
  • We shaved almost $700 off our monthly budget – to $2300.

Basically, that Weekend of Coolness and Skulduggery… well, it’s ruined us. Absolutely, unequivocally, without question. We’re destroyed. We can’t go back to what life used to be. We can’t ‘undo’ it. We can’t go back to just living life by the out of the box. We can’t go back to the way things used to be.

And we don’t want to.

If you’re interested in more specifics on HOW we pulled off the W of CS, then click here. If you want to go all ‘nonconformist’ on me and rig up your own, here are a couple questions to get you started:

1.What are we doing now that we DON’T want to be doing next year at this time?

2.What new activity DO we want to be doing next year at this time?

3.What do WE want from life this year?

Thanks, y’all. Go make 2012 Kick Ass!!!