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8 Areas of Intentional Living


Our ability to function optimally is directly connected to our physical well-being. The acronym NEWSTART emphasizes areas essential to balanced healthy living: Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Air, Rest, & Trust (in God).


It is claimed that financial stress is the #1 cause of divorce. In reality, it is communication around the area of finances that can become the source of marital discord. Money has been identified as the top stressor for Americans. We live in a society swimming in credit card debt and living paycheck to paycheck. Financial peace is a goal worth pursuing.


The largest portion of our waking hours are spent earning a living. Vocation is defined as, “a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation.” A job to pay the bills is essential, but aligning making a living with making a difference through your vocational calling can be a game changer.


Life can be brutal. Beliefs about ourselves based on formative childhood experiences have a lasting impact. Daily we are affected by our interactions with others. Our internal dialogue significantly influences our sense of well-being and our interactions with others. Depression and anxiety is on the rise, impacting 18+% of the population. Engaging with resources to journey toward emotional wholeness is a vital investment.


Our nuclear family knows us better than anyone else. Our role as spouse and/or parent is more important than any other human relationship. When these critical relationships are strained, or fractured, everything else in our lives is dramatically impacted. Conversely, when our family relationships are flourishing, our ability to function as the best version of ourselves dramatically increases.


Loneliness has been identified as the next major public health issue. Remarkably, studies have shown that 3 out of 4 Americans struggle with feelings of loneliness. We were born as relational beings in need of community. Regularly taking time to nurture healthy friendships will have a tremendous positive influence on our overall happiness.


We live in a world that is rapidly changing. Technological advances are mind-boggling. It is hard to keep pace. Challenging ourselves to learn new things, to expand our minds, to take risks are all part of living life to the fullest. Part of being the best that we can be is to commit to being a lifelong learner.


Why is this area included among the eight domains of intentional living? There are many big questions that challenge us: What is the purpose of living? What does the future hold beyond this life? Is there a higher power? Is there something more? Exploring these profound questions can result in discoveries that are life transforming. Free resources will be recommended to encourage you on this journey.