How This Blog Got It’s Groove Back – {And Why You Should Come Read It}

by Michelle Acker on April 17, 2012

in Body,Mind,Soul

Lost. Twisted. Ugly.

At the beginning of this year, I’d kind of lost my groove. I had started Intentional.Me with a specific plan and a purpose, but I wasn’t sticking to it. My motives were getting twisted, my heart was being eaten up with comparisons, and I was sadly trying to measure up and be ‘good enough’ rather than do what I knew I was meant to do here.

What did you do?

Went it came time for Lent, I started thinking about what I could add to my life that would bring me closer to God.  I also wondered if there was something I needed to give up that was pulling me away from Him.  After a few days of reflection and prayer,  I could very clearly feel God whispering to my heart: “Your blog. It’s out of control. Let go of your blog.  Focus back on Me.”   I listened.  Okay, I didn’t listen that quickly.  I questioned, resisted.  Then I listened.  Eventually.


I gave up posting entirely for Lent.  Literally the second I let go of it, there was profound relief.  Followed quickly by the realization of just how far I’d let it twist my heart in the wrong direction.  I am so thankful to have stepped back and been obedient.

The results:

During the time away, I was able to re-focus on what my intentions have always been here.  Now, there is a more well-defined focus, a more intentional goal for my writing. Also, thanks to the Jeff Goins Intentional Blogging course, there is a clear mission and objective for Intentional.Me, plus a handy-dandy new tagline to go with it all.  Woot!

My promise { Why you should come read this blog}

Intentional Me has always been about Intentional Living.  It’s just now I’ve got my groove back.  My promise to you is this: I will be here writing, encouraging, and challenging you on a regular basis.  No more letting all those  great ideas rot in a notebook somewhere.

Here’s the shiny new mission statement:

IntentionalMe Mission:

To encourage, inspire, and challenge women – body, mind, & soul.

Body, Mind, & Soul.  That pretty much covers it, don’t you think?

  • Body~ Health & wellness
  • Mind~ Learning & growing
  • Soul~ Spiritual renewal
My goal is to use my own journey to teach women how to live well in each of these three areas, and to challenge readers to be more intentional in their day to day lives.

Want to know more?

Check out my new Welcome page, or my About Me page for more on the re-focused Intentional Me.

So, what do you think?

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Eryn {mamahall} April 17, 2012 at 6:42 AM

yay! she’s back! with a MISSION and INTENTION! so glad you took the time to refocus. God has an amazing plan & He’s gonna use YOU for greatness!

Michelle April 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Thanks, Eryn! That means a lot coming from you! 🙂

Stacey April 17, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Welcome back girl. Love your direction and passion!

Michelle April 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Thanks, Stacey! I’m really loving the new focus too.

SomeGirl April 17, 2012 at 7:24 AM

I LOVE it! Looks like your act of obedience is being richly rewarded with focus and renewed energy and inspiration! Looking forward to seeing what God does through you and your writing!

Michelle April 17, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I hadn’t looked at it like that…as a reward for obedience. Thanks for your perspective and your continual encouragement. 🙂

Brooke McGlothlin (@BrookeWrites) April 17, 2012 at 7:28 AM

I can’t wait to join the ranks of the “I’m back!” movement friend 🙂 Just a couple more weeks! You’re beautiful inside and out and I love your new space!

Michelle April 17, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Can’t wait to have you back too, Brooke! Enjoy your time away. 🙂 Thanks for the sweet compliment, friend!

Glenda Childers April 17, 2012 at 7:47 AM

I am working through blog/life issues myself.

Michelle April 17, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Those can be hard issues to work through, for sure. The rewards of pushing through and getting your priorities in line are definitely worth it, so don’t give up! Good luck with your journey.

Cherie April 17, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Welcome back! I know that break did your heart a world of good!! Enjoy your new vision!

Michelle April 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Thanks, Cherie! My heart is definitely full. God is good. 🙂

Jen Ferguson April 17, 2012 at 9:23 AM

This is awesome! So excited to see how God is going to use this blog to really encourage the hearts, souls, and minds of women!

Michelle April 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Jen, Thank you!! What an encouraging compliment. I’m really excited to see where God leads us as well. I’m so glad you stopped by!

Ashley Ditto April 17, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I love your blog! It’s so refreshing, uplifting and inspiring! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your comment! Have a wonderful day!!

Michelle April 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Ashley, thank you. I’m so glad you’re here and feeling inspired!

Kristin April 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Welcome back! Looks like the Lenten Discipline was intentional and God met you right where you were….seeking Him.

Michelle April 18, 2012 at 5:39 AM

Thanks, Kristin!

Meredith April 18, 2012 at 8:40 AM


This is just… you know… AWESOME!

Michelle April 19, 2012 at 4:12 AM

Why, thank you, sweet friend!! 🙂

Amy McCollister April 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM

It.looks.amazing. 🙂 I love it.

I’m in a little slum too. Have been for about 6 weeks, honestly, which is why I’ve not posted too much. I have a plan though. I need to refocus as well, but for me it’s all about re-prioritizing my days. I just have to actually DO it.

Michelle April 19, 2012 at 4:15 AM

Ahh…. the DOING it once you have a plan. Now there’s the hard part, right? Praying for you to find the right focus and priorities for your days.

Oh, and thanks for the compliment, too. I’m glad you like it. 🙂

Tereasa April 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM

This is my first time here and I am so, so glad I came! Your words spoke straight to my heart. I opened a new blog last month and it has taken me completely by surprise. I thought I’d be blogging about two things and ended up somewhere I never expected. It is good, but can see how I could quickly become twisted up by it. I will take your words as a warning for myself. I am also thankful for the respite you had. I can tell this is going to be awesome! I’ll follow you on facebook so I won’t miss anything. (Plus, I’m going to check out the Jeff Goins link. Thanks!)

Michelle April 19, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Tereasa, welcome! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by, and that you’ve found something useful here. Good luck with your blog!

Amanda Jones April 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I found myself experiencing a very similar transformation over a year ago. Letting go and letting God take control of my blogging was a tremendous blessing. I know he will bless you as you submit to Him too…. may all you do for His Kingdom be filled with His Grace and favor 🙂

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