Category archives: Intentional Living

  • Rhett Smith 83: A Wholistic Paradigm for New Year Goal Setting

  • I decided to take about a 6 week break from the podcast to focus on my work and family as we entered into a very busy holiday season. It was good to take a break from the podcast as I focused on the New Year ahead. I'm not sure what the podcast will look like in 2017, but I do know there will be one. I would really love to move to more of a guest format, but it's pretty challenging to line up a[...]
  • Book Reading in 2016

  • So I took a totally opposite approach to book reading in 2016 than I have in years past, and I'm going to take it into 2017 as well. And in 2017 I plan on re-reading a lot more of the authors and books that I love. In the past 17 years I have primarily read theology, philosophy and psychology books...and if I read literature, it was mainly what was considered classical literature. I usually end[...]
  • "Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry"

  • Not long after moving to Chicago, I called a wise friend to ask for some spiritual direction. I described the pace of life in my current ministry. The church where I serve tends to move at a fast clip. I also told him about our rhythms of family life: we are in the van-driving, soccer-league, piano-lesson, school-orientation-night years. I told him about the present condition of my heart, as best [...]
  • Runnning as a Meditative and Prayerful Practice

  • In yesterday's post Running as an Antidote for Anxiety and Depression, I told you about why I love running and how it has transformed my life. One aspect that I didn't tell you about is how running not only helps with my anxiety and depression, but it's a great activity for my prayer life. I spend a lot of time in prayer during my runs, as well as listening to music sporadically throughout the[...]
  • Don't Wait for Your Job to Do Self-Care for You! It Starts With You

  • One of the core beliefs that I have as a therapist is that people have to address four areas of their lives: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. I talk about this with all my clients and in the talks I give. And I practice this in my own life. Do you address these four core areas? Failure to do so can often leave us feeling depressed, anxious, and not thriving in our personal and relat[...]
  • Are you feeling burned out? Try self-care.

  • I just made it through a season where at moments I felt like I was on the verge of burnout. It just felt like a period of time when really big stuff...stuff bigger than usual was being juggled, and I was doing my best not to drop everything. Some of those things were: I was in an intense season of personal growth as I was participating in an 8 week online coaching program. I was also in in the[...]