Last summer, my life felt off balance. I had the constant urge to get things done, move fast, and make things happen. It never felt right to take time for myself since my mind was always occupied with other things. I was hoping that leaving the 9-5 working lifestyle would free up time to enjoy some of the things I love. Turns out, I had to CHOOSE to spend my time differently in order to see any change.

 

Today, I feel more balanced but it still needs work. I sometimes feel guilty for reading a book in the middle of the day, taking a full afternoon off to spend outside, or working on passion projects that are not bringing me any sort of paycheck.

 

Taking the time to do the things that I love has improved the way I feel overall. Having this balance has evened out my anxiety and has also helped me see the result of living your values.

 

This all started with me writing out what I wanted more of in my life and what I wanted less of. I’ve since expanded upon that even further. I’ve listed below my foundational (most important) values, core values, and the obstacles that get in the way.  When I practice these, I feel in full alignment.

 

Foundational Values- Most Important (write 3)

  • Independence & freedom
  • Health
  • Family & friends – My dogs are apart of my family just to make that clear =)

 

Core Values (write 10-15)

  • Travel
  • Reading
  • Spending time outside
  • Writing
  • Tea
  • Helping others
  • Experiencing new things
  • Creating
  • Learning
  • Living debt free
  • Cooking from scratch
  • Plant-based eating
  • Organization
  • Simple living

 

Imaginary Values aka Obstacles (write 3)

  • Social Media
  • TV watching
  • Alcohol or going out

 

This balance shift has not only made me feel better mentally but has also improved the time I spend on work. I’m more focused, more creative, and able to accomplish more in less time. It makes sense because I’m actually taking time away from work. Taking time to do what you love might sound obvious, but for me, it took thought and making different choices that sometimes felt against the grain.

 

I’ve learned that it’s just as important to do the things you love, as it is to work hard every day.

 

The values that I have today may shift as time goes on. I plan on re-evaluating this list in a few months to see if any changes would help me be even more balanced.

 

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go. You are worth the effort.” –Deborah Day

 

Thanks for Reading,