Thursday, October 25, 2012

My Priority List

I am reading the most fascinating book right now...


Dave bought me this book for my Birthday a few weeks ago and I can't get enough! Seriously one of the BEST books on creativity and finding your way I have read.

Yesterday as I was reading Chapter Two "The Foundation: What Values are Shaping Your Daily Choices?" I came across the perfect story for our Word PRIORITIES...

The author, Christine Mason Miller, was talking about how she was in the middle of writing this book and she had been on a trip and just got home and became totally overwhelmed by all she had to do...the laundry, catching up on e-mails, her family needing her, etc.

"Not only was I in over my head, having decided...rather arbitrarily...that  long list of tasks simply had to be done that first day back home, I was also monumentally annoyed. I was a WRITER, with a capital W, and that meant my most important, meaningful work was to write, right??

In fact, I decided it was my ONLY meaningful work,which meant everything else was to be regarded with disdain and rushed through as quickly as possible.

What I had temporarily forgotten was that my most important values and priorities aren't only expressed through my work as a writer, but through everything I do...even making coffee, even walking my dog. The work I needed to do to take care of my home and family wasn't seperate or taking away from my work as a writer, but part of the same path."

Oh WOW...this was just HUGE for me!!!

The rest of the chapter goes on offering exercises to help us uncover our Core Values which will help us come up with our Priority List. I HIGHLY recommend this book!! You can order it here.

Topping My Priority List is my Family...

Jacks and Em at Worlds of Fun

Man, do I LOVE these two kids. This is Jackson's last year at home...I can't believe it!! But he is really ready to move on with his life. He will be AMAZING at whatever he does. My sweet Em is 15 and loving her life right now. We have been through so much this year and have become STRONGER than ever. I am soooo blessed!!!

Being a WIFE tops my list, too.

Dave and I at a wedding dance in May.

This man and I have been through so much in our twenty years of marriage. Through it all we have supported one another and loved one another...never giving up on us. He has really needed me this past year to not spend money!! I think I have done that well and am proud of how we have continued to be strong regardless of our daily stress. I love Dave!!!

My Health made the Top 5 of my Priority List. Less neck pain and migraine headaches, eating cleaner and exercising all are important to me and help me smile.

When I take care of me I can do anything:)

Blogging and Creating are almost important as breathing to me. Since I was in the 5th grade I have used words as a way to express myself. What a gift my blog has been this year. It's my safe place to share...You are all amazing and I am grateful for each of you!!!! 

And when I didn't know where else to go I would grab my art journal, a few paints and pens and just let go. So healing!!! ART is a TOP PRIORITY!

“Action expresses priorities. 

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” 
― Stephen R. Covey

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” 
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


  1. My husband and my girls are the very top of my list, for sure. Making sure they are happy and helping them see the good in life is a big priority of mine. being the best person that I can be - being honest and sharing that honesty in whatever way it comes (writing,my blog, art, story telling) is really important to me. Connecting with others and hearing their stories - understanding that we really are ONE people - all of that comes into play in my day to day life. I love this opportunity to reflect on what is my priority. I don't know if I ever really stopped to think about it. but I am glad to have done it now. LOVe this, my friend!! HUGS!

  2. This is so lovely to read. I just finished reading Ordinary Sparkling Moments and really love the honesty that came through in Christine's work

  3. Great post. I'll have to check out the book. It looks like a great one.

  4. Hi! This is the first time I have been to your blog and I love it! I'm a little late to participate in your October words challenge unfortunately though. That book sounds amazing and I will definitely have to have a look at that as I have trouble with my priorities too - all too often my girls and husband can get shunted aside in pursuit of work. A realisation I have made and are trying to correct. Your kids are gorgeous, and good luck with your health priority. I need to make one of those too!

  5. Oh my gosh, that sounds like a fabulous book that I could really do woth right now. That quote really resonates with me too. Off to check it out.

  6. I love that quotation by Gandhi, Leslie, that our actions express our priorities. I am really convicted when I read that!! Thank you for letting me know about this book; sounds interesting! And what a fantastic photo of you and your guys are so cute!!


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