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