With the start of the New Year and embracing 2017, I've had several oppportunities to examine my values as a way of getting more clarity on how I want to live my life.
This exercise isn't completely new to me, but it's been so good to re-examine what my values are, and think about the questions posed as I jumped into the task, particularly this one: "Are these my principles, based on what I value deeply today, or did I inherit them?" (Thank You Lin Eleoff!)
Because not only are some values imposed on us by our families, but they can change over time - which is why I think it's good to look at them every couple of years or so. If you need some help getting started, here are two good values lists.
After looking them over - here are the values I most identified with . . .
Alignment, Awareness, Bliss, Community, Connection, Courage, Creativity, Economic Security, Emotional Well-Being, Family, Feeling Good, Freedom, Friendship, Guts, Grit, Grace, Happiness, Health, Honesty, Inspiration, Integrity, Joy, Kindness, Laughter, Love, Play, Positive Attitude, Presence, Self-Awareness, Service, Strength, Vision.
It's a great little project to really take a look and write down the words that most resonate with you - but then how do you remember them all? You create a VISION STATEMENT! I actually did this years ago, and what I love about it so much is that when I dug it up this week - it's still pretty much spot on. And with that I am sharing with you my short and long vision statements - circa 2009!
Short Vision Statement: I am nurturing, creative and true.
Living My Vision Is . . .
I ask for what I want and stand up for what I believe in - integrity shows through in all that I do.
I maintain a home that is comfortable & inviting for me, my family and my friends - equally a sanctuary for quiet reflection as it is a gathering place for lively entertaining.
I embrace motherhood - using intuition & wisdom to teach my children, accepting they will learn from me and follow their own path.
I choose work that has meaning and purpose, aware that my efforts are working toward the greater good.
I create abundance for myself, allowing me to fulfill my dreams of travel and adventure.
I volunteer for causes that are dear to my heart, knowing that being in service to others is a gift.
I acknowledge my spirituality by going to church, and reading work by authors that enlighten me.
I nurture my creativity, taking photographs, writing & following other artistic pursuits.
I exercise and eat healthy foods, honoring my body and all that it does for me.
I show up fully & speak my truth - creating quality relationships.
And I always remember that Gratitude is that fastest way "home".
(In this case "home" refers to that inner peace you find in your core - where all is calm & happy & bright . . . you know what I mean!)
If you're looking for some guidance on writing your own Personal Vision Statement, this is a great article. It's a fantastic exercise and a nice way to get grounded for the New Year, and for the rest of your life!
Let me know if you need any assistance - I'm available for complimentary 30-minute Coaching sessions here, and would love to help you with your values and envisioning your "Ideal Day" <--- another great clarity tool. Let's Do This!
Love and Light,
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Meet me here on Saturdays for some weekly vibes - honoring the week that has past, and clearing the way for what's new. Gather your journal and favorite pen, along with a hot cup of coffee/tea/chai - and settle in for 30 minutes dedicated to YOU.