I would not say I lived in a household were core values had meaning for raising a family. There definitely was a time when the adults decided that the responsibilities of being married or parents were done. So how I decided I still needed to graduate high school while couch surfing, I do not know since no one else seemed to care. Late in life, I was determined to find what my own personal strengths were to help design my new life as a forty-something divorcee. I was desperately searching for guidance to discover my core values. My fundamental principles that define the person that I now am. Also, how these values could be the foundation for designing my future yoga studio to create a community of teachers and yogis for lifelong relationships.
Chaos in My Head
I wanted to find my true passions in life, core values, and build a life I love. I began my journey by walking and listening to motivational speakers, TedTalks, and YouTube videos; to hopefully empty my brain of fears and negative thoughts that were dominating the space. I was searching to find anything that resonates with me. What I found to remove layers of well; bull-sh*t in my head and to live a simpler and happier life was Sarah Knight. Sarah’s TEDx Talk on “The Magic of Not Giving a F*** and Get Your Sh*t Together” was hilarious and such a simple message to work with.
In this Ted Talk, I was enlightened with powerful words on how to declutter and detox my brain to find the things in life that make me happy and find my passion. Sarah explains how to let go of the extras that steal your time, energy and money, to get back to your joy. This was the beginning of finding my true path to who I am now…
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Stripping to My Core
Words that have resonated with me was integrity, courage, loyalty, fun, be yourself, honesty, humility, play with your edge, always be changing, random acts of kindness, pay it forward, and community. Though what I keep coming back to is integrity, loyalty, and courage. Now I understand why these words have a meaning that runs deep with me explained by Dom ( no last name given) the creator of the blog ‘mindcoolness – Let There Be True Will’. In Dom’s article ‘On the Importance of Values in Life’ Dom explains where values come from and how these values speak to our human needs in a particular social dynamic. Where my values echo is with a tribe identity.
Dom’s list of social identities and the values that tend to live and breathe within these groups, speak to the purpose or motivation of creating the sense of belonging to these groups.
Maybe these raw views of getting to the root of what is essential speak to me in finding my values, are to remind me to K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) and enjoy life!
I want to invite you to share your passions and core values for life!
I would love to read your thoughts or comments on this topic!
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