Do My Values Match My Time?

November 8, 2022

When I think about balance I’m thinking about the time I spend on various tasks. I might spend all my time trying to meet a show entry deadline and not spend any time in the garden. Or I might spend all my time teaching and non time making art. I’ve just come out of three decades of spending the majority of my time caring for children. I don’t regret it but I’m happy to move on.

Looking back, it’s been absolutely rare that any of the parts of my life get equal amounts of my time.

Is this really so bad though? Isn’t this what most people’s lives or like? Is it really just me?

As I’ve been ruminating I’ve realized that it’s more about how each of those things make me feel. Do I resent the time spent, or does it feed my soul?

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Maybe the key is to think differently. Think more about finding balance inside of ourselves. I just revisited a “find your core values” quiz that you might find interesting.  I believe that when we are spending time, ACTING in alignment with what we really believe, that we have true balance.

I find myself so busy many times that I don’t stop to think about what is motivating me.


I don’t take time to stop and examine things that need examining and that require quiet time.

Reflective time. Thoughtful time.

Actions speak louder than words.

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What do you spend time on during your day and how does it align with your core values?

Leave a comment and let me know then I’ll tell you my results. The quiz thing is pretty interesting.

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  • Reply
    March 31, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Life throws at us challenges at an unbelievable rate. Post traumatic stress lite, I’m sure there’s something I should be cleaning, clearing, researching, …
    It takes intentional attention to unhabituate.

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    Patti Maxwell
    November 14, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Penny Oman was a great teacher of how to get rid of busy-ness and get down to doing those things that align with core values. Invaluable. You are on the right path.

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