Values In Life Helps Us to Prioritize
We are soon leaving again, this time for Singapore and Malaysia and decided to write down our values in life. Travels are thrilling, help to get new ideas, experience another society and get a glimpse of the world. We also want a life full of meaning, so we need to include more of our shared interests and values abroad too. We are looking forward to spending time in nature, join social events, making new friends and engage in the place where we are.
Our 10 Most Important Values
The list is a simplified and meant to be easy to follow. Like with minimalism, cutting out the fluff helps to get more time and focus on what’s important. We still need to go back and check the list now and then as a reminder and take action in line with values.
1. Contribute More to What’s We Care About
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We want to be a part of helping to create a better future even though it is just in small ways. One one of my birthdays, Chris fundraised money for the donkey’s in Morocco as a present. Ever since I saw the situation the donkey’s faced, I wanted to do something. Chris action was heartwarming and felt so right.
For Elin, the closest thing to the heart is to help animals and also raise awareness about their situation. Chris has the same feeling towards environmental issues. We both try to support each other in contributing more to these areas.
We try to contribute in more areas and in different ways, from volunteering, lending money on Kiva to feeding stray dogs, donate clothes and much more. The world can sometimes feel a bit dark, so doing something good makes it feels better.
2. To Live a Fun and Creative Daily Life
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We always feel happier when we can be curious and explore
new things. For us, this can be any activities that include having a fun, exciting and creative life. It can be to try out new interests, send the letter in a bottle, geocaching
, upcycling, create new imaginary worlds
. By purpose, we want to seek out the more unknown
and obscure perspectives. It is about staying curious to have exciting experiences. Traveling and discover other countries, like India, Malaysia, Singapore, is something really love. We aim to keep traveling and exploring more, join festivals, new years celebrations since we love to learn about different countries and cultures.
3. Connecting with Nature
We have always loved nature and want to give more priority
to do activities related to nature. Nature has so much to offer us like giving us better well-being, less stress, and more harmony. There are also so many wonders and kinds of life to discover. We would like to add more nature experiences for example visit rainforest, go hiking, kayaking and see different animals. In total, we want more nature-oriented activities
. We try to include something nature realted in everyday life. We also use the plant identifier app
to search for new plants and keep learning.
4. Have Good Relationships, Make New Friends and Staying in Touch
Relationships affects us more than anything. Friends, families and pets all have a important influence on our life and happiness. We want to have give enough time and love for the onces that are close to us. And we want to be social both home and on the road, making new friends and join social events. In the end, the people from travels are the ones we remember the most from the trip. We want to make sure to take enough time to meet friends and also be better at staying in touch during travels.
5. Be independent
Independence can mean a lot of different things. For us, it’s to be able to be more independent in our life related to the society we live in. That means finding new and creative ways of being semi-nomads and how to solve housing. If we don’t go for a tiny house, we would need to find another alternative solution that’s equally good.
6. Making Mini-Experiments
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We want to focus on creating mini experiments and try out new areas we would like to explore. It is hard to know things without trying them, finding ways to try out and see what works feels right.This approach can help lead in the right direction and to set priorities. Mini-experiment feels like a great way to grow, try new ideas and areas.
7. Personal Growth and to Inspire Each Other
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“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
This quote describes’s our viewpoint of personal growth, we want to discover more colors of life. We grow when facing challenges, trying different things, and get perspectives. Some of our challenges we choose, other we have to tackle. Having a growth mindset is useful in all situations.
An Active Life Creates Good Opportunities to Learn
Travels help us understands more about our values in life. To be in another culture helps to question how we currently live and also inspires us. There are always ways to upgrade and to develop in different areas of life.
Reading is so peaceful and gives many new ideas. Having a great discussion and then reflect makes it more clear on how to change and then put it into practice. I love journaling; it helps to connect to values and reflect on what’s going on and why. Meditation is also a great tool to zoom out, understand more about our thoughts and practice to let go.
As a couple, we share many values, interest, and goals. We try to give each other space to grow and don’t have a fixed picture of each other. A person is in constant change, and this is good to know and accept. We do our best to encourage each other, and we talk a lot:). No one is perfect, and we both lack understanding and energy sometimes, but we try our best. In total, we do talk a lot about what’s valuable for us, for each of us and why.
8. Keep Learning and Stay Curious
Being curious and never stop learning is an excellent approach to life and makes it more fun. There are so many things to learn about and discover. Kids are curious, this often tend to decrease with age, but luckily that is not always the case. We want to have curiosity as a important value in life, to keep learning and explore new areas.
9. Minimalism – Less is More
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Minimalism is ever-present still it’s something we have to remind ourselves about again and again. We don’t carry or own many things but when a urge for something we have to question it. Do we need this? What will it add? How much extra effort and time does it take, like repairs, charging, related to how much the benefits it gives?
In general, we focus on experience and the value that gives us. Minimalism is about finding and choosing whats important and remove the rest. This is a never-ending yet rewarding process.
10. Prioritize Health
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Eating healthy can be tricky on the road and even more so being a vegetarian. We always have this as a focus, and try our best to find solutions. Restaurants often offer vegetarian options, but many times dishes don’t contain enough nutrition. Having an own kitchen is the best solution but not always possible. When we don’t have a kitchen, we try to complement with eating snacks like nuts, protein bars, and fruits.
At home, things are less complicated, and we try to eat a lot of whole food. Of course, we both love pancakes, chocolate and such now and then.
Food is related to our mood, performance, and health, so we want to eat as much healthy food as possible. And of course, find ways to add more exercise like long walks, going on hikes, cycle and so on. For us, it’s essential that we have the energy and health to take on adventures and not feel limited:)
This is our list of values in life for now. This is a guideline how we want to and strive to act. Over time we might add or change the list depending on our values.
If you where to write your values and focus areas in life, what would that be?