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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3. Connecting with Nature
4. Have Good Relationships, Make New Friends and Staying in Touch
5. Be independent
6. Making Mini-Experiments
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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.
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?
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?