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10 Essential Values to Live By

posted by Alex Blackwell

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney

Becoming aware of your values gives your life a sharper focus and better clarity. Your most important values serve as a filter through which you make the choices that define who you are. If you are unhappy with certain areas of your life, look at your values to see if they are aligned with your actions.

Your life can become less stressful and more productive when you acknowledge your personal values – and then make the attempt to live by and honor these values regardless of the circumstances you encounter.

So, how do you discover your most essential values to live by?

Begin by making a list.

Think of the words, the values that are important to you. These values should be the ones that elicit the most emotion and feel right to your soul. Simply write them down and then prioritize the values based on how you see or want to experience life.

To encourage you to create a list of your values, here are 10 values that are essential to me. How I live; how I love and how I go about following what I believe is my life’s purpose is governed by these values. You are welcome to claim these essential values, too: Continue Reading This Post »

A Simple Guide to a Blissful Vacation

posted by Alex Blackwell

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben

Vacation is here!

July 25th has been circled on my desk calendar for the last two months – the day my family and I left for vacation. Waking early last Thursday morning eager with anticipation, we finished packing and left for the airport with time to spare. The beach waited next and we didn’t want to miss a second.

On the way to the airport, I caught myself thinking of what projects didn’t get finished and the lingering emails left in my inbox. I promised myself that once we boarded the plane, I would switch from work mode and to vacation mode.

To make that happen, I knew that I had to come up with a plan. Since I take only one real vacation each year, I don’t have a lot of practice with unwinding, checking out and simply decompressing. But in my typical style, I wrote down a few things that would help me have a relaxing vacation.

If you are heading off for your vacation soon, you are invited to read A Simple Guide to a Blissful Vacation so you can find the relaxation you deserve, too: Continue Reading This Post »

12 Ways to Keep Life Simple (But Still Have Meaning)

posted by Alex Blackwell

“Life is like art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning.” – Charles de Lint

Living a meaningful life is enriching, rewarding and incredibly empowering. But best of all, living a meaningful life doesn’t have to be complex.

Keeping life simple is about relying on the basics. Basics like honesty, respect, trust, happiness and friendship go a long way to clearing out the clutter and staying focused on what’s important.

For me, healthy relationships, a fulfilling career and my spiritual growth all contribute to a meaningful life. And my path to these wonderful things is made simpler when I keep the basics in mind.

The following 12 ways to keep life simple (but still have meaning) is by no means a comprehensive list. It’s a cheat-sheet to help me remember a few of the more important basics along the way. Continue Reading This Post »

The Secret to Lasting Love

posted by Alex Blackwell

There’s only one secret to lasting love. And here it is: There’s no secret at all.

Like most things in life, anything worth having takes effort, commitment and a dose of faith. Love is the same way. Or at least that’s been my experience with love.

Trust me; I’m no expert on love or relationships. But after sharing the last 29 years with Mary Beth, I’m learned a few things.

I’ve learned that what makes love last isn’t shrouded in a secret; it is intentional, deliberate and desired. I’ve learned that love comes from a place of want, not need. And I’ve learned that love isn’t about obligation; it’s about giving and receiving happiness freely.

Somewhere along the way my wife and I found a rhythm that works for us. So, here’s our rhythm for making love last. You are welcome to join along: Continue Reading This Post »

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