I know I have been a bit absent on the blog lately, so I wanted to write a little letter to you – so you know I haven’t disappeared!
I have been spending lots of my time investing my live meaningful values into my non-online life. This has been going quite well, but I also have used some of my time in which I usually wrote, to focus on other things I am working on.
Also, I have never been one to force myself to write – the thoughts, ideas, and writing always came very naturally. Although there have many thoughts swirling around in my mind, nothing has felt quite right to post on here.
So, I have been following my intuition and allowing myself to take this little break. Please continue to check back, as I plan to still write, but I am allowing myself to focus on some other things as well – which means my writing could be a bit more sporadic.
I am curious to know what is happening in your own life. What shifts have been happening for you? What values have you been focusing on? What practices have you developed to further implement these values? Please feel free to share in the comments, as I would love to hear!
When I started this blog, I mentioned before, some of the main values I wanted to focus on were Creativity, Helping Others, and Growth.
And I am happy to say, the last 10 or so months of this blog have been bursting with creativity, a sense of helping others, and experiencing continual growth.
I am happy about this, but also sensing new values I would like to focus on. They are actually all values I have held in the past, but ones I would like to re-visit and re-focus on again, as I have not made them my main priority in the past 10 months. They are:
Simple & Conscious Living: Minimalism / Environmentally Friendly Living / Purchasing that Supports Human Rights
Exercise & Diet: Focusing on eating foods that will nourish my body & give me energy and focusing on taking care of my body through exercise
Using my Talents to Impact the World: Focusing on how I could bring my talents into my current workplace, thinking through how my agency could best serve the youth we work with, looking for other opportunities in my life where I could be of service to others by using my talents, skills, and knowledge – and specifically focusing on those who are in poverty, vulnerable, or poor in spirit
So, that’s a little bit where my mind has been at lately, I would love to hear where living a value centered life has taken you and what thoughts and actions it may have prompted.
One other thought – when I started this blog, I was very clear that sometimes we have to work on getting our mental health in order – to be able to live out our live meaningful goals. And just as it is important to care for our mental health, it is also important to not stay in that place where we are only focused on ourselves. Sometimes we need to forget about our own problems for a bit, and put our energy into sharing light and goodness with others.
There is a quote by George Bernard Shaw that I love. I will leave you with it today, to reflect on.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
-George Bernard Shaw
You are a mighty one. You are a world changer. I can’t wait to see what you will do with your life.
Enjoying the journey with you.
P.S. I don’t have any journal questions with this letter, but I do encourage you to be thinking of three things you can do this week that will incorporate the values you have chosen to focus on right now.
8 thoughts on “A Letter to You”
Thanks for the letter, Nicole! Of course I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts, but I’m so glad you’ve been experiencing growth. I think I have too, and you’re definitely a part of it – thanks for the blog, and I’m excited to hear what you do next!
Thank you Emily! I am happy to hear you have been experiencing growth as well! I have really enjoyed getting to hear about your journey too! Thank you for always sharing! 🙂
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you’ve written, and how you’re living your life. Reading this blog has helped me to recognize my values in life – helping others, caring for those close to me, and striving to grow on a mental and spiritual level. Living those out has helped me make more sense of my life in the past few months. Thanks so much for all you do!
Thank you for sharing this Andi! I have loved hearing about all your transformations & am excited for you! I appreciate you always sharing your thoughts & feedback!
I haven’t written in a while, but I wanted you to know I’ve been reading and enjoying your posts! I had been struggling with depression a lot, and I think part of that was the expectations for how I thought my life should go – expectations which ran counter to my actual values, of taking time for myself, of living in harmony with my friends and family, and of caring for those around me.
I just wanted to say that this blog and your posts have meant a lot to me! It was so good to hear from somebody who knew what I was going through, struggled with some of the same things I did, and could write so beautifully! I hope you enjoy your break, and I’ll keep checking!
Thank you so much for sharing this with me, Gabriela! I am so glad to hear you are feeling more in touch with your values and that this blog has been helpful to you! I appreciate you sharing a bit of your journey with me & am looking forward to hearing from you again in the future! 🙂
I don’t always leave a comment, but I wanted to let you know I always follow the blog, and really look forward to reading it. This is one of my favorite things to read, and I’m glad you write it. Thanks for your words and your thoughts – I hope you have a good break and come back to write some more!
Hi Chrissy! Thank you for sharing this feedback with me – it is much appreciated! I am so glad to hear that you have been reading & enjoying the blog! I’ve always enjoyed your questions and feedback – thank you for being a reader & for joining me on the live meaningful journey! 🙂