Reflections: Living My Values

Reflections: Living My Values

Last year, during a weekend trip to New York, I discovered and fell in love with "The Lively Show". I listened to over 10 podcast episodes during my round trip flight. If you haven't listened to this podcast yet, do it today! Finish reading this first, then listen to it.

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Jess Lively's discussion with her guests centered around living your values; this prompted me to ask myself if I've been living my values.  

For a long time, my values centered around work; specifically advancing at work. My goal was to be the first non-clinical director in my department. And with a series of promotion every two to three years, I was on the track to reach that goal. However, relocating to Florida changed that. Living outside of New York City has changed my perspective on life and caused me to rethink my values. 

I'm no longer driven by the need to succeed at work. What I value more than anything is spending time with my daughter, flexibility, financial stability and comfort. Not all of these can be obtained through a job. 

Now that I've come to this realization, I feel so different. My purpose is clear. For a long time I've been coasting along, chasing a dream I thought would fulfill me. I lived to work and I allowed it to define me. Stepping out of the rat race has allowed me to see that my life encompasses so many beautiful things and I'm extremely grateful to the universe and "The Lively Show" for helping me learn this lesson. 

Flexibilty, quality time, financial stability and comfort are my values. And for the first time in my life I'm living it.  

Are you living your values? 

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