Love What You Do

Not that tired old meme...

First up, we’re talking about something that might sound like a no-brainer but is often WAY easier said than done – 

Do what you love, Love what you do. 

OK, it’s NOT what you’re thinking! It’s NOT about that flat empty platitude you hear on social media! This isn’t about grand gestures or massive life overhauls. Sometimes, it’s the small choices we make every day that align us more closely with our true passions, our positive vibes, our hope. It’s about aligning a few of your day-to-day actions with your deepest values, making decisions that lead you not just to any destination, but towards a fulfilling one.

So, What Are Values anyway?

Think of your values as your personal “GPS” – they guide you towards what makes you happiest and most fulfilled. Values are the things that matter most to you, the qualities and activities that make you feel alive and true to yourself. They can include anything from creativity, freedom, and adventure, to kindness, family, and learning.

Why Are Values Important?

Just like a GPS helps you navigate to your desired destination, knowing your values helps you make choices that lead to a more joyful day. When you align a few of your daily activities with your values, even in small ways, you’re steering your life in a direction that feels right and satisfying. It’s like adding little drops of happiness into your daily routine. And who couldn’t use a few of those drops RIGHT NOW!!!

Imagine one of your values is creativity. If you spend just 10 minutes a day doodling, crafting, or writing, you’re nurturing that creative spark. It doesn’t have to be a big project – even small creative acts can make a huge difference in your overall happiness and well-being.

So, how can you start?

The best way is to …wait for it…start SMALL! Add a few drops of what you love. That’s what I did. I began to “love” what I was doing – at least in those small moments! If you do SOME of what you love, you’ll love SOME of what you’re doing!

So- LET’S HAVE SOME FUN~

  1. Identify Your Core “Values”:
    • Creative Prompt: Spend some time reflecting on what matters most to you? Is it creativity, freedom, family, achievement, or something else? These are your “values.” Write down your top six and try to rank them in order.
    • Activity: Create a values vision board. Collect images, words, and symbols that represent your values and arrange them on a board. Place this board somewhere you can see it daily.
  2. Identify Your Joy Sparks:
    • Creative Prompt: Spend a few minutes thinking about activities that make you smile and feel energized. These could be as simple as doodling, listening to music, or taking a walk in nature.
    • Activity: Create a list of these joy-sparking activities. Keep it handy so you can refer to it whenever you need a quick pick-me-up.
  3. Evaluate Your Current Activities:
    • Creative Prompt: Make a list of your current daily and weekly activities. Evaluate each one against your core values. Are they aligned? Do they bring you joy and satisfaction?
    • Activity: Use a simple scoring system (e.g., 1-5) to rate how well each activity aligns with your values. Identify areas where you can make changes to better align with what you love.
  4. Mini Joy Breaks:
    • Creative Prompt: Find small pockets of time in your day to indulge in these joy-sparking activities from #2. It could be a 5-minute sketch, a quick dance session, or brewing a cup of your favorite tea.
    • Activity: Schedule at least one mini joy break each day. Treat it as a fun, non-negotiable appointment with yourself. The point is to try and replace some of the low scoring items from #3 above.
  5. Creative Corner:
    • Creative Prompt: Dedicate a small space in your home or workspace as your “creative corner.” Fill it with things that inspire you, like art supplies, a cozy chair, or motivational quotes.
    • Activity: Spend a few minutes each day in your creative corner, working on a small project or simply relaxing and enjoying the space.
  6. Set Fun, Achievable Goals:
    • Creative Prompt: Think of a few small, fun goals related to your creative passions. These could be as simple as finishing a drawing, trying a new recipe, or learning a new craft technique.
    • Activity: Write down these goals and check them off as you complete them. Celebrate each small victory with something that makes you happy, like a treat or a fun activity.
  7. Reflect and Play:
    • Creative Prompt: Keep a playful, creative journal where you jot down your daily experiences, doodles, and thoughts about what you enjoyed the most each day.
    • Activity: At the end of each week, review your journal and reflect on the small things that brought you joy. Use this insight to add more of these activities into your routine.

Remember, it’s the little things that can make a big difference. By knowing your values and making room for them in your daily life, you’re adding drops of joy that create a wave of happiness. You don’t need to overhaul your life to find joy and fulfillment. By adding small, joyful activities to your daily routine, you can create a more balanced and satisfying life. So, let’s start incorporating these fun, easy actions and see how they spark your creativity and brighten your days!”

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