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I’ve been thinking a lot about what matters most to me as a woman, a career woman, a wife, a mother and other titles and roles I take on in my daily life. There are lots of things that matter, but some things matter more. Learning to let go of the smaller things is a challenge for me, but I’m really making strides by reminding myself to keep focused on what matters most.
On the My Tree Matters tool at the One-A-Day Multi-vitamins website, I took a few minutes to choose what really matters to me this year. Last year, I would have chosen career without thinking. So much has changed this year and I chose health, creativity and relationships. These are three of the things I have been working on this year and, really, they do matter most to me. Since the beginning of the year, I have been challenging myself to get healthy both by being active and eating a better diet. Creatively, I have been pushing myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to writing and photography, both of which are my respective careers. I find that, sometimes, working in a field you love can stifle your creative voice. As such, I’ve really been pushing myself to do more creative work instead of just work-work. Relationship wise, I have been working hard to nurture the relationship with my husband and with my friends. I have been rewarded tenfold for all of the effort I have put into each of these areas of my life. Because of the health work I have been doing, I have more energy. Because I have more energy, I have more pizazz when it comes to creativity. Because of that pizazz, I feel better about myself which leads to a more confident self in my relationships. Now that’s something to be thankful for!
I think what has helped me through this busy, difficult and wonderful year is that I have kept my focus on the positive. I’m not saying that it hasn’t been hard at times. Just last week we passed what would have been my grandparents 54th anniversary. I broke down in tears that morning. Throughout the day, I kept busy with my children and tried to keep my chin up. When I talked to my grandma that evening, we talked about the amazing man that he was and how he loved all of us so much. We toasted to his memory and his legacy. Things like that conversation, a nurturing, loving one, are really what matter most to me when it comes down to it.
Now I want to hear about what matters most to you. Has your perspective changed?. Leave me a comment about how you view the things that matter most in your life by September 11, 2010. A random winner will win a $150 Visa Gift Card sponsored by BlogHer. There’s also a chance for more $150 gift cards on the other participating blogs and another $100 Visa Gift Card from BlogHer is also located on the Exclusive Offers Page. Read more on the Official Rules page.