the elements of life
One of my favorite basic financial planning books is Smart Women Finish Rich. One of the first exercises the author asks you to do is to create a values ladder. The values ladder allows you to recognize what is important to you in life – and subsequently how to create a financial plan that aligns with those values. I keep my list of values on an index card in the book. When I look at the list today, it still applies.
I also have a list (unwritten) of the things that I am passionate about. It occurred to me that the two lists correlate. I can take the things that I am passionate about and connect them to one or more of my values. Sometimes the connection is subtle, and sometimes it is obvious, but it is always there.
Why is this important, you ask? I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase – know thyself. For me, this is a big part of it. Understanding what is important to me allows me to create a life that aligns with my values, and to simplify my life down to the things that are most important to me. And really, isn’t that what we all want?