What Matters Most

Every year I write a birthday post reflecting on something I’ve learned in the past year about myself (and thoughts about getting older). It’s a great way to see where I’ve been, who I am today, and hopefully reflects the person I am working on becoming.  


I want to ask you a question: what core values drive the major decisions you make for your life?

In other words, what are the things you value the most? Do you know? Have you ever asked yourself this question? If you do know what matters the most to you, do you live your life in such a way that reflects these values?

This is the foundation to living life intentionally.

Your life. Your own script of how you want your life to look. Ownership of how you spend your limited time on earth because our time is limited.

I’ll never forget how special it was to visit my parents in Japan this past year…

As I look back on this past year, the thing that has been the most prominent has actually happened recently. In fact, I’m still in the most difficult season of my life – being with my Dad during the final chapter of his life.

But while that story continues to unfold, it’s been very clear to me that the lifestyle I’m living and the choices I’ve made (though as unconventional as it may seem) has allowed me to honor the things that matter the most to me. Had I chosen a different path, I might not have been able to be here with my Dad and family when they need me the most (when I need them the most).

Here are the 3 things that matter the most to me:

1) my faith and belief in God and Jesus (loving and serving others)
2) my relationships with my family and friends
3) ownership of my own time and choices

There was a point in my life when it was really difficult to make choices and decisions for my life. I felt lost. I tried out different lifestyles and personalities to find my way. I gave in to societal pressures. I didn’t know who I was. I wasn’t authentic with others.

My life changed as I started to discover what was important to me – core beliefs that helped to define me. I then used that foundation to start making decisions and choices on my own. I started to own my life.

These days, time with my Dad is incredibly sacred. One of the things I will always remember is that even in his weakened state, Dad’s clarity and focus on what matters to him the most gives him strength. Though scared and uncertain about when his last day will be, he feels encouraged and blessed to know that he lived his life honoring what mattered to him most. He lived the life he wanted.

Life is short and our time is limited. The day my life changed was when I realized this. I didn’t want to spend so much time working that I never got to spend time with the people I loved the most. I broke free from wanting to own things. I wanted to create memories and have more experiences. But most of all, I was able to make decisions free of worrying how it might affect others or worrying about what others thought of me. I became the author of my own life.

Going on adventures with Michelle is one if not my favorite things…

Once again, I want to ask you that question: what core values drive the major decisions you make for your life?

What are the things you value the most? Do you know? Have you ever asked yourself this question? If you do know what matters the most to you, do you live your life in such a way that reflects these values?

This is the foundation to living life intentionally.

I’ll keep jumping until I can’t anymore. #jumpingjedd
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  1. You are an inspiration!

    On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 5:55 PM, Simply Intentional wrote:

    > simplyintentional posted: “Every year I write a birthday post reflecting > on something I’ve learned in the past year about myself (and thoughts about > getting older). It’s a great way to see where I’ve been, who I am today, > and hopefully reflects the person I am working on becoming. ” >

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