Guiding values (Feb '23)

I believe everyone deserves great health. My life mission is to make great health accessible to all. Why? I believe the universe thrives with love, and that if you have great health, its easier to live in love, to look outwards and help others.

This post shares ways of being (“traits”) that I value—what they are, how I define them, and what they look like in action.

They are: Love, Purpose, Health, Gratitude, Creativity, and Craft.

Love 💕

What — leaning into our universal onesness with all. Understanding our connection and acting on it for the well-being of us all. Deeply caring for others, and wanting to be a part of their lives.

How — choose to deepen connections. Constantly look to elevate others. Be kind. Practice empathy, compassion, and patience daily at work with yourself and others.Be proactive when you sense tension. Give more than you take.

In Action — when needing something from someone, be considerate of their time. Prioritize family time over work time. If sustainable packaging is an option, use it because it helps the Earth / other living beings. Champion social impact action (e.g. URM inclusivity, women’s pay gap, animal cruelty, climate change.)

Purpose 🌊

What — imagining a better future, then working towards it. Being grounded in vision. Intent manifest. The bigger picture. Being brave and authentically courageous. Spiritual pursuit.

How — make time to reflect on your actions so they align with your vision and goals. Take time to think things through so you act with intention. Be authentic and practice radical candor.

In Action — Revisit your values once a year. Plan with the end-goal in mind, and how you’ll work towards it. Call out when you’re spitballing or being raw. Learn about other’s purposes and find paths of alignment.

Health 🧘‍♀️

What — the pursuit of physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing for yourself. Sustainable. Cyclical. Finding balance. Healing as a lifestyle. Preventative care.

How — do good things for your body, mind, and soul.

In Action — prioritize time for movement. Get sleep. Eat nutritious things. Play. Rest. Spent quality time with friends and family. Work with a coach. Establish spiritual practices. Meditate. Turn off notifications. Take breaks often.

Gratitude 🙏

What — a deep sense of appreciation and thanks for what you are now and have been. Thanks for people around you, for experiences you’ve been through, for the future you’re shaping. Don’t take things for granted. Don’t expect things. Washing dishes to wash dishes (not to get clean cups for tea time)

How — Show appreciation more often than you think. Be thankful for where you are today. Make time to notice things you are thankful for. Respect other’s expertise and time.

In Action — Recognize someone when they’ve done a great job. Tell someone you appreciate them today. Be vulnerable in conversations. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Establish a practice of gratitude every morning.

Creativity ✨

What — Making things with what you have by seeing as much of what’s really there. MacGuyver. Surprising results. Exploring spaces. Deserve victory. Innovative. Seeing reality as is. First principle thinking.

How — Make. Value constraints when problem solving to find multiple paths forward. Embrace autonomy. Seek and integrate different perspectives.

In Action — Set deadlines for work, and cut scope to reach it. When exploring a design layout, force yourself to sketch out many different versions even if you think you’ve got a good one already. Shop ideas around to collect feedback, then act on it. Fewer tools, smaller scope, more focus.

Craft 📐

What — Making things beautiful because life is beautiful, and everyone deserves beauty. Experiences felt with the heart and soul. Intuitive. Inspiring. Moving. Feeling. Time well spent.

How — Nurture regined taste by being deeply curious. Recognize trade-offs and prioritize on values. Pride in your work. Strive for top-notch experiences.

In Action — Be ok doing things over and over until you get it the way you want it. Recognize when you should bring in someone else with more expertise to get something done. Write personalized and context-rich emails. If designing a thing, look at other examples that you think are great so you get a taste for quality.