Choosing Your Priorities – What do you Want to be Known For?

Happy Sunday my friends! I hope your weekend has been restful so far. I’m really excited to be delving into this Sunday Series with you guys (if you missed last week’s health update, you can find it here). There’s so much that I’ve been learning and growing in lately and I’m excited to share those things with you in this series.

Today though, I wanted to focus on what I would argue is the foundation for any change you want to make in your life. And that’s choosing your priorities. I can’t remember where I heard this from, but one thing that really caused me to consider my priorities was this question: “What do you want to be known for?”

It’s such a simple question, but it’s one that stopped me in my tracks.

What do I want to be known for? And do my actions line up with those things?

I’m one of those people who wants to have all the priorities. For example, when it comes to our budget I want to prioritize travel, eating out, gourmet meals at home, clothing for me and my kids, home renovations, beauty stuff, etc. I want to have it all ha! But if we’re going to stick to a budget then I can’t have it all right? I have to pick what’s most important to me and prioritize those things.

It’s the same thing with life. I can’t be the mom who does it all and prioritizes everything. I can’t be the mom who works, volunteers at my kids school, reads her Bible every day, is super fit, has a perfectly clean home all the time, is stylish and has my hair done every day, does only home cooked meals, etc. I’ve tried to do that in the past couple of years and it led to major burn out. I have to choose from among those things which I’m going to prioritize based on what resonates with me.

And the question: “What do I want to be known for?” is the best way I’ve found to quickly and efficiently narrow down what my priorities are.

Because when we really figure out what we want to be known for, we can easily see which things don’t really matter.

Me? I want to be known as a wise and loving mom who exudes the love of Jesus… and is stylish in the process. 😉

So how does that work itself out into my priorities?

Or in other words: what do I need to be prioritizing in order to be those things?

For me personally that looks like:

Eating healthy and working out so that my mental space allows me to be loving. It means getting up early and spending time reading my Bible and praying. It means prioritizing a clean house so I don’t feel mentally cluttered. It means saying no to volunteering and extra activities so I have enough time to get my work done every week (and not feel stressed). It means setting aside time every night to read (instead of watching Netflix). AND it means prioritizing my clothing budget over eating out or beauty purchases.

Right? Our priorities will sharpen when we really figure out what it is that we want to be known for.

It’s such an easy question to ask… a little harder to figure out, but when we align our priorities with what’s most important to us it’s a lot easier to say no to the things that aren’t getting us where we want to be.

I hope this was as helpful to you as it was to me! I encourage you to set aside some time to really mull this over. Figure out what YOU personally want to be known for and then write down how your priorities are going to get you there.

I’ll see you tomorrow for my first fall capsule outfit!

Until next time,

Karin

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8 Comments

  1. 9.26.21
    Karen van Delft said:

    This resonates with me so much! I am always trying to prioritize everything! Usually ends in me failing at everything 🙄 I’ll be thinking about what I want to be known for this week.

    • 9.27.21
      Karin said:

      I feel ya! I’m glad it resonated. ♥️

  2. 9.27.21
    Amanda said:

    Thanks for sharing! This gave me something to think about : )

    • 9.27.21
      Karin said:

      I’m glad it was helpful Amanda!

  3. 9.27.21

    This is such an important topic! I think I’d like to be known for living curiously and gently.

  4. 9.28.21
    Jane said:

    Long time reader, first time commenter — love this new series and the perspective you share! This one was an eye-opener because I also want to do and be all the things. Great question to refocus our priorities!

    • 9.29.21
      Karin said:

      Hi Jane! Thanks so much for commenting. 🙂 I’m with you!

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