This month my goal is to determine the important areas in life. So often I've felt pulled in many different directions-some that I love and others that I've done. I've had many different experiences and opportunities, and I have ideas and interests in a variety of areas.

All that said, I want to spend my time on what matters. More importantly, I want to have time for what matters. Here is just one example of this. I've been blessed with an amazing and healthy dog. She loves me and I love her, but I've felt pulled between spending time with her and doing other things, some that I know are just time not spent well. Afterwords I feel guilty for not taking that extra time with her (please don't take this a me abusing my dog or totally ignoring her because that is NOT the case at all).

I believe finding out what truly matters will allow me to then evaluate how I'm living my life and make adjustments accordingly.

This week I read through sections of Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup. There were a number of chapters that I skipped over because I didn't feel they were relevant to what I was trying to get out of the book at this moment. (I partly got behind in my plan to read this and wanted to get caught up and I kinda tried to practice focusing on what was important to achieving my goal and read the chapters that I felt fit that. This is something I would never have done before and I think I have missed out on a lot of great value by telling myself I would have to read the entire book.)

There were two sections that really stood out to me. The first was a reminder that it is important to know what matters. Ruth put it this way

Without a precise road map to guide us in knowing exactly what matters most of all, it is nearly impossible to combat the idea that something new is somehow better than what we already have.

For me, this was a great reminder in why I chose this goal for the month, as well as the importance of it. It is so easy to become complacent and believe that things have to be exactly the way they are or that things are the best the way they are when maybe, not always and of course never just for the sake of change, there is something better.

Having a clear picture of what is important and what does matter can help guide us as we explore and get new ideas.

The other section that stuck with me was on finding your sweet spot.

Living in our sweet spot means not only taking the time to discover our passions and to realize what it is we were made to do, but also being willing to take the next step.

The other day I allowed myself to take the time to make a project that I would normally not give myself the time to make. When it was done I felt wonderful. Yes, it took longer than I thought it would, but I was able to relax and do something that I'm now proud of.

The quote above made me realize that I don't always allow myself the time to take the next step. Part of who I am is being crafty, but that is something I hardly ever take time to do. Maybe it isn't my biggest passion, but it is something I enjoy here and there.

While there was a lot more to this book that I didn't read (it looked like a good amount on saving money), I was very appreciative to how the chapters were laid out in the table of contents because it made it easy to choose the sections I wanted to read.

I'm glad I gave myself the time to read through the parts of the book that I did because I found them to be great reminders and help me move closer to achieving my goal.