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What are your values, and how are they reflected in your everyday life?


Mike walking across an old stone clapper bridge that crosses a stream, surrounded by trees
Mike crossing a stream on the Camino Portugues

Walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage provides an opportunity to disconnect from the noise of everyday life and gain clarity of thought. Mike and I have had a ten-year plan since we were first married, but so many things have changed recently that it was in a state of disarray. We decided that spending a week together walking the Camino would give us a perfect opportunity to think about and discuss the future.

Julia standing in front of a map on a noticeboard, pointing to the start and end points of their walk on the Camino Portugues
The section of the Camino Portugues we walked

Our starting point was to consider our values. One of the strongest is to make a positive difference in the world and leave a legacy. (That's why I write.) Another is to lead an adventurous life. These values can sometimes conflict, so we spent time musing about how we can achieve both simultaneously – and came up with an answer.

We also reminded each other of the legacy we have already left in various aspects of our lives. In Live Your Bucket List, I recommend looking back at how far you have come, as well as forward to the future, and we found that helpful while we were planning.

What are your strongest values, and how are they reflected in your everyday life? Do your values ever conflict? If so, how do you manage that conflict? I'd love to hear your views in the comments below.

If you're unsure what your strongest values are, Michael Heppell has a great exercise you can do in his book How to be Brilliant. I credit this book with helping me successfully transition from being employed to self-employed.

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Julia & Mike standing on a rock and looking very small, with large waves crashing onto the rocks behind them and Muxia lighthouse to one side.
The end of our Camino - Muxia lighthouse

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