I recently attended Oprah’s, “Live the Life You Want Weekend” tour in Washington, DC. Honestly, it was a thought provoking, on purpose excursion of the heart and mind.

The speakers offered different expressions of the same inspiration: eradicate the obstacles that hinder you from experiencing your best life.

Though I was slightly tempted to check under my seat for a meticulously assembled gift set of lavish, Oprah-esque, and beautifully innovative surprises, the investment I made in the business of me was well worth the ticket price.

However, if Oprah had been so moved in her heart to send me on a vacation to Australia, I was prepared, with ‘down under’ outfits in mind.

After one of the main sessions, Oprah led the audience through a workshop exercise. The exercise involved creating a pie chart with the areas of our lives that are most important to us. There were categories to choose from like, “friendships,” “spirituality/faith/beliefs,” “contribution to the world,” “spouse/mate/partner” or we could write in our own. The size of the pie slice was to be directly proportional to the significance of that area in our lives. Then, we were instructed to rate how we were doing in each of those areas.

The visual was telling.

Life is a balancing act and our priorities & needs sometimes shift with the seasons. We’ve all heard the saying, “If you’re not changing, you’re not growing.” Well, if we don’t invest in the things that afford us the greatest return, we deplete the areas of our lives, and willingly forfeit the gifts that contribute to our best life.

Lorna Nixon handbag

In trend with the stylish and practical sensibilities of mothers and fashionistas everywhere, I enjoy carrying large handbags. Daily outings and endless errands require my expedient access to ‘stuff.’ I attempt to pack as much as I can to meet the needs of my day. However, if I pack too much, I suffer. My body begins to ache and my focus shifts to the taxing demands of my baggage, and what I’m now forced to purge to lessen the load.

Heavy baggage is taxing, even if it’s packed with great stuff. We need to prioritize and properly manage our life load.

“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15-16

When you consider the following areas: faith, relationships, mind, body, career, and purpose, what does your pie chart look like?

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  • Ashley Graham

    First of all…how awesome that you had a chance to attend anything that Oprah created. I know it was worthwhile. I have to try this pie chart exercise, love this : “Heavy baggage is taxing, even if it’s packed with great stuff”. Needed to hear…a lot of times I forget this 🙂 Thank you for sharing your wisdom…I look forward to reading, sets the tone for my work week.

    October 20th, 2014 2:14
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  • Sherrie

    Ashley, you are about to get the prize for top commenter.

    October 20th, 2014 2:26
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  • Syree

    “We need to prioritize and properly mange our life load.” This is the common theme I’ve heard all weekend. Yesterday, someone said that it’s more about the harmony of all things working together in our lives, rather than the balancing all things. You further confirmed it in this post. Managing takes understanding what each area of my life needs at that particular time in my life. While my priorities never change: God, husband, children, ministry, etc; how those things are managed based on their need may change often. Success is in me managing that change so that everything works in harmony.

    October 20th, 2014 4:13
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  • Sherrie

    “While my priorities never change: God, husband, children, ministry, etc; how those things are managed based on their need may change often. Success is in me managing that change so that everything works in harmony.” I love this! Very insightful Syree. I like the idea of harmonious priorities, as defined by working together in cooperation rather than consensus. The reason I make that distinction is that I want to dispel the myth that harmonious means you never have to choose to focus more on one priority over another and that it’s not okay to do. Our slices of the pie change based on need, as you’ve stated, and ultimately what we give our attention to is a choice that we own, which may or may not yield a general consensus. Thank you so much for sharing.

    October 20th, 2014 8:31
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