MJP Gratitude Challenge

Every Saturday I host a gratitude challenge. I share something that I am grateful for, and encourage you to do the same!

This week I’ve been spending some time reflecting over my priorities. In my world time, is something I value very high, maybe the most. Let me explain. Time equals freedom.

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The more time I have that is truly my time = I decide what to do with it, the more fulfilling my life is. I believe that we are what we eat; in all areas of life, not only what we feed our body, but also what we feed our mind. This has a lot to do with how we choose to spend our time. Today I’m grateful for the blessing of having power over how I choose to spend my time. I don’t have 100% power over my time, but I do have a lot of freedom, when it comes to how I spend my time. For me this is freedom. I’m rich!

Tim Ferris, the author of the 4 Hour Work Week, defines it this way: The New Rich (NR) are those who abandon the deferred-life plan and create luxury lifestyles in the present using the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility. This is an art and a science we will refer to as Lifestyle Design (LD).

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People who knows me, know that I work very hard. In fact a cowboy at a ranch I worked at, recently said; Damn! I know why you’re single! You outwork everyone. Most men find that intimidating. When he said it, I laughed. I did give it some thought afterwards, not that I’m planning to change, but it does have some truth to it. I take that as a compliment. Whatever I’m doing, I want to do it good. (I was cleaning horse pens, when I received the compliment.) I’m not a perfectionist, but I always want to challenge myself, to do my very best (or a little more.) I enjoy it. I take great pride in it.

Prosperity is not an abundance of money and material things; it is a mindset, according to Randy Gage . I agree 100%! (BTW, I just ordered his new book Mad Genius. I’m very excited about reading it!)

Knowing this about myself, I need to make sure I push in the right direction. I need to constantly review where this train is going. If I don’t do that, I loose the power over my time. It’s my responsibility to make sure that I use my time according to my priorities. It’s your responsibility to make sure you use your time according to your priorities. How we spend our days actually tells us a lot about our priorities.

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If I tell myself that my highest priority is my daughter, how does that reflect how I spend my time? If I know that I need to exercise to feel good, do I make time for that? If I know that I need to get my skinny ass outside everyday, to avoid going nuts, do I makes sure I do that? If I call myself a photographer, do I actually look for photo opportunities every day? Do I bring my camera with me? Those are some of the questions I ask myself, to make sure I’m the boss over my time. I know we all have responsibilities, I have too, some of them less fun, but  never loose sight of what’s important.

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. – Theophrastus

Of course what’s important can be a trillion different things. If your highest priority is to have your own private jet, and a luxurious lifestyle, with more money than you can count, by all means go and make some God damn money. I won’t judge you. Money can be fun.

I don’t dream about that. I had the ”opportunity” (cough, cough..) to marry ultra rich a few times. It was never of any interest to me, because of one single factor, it came with responsibilities that would make me loose myself. Responsibilities that would drag me so far away from who I am, and what I stand for.


My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. – Steve Jobs

I enjoy working, and being paid well. However, I want to be in power over my time, while making money. In that order. Power over my time first, money second. That is freedom to me, it allows me to get enough sleep at night, eat healthy food, exercise, enjoy nature, and take pictures. All of those things makes me feel good, and able to be there for my loved ones. It’s not selfish, I want to be the best me I can, to be there longterm for those who matters the most to me.

In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure. 

– Malcolm X

I know exactly what I want. I can see it with the eyes of my mind. I’ve taken a wrong turn once, or twice, or a million times…I’m not perfect. What I do know, is that my time is my most valuable asset, and today I’m grateful for my time = freedom!

Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.

– Alan Laken

What makes you feel on top of your world? What do you value the most? How important is your time? Would an outsider understand what you value the most by spending a day with you? If not, what are you going to do about it?

Your past does not have to determine your future.  But only when you decide to break the cycle…..You’re not poor because you don’t have money.  You’re poor if you don’t have a dream. – Randy Gage

I hope that your week have been filled with good things. I would love it, if you would join my Gratitude Challenge! Write about something you are grateful for, tag your post MJP Gratitude Challenge, and share a link in the comments below. I always re-blog some of the posts that I see every week, so please show me your gratitude!

Have an amazing Saturday!



PS. The photos in this post are from some of the highlights of my week. If you enjoyed this post, BE AWESOME and subscribe to more inspiration, after leaving your comment 😉

PS 2. The opinions in this post are my own. They are not paid, or sponsored in any way.




10 thoughts on “MJP Gratitude Challenge

  1. Your attitude towards life is amazing, I can always learn something wisdom, thank you, Maria! I think I can agree I am grateful for my time, what I have, and my dreams, which are a bit high ones, but I love them! Thank you for inspiration!

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  2. I agree! I’m very picky about how I spend my time. I learned recently that part of that is because time is how I show and feel love. I would rather spend time with my girls to show them that I love them and would rather my husband spend time with me than buying me a gift. I’m thankful that I’m able to only have to work part time to contribute to the family finances because I have much more freedom and I would rather earn less money but spend more time with my girls than work longer but be miserable because I would rather be with them. The reality is that is a choice that my family has made, because for 6 years I did it the traditional way and it sucked the joy out of life for me. I was so stifled I lost my zest. So no we save a little longer to do things we had the money to do before, but I don’t miss it because we make many memories together in the process.


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