That's the title of the blog of a friend of mine, Michelle, who owns The Scrappin' Table, a super cute scrapbooking store in Placentia, CA. And it is ALSO a topic she challenged a group of scrappers to ponder.

So what does matter most?

I, for one, get really caught up in the everyday nonsense and tend to lose track of what really matters. Hey, I'll be the first to tell ya I'm not perfect! LOL I have the “Don't Sweat The Small Stuff” Book AND Workbook and those of you know know me know that I still really sweat the small stuff. To me, the small stuff really seems to matter the most on a day to day basis.

But I know that it really doesn't matter the most to me. When I take a step back and ask myself “what does it all mean?”, “why do I do what I do?” that leads to the definition of what matters most to me: how best did I use this life and my time here on earth to serve God, however that may manifest itself? For me that doesn't mean I have to be an evangelical preacher. To use this life to the best is to appreciate, love, and spend time with my family. It's to use my unique abilities, talents, and resources to make a difference in someone else's life, be it through my work with Girl Scouts, volunteering for Scrapbook Royalty, or being active in my community. It's sharing the joy I feel from scrapbooking with other people, being inspired by them, and just having a really good time doing it! It's playing the Wii (and lots of board games) with my parents and nephews and laughing until I can't breathe and knowing that we will look back on those times someday and smile at the memories. It's staying home with my kids, sacrificing making money, so that I can be here for them every day, from morning to night. It's looking at a direction that I'm going in, stepping back, and realizing that is not the direction I want to go in and having the courage to change it. It is taking risks to try new things, meet new people, and have new experiences. It's living the best and most full life that I can. And that's what matters most to me!

Post your definition of “What Matters Most” here and be entered to win a drawing for a RAK from Michelle! She's so nice! Plus I also want to see what other people think too–rigth now what matters most is a banana split I think I am going to pick up from Dairy Queen. Ooops, there I go again with the “small stuff”! LOL

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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5 thoughts on “What Matters Most…

  1. hi! i feel a little weird leaving you a comment when we haven’t met yet, but reading your blog makes me feel like i kind of know you already! :) hopefully i’ll be in one of your classes one of these days! :) OH! by the way…i think family matters most! :)
    take care, shari :)

    Posted on June 22, 2008 at 8:43 am
  2. GREAT post Jennifer! I am playing along too…so you can’t pick me. But, I wanted to leave a comment that YOUR post was better than mine. LOL

    Posted on June 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm
  3. Great stuff.
    I like your blog and all your scrappy things.

    Look forward to reading more.
    I love it!!!! Thank you very much!

    Posted on June 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm
  4. You know, this is a great post, we do need to step back and reevaluate our lives from time to time. Each time I do, I find that the same things pop up over and over again…My family and friends. Those are the people I enjoy most, who matter most, and who ground me. What a lucky girl I am to have them!!

    Posted on June 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm
  5. I went to the funeral of an amazing man a few weeks ago (neal baker, founder of Bakers Drive Thru)
    His grandson said it best…”all we want to know in this world is that we mattered”

    To me, that’s what matters most.

    Don’t we all want to know we were important to those around us? I think so.

    Posted on July 1, 2008 at 5:49 am