What Matters Most

So, have you gotten your copy of the best compilation of quotes that I think has ever been assembled? Here are my favorites from Life’s Little Instruction Book Volume II. There are some real gems in this one. If you don’t love suggestions on how to live a happy and rewarding life, go ahead and close out and wait for another post that speaks to you! In my first post about LLIB, I shared my realization that for me, the coolest experience has been to compare what I thought was crucial at 15 and what I think matters most now. The second volume has 516 helpful suggestions and I’ve selected my favorite 29. Here goes!

1) Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it’s the only way to live life completely.

2) Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.

3) When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

4) Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.

5) Don’t be surprised to learn that luck favors those who are prepared.

6) Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

7) Remember that no time is ever wasted that makes two people better friends.

8) There are people who will always come up with reasons why you can’t do what you want to do. Ignore them.

9) Do you homework and know your facts, but remember its passion that persuades.

10) Be open and accessible. The next person you meet could become your best friend.

11) Life will sometimes hand you a magical moment. Savor it.

12) Don’t confuse comfort with happiness.

13) Don’t confuse wealth with success.

14) Make a habit of reading something inspiring and cheerful just before going to bed.

15) Remember that a good example is the best sermon.

16) Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.

17) Every so often let your spirit of adventure triumph over your good sense.

18) Remember that how you say something is as important as what you say.

19) Remember that the shortest way to get anywhere is to have good company traveling with you.

20) Pray. There is immeasurable power in it.

21) Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risks.

22) Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of good luck.

23) Perform your job better than anyone else can. That’s the best job security I know.

24) Learn the rules. Then break some.

25) Never sell yourself short.

26) Never be ashamed of laughter that’s too loud or singing that’s too joyful.

27) Regardless of the situation, react with class.

28) Become the kind of person who brightens a room just by entering it.

29) Follow your own star.

going rogue

The irony is not lost on me that our island car is a Rogue! We are following our own star, which usually means taking the path less traveled.

We felt that we were living proof of luck favoring preparation during the process of selling our home. And since we just quit our full time corporate America jobs, we are hopeful that wealth does not equal success!

job search in st john

The search for a job is different on island. I’m in flip flops and people are telling me I look dressed up!

Regardless of where I go and what the future holds, I will always strive to perform my job to the best of my ability and be the person who others love to see enter a room.

yoga on maho bay st john usvi

Staying positive (and hoping to stay fit) as we begin our new life on St John.

So, now that you’ve read a portion of Life’s Little Instruction Book, do you agree if people put these tips into practice that the world would be a happier place to live? Have an awesome day, and thanks for letting me share what I think matters most with you!

Ashley Cates, St. John USVI blogger.

  • Matt
    October 30, 2015

    14) Make a habit of reading something inspiring and cheerful just before going to bed.

    10:03 E.S.T. laying in bed, reading your blog. I think I have #14 covered. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Ashley
      November 1, 2015

      Hi Matt! Thanks for reading!

  • ask
    May 1, 2015

    Amazing blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.

    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There
    are so many choices out there that I’m totally confused ..
    Any recommendations? Thank you!

    • Ashley
      May 16, 2015

      Hi! I am pretty new to all of this too, and my husband helps me with all of my technology needs :-) I would say start out with something inexpensive, if not free, and see if you enjoy blogging. I have started doing some freelance writing, and I definitely think if that’s what you’re interested in, it helps to have a blog to showcase your work. Best of luck, and let me know if I can help in any way that doesn’t involved technology!

  • Nat
    October 27, 2014

    I totally agree the world would be a happier place if others lived by these tips!! Women need to lift women up!!! so thank you for doing that!! you are a rock star!! I just found you today and have gone through 2 months worth of your blog!! thank you for sharing a cool journey you and your husband are living!! God bless!

    • prescription4change
      November 4, 2014

      Hi Nat! Thanks! Somehow I am just seeing your comment.

    • prescription4change
      November 4, 2014

      Your kind words mean a lot. It’s been a wild year!

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