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Core Values: The Compass for a Purposeful Journey with Paige Easter

Ep. 64

Are you living within alignment with your core values? In today’s episode, co-hosts Ben and Paige Easter are back to guide you on a purposeful journey toward freedom using core values as a compass. Whether you are brand new to the idea of core values or already have a list that you live by, reflecting on what matters most to you is a useful tool for growing and creating meaning within your life. If life’s purpose is the experience of your values, then you owe it to yourself to get really clear about what those values are and how you wish to see them expressed in your life. When you take the time to put words to these abstract concepts, it becomes easier to remember your values in the moment and make aligned decisions.

Tips for creating your compass:

  • Core values are intrinsic, abstract and universal.
  • We feel joy and purpose when we are living in alignment with our core values.
  • Values are shorthand. They are represented by words that will spark your memory of whole concepts and do not have to even make sense to other people. Write a list of your core values, whittling it down over time to the ones that are the most important to you.
  • Use your emotions to guide you on what your values are. Try describing your favorite person in the world and see what values you attribute to them.
  • Return to your values list again and again, because values will shift as you grow and change.

Use your newly written core values list as a guide to help you along your journey to freedom. If you are engaging in activities that do not reflect your values or hanging out with people who are out of alignment with the world you are trying to build, then it may be time to begin embracing change. Put boundaries in place to protect your values and start living your life to the fullest!


  • “Joy is the experience of our core values.” (3:56 | Ben) 
  • “When we're creating a list of core values, what we're doing is we're making a shorthand for what is our operating system so that we can more quickly run through our checklist instead of trying to hold all things equally important and then find ourselves in analysis paralysis and not able to create meaning.” (4:25 | Paige)
  • “I believe that your life's purpose is the experience of your values.” (5:00 | Ben)
  • “I think of our emotions as our engine lights. These are what come up to tell us, hey, something wants to be paid attention to… somewhere between three and 10 would probably be a good place to start.” (10:02 | Paige) 
  • “Envy is a really good emotion to show us what we actually want in the world.” (14:10 | Paige)
  • “We're so close to our values that we might not even notice what is important to us, because it's so core to who we are.” (18:56 | Ben)
  • “Every time there's a fight between two people, there's a core values misalignment.” (25:00 | Ben)


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