With my little disappearance act from the blog recently, I never did a proper New Year post. Don’t worry, I’m not going to launch into a recap of 2013…no need. It can pretty much be summed up in 4 words…Work, Jury Duty, Vacation. That covers a majority of the yearly highlights, sadly nothing else too extraordinary. I struggled with massive amounts of anxiety & stress last year which was a challenge, but I’m working to turn all that around this year.
I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be a good one.
Instead of doing New Year’s Resolutions this year, or planning any major goals to overcome, I decided to go a different direction. I created a Love List.
One day, I was feeling particularly burned out and ‘blah’, so I grabbed some paper & pen, and scribble down 25 things that I love. They are very general, and I didn’t mean for it to be too specific. I wanted to create a list of things that I love, thing that brought me joy in life. I’ve posted the list below. You’ll notice that some are incredibly general. I did that purposely so that I could find all the bits of joy within that ‘love’ item.
For example… #23 is Travel. General, right? I could have clarified that I wanted to travel overseas or to a specific country, and I do. But overall I simply love travelling. I can’t afford to do it often, but I love it. So it’s on the list. The goal will be to find ways to ‘travel’ in my area when I can’t afford to go far.
So what’s the point?
The point of creating this list was to help me see the beauty around me on the tough days. On those days that seem to break me down, I can grab this list, pick a number and do something I love. Maybe it will be to curl up with a good book, or hop in the car with my pup and go to the beach, or add something new to the garden…hell, sometimes it will simply to be sit down and listen to the sound of the rain (check out Rainymood.com. It’s just the sound of the rain, INCREDIBLE).
I should also say that this is not EVERYTHING that I love. This is the first 25 that popped into my head. I’m sure the list could go on and on…
These are in no particular order…
The Love List
- Beauty, Skincare, Makeup, Nails
- Baxter, Dogs & Animals, helping animals
- Photography, Black & White Photos, SLR Cameras
- Writing Stories
- Organization & Planning
- Home Decor & Interior Design
- DIY, Craft Projects, Building Things
- Healthy Living, Detox my Life (in all different ways)
- Bargain Shopping/Hunting
- The Beach
- Meditation & Self Hypnosis
- The Sound of the Rain
- Green Living, Learning to be Environmentally Conscious
- Growing my own food
- Family & Friends
- Journaling,Creating Photo Look-books
- Art, String Art, Painting
- Learning, Continuing Education, School
The Challenge is to pick several of these a week and make sure that I’m spending time doing things that I love. Sometimes with the ‘busy-ness’ that is life, it’s hard to find those happy moments. This is just one way that I’m trying to incorporate more HAPPY into my life this year.
What is on your Love List?