April 21, 2017
the 52 lists project.
i love lists - i love making to do lists, i like to speak and write in lists - they just feel very clean and orderly to me. grouping things together in my mind helps me make sense of them - so when i heard of the "52 lists project" journal i had ordered it on amazon within minutes.
this journal gives one prompt a week - and you make a list. of people that cheer you up, your dream trips, your favorite things about each season. each list only takes a few moments, but as you reflect on really positive things from your life it gives you a little boost.
i thought i would share a few lists that i really enjoyed making.
LIST THE HAPPIEST MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE SO FAR:
-- the night jordan told me he loved me for the first time. the feeling that pulsated through my entire body.
-- the day my sister returned home from her mission.
-- the last night of jordan and i's honeymoon. we ate pizza and watched "just like heaven" and i remember being so excited about starting our life together.
-- the moment i crossed the thresh hold into our sealing room on our wedding day - feeling the entirety of god's love wrap around me all at once and appreciating all of the people that loved me inside of that room.
-- the summer we lived in slc, we had a froyo place we frequented. i remember one night we got froyo, sat on an overpass watching the cars drive by, and listened to kenny chesney in the car as we wandered the streets on cottonwood heights. we didn't talk about anything in particular, but i just remember laughing a lot and feeling so in love with jordan.
-- our plane ride to thailand. i was so elated and i didn't sleep THE ENTIRE FLIGHT.
-- any time i get to give a gift to someone i love.
-- there was a catholic chapel on USU's campus. i spent a lot of time there, alone, making sense of my life and seeking a little serenity from my crazy schedule.
-- jordan moved to san francisco before i did so we spent several weeks apart. eventually, i drove a moving truck (alone!) cross country and unloaded our furniture in ONE DAY. i was exhausted and drained out of my mind that night, but i was determined to wait up for jordan to get home from work that night. it was like 1:30am and i was fighting sleep on this uncomfortable air mattress (our bed didn't fit in the stairwell LOL) and i remember, so distinctly, the feeling i had when i heard jordan's keys in the door. it was the perfect mixture of excitement and anticipation and relief.
-- at the beyonce concert on my 26th birthday, the moment she came on-stage.
-- reporting my first live story from the logan library.
LIST YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES:
(i'll spare you all of them - the list is long. i can't ever choose between powerful inspirational quotes or powerful literary quotes, so i always go with both.)
"of this be sure, you do not find the happy life - you make it."
"she believes in the smallest of things because she believes that is where the magic lives."
"heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow and forever."
"but he who dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose."
"you don't have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt. you have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you're holding."
"anyone who takes the time to be kind is beautiful."
"be as you wish to seem."
"above all, be the heroine of your life. not the victim."
"do it with passion or not at all."
"i can't change the world. but i can change the world in me."
"optimism is the faith that leads to achievement."
"i'm not sure what i'll do but - well, i want to go places and see people. i want my mind to grow. i want to live where things happen on a big scale."
"be brave, my darling. you have faced dark times before and you're still here now."
"nothing will make you feel better except DOING the WORK."
"most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
"if you can't be kind, be quiet."
LIST THE WAYS YOU LOVE TO HAVE FUN:
-- i love to try new things that i have never done before.
-- i love festivals, parades, concerts.
-- playing games with good friends.
-- planning, anticipating, and executing a trip or vacation.
-- working out - specifically spin or kickboxing.
-- eating out and eating dessert.
-- capturing beautiful places or moments through photos.
-- dancing parties and singing in the car.
-- seeing beautiful things - like a skyline or a sunset.
-- being outside.
-- being with jordan, ashlyn, other people i love and am comfortable with.
-- learning new things.
-- road trips.
-- people watching.
-- camping/hiking/being at the beach.
-- watching movies.
-- did i say eating? putting it again here.