Sunday, January 31, 2016

the 52 Lists Project

Journaling.  It's such a great way to clear your mind, reflect on experiences and lessons, and look back at different points in your life.  I'm the first to admit I've started and stopped many journals throughout the years.  Part because I have a great love for stationary and I love a fresh start, and part because with different seasons of life I think I needed it at some times more than others.  If you've ever felt like you've wanted to write or journal daily but didn't know quite where to start, this book is for you.  If you've ever found yourself disappointed for not keeping up with a journal, vowing to do so daily at the start of the year, only to drop off weeks later.  This book is for you.

I received the 52 Lists Project journal for Christmas, and I love how it encourages thought and writing with a prompt that you can start in any season or week of the year.  When it comes to seeing change in any area of our lives, I think for many people one of the hardest things is figuring out where and how to start, and how to pick things back up once you've stopped.  So often we put the wrong kinds of pressure on ourselves, getting intimidated by or discouraged when we don't keep up with our goals perfectly.  That's the what I like most about this little book: it takes off some of the pressure.  It helps you get started right where you are, anywhere, at anytime simply by writing a list.

"List the things that make you feel powerful."
"List the wildest things you want to try."  

"List the qualities you admire in others."  

"List the things you want to add to your life."    

These lists are followed by "Take Action" statements: challenges that nudge you to take that little list a bit further and explore how you can channel those thoughts, feelings, and ideas into tangible experiences and changes in your life.

A month into the year, you may be still riding high from the excitement of the fresh start.  Or maybe you've already grown discouraged or even complacent in certain areas in your life.  The change you want to see will always come from you, but if you need a little encouragement, a little inspiration you just may find it starting with one of these lists.

Sometimes I think we can get so consumed with what we want to add to our lives whether it be things, people, or experiences; however, getting rid of things you don't need, ending certain relationships, or breaking unproductive habits can be just as effective.  I haven't gotten too far so it may or may not already be in the book, but when you have the time "List the things you want to remove from your life."    

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