So, anyway, as I was surfing, mostly various blogs... BTW, I want to say that people have some really cool stuff on their blogs - from art, quotes, pictures, to DIY projects, personal stories and of course, links... oh, the links! It's like a treasure map, right?! OK, I guess I'm not wrapping up that incomplete sentence (more flexibility, please).
And finally to the point of this post, a theme I noticed in my blog hopping was lists. Teesha Moore (if you ever want to start art journaling, check out her videos; she is amazing and I must credit her with my first exposure into the world of the amazing art journal) talked about making a list of 49 things she is going to do this year (apparently, it was her 49th birthday). Willow has LifeBook 2012 (while not really a list, it seems to fit here, which has been very tempting as soon as I can put together the funds. Effy Wild has her Book of Days 2012 which I have been inconsistently following but really enjoying (I made my first altered book journal!) She is offering this as a free course, folks! Ali Edwards has this Project Life thing going on... I've tried to stay away cuz I'm already so distracted by everything I think I want to be doing, but, it was apparently not meant to be.
I've been hearing about To Do and Ta Da! lists (I think once you've completed a thing, it goes on the Ta Da! list). I know I am more productive when I have a list, so I have come to the conclusion that the universe is trying to tell me something and I should pay attention. And while we are talking about lists, The Organic Sister has a great list of 47 Ways to be better to yourself.
My goodness, I can ramble on, can't I? Funny, sometimes I stare at my art journal page wondering what to write, maybe I should try digital art journaling if I write more with keys under my fingers. OK, I'll put that on the list. I did just download GIMP, a Photoshop like program that is free to download - another sign from the universe!!
I kind of liked Teesha's approach, the 49 things... but since I turned 56 a month or two ago, my list will be 56 things I want to keep or newly, do, see, learn or otherwise accomplish in the year 2012. I will be adding as I go, the list is not yet complete but here ya go!
- Blog weekly, at least
- Take 3 (or more) online art classes in art journaling, drawing, etc.
- Research buying a house
- Finish my taxes
- Work out consistently and continue to attend Weight Watchers meetings
- Fit into a size 16 (or smaller) by year end (I've lost 4 sizes in the last couple of years, from a 28 to a 20)
- Go out on at least 3 dates
- Use my art journal as a spiritual practice (arting, writing, "what if")
- Start a small book just for art journal prompts
- Reorganize my craft room
- Renew the purge of "stuff" in my apartment
- Save money every month
- Continue growing my Meetup group, meeting new people and developing friendships
- Regularly journal on gratitude
- Stay in better touch with friends in Chicago
- Try one new recipe each month - put it on the calendar!
- Start a list of recipes to try
- Learn to use GIMP
- Try my hand at digital art
- Spend more time with family on Facetime or Skype
A Stupendous Life List!
Here is another of Ben Okri's quotes that I really liked: “Only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery. Even if you lose, or are defeated by things, your triumph will always be exemplary. And if no one knows it, then there are places that do. People like you enrich the dreams of the worlds, and it is dreams that create history. People like you are unknowing transformers of things, protected by your own fairy-tale, by love.”