Monday, August 4, 2008

Change Your Life, Make A List

I have been thinking about my life lately, wondering if I will "get out there" in the last half of my life and make it even better than the first half. Actually, I am already over the half-way mark unless I live to be 92. Not that the first 46 years I've lived have been uneventful or lacking in some way. I just think life goes by so fast and I wonder if I will have regrets about NOT taking more chances, or traveling more (just for fun, not business), or being creative enough.

Over the weekend I went to Montara, CA, with three longtime friends from high school. We took a quick road trip to see another high school friend and just hang out together. During some down time I picked up a Real Simple magazine (April 2008) my friend had on a table. Inside was an article about making a life list - listing things you want to accomplish, places you want to go, classes you want to take, etc. - basically taking inventory of your "incompletions" so that you will have no regrets. I realized I had seen this same idea - making lists - more and more frequently during the last few months.

I found an article on the Mighty Girl blog where the author talked about her list of "100 Things Worth Doing." It was the beginning of a list of her most memorable moments. On her list were things like "seeing van Gogh's, Starry Night" and "Cracking open a book with my name on the cover." When you make a list of memorable moments you really do have a snapshot of your life - all your accomplishments, adventures you've taken and fears you've faced. What a wonderful way to remind yourself just how interesting you are!

WebMD discusses how to make a life list, and the pros and cons of doing so. My friend, Kathy Cano Murillo -the Crafty Chica - forwarded info about a book called, The Complete Vision Board Kit: Using the power of Intention to Fulfill Your Dreams, by John Assaraf. It is about creating a wall display posting all of your hopes and dreams, a visual inspiration to see all of your intentions become a reality. I like that.

So, if you feel "stuck" or just ready to infuse some excitement (and courage?) into your life, make a life list or create a vision board. Live the rest of your life like you mean it!


Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica said...

*radio voice* And don't forget about the new Crafty Chica Empowerment Shrine Kits! You can build a dimensional vision board inside a wood box with images and objects that represents your life goals! Set it where you will see it every day to remind you!


Jen, you are such a gifted artist and have accomplished so much and look beautiful to boot! Everyday is a step forward to great things :-) You inspire me!!!

Tally O said...

Hey! I recently made one of these lists myself, along with my husband! It was very empowering, and we've even done one or two from the list within the one month we made the list.


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