At the beginning of 2013, I started a new project on my blog called 52 Lists. Due to various reasons last year, I was unable to keep up with the series and I only completed 1/3 of it. But for 2014, I'm happily bringing the project back, including some reflection on my lists from the previous year, and I plan on finishing the project out strong through all of 2014! For weeks 1-22, I will be reposting the lists I created in 2013, but I will also be adding my new lists for 2014 along with each post. For those of you who started this series with me last year, this will be a great project in self reflection, reading through your lists from the previous year. And for those of you who are new to this project, this is a great way to start of 2014 with a open and clear mind!
I've always been a bit of a list addict. I feel a million times more peaceful and content with myself when I've got a few lists going, from what I need to do today to my favorite r&b songs from 2002. The 52 Lists project focuses on list making, lists for fun, lists for self discovery, and so much more. And it's all about participation! Each week of 2014 I'll have a new list prompt for you to download. Print out a page each week, collect them through the year and then bind them together at the end of the year as a little memento of 2014.
So this week, the list prompt is List the Words That Touch Your Soul. This list prompt was taken from the book List Yourself. I really liked this as our first list because it starts us off on a positive and reflective note as we begin our list making journey. It was fun for me to read through the words I wrote down, reflecting on why those words are important to me. It seems the words that I am most drawn to are more about my singular world and personal experiences. Maybe because I am an eldest child or because I feel like I grew up and took care of myself at a young age, maybe because I am such an introvert, I don't find a lot of need in others to find my happiness and contentment. I prefer a LOT of alone time, a few very close relationships, a lot of time to reflect and meditate on my experiences and thoughts, and a lot of quiet time. I think a lot of the elements that make up who I am ended up in the list along with words that help challenge me to get outside of myself.
Patience . Calm . Wisdom . Community . Open . Light . Quiet . Stillness . Friendship . Comfort . Hug . Trust . Safety . Gentle . Soft . Be. Feel . Know. Sweet . Sense. Kind . Flow . Journey . Float . Warmth . Envelop . Nest . Surround . Blanket . Think . Trees . Intuitive . Roots . Treehouse . Forest . Home . Fireplace . Branches . Mountains . Hold. Wrap . Now
It's funny, as I reflect on the words that I wrote in 2013, they feel so different than the words I am ruminating on in 2014. Last year, I felt alive with fire, passionate, and ready to take on the year ahead. I had plans, lofty goals, and excitement in my soul. So much of what was driving me was an inward drive to push all that was inside of me outward. "Drive, hard work, expanse, universe," those are just a few of the words that defined me just a year ago. And with that energy that I put into the world, woah I got a lot in return, both wonderful and heartbreaking. This year, I feel more turned inward. I'm excited to just push my roots deeper into what I already have around me, in my relationships, my personal life, and in my work. Words like "wrap, surround, nest, quiet, and flow" feel so much more appropriate to my life right now. I just want to be and take in what is in my present. I'd honestly love a nice quiet year ahead, but that's usually not the card that life throws me. So, knowing that my life can be kind of crazy, I can at least just be in the moment right now, focused and quiet, patient and kind, calm and still, creating no twists and turns of my own. When you feel rooted and calm in what you have created, it makes taking the cards that life deals you outside of your control a lot easier :)
Please feel free to download a PDF of Week 1 of 52 Lists above. You can print out the page and get to work jotting down the words that touch your soul, inspire you, and remind you of who you are. And feel free to post your lists on your blog, linking back to my blog. I'd love to follow along with your year of list making too! Feel freel to leave a link to your lists in the comments so I can check them out or link up your post below. Each week when I post about 52 Lists, you can come back to the post and link up your own post so that we can all explore each others lists. You are not required, it's just a fun way to check out each other's lists.