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52 Lists Project: what you would spend a million dollars on

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of what I would spend a million dollars on, just for me

In the following order:
1. Pay off the house 2. Buy a new car (nothing fancy, just something with fewer miles and a little more room) 3. and an Airstream 4. Spend at least two weeks each:      a. visiting all of my friends who have moved away/I've moved away from      b. in England      c. in the Pacific northwest      d. in Colorado     …

52 Lists Project: everything you love to do outdoors

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.


A note on last week: I skipped last week, partly because I was out of town, and partly because last week's list was "obstacles that stand in the way of facing your dreams" - I already lived out my craziest dream, and the others are either current reality or very possible future possibilities.

A list of everything I love to do outdoors


1. Walking
2. Sitting by a fire
3. Camping
4. Hiking
5. …

Lift...

Social interaction is not something that comes easily to me. I all but envy those to whom conversation comes naturally, struggling as I do - observing, analyzing, painstakingly engaging, then agonizing afterwards over every perceived blunder. Really, from a purely logical perspective, it's not worth it. I could be perfectly content as a near-hermit, my only interaction being the predictably patterned banter of a barista or the minimal exchange of a weary grocery clerk.
That's what I did, for awhile. I had a group of people like me that I interacted with through the safe barrier of a computer screen, and I enjoyed it. But then Light shattered my dark solitude, and I discovered that the way of Love is one of community. So I attempted to embrace it - only to encounter a frustrating paradox. The grace of acceptance without understanding, the love, the community that was willing to sacrifice for its members... seemed to be something that no longer existed.
But a few days ago, I wa…

52 Lists Project: things that make you excited

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of the things that make me excited

1. Experimenting with knitting
2. Food truck rallies
3. Reading a new-to-me book
     a. or rereading an old favorite
4. A new kind of tea
5. Planning "adventures to undisclosed locations"
6. Talking to someone who actually listens
7. Finding a previously undiscovered local shop
8. Commuter trains
9. Hiking

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Happy...

As I opened my computer to write this post, my littlest tiptoed to put a library book on my keyboard. Happy. So I stopped to read the book aloud, a mother owl telling her little one the ways that she can tell he's happy. "I know that you are happy when you giggle while you play; I know that you are happy when you have a lot to say..."
Everyone expresses (and experiences) happiness differently. I was amused this morning when we went to Whole Foods for groceries and stayed for Kids Club: Brooklyn sat in a chair next to me and watched with all her might as a librarian read a couple of books and a guy from the seafood department showed different fish (and a very squishy octopus), and Tobin bounced and squealed and participated (to the best of his 1.5 year old ability) in the hand motion songs. Then mini-me processed for a few hours before starting to talk about her favorite part of the morning, while my little extrovert continued "swimming" with his hands through …

The Happiness Dare

I've heard that gratitude is what we should focus on... that joy is better than happiness...indeed, that happiness is founded in selfishness and entitlement and should be avoided at all costs. But in her new book, The Happiness Dare, Jennifer Dukes Lee presents a different perspective.
"Happiness is the feeling of contentment that wells up inside of you when you are at peace with who you are and the life you've been given. Happiness is a feeling, but it's also a decision. It's a choice we get to make every day, even on our hardest days. Happiness is an outward expression of inward joy that is found in Jesus. Happiness is a gift from a happy God. Happiness is an offer extended to us by the Gospel - an offer of happiness forever, starting with happiness today." -from The Happiness Dare

Although the book released on Tuesday, I've had a copy for several months as a member of the launch team. The opportunity to read this came at a good time (as always) - wrap…

52 Lists: the ways you're a leader

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of the ways that I am a leader an instigator


1. I do not consider myself a leader. I am best as second-in-command, complimenting and supporting a framework laid out by someone else. I do, however, consider myself to be an instigator...
     a. someone who disrupts the status quo      b. who encourages others to question their beliefs, strengthening (or changing) them by examination      c. who act…