It is easy to start the year with a lot of aMbiTion (especially when you make your mile-long year “to-do’s” while being snuggled on your couch in your pajamas). You may have found that you woke up this week excited to start the year, but 2 hours later thought, “Ugh! How am I ever going to accOmpLish this stuff? I can’t do all of this!”
Some of my live-it list goals include doing a better job picking up after myself & spending more snuggle time with my husband in the evenings. By noon yesterday, I was quickly reMinDed that every day would present its own curve balls, causing these goals to be more difficult to achieve. I know there will be evenings that Doug is gone for work or days that the kids need before I finish picking up, BUT chipping away at it will be better than waiting to try again next January.
Just like anything in life, we need to take one day at a time and do the best with what each day offers. I will still try to iMproVe in these areas, but if the day doesn’t turn out how I had hoped, there is no reason to give up for good.
If you are already feeling overwhelmed at accomplishing the goals on your list, take a step back and make reaListic expectations for yourself. All of your goals may not happen by the end of 2012, but you will accomplish more (and feel better too!) versus having done nothing at all.
Can you believe that 2011 is almost over! On January 1st the SuEde SoFa will begin the “LiVe It LiSt” challenge!! In case you haven’t read or heard about our “Live It List” challenge, here it is in a NuTsHeLL:
The “Live It List” is sort of like a “BuCkEt LiSt” only with the emphasis on living rather than on dying. Not only does it focus on living life, but living it to the full TODAY, not sometime down the road when circumstances are more ideal. The “Live It List” targets the little things in life that really make the biggest differences such as relationships, fulfilling your purpose, and enjoying life. And if that isn’t exciting enough, the Suede Sofa will give one fortunate reader a brand new Coach purse! You can find out more about the challenge by Clicking Here. But wait!! Before you click for more details what’s on your list?
Here are some ideas to get your imaginations soaring!!
“Live It List” Ideas
- Create a vision board. (A bulletin board with pictures of things that motivate and inspire you)
- Work your way through a cookbook like in the movie “Julia and Julia”
- Take a course from “The Great Courses” (www.thegreatcourses.com)
- Learn to make jewelry, knit a scarf, make pasta, etc. via watching a YouTube tutorial
- Reconnect with an old pen pal
- Do a triathlon
- Volunteer with your child
- Organize a community event
- Photograph old barns or your favorite people/items/animal/scenery
- Start an Etsy business
- Grow herbs
- Start a blog
- Visit your physican and begin a healthy life style
- Carve out 30 minutes a day reserved only for your child/children
- Spend 15 minutes a day praying, meditating, etc.
- Complete “The Love Dare”
- Complete “The Purpose Driven Life”
- Establish a date night once a week with your spouse, significant other, child, friend, or family member
- Change your look
- Do a personal make-over
- Do a home make-over
- Pamper yourself once a week
- Ask an estranged friend/family member if you can “Begin Again”
- Do a random act of kindness once a week
- Learn to decorate a cake
- Plan a weekend get away
- Search for your favorite childhood toys/books/ etc on Ebay
- Send a care package to someone in the military
- Visit the Drive-In, Diners, and Dives in your area (from Food Networks “Drive-Ins, Diners, and Dives” television show)
- Take a dance class with your friend or spouse
- Do a room makeover for under $100
- Start a new family tradition
- Document your family traditions
- Take flight lessons
- Make a piece of furniture
- Hunt for a vintage piece of furniture from a flea market, antique shop, etc.
- Start working on the home-based business you’ve been dreaming of
- Turn a hobby into a business. Need some ideas? Check out this website of hobbies: http://www.notsoboringlife.com/list-of-hobbies/
- Invite friends over for weekly cooking classes hosted by those people who make your favorite foods i.e. have Mom teach how she makes her famous fried chicken, Grandma teach how to make her delicious apple pie, etc.
- Start a collection by going to antique shops, Ebay, garage sales, etc. – vintage cameras, geodes, vintage letters or numbers
- Finally begin pursuing your passion
- Determine what your passion is
- Write thank-you letters to people who have made a difference in your life
- Create a budget that you can live by
- Take Dave Ramsey’s Finanical Peace University course
- Get a puppy
- Do on-line dating
- Finish your bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctorate Degree
- Get a certification in your field
- Take a martial arts class
- Turn one room in your house into one that inspires you
- Create a top 10 list: i.e. Places to visit, Home projects to complete, Friends to get reconnected with, Activities to do, Goals to pursue and complete by Dec 31, Foods to make, etc.
- Make your family’s own personal “Yearbook” by documenting pictures as well as the stories that go with them by going to websites such as: www. shutterfly.com, http://www.Winkflash.com, etc.
- Create a list of eight things you are going to do (one for each week) that is achievable, yet exciting and motivating
- Call your friends/family to say, “I love you”
- Talk to a financial planner and start planning for the future!
- Make your own art gallery
- Get on a travel website and dream
- Find the thing that encourages your imagination and begin dreaming
- Begin writing a book
- Adopt an elderly person or a child to be kind to
- Take your kid fishing
- Take your dad fishing
- Finally read a book that you have been wanting to read
- Visit your hometown
- Reminisce with a childhood friend
- Give blood
- Pay the toll for the car behind you at a toll gate
- Make snow angels after the next big snowfall
- Run for an elected office
- Get a Red-Cross certification in something
- Resurrect an old skill such as playing an instrument, writing poetry, singing, drawing, etc.
- Give away or sell everything you don’t need/use
- Make a difference in oNe LiFe