From the book A Year of Little Things: 100 Simple Ways to be Happy by Caroline Somp.
A new year before you like a notebook unopened–crisp, empty pages, straight spine, dreams not dreamt yet, magic unknown. Instead of filling the first page with resolutions, how about something juicy and colorful? Rather than what you should do, what do you want? What dreams flutter in your chest? If you dared, how would life make you feel, where would you be? Aim outrageously high, just to see where you’ll end up. Add some empty space for the unexpected, let the possibilities find you? Write a list of what you want in your life. What will this year bring you if only you imagine it?
This reminds me of the power of the Mondo Beyondo list. I seriously need to create mine for the year. It is slightly different to think of the year in terms of wants rather than shoulds. There are lots of things I want in my life this year; there are lots of things I want to manifest in my experience in the next 362 days. Putting them out there into the universe is the first step in making them possibilities.
This year, I want
• a writing retreat
• a trip somewhere warm near a beach
• a weekend camping in the mountains
• to take pictures good enough to sell
• to be successful in my job
• to grow our family
• to have 3 months of living expenses in the bank
• to end the year with just one major monthly debt left to pay off
• to teach a writing course
• to expand my circle of friends
• to use my passport
• run a half-marathon
• get pregnant
• look buying a house
I guess I’m really working on my Mondo Beyondo list. I’ll do more on that this weekend.
What is on your list of wants for the year? Where would you like to head if only you could?