Self-awareness through lists

A few months ago I visited a locally owned store, Moorea Seal. They sell unique jewelry pieces, handbags, accessories, and fun paper goods. Recently the owner published a book called The 52 Lists Project, a journal of weekly lists that help with inspiration and self-development. Once I picked this book up and paged through it (featuring seasonally themed lists coupled with gorgeous photography), I knew I needed it.

The self-developing content of this book really caught my eye. I've mentioned on my About page that I'm not a fan of talking about myself. Maybe that's because I'm still trying to figure out who I am. (I do know that I’m a person who finds it almost impossible to write in books or fancy journals, for fear of messing up the pages. So I’ve taken to the silly habit of writing my lists out on a piece of scrap paper and perfecting them before inscribing them to the book.)

'List some of your favorite meals and treats'. As you can see, I have a healthy diet...

'List some of your favorite meals and treats'. As you can see, I have a healthy diet...

The lists make you really think about your life - what you've accomplished thus far, and what you hope to accomplish in the future (List what you would like your life to look like in ten years and List the difficult moments in your past that have shaped you for the better). Some lists are more challenging than the others (I got stuck on List the words that warm your spirit... uh, 'Milo'? 'Donuts'?). I hate to admit that I’ve skipped a few lists because all I could do was stare at them, deciding to come back at a later point. Overall though, it's nice to sit down and sort through your thoughts, and think about what brings you joy.

The 52 Lists Project encourages sharing of your lists, so if you’re participating as well, I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!