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To Do Book or: Making Lists About Lists


Earlier this week, I wrote about making my way through the Leonie Dawson “Create Your Amazing Year Life and Biz Workbooks and Calendars”. For the past several nights, I hunkered down on the couch with a pen and pencil, my blankets and pillows and my puppies and started making my way through them.  It is an AMAZING experience..just to go through and identify what you love about yourself, what you want to say goodbye to, what big and small dreams you have for yourself and then go about planning on making them happen!  It’s such a beautiful feeling and one that gives me such hope.

Each year, I make resolutions that I, invariably, break by mid-January.  What’s the difference this year?  I have a PLAN to make them happen and dammit, I WILL make them happen!

One of the exercises in the workbook is to make a “To Do” book..where you will write your goals and dreams and the lists and plans to make them happen.  I am a list-maker.  Always have been.  I am even guilty of writing things down on the list that I’ve already done, just for the satisfaction of crossing them off! (come on, you know you do it, too!).  This method works perfectly for me.

Of course the artist in me refused to use a plain notebook so…I broke out the gesso, spray inks, acrylic paint, stencils, modeling paste and glass bead paste and went to town.  I created the cover in a grunge-like mixed media form.  I absolutely love it and can’t wait to get my dreams and lists inside that baby.



One of the exercises in the book that I just loved doing was the list of 100 things I want to do this year. They can be silly, serious, creative – anything!  Some of the items on my list (I’ve only written 39, so far) are:

Take ballroom dance lessons

Go hiking

Build a firepit

Send 52 cards

Learn to make cabbage rolls

Get a tattoo


Some of them are more serious:

Get house repairs done

Get new life insurance

Save X amount of money


But all of them are mine and soon I’ll have a plan to achieve them all.  It’s ok, if they all don’t happen..that’s life..but most will because I want them, I have a plan and they will make me a better me.  If you have big or small resolutions this year – whether you make them and break them right away or whether you have never made them – GET THIS WORKBOOK!  You will get happy pants just from doing the exercises!

Until next time..