Lately I've been very inspired to search for inspiration. That seems like a ridiculous sentence typed out right there, but it's true. I caved about a month ago and ordered three ridiculously overpriced, adorable, personalized little notebooks. I love them.
One of them is my prayer journal, where I'm intentionally dialoguing with God. It's doing incredible things for my spiritual life and it's transforming my heart.
The second one is a journal full of lists: grocery lists, wish lists, books-to-read lists, things-to-do lists, etc. I'm a list kind of girl, so this one is also good for my soul.
But the third is my favorite. On one hand, it's pink chevron.
Let's face it: chevron is near perfection. On the other hand, I've filled it with things that make me smile and inspire me to do better & be better. That's a pretty powerful combo, wouldn't you say? The first quote that I wrote on those blank pages was an e.e. cummings poem, the first line of which reads:
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
I've found many more that inspire me and I've scribbled them all over the pages. Here are some of my favorites:
"We only think when we are confronted with problems." - John Dewey
"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." - Coco Chanel
"Above all, try something." - Theodore Roosevelt
"We must be our own before we can be another's." - Emerson
"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." - C.S. Lewis
And my favorite quote that I've found recently...
Yeah. I love fall. It's kind of a problem. But that's for another post.
The thing that I love most about my pink chevron, monogrammed, adorable notebook is that it is home to my list. My 101 in 1001. It's 101 things that I want to do in 1001 days (that's 2 years and 9 months). It's a twist on the bucket list idea that I discovered while perusing this blog (which I love). I was immediately inspired to make my own list.
#1 on Mackenzie's list was very simple: Come up 101 things. At first, I scoffed at this. "Well, duh," I thought - isn't that point? I soon realized why she put this on her list: IT'S HARD to come up with 101 things to do that don't all involved buying something. I followed her lead on #1, #2 (inspire someone else to write their own list), and #101 (she put $10 into savings for every thing she crossed off of the list, but I upped it to $20. I really need to start saving some money). The rest of the list is all me!
Some of my items are very personal and private, but some are really fun! I won't share the whole list with you right now, because I think it'd be more fun to reveal most of them along the way as I complete them, but here are a couple:
11. Visit five new states.
28. Send one hundred handwritten notes.
49. Ride on a sailboat.
67. Pull a prank.
83. Take a sign language class.
95. Learn to play chess.
My deadline is May 23, 2015. That seems so far away, but I know it'll be here before I can believe it. And just so you know, I've already added $40 to my savings account...!