I started my Alive List during a weekend retreat on the Oregon coast. Ostensibly this was a photography retreat, but it was really a group of female photographers using art and photography as a lens to discuss life satisfaction and fulfillment. As we circled up and talked about our past, present, and future I felt a strong desire to dive into the structure of my life. What aspects of my daily life do I have control over? Am I making space for the things in my life that make me feel alive?
I needed to first identify what makes me feel alive, then I could move into injecting those activities into my life wherever possible.
CHALLENGE FOR THIS WEEK: Make an Alive List for yourself. The list is meant to focus as much on the micro as the macro, so don’t forget to include simple pleasures along with your grand endeavors. Dig into your past as well as the present. What did you enjoy doing 5 or 10 years ago that you would still enjoy now? The list is aspirational as much as it is descriptive of your current day-to-day.
Here is my current list. It’s ever-evolving, I add to it or subtract from it each time I open it up. Often reading over it will incentivize me to tweak my plans for the next few days or weeks in some small way that has larger side-effects over time.
Jenna’s Alive List
– face-to-face time with my husband (not including coordinating our lives)
-dancing in the kitchen while cooking
– the flow of writing
– messaging with friends
– dancing to music that I love
-making space for connection
– colorful hair
– a clutter free environment
-drinking coffee/tea (i.e. caffeine)
– speed (card game)
– a made bed
-waking up early before the kids
-getting lots of sleep
-being outside in soft sunshine
-riding my bike
-drinking/eating in the evening while tapping away on my laptop in a cafe
-Cheese plates and wine and fruit and nuts and chocolate