Rather than sleeping, this weekend I was surfing the web at 1 in the morning and stumbled across the 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal. While I do not typically suggest impulse amazon buys after 10pm (the millennial equivalent to late night QVC shopping) I felt pretty confident that I would not regret my decision in the morning. Moorea Seal is a Seattle based designer/retailer with her own lifestyle brand. I was even more pleasantly surprised to find that she donates 7% of all proceeds to non-profits. As I perused her online store I was happy to find that she is coming out with a second book 52 Lists for Happiness in September. She sells everything from jewelry, to phone cases to paper goods (with drool worthy prints). I can not wait to visit her store downtown at 2523 3rd Ave.
This book is not only eye catching (I die for gold foiled anything and a steal on amazon for $10.90) but has a really unique concept. There's a list for each week of the year, divided into sections for seasons, ranging from list the sound track to your life right now to list the qualities you admire most in others. My love for list making started in 1st grade. I remember so vividly having trouble remembering my home work and what books to bring home. I was in a new school, 5 going on 6, anxious, and terrified of a 4'10", 75 year old nun (yes, looking back now seems ridiculous). My teacher came up with a plan to give me a notecard a day so I could make a list of the things I needed. I've been making lists ever since. The funny things is, sometimes I make a list and never look at it again. It's therapeutic to purge my needs on the page so I'm not stressing over all the things I need to do that are abstractly floating in my head. This book allows my list loving self to reflect on my interests, those around me, where I've been and where I want to go. Each week I plan on posting my list of the week, so hopefully you can get to know me better as I journey through self discovery!
I'm skipping ahead to Spring List 21: List the things you want to make. You can start the book at the beginning or choose to skip ahead to the current season, I choose the latter but it's totally up to you. So with my cold brew in hand, here goes nothing...
- A website! (in the throws of that at the moment)
- Scrapbook with all my college memorabilia
- Finish the photo book of Hawaii
- Christmas ornaments (I only have a few and I love handmade ones)
- Make our patio a cozier and more inviting space
- Refinish our dining room chairs to a distressed emerald green
- Bake Martha Stewarts Lexi's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies a favorite thing to make with my mom ( so. much. butter.)
- Print and place in photo albums of all of my pictures from years past... quite the undertaking
The take action: direction on the page states "start one new project this week and set a date to complete it by." I've already started my photo book for Hawaii so I'm picking the date of June 16th (two weeks from the time I'm writing this post) to complete it! Wish me luck! I tend to be a perfectionist, which is why so many photo books sit in the edit phase for year (eek). I keep going back and re-editing pages I've finished until the look just right. However, I need to except that as time goes on there will always something I would have done differently (hindsight being 20/20) and in order to complete these projects I will learn to love my work.
Tip: Never pay full price for a photo book online. Websites such as MyPublisher and Mixbook are constantly sending out 40 and 50% off coupons. Sign up for their emails and you will get an offer every other day (annoying but you will end up saving big bucks for a quality book). I've used both sites and the products are extremely professional looking, much more so than Shutterfly. Alas, photo books are another long post for another day.
I hope you find the good in today,
P.S. Nothing in this post is sponsored, I just love spreading the word of thoughtful and quality brands!