Everyone has seen - or maybe even written - a "bucket list", right? Recently, when I was cleaning out my attic, I found several I'd written in elementary and middle school, titled "My Perfect Life" - haha! So funny, some of the things that were on there.
I'm a big proponent of setting goals and being intentional about savoring life - just see my 101 in 1001 list or my 60 before 30 list. But I also think it's fun to take time to remember those awesome things you've already done in your life, and not be focusing so much on checking off the next cool thing.
Enter: the Life List Book. On my 25th birthday, I decided to crack open a brand new journal and jot down every cool thing I'd done in my life. Things like "ran a full marathon" and "got married to the love of my life" and "graduated college" and "hiked across the Grand Canyon." There's smaller things in there, too, like "swam in the Atlantic Ocean" and "did a color run" and "became an aunt." And really obscure things, like "left a tribute at Amy Winehouse's house" (I really did that - little known fact: I am a HUGE Amy Winehouse fan), "rescued a baby squirrel", and "drag raced a sandrail at the Glamis Sand Dunes" (one of the funnest and most terrifying things EVER.)
I just think about how cool it would be to have a written out list, in my great-grandmother's handwriting, of all the things she did in her life that she was proud of. From sewing an item of clothing to cooking an entire chicken, or whatever it might have been. I think about my kids and grandkids and maybe even great or great-great grandkids holding this little leather-bound book and get a little misty-eyed.
Matt and I each have one (he started his on his 25th birthday, too!) and we keep them in our nightstand drawers. Any time I complete a goal, hit a milestone or have an experience that feels especially meaningful, I jot it down.
I hope to hold onto this little thing all the days of my life and to have be a written record of the best and most beautiful moments and memories of my days here on earth!