52 Projects: #1 The List File

I am a habitual list-maker. My desk is covered in them. I make them for all types of things and enjoy the process of creating lists, both on the computer to print out and on paper. I may fall short on the completion and follow-through of these lists, but I keep on making them.

Unsurprisingly, one of my lists is of projects I want to complete. These might be craft or scrapbooking projects, DIY projects and organizational projects. This list gets longer and longer and while I seem to work on several at once, I never actually seem to get any done.

Well, that’s about to change.

As I was browsing a friend’s website recently, I noticed her 52 Projects links. She’s a very creative and talented scrapbooker, crafter, and photographer and she’s on Volume III of her 52 Projects series. I decided it was high time I gift myself the time to focus on projects I want to do. This is not always easy to do with a household of 6 and a desk that’s in an open space with no doors, but I am going to do it. So I went to my computer and lo and behold, what did I find? A document titled “52 Simple Projects” which was dated 2012! So this has been in the works a long time. I am finally going to focus and complete a project, however small, each week. And to keep me accountable, I’m sharing my resolve here.

Does this have much to do with childbirth education and doula services? Perhaps not.

Although many of the projects on my list do have to do with my children and family, I think the biggest reason I want to share my efforts here is that oftentimes as we transition to motherhood, many of us forget or neglect to nurture ourselves in whatever way matters to us. That’s a shame.

Some, like me, may like a creative outlet, while others may prefer self-care in other ways, such as time spent on athletic pursuits, on gatherings with friends, on travel, or on bodywork. Who knows, I may incorporate some of those things and call them projects too. It doesn’t matter what it is, how small or involved, what matters is that I spend time doing something I enjoy or that is important to me.

So, to kick off my own 52 Projects series, I decided to make a dedicated 3-ring binder for all my lists. Ha! This should keep them together, allow me to consolidate them, clear space on my desk, and give me a chance to start off with a quick and easy project. It was fun to do. It didn’t take long. And now I have my lists for 52 Projects, homeschool ideas, our Summer Bucket List, Summertime Meal Planning, a travel list, the perpetual to-do list, a wish list and many others all in one space.


What have you done for yourself this week? I would love to hear about it!


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