Years ago, I figured out that I could write about life in simple lists. Not only for noting to-dos, lists can explore feelings, challenges, emotions, ideas, dreams, happenings, moments.
On the days when I want to get something down but writing too many words feels like…well, too many words…I turn to lists. I know from experience that there’s a lot of punch packed into each list. I also know (and deeply appreciate) that each list tells a story and holds memories. Over the years, making lists has grown into a creative self-care practice for me. It’s a practice that grows with me and chronicles my growth from year to year, month to month, day to day, list to list.
Back in 2015, I created my online class, Just Five Things, to share this creative practice with others. It’s become a touchstone for me, to share this creative work of reflection and writing lists with beautiful souls a few times throughout the year. Each time that I run the class, I am humbled by the beauty and truth of what students share. In a world that can feel topsy-turvy and a bit chaotic (especially now), gathering for two weeks to get a little quiet and to write a few lists is a balm for the soul.
In September (7th-18th), I’ll be running Just Five Things again. We’ll be working with prompts that center around resetting and recharging. 2020 has been heavy so far and I’m curious about lightening the space in our minds – lives – hearts as we round into the last quarter of this year.
If you’ve joined me for Just Five Things before, I welcome you to join us again. (honestly, it’s a real thrill to have as many returning students as I do). If you’ve never taken this class before and you’re not sure about writing lists, I welcome you too. Yes, come write lists with us. You’ll see the stories your lists will tell, the memories they will hold. A little bit of self-care and reflection paired with creativity and quiet. That sounds awfully nice to me right now.
How’s that sound to you?
always the love, m