I have never thought to promote any products on this blog, mainly because there are so many amazing bloggers out there finding so many amazing things. I could never keep up! But the 2011 Loveliness Planner by The Bright Side* is so wonderful that I cannot help but sing it’s praises. My super cute friend Megan got it for me in England, and it is one of my favourite possessions.
It has list of lovely things to do each month. And while I’m in a different hemisphere, so some of it makes no sense (as much as I would like to have a snowball fight right now, it is hard to do in 30 degree heat..and even harder to do in Canberra EVER), it is still fun to try. And there is a little ‘lovely thing to do’ for most days, like have a movie marathon, tea date, make the word rabbit the first word you say all day, meet someone new etc.
So of course, me being me, rather than following my own hand written lists that say things like ‘remember to get new contacts’ and ‘start on draft for essay’, I have decided that following this planner is much more fun.
Hence why I got up early on a work day to make pancakes for breakfast this morning. And though I feel sort-of sick right now, and wouldn’t do it again on a weekday, I had so much fun. It was just so great to try something different.
I think that’s why I love the planner so much. I have my own list of boring things I know I have to do eventually, and I have my yearly goals/life goals that I am working towards. And while they’re great and all, they’re not NEW. They were made by me, and so tend to be within my comfort zone. Or are things that deliberately push me out of comfort zone, but are tailored by me, for me.
I guess I just like having a random list of things to do that are new, and weren’t made specifically for me. They’re little things, that aren’t life changing, and won’t help me pass that class or achieve the dreams I have. But they’re little things that make life a little bit brighter. The things we often forget to include because we’re so focused on being ‘better’ and ‘achieving’. We forget to simply LIVE and have FUN. With no purpose. Just because we can. Why not scream ‘rabbit’ on a Monday morning? Why not roll down the biggest hill you can find? Why not dance in the rain, and laugh at bad 80’s movies, and sing to Disney songs? They don’t achieve anything, but boy are they fun.
And sometimes that’s better than crossing off any goals on the little life-list you have tucked away.
*The diary is not available anymore but they have so many other great things!!