Life Lessons in Fear Fighting Mindfulness

Lists and Dreaming

I admit it… I’m a total list person. I write everything down to get it out of my head and down on paper. Without lists, I’d probably be more lost than I already am. And, of course, I always manage to lose said lists. 🙂

I’m also a sucker for journals, but I love them so much… I have 10 going at once. I managed to keep one for a few months, but I left it up at camp- so I’m forced to start over again. Guess this means a trip to Barnes and Noble is in order! (I have to pick up and feel every stinkin’ journal before I can decide on one. If you’re a journal person, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. To normal people, I’m just talking some kind of crazy right now.)

In the meantime, I tried looking for a digital solution. I definitely don’t like digital list-taking or journaling as much, but if I can keep my lists in my beloved cell phone, I’ll never lose them.

This search led me to Evernote. It’s a free App that will store all of your lists, notes, journal entries, etc. I was reading about it online, and apparently it’s the Adobe Photoshop of note taking. (i.e. You can do all sorts of cool things with it, but you’ll never really understand it until you buy some sort of manual.)

The best part is you can take photos of the lists you make on little sheets of paper, and it will store those as notes too. The Internet also told me it can clip websites and e-mails to organize into your Evernote notebooks- I’ll have to figure out how to do that.

Ok…off on a tangent about Evernote- now back to the list thing. I have a friend who is all about Dream Boards and Inspiration Boards. I feel like this goes along with list-keeping and journaling because it forces you to focus on short-term goals and long-term goals.

Something about writing your goals down really makes it concrete. It forces you to think about them. If I put them in the front of my mind, maybe I’ll remember to work toward them.

So, I set off to make my Dream Board. I took a picture of it with Evernote just so I could carry it around with me…and not lose it!

It doesn’t have to be fancy,  but it could be! You could just jot it down on the back of a paper bag like I did, or you could get out your scissors and glue & cut pictures from magazines.

I’m going to create 3 Pinterest Boards for each section of my Dream Board. I’ll fill it with feel-good photos and tips to make my goals more attainable, or at least prettier and more inspirational.

What will you put on your Dream Board? Get out a piece of paper or a dry erase board and start writing! You’ll feel accomplished, you’ll feel philosophic, and maybe you’ll make a step toward some of them. Whatever you do, don’t lose your list!

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