Random Adventures of a Single Woman

A Hopeful List


As is custom when kicking off the New Year, there has been so much talk about New Year’s resolutions. I haven’t made any yet, so I’ve been feeling a bit guilty. But really, how many people keep their resolutions? Come on, be honest.

I came across a blog on WordPress called perches in the soul. It caught my eye because I love the poem “Hope” is the Thing with Feathers, by Emily Dickinson:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
Just fabulous, isn’t it? Anyway, the term “perches in the soul” caught my eye and I clicked on the link to the blog where I discovered a wonderful project called Year Of Lovely Things 2011.

The concept is that you jot down 52 things (to correlate with the 52 weeks in the year) that you’d like to accomplish; small things that are doable within a day or week and that perhaps embellish your larger plans or goals for the year.

There’s a form to sign up to officially participate, which I have submitted and am anxiously awaiting an acceptance email. But, in the meantime, I thought why not go ahead and get that list started. Whether or not I am formally part of the project it’s a good source of inspiration for the New Year ahead. Below is what I have so far. Stay tuned for the complete list tomorrow, and check out Year Of Lovely Things 2011 for yourself.

  1. make handmade cards and mail to friends
  2. try a new crochet pattern
  3. go on a retreat
  4. light a candle at church
  5. volunteer my time
  6. organize my home office/creative space
  7. make hot chocolate from scratch
  8. plan a sleepover with my nieces
  9. try a new recipe
  10. make the bed
  11. scan old pictures
  12. take a zumba class
  13. do yoga
  14. drink lots of water
  15. enjoy a spa day
  16. put laundry away (as soon as I fold it)
  17. make curtains
  18. start a garden
  19. read books I’ve bought that are collecting dust on the shelf
  20. donate to charity
  21. pray
  22. start a recipe book of family traditional favorites
  23. cook a turkey and all the fixins for no reason
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