‘Develop interest in life as you see it;
in people, things, literature, music –
the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures,
beautiful souls and interesting people.
– Henry Miller
Each January 1st for the last couple of years I’ve made a list of 100 things to do that year. Yes, I confess that I am addicted to list making as my family will tell you, but there is something delicious about sitting there on the first day of a brand new year and dreaming up adventures and experiences to enjoy.
And yes of course, I often get to the end of the year with things not ticked off due to life and changes in circumstances (hello moving to New Zealand!) but it is so satisfying to see what I did tick off and also how my desires have shifted over 12 months.
As writers it is important to live our lives fully, to experience new things, to take in the sights and smells of the world around us, to learn new skills and enjoy new challenges. Everything we experience shapes and informs our writing, giving it a richer flavour and stronger voice. You will be a better writer the more you taste life, trust me.
But, just in case you’re an introvert like me, your list doesn’t need to be full of extravagant or complex things, you don’t have to commit to scaling Everest or walking the Red Carpet or making a billion dollars (unless you want to), it is just as magical to explore simple pleasures and goals like having a beach picnic, going stargazing, or eating a juicy sweet mango on a summers day. Ideally your list will involve lots of simple things as well as a few that challenge you and take you out of your comfort zone - even if just a little bit.
I’ve found that making a list of 100 Things helps me to move through my year more mindfully, to connect more with the days as they pass by, and to slow down and savour more moments in this fast moving world we all live in.
What would you put on your list?
Here are just a few of mine this year:
Read at least 12 books
Get a new dog (am missing our boy so much since his passing last year)
Go to a museum
Take a helicopter ride over Franz Josef glacier
Finish writing my first novel
Buy a house
Enjoy a candle-lit dinner with my hubby
Go on a retreat
Buy something at a Farmer’s Market
Go to a festival
Walk in a rainforest
Do the Rotorua Treetop Night walk
Learn to make 3 new veggie/vegan recipes
Have a beach bonfire
Spend an afternoon in a hammock
Go on a beach clean-up
Create a beautiful new writing space (once we have a house!)
Have all cruelty-free makeup
Launch my own Podcast
Read a David Attenborough book
Swim in a waterfall (it’s been years since I did this and it is so time to do it again)
Celebrate my birthday in style
Take a cookery class
Learn a new game
I’d love to hear some of the things you’d like to enjoy and experience this year. Do share below.