Anyone out there a fan of Darling Magazine? I imagine there are a number of hands raised and nods of agreement happening right about now. Well, if that's you, we're on the same page. I'm a huge fan of the magazine. I check out their Instagram feed pretty much daily and drop by their website weekly for inspiration. While catching up on recent articles this morning, I came across an old one that I had missed about living in the moment called The List of Ten.
The brief article encourages readers to stay present with one simple tip, making a list of ten things that currently make you happy. Personally, I am all about list making. I do it daily, multiple times in fact. My morning ritual usually consists of waking up and fixing my coffee, then sitting down and writing a list of what I would like to accomplish for the day. My lists are usually to-do oriented that keep me moving ahead and looking forward to the future. But what about living in the present? It's something I try to do, but admittedly, balancing the past, present and future is something I've always found challenging. It's a continual work in progress.
What I find so great about Darling Magazine's article is that it offers a simple way to help maintain this balance. List making is already something I do daily for future goals so why not do so for the present? Ready, set, here I go...
1. Drinking my morning coffee
2. Getting into bed with clean sheets
3. Spending time with my sweet nephews
4. Looking out at overcast Autumn skies
5. Taking day trips
6. Working on photo shoots for the shop or helping out friends
7. Receiving birthday notes, phones, packages and flowers from friends and family
8. Getting some most needed downtime while the shop is on sale
9. Seeing Christmas lights
10. Listening to the wind blow through the trees
It's a simple practice that begins right here and now, and I encourage you to do the same! Grab a piece of paper and pen and jot down ten things that currently make you happy. Don't give it much thought, simply take a few minutes to reflect on the little things. What's on your list?