After I made my life list for 2012, several of my friends sent me their lists — including my dear friend Leanna. Her birthday was at the end of January, and since I was in LA for CHA, I got to have a slightly belated in-person celebration with her, so I assembled a basket of things inspired by her list and attached a tag to each item, explaining which list item inspired the gift. (Some things, like the London city guide and “#16 — go to London,” are more obvious; others, like the Sprouts gift card and “#27 — try a new vegetable,” are less so.)
There were many great things on that list, but three things in particular stood out to me. She talked about looking for God in the everyday, finding the best in people, and seeking joy even in unhappiness. I’d seen some index card-based daily journals floating around in the blogosphere and on Pinterest, so I put my own twist on it: half-size index cards, each stamped with a day of the year, with dividers for these three themes. Every day, she can jot down a note about how she saw God, or found the best in someone, or chose joy. I slipped the cards and dividers into a small Anthro berry basket and tied it with twine.