Not so secret lists

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Hellloooooo friends! Happy Friday! Hope that everyone had a fantastic week and has some crazy shenanigans planned for the weekend! Work hard then play harder, as I always say.

So it's no secret that I'm a notorious list maker. At any given time, I'm scribbling down notes on one of my many lists. I have a list of goals, a list of things to do, a list of quotes I love, a list of songs I hear/want to download, a list of movies that people recommend, a list of books that people recommend, a list of great restaurants/bars, a list of things to blog about, a list of stores I want to check out when I get my next paycheck, a list of things to do for work, a list of things to do for Media OSA, a list of hilarious websites, a list of places I want to see before I die, a list of blogs I love, a list of things to remember for Kodi, a list of things to buy at the grocery store, a list of concerts coming up, a list of all the football games coming up this season, a list of all the side projects I want to accomplish this year, and a list of dreams. Oh! And let's not forget my list of affirmations I made a couple months ago. Diggity damn. That's a lotta lists. I guess the first step is admitting you have a problem......

Anywhos, so I'm reading a book called The YOU Plan that was gifted to me by a dear family friend - and I have to say that it's actually hitting home on a lot of fears/concerns I've had since graduation. Mostly about figuring out my place in this big, bad world as a college graduate with an endless supply of opportunities. The book gives you some guiding principles to help formulate a life/career plan that fits you by making various lists of your values, strengths, goals, etc.

A book that wants to help me organize my entire life by making lists? Yeah, I'm sold.

I've been making all these new lists of things that I'm AWESOME at and where I see myself in five/ten/fifteen/twenty years, and I feel amazing, strong, talented, and so motivated. I imagine that this is how Popeye MUST feel whenever he gobbles down spinach. Yeah - that good.

So, friends, here I am. Encouraging you all to join me in my list-making adventures and start putting down into words, on paper, with ink how amazing you are and what all your goals are. Then take those lists and post them up on your fridge, or your bathroom mirror, or inside your closet, or on your bedroom door, or wherever! Put them somewhere that forces you to look at them EVERY DAY. On good days, that list will be the perfect motivator to propel you into a GREAT day. On not-so-good days, it may serve as a moment to reflect on how you can change your attitude, your perspective, or even your activities to try and MAKE it a good day.

Remember that happiness is a choice you make. It's not something that just happens to you randomly; it's a result of your decision to meet the goals you set (whether they be big or small).

In closing, I want to leave you with this great quote I read today from Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning"Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be and what he will become in the next moment."

Today is the perfect day to have a perfect day, friends. xx Nikbear