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Time for MOM: Have You Got a LIFE LIST?

Posted By Jessica Fisher On November 22, 2008 @ 9:22 pm In Big Dreams | 5 Comments

[4]A few weeks ago I spent a couple hours at a local bakery — by myself.

Yeah, I know. By myself.

I fed the baby, grabbed my Bible and a notebook, and left the house – by myself. I haven’t done that much in the last three months. I felt naked almost. I know many moms are used to time away from home and their kids. That just isn’t my season of life. And I’m good with it.

But, at the same time, it’s nice to go someplace and only be responsible for myself.

While I was out, I sat down and started penning a life list [5]. I’m sure you’ve heard of the concept before. Basically, it’s the idea of putting to paper the goals you’d like to accomplish for your life. Many people list big adventures like scaling Mt. Everest. For me, sometimes, getting through the laundry is just as ambitious.

It was good to think about my list in terms of big dreams. Sure, there are things that I want to accomplish in the short term, like getting my recipe collection organized, putting together baby books for the girls, or simply unpacking all those stinking boxes! Those are certainly important and valuable, but thinking bigger was kind of like going outside for a breath of fresh air after being in a closed room. There’s room and time to achieve those. I don’t have to feel hurried or flustered.

And I may never achieve them all, but I can dream.

Some of the things I dream of doing one day:
— live completely debt-free
— vacation in Hawaii, relaxing on a peaceful beach
— visit England, roaming all the places where Jane Austen and CS Lewis lived
— own a small car to zip in and out of parking lots to run errands quickly
— spend a month in Paris visiting all the museums and sitting in cafes watching people.

All of the above could be enjoyed with or without my brood — except for the sports car. I’ll save that for when it’s just FishPapa and me.

How about you? What are your big dreams? Share them in the comments.

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