simple tricks for happy people

I am a list maker. Always have been, always will be.

The problem with listmaking is that it never ends. Things get crossed off, sure, but never as quickly as they get added on. As someone with a habit of feeling perpetually bad about all the things I've yet to accomplish, listmaking can be a not-so-positive activity for me.

But recently, at the suggestion of my husband, I turned the list on its head: I made a list of things I've done so far in 2015, instead of the ever-growing list of things to do. And friends, it was magical. Before the end of the first month of this year, I'd read two really good books, completed two knit pieces, and sewn my first garment. When I focus on them that way - instead of the list of posts I've yet to write, including about one of those knits and the garment - it felt really good. So good, in fact, that I'm determined to keep it up.

So here's to list making backwards: the done instead of the to-do.

Some notes on our January:

One of those really beautiful books I read was Lila by Marilynne Robinson. I can't possibly do it justice telling you about it. Please just go read it.

Second, we spent most of the last month listening to Sigur Ros' Valtari. Not a new album, obviously, but so perfectly paired to the dark skies and falling water of January that I couldn't help but mention it to you. A good book, incredible music and a cup of tea and I think we'll all survive til Springtime. 


  1. you have a really really smart hubby!!!!!

  2. Perfect hubby, you are and I am so inspired by tour words man. Great to see how you manage all things around you. Many best wishes to you and to your family.