October 19th, 2011

Gain Clarity, Inspiration & Purpose: a List of Loves

One of my favorite exercises that I share with Boot Camp clients is called a List of Loves. It’s as simple as it sounds–it’s a long list of things that you love.

A “List of Loves” is powerful because
Paying attention to things that you love feels good. It can remind you that life is fun. It makes you a magnet for more of what you love (read Ask and It is Given for more details on this). It gets you unstuck when you get caught in a rut. It isn’t about doing, it’s about BEING. Remembering things you love helps you lighten up, be inspired and feel invigorated and energized.

Use your list of loves regularly
1) as a vital self-care treatment list.
next time you feel burdened, uninspired, stressed, anxious or bored take a look at the list and give yourself something from it.
2) to help you remember who you are
3) as inspiration for artist dates
use your list as a guideline for ideas and encouragement next time you take yourself out on an artist date

Here’s the recipe:


  • Journal or blank paper and a pen
  • 10 minutes
  • A timer or clock

Set the timer for 10 minutes. Ask yourself, What do I love? What makes my heart sing? Puppy kisses, sprinkled cinnamon, mud squishing between my toes, crisp table linens…Keep writing until the timer goes off.

Before you begin, here’s a treat for you to watch on You Tube: My Favorite Things, Julie Andrews

carson and me

Related resources
Ask and It is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Take an Artist Date for Inspiration from align the self
Sample Artist Dates from align the self

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