One of my favorite things to do is make lists.
Grocery lists, shopping lists to-do lists... I love them all. - Blank spiral notebooks are the things my dreams are made of!
There is just something peaceful about being able to write everything down and then giving myself permission to "forget" about it. Usually when I can't sleep at night it is because I have too many "don't forget to ____" thoughts dancing around in my head. Writing them down usually cures my insomnia in a jiffy.
So, when I received "Go Ahead & Like it" from Blogging for Books, I was ecstatic! An entire book full of prompts that encourage gratitude and list-making??? Yes, please.
You see, I was prepared to receive a relatively blank canvas just waiting for me to fill it in. I thought that there may be a daily/weekly prompt for creating a list of likes; maybe something like: "Stand outside for five minutes and list what you like." I was all set to write about my appreciation for lunch time sunshine, the birds singing in the morning and cups of hot chocolate.
Well, I must have misunderstood the description of the book.
Instead of being a blank canvas for my various lists of likes, it was full of other people's lists. Now, I am glad that other people took the time to stop and appreciate the things in life that make them smile, but I was left wanting a little more.
The last page has a blank space for a list of MY likes - to which I said "ah-ha! This is what I wanted."
The book is full of beautiful and sometimes funny photos and the book itself is pretty and will look lovely if I am ever able to make color blocked book cases a la A Beautiful Mess.
Maybe I will need to crack open a new journal and take a cue from my misunderstanding and do exactly what the book is encouraging me to do - spend a little time every day and be grateful for the big and little things that make me smile.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.
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