100 revisits

As you will probably have guessed I am a list writer 🙂  It’s a wet Sunday morning and I thought it might be time to revisit a list.  Not a regular to do list but the one I wrote back in March, 100 ways to be more creative.  A stream of consciouness, no stopping to think list.  I wrote it, looked at it and then forgot it.  I have made no conscious effort whatsoever to do anything on that list.  What a waste.  So today I am going to work my way through the list starting with the first thing on the list I have not yet done.  I have no idea what that is.  Here goes ….

  1. Morning pages – DONE (and still doing)
  2. Read – DONE (and still doing, currently re-reading A Prayer for Owen Meany)
  3. Meditate – DONE (and still doing most days)
  4. Listen to other people – Consciously working on this
  5. Get out of my comfort zone – I think so – I’ve just joined the gym and am going this afternoon and have planned visits for the rest of the week – pretty out of my comfort zone I’m not a great exerciser other than yoga and ballet.
  6. Go to an exhibitionDONE The last one I saw was the photographic history of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the Bowes Museum.  Fascinating and not what I was expecting at all
  7. Go for a walk  DONE and still doing
  8. Try to do something I am convinced I can’t do DONE – I think joining the gym definitely meets this
  9. Use the house on the right bank DONE and still doing
  10. Pray DONE and still doing
  11.  Take advice from people in my mind DONE and still doing (not as weird as it sounds – Read Mindstore!)
  12.  Use the right brain – regular trips to the house on the right bank I think counts here (Mindstore again)
  13.  Try to draw
  14.  Keep a dream diary
  15.  Go on artist’s dates – have done a few but not enough
  16.  Play flute/sax/piano – don’t do enough
  17.  Sing – DOING – am singing in a concert on 7th July
  18.  Sight read something totally new
  19. Listen to music I haven’t listened to before – DONE and still doing I change the radio channel in my car every day now – it’s very enlightening!  Spotify is good too.
  20.  Read a totally new author
  21. Read autobiographies
  22. Go on a mystery trip.
  23. Do something repetitive over and over Hmm not sure Salutations to the Sun count
  24.  Do something backwards
  25.  Sew make something see it grow – too many unfinished projects
  26. Read poetry
  27. Write poetry
  28. Write for half and hour without stopping. Do that quite a lot now
  29. Write 300 word flash fiction – yes and was runner up in a competition!
  30.  Write haiku
  31. Write 6 word story I have done one ages ago but not recently
  32. Write a story about what’s just out of view in a picture.
  33. Describe my childhood bedroom
  34. Write my autobiography
  35. Write my imagined autobiography
  36. Scrapbook – Oh I haven’t done that for AGES
  37. Imagine a world where one fundamental thing is different – describe living in that world. Part one is done but I’ve not written it down
  38.  Do a mind map of my mind – these both will be fun why I have’t I done them yet?
  39.  Do a mind map of my life
  40.  Doodle in my Discovery Journal ditto above
  41.  Make a visual treasure map
  42. Imagine Jack was human – what would he want to do, to be, where would he want to go?
  43. Doze, manage the dreams as I doze.  I’m quite good at that
  44. Turn a dream into a story.
  45. Write Romilly’s Indo China story.
  46. Watch the old films I watched with Daddy.  Spent an entire wet Saturday doing that it was great.
  47. Go and see a film I really don’t want to see
  48.  Go to a charity shop, buy something for under £2.  Write its story
  49.  Rearrange a room completely DONE (several actually)
  50.  Wash the windows and let in the light DONE
  51.  Declutter DONE
  52.  Take a book off the shelf turn to page 46 – continue the story from the second paragraph.
  53. Go to an art gallery and mark the paintings out of ten.  WHY do I like some and not others.
  54. Wear clothes I’ve never worn together before. Do more than I used to
  55. Sleep upside down
  56. Sleep on the wrong side of the bed
  57.  Have a go at drawing on the right side of the brain
  58.  Learn poetry by heart
  59.  Learn a psalm
  60.  Spend a whole day saying yes to everything.
  61. Spend a whole say without ever using the word can’t
  62. Do a couple of pages in my sketchynotebookything
  63. Continue the 100 uses for a used matchstick list.
  64. List all my favourite songs
  65. Reduce the list above to only 50
  66. Make my desert island list DONE
  67. Have my desert island conversation with Kirsty Young Do this quite a lot (how wierd is that?)
  68. What if I had been born a boy?
  69. What if I had been born 10 years earlier?
  70. What if I had been born 10 years later?
  71. Plan the most exciting journey I can imagine, right down to the tickets and accommodation and travel etc.
  72.  Finish the house on the right bank
  73. Redecorate the Mill – money no object.
  74. If I had one million pounds – allocate every single pound.
  75. Escape for a day totally alone with just books and pencils.
  76.  Build a shed or bolt hole.  My wooden caravan.
  77. Tackle a really difficult world issue – how would I solve it?
  78.  Spend time in the house on the right bank  – really use it and explore it.
  79.   If I were Poppy what would I do?
  80.  Tell Julia’s story
  81. Tell Helen’s story – when does she realise this is her chance?
  82. Get a lump of clay and see what it turns into.
  83.  Go and sit in front of Orphelia – where did it take me as a child, where does it take me now?
  84. Learn how to make shadow figures.
  85.  Explore somewhere from top to bottom, learn everything about it. Who lived there, when why?  Make it up if nobody knows.
  86. What if there really was a Faraway Tree?
  87. Plan a journey by train around the world (man in seat 61)
  88. Invent a new animal.
  89. Tell the story from the Pensillia’s point of view.
  90.  Visit a small town I’ve never been to before.  Explore.
  91. Go out to the shops and try on clothes I would never dream of wearing.
  92. Pick a one day course on something esoteric and mind stretching.
  93.  Change something in my life/house/work/anything every day for at least a month.
  94. Climb a tree
  95. Keep a visual diary – do it without words.
  96. Draw what I hear.
  97.  Colour my calendar
  98.  Build a library of future histories
  99. Revisit Heath Robinson
  100. Explore colours?  Which are my favourites? Do they change? Why?

There’s quite a lot to do.  First on the list is try to draw.  I doodle, I’ve never really drawn though I keep a sketchbookythingy.  Today it will come out again, it’s been sitting on my desk all alone for far too long.  Then I shall continue down the list ….

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5 responses to “100 revisits

  1. Number 87 concerns me. This trip around the world (man in seat 61) Now, as you know very well, I always travel in seat 61. Seat 60 is vacant. Shall we go together? You’ll need to improve, obviously, but a start has been made.
    Add to number 67 – learn to spell ‘weird.’
    Impressive progress. I’m impressed, anyway. Love your blog and read every post.

  2. I am a perpetual list maker – I love how motivational it is and how it increases my chances of achieving something if I write it down. I go through reams of notebooks, writing lists (whilst lying in the bath, mainly!).

  3. Love this! I particularly like the music ones. I do wish I made more time to play the piano. Even though I’m sure I’m not in your league judging by all those instruments you play, I do love my piano, I always vow to practise, play my old scales, get my sight-reading back up to scratch but what actually happens is that if I ever get a minute, I just play the stuff I know I can play. You’ve inspired me to put the piano on my list (I love lists and get quite panicky without them), just five minutes a day for scales. Let’s see how I get on. Great list and best of luck with it!

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