invited to reinvention and returning from four months in bed, I am tempted to make things complicated. In previous years, faced with this promise, I have looked at what’s working and what’s not working, determined to problem solve to improve my life. Or perhaps I could look at one of those lists of areas of life in which one should have goals and think about what I want. At this point in my life, however, I feel called to something simpler.

What makes your heart sing?

That’s a question that relaxes my body and makes me smile. Goals in problem-solving bring my shoulders up and cause my eyes to narrow.

Without thinking about it, I have my answers: writing and painting and meditating in good, deep conversations with people.

Simplifying things more, I am left with making and appreciating beauty, thinking and connecting.

A practice to which I am returning lately is 10-10-10: I meditate for 10 minutes, spend 10 minutes with my journal and 10 minutes with my calendar. My journal includes some daily list making. As part of reinvention, I’ve been considering what that list might look like. For the next little while, I will experiment with what’s shown in the image above.


What makes your heart sing? How do you include it in your life? How can your journal support you in finding joy?