March 52 Lists Project Reflection

52 Lists ProjectWelcome back to my 52 Lists Project Series! Each month I recap my 52 Lists Project progress. You can read my February list prompts and responses here. In today’s post I’m sharing the four 52 lists project lists I wrote in March.

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52 Lists Project #9:
List the things you treasure most

  • My husband and Cats (not things, but people/creatures I do treasure)
  • Time Alone
  • Friends & Family
  • My Wedding & Engagement Rings
  • My Wedding Pearls
  • Music
  • My Fender Strat
  • Our Fantasy Novel Collection

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Call To Action: How can you actively honour the things and people you love most? Spend time this week thinking of ways to surround yourself with treasured items, people, etc.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the friendships in my life. I have a few friendships I’ve been holding onto simply because they’ve almost always been there and I feel like I need to keep them going. But I’ve also noticed that with some of these I’m constantly putting in time, money and energy and not getting anything in return. You know those friendships where you give and give and give, and the friend takes and takes and takes? Life is too short for me to hold onto people who leech off of me. I can’t do it anymore. So from this prompt I will be investing in friendships that are symbiotic instead of parasitic.

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List #10: List The Things You Should Ignore

I couldn’t think of a whole lot for the list from week 10. I came up with only a few things.

  • Bad drivers – I get serious road rage! I need to learn to just forget about it because being angry doesn’t change how bad drivers drive or make the roads a safer place.
  • My cats when they want extra food – They’re trying to train me to feed them extra, and I refuse! I will keep my cats healthy and not overfeed them xD
  • Bad Friends
  • One sided “brand opportunities” – I get so many “collab” requests that really aren’t collabs at all! I’m so tired of being asked to review random things that have nothing to do with my blog. I found out I was on a random press list for a book publishing company and I was like WHY!? But even more than that, I’ve been frustrated at brands asking me to “collab” by purchasing their products for 30% off and writing a review. This kind of a relationship is NOT mutually beneficial.

Call To Action: Cross out all these things and only focus on facing the challenges that make you a better version of you!

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List #11: List The Ways You Can
Rejuvenate Your Space

I had so many ideas but most of them costed money!

  • Fresh Spring Flowers
  • Spring Scented Candles
  • Keeping my home clean
  • Changing up the artwork on the walls
  • Organizing my desk/bookshelves
  • Packing away my winter clothes
  • Cleaning out last year’s outdoor planters so they’re ready for fresh flowers
  • Changing the bedding

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Call To Action: Pick one thing you can do this week and notice how your space/mood changes!

I picked up a pineapple mango scented candle & bath & body works and it’s been really nice having fresh fruity smells in the house! In the winter I go for comforting warm baking scents so it’s nice to change it up to mark the changing of the seasons.

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List #12: List Your Best Qualities

It’s so hard to list things about yourself sometimes. Here’s a few qualities that I think are my best:

  • I’m a good listener when friends are in need
  • I’m independent
  • I know how to focus
  • I work to make my dreams realities instead of hoping good things happen to me.

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Call To Action: Keep adding to this list throughout the year as you realize more and more of the unique and incredible things that make you, you.

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30 Comments

  1. April 9, 2018 / 11:59 pm

    This is so fun and it was really interesting reading your lists! I’m glad you have decided to post about this on your blog. I can see how that book can have a big positive impact with only asking you to put in the very little effort of making a list.

    • AlwaysCleia
      Author
      April 10, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      Thanks for reading! Some of these lists are so simple too but they make you think!

  2. April 9, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    OMG I had written a lengthy reply, I’m not sure if it ended up going through or not, looks like it didn’t…Sooo I guess I’ll just condense it… Good project, heard of it, love that you get to reflect upon these lists. 🙂
    Agree with bad friends and brand collabs that don’t fit into our blogs, and I also have a fender, though I haven’t touched mine in months. 🙂

  3. April 9, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Loved reading this, as usual! I think when you get to the mid-late 20’s age, you realize you’ve been carrying on relationships/friendships from childhood or school that maybe no longer fit into your life for varying reasons, but are also hard to let go of. Life is too short to spend time cultivating relationships where the other person doesn’t put in as much effort as you do!

    • AlwaysCleia
      Author
      April 9, 2018 / 4:03 pm

      Thanks for reading! 😊 I love posting these lists, it’s nice to write about something different once in a while.

      It’s so hard because some of these people have been in my life for a long time but I’m tired of putting in the effort for people who cancel plans on me all the time and just generally don’t have a thought for anyone but themselves. 😥 I’m moving on!

      • April 9, 2018 / 9:22 pm

        I feel you, girl, I have friends like that too! As much as it sucks, people change, and their priorities change.

  4. April 8, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    I love these posts! What is a fender strat? xx

    Melina | melinaelisa.com

    • AlwaysCleia
      Author
      April 8, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      I’m glad you like them! I like sharing the lists because it motivates me to keep writing them 😄
      It’s a guitar! Fender is the Brand and Stratocaster is the type. They’re very bright sounding, great for rock or blues 😊 A lot of people also get Fender Telecasters or “Tellys” but I prefer the Strat 😁

      • April 9, 2018 / 8:20 am

        ohh, I know the Fender Brand, lmfaoo, I don’t know why I was so confused! Maybe because I didn’t know what it meant when paired with Strat. You have to make a video of you playing one day! xx

  5. April 8, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Im still loving these lists! I definitely had a laugh at your cats wanting to be fed more haha! 😂 Good on you for staying strong 😄

    • AlwaysCleia
      Author
      April 8, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      They’re so sneaky! They’ll trick me into feeding them after Mike has already fed them and left for work 😄
      Thanks for reading!

  6. Makeup by Erin
    April 8, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    I seem to attract friendships that are one sided. It’s such an awful feeling and position to be in. You don’t want to let go, but there’s nothing of substance there. Moving across the US really opened my eyes to that and allowed me a way to break away and distance myself for good. It’s such a horrible thing to learn, but something that can’t be avoided.

    • AlwaysCleia
      Author
      April 8, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      It’s the worst, I’ve been saying I’m going to cut ties with some people for a long time but I keep going back, it needs to stop 😢 I made a friend at work that I’ve been hanging out with a lot and I had a moment of “oh, this is what friendship feels like when it goes both ways!”

      I’m so sorry you had to go through that, I hope you are able to surround yourself with kind and nontoxic people where you are now!

      • Makeup by Erin
        April 9, 2018 / 7:58 pm

        I know exactly how you feel. It’s a really hard situation.
        Unfortunately, I don’t have any friends at the moment! But I have an amazing boyfriend who makes up for it!

        • AlwaysCleia
          Author
          April 9, 2018 / 11:25 pm

          🙁 How recent was the move? It’s great that you have your boyfriend there for you, it makes such a difference. I don’t know what I’d do without my husband, I know that even when my friendships fall through he’ll be there 🙂

          • Makeup by Erin
            April 9, 2018 / 11:39 pm

            I moved here in August of 2017. I just haven’t really been doing anything to make friends. I was in grad school, but I dropped out before it got too far in the semester. I just recently got a job, but it’s babysitting soo.
            Haha oh yeah my boyfriend is my rock. He’s been there with me through everything!

          • AlwaysCleia
            Author
            April 10, 2018 / 1:14 am

            It’s so hard when you’re an adult! Unless you’re going somewhere consistently it’s hard to make those connections. Even at my job my first real friend I made three years in, but I am an extremel introvert haha 🤔
            You’ll be fine though! It hasn’t even been a year yet 🙂

          • Makeup by Erin
            April 10, 2018 / 11:22 pm

            I agree! You really do have to be going somewhere all the time to actually make friends! I’m not necessarily an introvert, but I can be super shy around new people. I’m hoping so! ☺️

  7. April 8, 2018 / 10:35 am

    This is such a great idea! I’ve vowed to do the same with my cats too! They’re always whining for more food and I have to put my foot down!

    • AlwaysCleia
      Author
      April 9, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Lol! The way they meow for food you’d think they were dying of starvation, but I know for a fact they get enough food xD the worst is cheese, any time I’m grating t
      cheese they’re right there and sometimes try to steal it off my plate 😂

      • April 9, 2018 / 11:34 am

        😂😂😂 they like cheese?? That’s crazy! Omg I know they act like I starve them! They’re always in the kitchen scavenging for dropped food. 🙄

        • AlwaysCleia
          Author
          April 9, 2018 / 1:53 pm

          Haha they do! It’s their Favourite treat 😂 mine do that too, the youngest cat is such a pest, he eats so fast so he can go steal my other cats food xD

          • April 10, 2018 / 10:04 am

            😹 My older one does that! He’s getting kinda fat and I realized it’s because he eats his food super fast and then pushes the little one out of the way.. Then he would throw up cause he ate so fast! 🙄 Now I have to separate them when they eat!

          • AlwaysCleia
            Author
            April 10, 2018 / 3:07 pm

            LOL! Our younger one did the same thing, What we did was get one of those little treat balls that they have to push around to get the kibbles out. Now it takes him double the time to eat his food and Ion can eat in peace, without his food being stolen and as a bonus the extra exercise from pushing around the ball helped him get back to a healthy weight. It was only five or six dollars for the ball, I highly recommend it if you haven’t tried it!

          • April 10, 2018 / 4:08 pm

            That’s such a great idea! I’ll have to get one for him! Such a fatty 😹

        • AlwaysCleia
          Author
          April 9, 2018 / 4:04 pm

          Lol yes they love it!
          Quantum the younger one is a huge pain when I’m making cookies or anything, as soon as I turn my back he’s on the counter with his face in the cookie dough 🙄

          • April 9, 2018 / 7:55 pm

            Omg! Mine don’t get on the counter when I’m cooking but the little one has learned how to open doors. I came home last night to trash everywhere because he opened the pantry door!

          • AlwaysCleia
            Author
            April 10, 2018 / 1:11 am

            Oh my gosh! That’s the worst, then you’re always wondering what they’ll get into next! 😹

          • April 10, 2018 / 9:55 am

            Omg I honestly thought there was something supernatural going on in my house! I would come home and all of the closets and doors would be open! I made my husband check the cameras because I was too afraid and turns out it was Neko the whole time 😹😹😹

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