The Heart List: Chapter One. Click through to get your own printable template, and to share your lists with us!

Happy Monday! It's a good day to start something new, don't you think?

If you are a regular reader, you probably know that I adore lists! I even wrote a post about why list-making is good for your life and business. I'm currently going through an unstable patch in life, you know the kind where you feel like you're in ‘waiting' mode and can't quite move in any direction until something out of your control happens. In my case it's waiting to sell our house, so that we can move on to the next stage of our crazy life plan of living by the sea. In these kind of times I get restless, I don't take good enough care of myself, the feeling of not being in control of when something is going to happen feels like a constant pressure at the back of your head, a certain tightness in your chest you can't get rid of.

So, I wanted to use list-making for some affirmations, to get me out of my funk. And then I thought, how much more fun would this be if I could include you, my reader, and make this a collaboration? I think there would be so many things we could all learn from each others lists. The only thing I'll ask that you be completely honest with yourself, and most of all, kind to yourself. These lists will hopefully be a road map of your heart and values, and they will help you re-affirm everything that is special about you, information which we often ignore, but which is so very important to be aware of in order to live a full life, or run an authentic business. That's why I called it The Heart List.

Here's how it works. Below, you can download a printable pdf of the current Chapter. You can then fill yours in, blog it, and link to your blog post in the comments below, so we can all visit each others lists and get inspired!

Click here to download The Heart List: Chapter One: Download

Chapter One: List your most valuable strengths

By valuable I mean strengths that give you most joy in life. Sometimes we have strengths in areas that don't really bring us any joy, so it's important to identify those strengths that steer us towards the kind of life we want to live. I tried not to think about this too consciously, I just started writing. In about 10 minutes these were the strengths I had written down. Had I written these out more consciously, with judgement or a little editor in my head, some of them probably wouldn't have made it due to feeling self-conscious or a little bit cringe-worthy. But I'm actually really glad to see these in writing, and know that despite being my own harshest critic, I do try to actively be aware of my own power for good.

  • I am patient.
  • I am good at seeing the big picture.
  • I try to be true to my heart.
  • I can see good in most anyone.
  • I am persistent.
  • I have an eye for pretty things.
  • I am able to turn an idea into action.
  • I can inspire other people to achieve greater things than I could achieve.
  • I am ok with solitude.
  • I have a lot to give.
  • I try to be kind.
  • I can show people their true beauty.
  • I am not afraid of failure.
 
Please do post a link to your own list in the comments below! You can find all the lists here.
 

Author: Marianne Taylor

Her Lovely Heart founder Marianne Taylor is a photographer, an educator, and a lover of colour & light. Her work has been published in blogs and magazines the world over and her personal photography has been part of an exhibition at Tate Britain. To work with Marianne, see the mentoring services she offers. Or, if you like the photography on HLH, you might want to check out her Product & Lifestyle photography services to see whether you could work together to help your brand grow. She is also slightly obsessed with her two cats, Astrid & Sofia, and loves Instagram.

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