51 Wishes July 21, 2016 01:07 1 Comment

In honor of my 51st year on this planet, I made this list of wishes for you — little things you can do to honor the heart of you, add some kindness to the world and connect with who you love. Feel free to print it out, share it with a friend and choose a couple ideas that will expand your joy. 

1. Paint a rock and join the The Kindness Rocks Project.

2. Visit the Facebook pages of five friends and leave a compliment on their timeline, telling them what you love best about them.

3. Make a Tie Dye T-shirt... just because. 

4. Become a Raktivist.

5. Attend a spiritual service at a different place than your usual. (Or, if you don't go ... try one) 

6. Grow something. (I grew beans for the first time this year!)

7. Make a cape for Enchanted Makeovers, an organization whose mission is to transform shelters for women and children.

8. Buy this book to understand, heal and transform your relationship with money.

9. And this one to open your heart. 

10. Start a club with your own reasons for existing. Me and Will, my 12-year-old started the “cuddle club.”  We meet anywhere, anytime to share hugs. My girlfriend and I created the JAMA club (Jane and Marianne Adventure club) that encourages us to get out and hike, bike or drink coffee together!  We actually have our logo and tee-shirt! :)

11. Write a letter to someone you admire and tell them why. (I have cards in my online store or you can certainly make your own!) 

12. Request a fingerprint kit from this company and capture the prints of your kids, husband or parents. 

13. Interview you mom or dad about their life. Write or record her answers. 

14. Learn your mail person’s name. Same with your sanitation workers. 

15. Stay at a yurt

16. Buy this kids book for yourself. 

17. Invest in some nice photos of yourself. Or of you and your family. Your future self will thank you. 

18. Go to a zoo and laugh at the monkeys. 

19. Make a no-sew blanket for Project Linus

20. Pay it forward with a Giving Key

21. Go on a walk and say hello to every person you pass. 

22. Print these out for FREE and share with a favorite teacher. 

23. Make your own ice cream or popsicles

24. Call a friend you haven't talked to in a long time. 

25. Send someone the inspiration she needs right now. 

26. Process a difficulty through these six questions

27. Make a promise to yourself. 

28. Visit your library and leave with a book, movie or CD. 

29. Look through your own childhood photos and think about what you loved to do at various ages.  Do one of those things. 

30. Know your go-to recipe for an appetizer, drink, salad or dessert. If you don't have one — find one. 

31. Get a pint of your favorite ice cream. Combine with Netflix. 

32. Paint your finger or toe nails some crazy color. Orange? Turquoise? The wilder, the better. 

33. Learn three jokes

34. Buy this to create a time capsule for you and your sweetie. Or something like this for you and your kids. 

35. Donate socks to the closest homeless youth shelter. 

36. Camp in a state park.  

37. Sign up for this daily meditation — so good. 

38. Fly a kite. 

39. Just get the medical stuff done you've been putting off. Mammogram. Colonoscopy. Filling. Crown. Mole check.  

40. Watch back-to-back-to-back Carpool Karaoke

41. Make these for your next party. 

42. Volunteer. 

43. Read about how your heart and brain talk to each other! Quite fascinating. 

44. Try a craft you've never done. Needlepoint. Pottery. Jewelry making. Glass blowing. 

45. Join a meet up. There is seriously one for EVERYTHING.

46. Practice speaking in front of others. 

47. Have an outdoor adventure. White water rafting. (best vacation!)  Backpacking. (Grand Canyon! Half Dome! Do it.) Spartan racing

48. Fund a cause you believe in. 

49. Wear and share your heart. 

50. Host a breakfast party for your friends or neighbors. 

51. Look in the mirror and tell yourself THANK YOU for being on this planet and being awesome.