What’s On Your Life List? Share Yours and Win an Amazon Gift Card

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Many of you know that I’m a full-time writer. I support my family with various writing activities, including freelancing for magazines, helping businesses communicate, and authoring several books. (This is my professional website if you’re curious.)

What you may not know is that I wrote a novel last year that my intrepid literary agent is currently shopping. 100 Things I Want in a Lover is the story of Natalie Dare, a down-on-her-luck divorcée who reads a self-help book suggesting that the key to getting what we want is to make a Life List and put it out there in the Universe.

Natalie decides to write down all of the things she wants in her ideal soul mate. Once she gets started, she goes all-out and pens a list containing 100 attributes – everything from “honest” and “romantic” to “credit score of 720 or higher” and “no unruly nose and ear hair.” After tucking the list under her mattress and trying to meditate on a positive outcome, Natalie finds herself on an unpredictable journey that upends everything she thought she knew about love—and ultimately challenges her to figure out what she really wants.

100 Things I Want

Based on the premise that figuring out what we want is half the battle, 100ThingsIWant.com is a website I created where people can boldly share their lists of intentions. It’s also a place to be energized by others’ hopes, dreams and successes.

People have submitted lists for things like “25 Things I Want to Do When I Win the Lottery,” “15 Things I Want in My Next House” and “8 Things I Want in My Next Job.”

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Photo: HeartDoug8888

Just like Natalie’s character in my novel, people have shared their Love Lists, too – like “18 Things I Want in a Woman” and “17 Things I Want in a Man.”

$25 Amazon gift cardNow I’m hoping to hear from you. I invite you to submit your “– Things I Want…” list about any aspect of your life, and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. I’ll share selected lists on the site, and I’m happy to link back with a permanent link to your website or blog if you have one. Send your list to eliza (at) happysimpleliving.com between now and midnight MST September 1, 2013.

I look forward to reading and sharing your life lists.


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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

What’s On Your Life List? Share Yours and Win an Amazon Gift Card

  • I mentioned to my mother after a couple of years of being single after my divorce that I was ready to start dating again. She said to make a list of what I wanted in a man, and then pray about it, and I listed five things. Soon after, an old school friend of my brother’s contacted me, and I later moved over to Australia from the US to get married. By the way he met all the criteria on the list!

  • Hmmm… I don’t mean to be a wet blanket here, but I’m not really into making lists, especially lists of things I want from life. I guess it just seems to me that the whole process of imagining some future life is counter productive. I mean, you can fantasize about how doing or having xyz would make you feel, but when you actually get there, you inevitably discover that while your circumstances may have changed, you’re still the same person you were before.

    It’s not that I don’t set goals and work toward them… I mean, I wanted to not have to have a job, and with a combination of frugality, saving, and creative money making techniques I managed to get there by age 39… but it was a very fluid sort of a thing. And when I did finally quit my job, it felt NOTHING like I assumed it would!

    I guess I just think that this culture is way too focused on “someday”. And with all of the planning, and wishing, and working, and hoping and list making, we tend to miss out on what’s right in front of us.

    Maybe this is just a reflection of some of the uncertainty in my life at the current moment, but I’m just not convinced that happiness can be achieved by crossing lots of things off of your bucket list. I think I’d rather focus on cultivating gratitude for the many gifts that I am privileged enough to enjoy right here and now.

    I think that probably disqualifies me from the contest! Oh well… But I wish you the very best with your new book! 🙂

    • Cat,
      You are so NOT a wet blanket! 🙂 I think some people are list-makers and others aren’t, but you have achieved so many remarkable things in your life by figuring out what’s important for you. I so enjoy hearing about the ways you’ve simplified your lifestyle and finances, and I like your “here and now” focus, too.

  • What an interesting concept Eliza. Hope your novel is published and doing well. I am beginning a cookbook and the journey to get things organized is arduous. I commend you as a writer and blogger.

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