Earlier this year I turned 50, or in my philosophy: 10×5 or 25×2 🙂

Because of this momentous occasion, I set out to write a list of 50 things to do when I am 50. Earlier this week I stared at the list and thought: this is wayyyyyyyyyyy too boring!

Then I let my Inner Child write it. As I read through it, I thought: this may have started out as a to-do list but mainly it is a to BE list!

I post this because I am setting myself a fun challenge for the new year. Every week pick one of these, and just BE 🙂 I may blog every week on these, or just in one-month bursts. And as this month is all about GRATITUDE on my blog: I am so grateful this list came to me and for all the sparkles and joy it already brings to my life!

Here is my list, copied (unedited because the editor in my mind just can suck it!) from my Moleskine, hope it inspires 🙂

  1. Go to the Zoo and observe play. Take loads of pictures
  2. Stop saying sorry for non-sorry-things
  3. Get a record player and play your old record again and be happy
  4. Go to a museum. Sit and draw
  5. Skip! You know you love it!
  6. Go to London. Have adventures every day. Repeat everywhere else.
  7. Make art daily. Keep Playing!
  8. Get bag. Walk. Fill bag with interesting things & make good art or incredibly crappy art. All the same.
  9. Sing. throw open those pipes and become your voice!
  10. Shake that ass! Dancing is soooooo you!
  11. Create a game! Be adventurous!
  12. Playful Sprite = Sylvia v. B. Make it so!
  13. Make maps. You love that. Do it for all you want to do, even sylly stuff.
  14. Bring paper & pens everywhere. Inspiration comes & you write or draw your ass off.
  15. Go to pub. Drink something. Eat a little bit. Take a deep breath and write! (first steps are optional)
  16. Make little art things to give away on trains.
  17. Walk daily. Get your nose out of the door and celebrate life!
  18. Eat mindfully. Let your body guide the fork. Smile!
  19. Make books. Get it on!
  20. Start the lemonade stand in earnest. ♥
  21. Go volunteer somewhere. It’s fun!
  22. Make your art all you. Get rid of those stupid voices that told you that you can’t do art. They suck!
  23. Make the world beautiful. Every day.
  24. Write your heart out on 750 words and then on your books. It is fun!
  25. Only wear clothes that make you smile.
  26. Create a group of people that get you!
  27. Trust that soft whisper inside of you. Shut down the fearful monkey chatter.
  28. Remind others that they were born to play!
  29. When you feel you should jump in to do something for someone: DO IT! When your mind chatters you should do something: shut it up.
  30. Don’t be afraid to make something for all the “others” reasons. You are Sylly, they are not!
  31. Do all you can to protect the earth and all that live on it. A little activism never hurts anyone.
  32. Take Pictures. Share them. Smile!
  33. Every day. bring something with you that reminds you of Play!
  34. Get rid of stuff. Stuff is what you don’t love to have around.
  35. Remember to breathe. Breathing breaks through where monkey mind interferes.
  36. Write down your life vision. Hang it somewhere you will see it daily. Smile!
  37. You know why to do lists don’t work? They are too boring! Make to do art in stead!
  38. You don’t need a lot of things to make each day happy. Remember that when your bags are heavy.
  39. Be aware of your monkey mind chatter driving your decisions. Hit the brakes and make it stop.
  40. Make everything an adventure. Even going to the dentist.
  41. Think of yourself as pure love. Laugh when your mind tries to tell you otherwise. (PS and the fact that you have a fat ass and round tummy means that your body needed more space to show all that love.)
  42. When you smile no one sees your wrinkles or your greasy hair. All they see is your love.
  43. Be a force of love & playfulness.
  44. Remember: the world needs you to be who you are deep inside. So be it!
  45. Write silly stories. Make the world your art ♥
  46. Make the things that wait in your mind to be created. Look under: projects I am too scared to make.
  47. Order your friends’ products when you can.
  48. Focus on doing what you love. Stop worrying about money because it will come as a side order to the doing what you love.
  49. Cuddle like mad!
  50. Trust you will make it to the finish line. Just keep doing what you love & the finish line will be like breathing ♥