Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Year of Lists

by Shanna Hatfield
I love lists! 
Really I do. 
If you don't believe me, ask Captain Cavedweller. He'll tell you all about the various lists around our house. 
But I like lists because they help me stay organized and focused. And I find, by writing something down on a list, it makes it seem more real and increases my awareness of it.

That's why, when I came across this book in an airport gift shop, I knew I had to have it. You see, in addition to my list-making habit, I also have a habit of choosing a one-word theme for the year. For 2018, my word is blessed.
And for me, blessings, happiness, joy, gratitude and peace are all closely intertwined. So I thought a guide that prompted me to make a weekly happiness list would be a great way to focus on how very blessed I am.
The lists fall into different categories like "reflect," and "acknowledge" as well as "invest," and "transform." 
Each week, I plan to share one of the 52 lists for happiness   by Moorea Seal on my blog (
The very first list challenged me to write down everything that made me happy. As I compiled the list, thought about the things that made me happy, it also made me think about how grateful I am for each of those things, how much I treasure and appreciate them. 
Whether you are a fan or lists or never use them, I do hope this year brings you more happiness than your heart can hold.
And here's a little happy for you... my sweet western romance, The Cowboy's Christmas Plan, is free today for digital downloads. I hope you'll snag your copy! 

Sometimes the most unexpected circumstances lead to the best adventures...

Cadence Greer’s plans for a happy-ever-after are quickly derailed when her fiancé runs off with his secretary a week before their wedding. Homeless, jobless, and jilted, she escapes to Grass Valley, Oregon, where she takes a job as a housekeeper and cook to seven cowboys on a sprawling ranch. 

Trey Thompson is a well-respected pillar of the community, running a successful ranch with his brother. All he wanted was someone to cook meals and keep the house clean. When he hires Cadence Greer for the job, he gets more than he ever planned on, including a sassy little redheaded orphan. 

USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up dreamy characters, twisting plots, or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.
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  1. I am a list maker, too, Shanna. I love to cross something off a list when I finish that task. And, my church asks everyone to choose a word for the year, and I've chosen "simple." I'm finding that's easier said than done! :)

  2. It is hard to simplify, isn't it. And I agree, Josie... when you can cross a task off a list, it's such a great feeling. :)

  3. My one little word for 2018 is “Joy”. I can only imagine how joyful it would be to cross all of those lists off and see some real accomplishment!

  4. I'm a fan of lists as well, Shanna! I use them for daily things I need to accomplish as well as weekly and even monthly. It's how I stay on top of things.

    1. I would be lost without my lists. Glad I'm not the only one who relies on them! :)