- Make a post (public, friends locked, filtered... whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (or this post) (they will both be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.
- Surf around your friendslist (or friends friends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.
1. Recipes. Especially healthier and/or low sodium, but any difficulty/gourmet level... I love trying new things and Jason tends to try new things more if I cook them than if I say "Let's go try an Indian place!"
2. Crafty ideas that can be finished rather quickly. Not in like an hour, but I had a WHOLE Halloween plan that got half finished in a couple days and then never actually done in the following month before Halloween. I love being crafty. I just never remember to do it
3. Clean out your closet/dresser/bureau/attic/tub under your bed and donate your clothes that don't fit/aren't your style anymore and are just taking up space. Your life will feel less cluttered, your heart will feel full, and you'll be helping others. (Also, if this motivates you, donation of clothes in good condition are tax-deductible if you itemize your returns).
4. Muppet nailpolishes. I am so in love with the new Muppet Movie and it has renewed my love of The Muppets in general and makes me forget about the terrible mistakes in the past few decades. Nailpolishes of them?!?!? YES!
5. A date. With you. I'm very, very collapsed into my own little world anymore. To the point where I feel safe when I feel safe and I feel borderline panic outside of that tiny world. I need to go out. With people other than Jason. I need to do things. To remember that new things are fun. To feel like coming home is a good feeling, but not just because everything else is so scary. If that date involves seeing The Muppets again, that much better.
6. Do something nice for someone. Take care of a gift on someone else's list. Maybe even a stranger's Amazon wishlist. Give a street musician some change. Compliment someone on something you know means something to them. Go to a local artisan's shop and really REALLY look at their life's work, and tell them honestly how impressed you are. Something real. Something from the heart. Pay it Forward, but in a real, sincere way. Not because you expect it to come back to you, but because you want their life to have a ray of sunshine. Although, it will make you feel pretty good, too.
7. Music that moves you. Not that is fun to dance to, or that you like for some reason you can't describe, but something that REALLY moves you. Whether to tears, or to joy, or to giggle.
8. Recommendations for ways to heal. Mentally, emotionally, physically... I feel like I need so much in my life, and the fertility stuff is obviously a big part of feeling incomplete, but having a baby won't fix it all. Yoga poses... Natural/Homeopathic remedies/practices/practitioners... Lifestyle changes. I'm not gonna promise I'll follow any or all of them, but I'm at a point where I feel like I need to be open to changes. I'm currently on hiatus from acupuncture for a variety of reasons, but not opposed to going back when it really feels right.
9. Things you want to know/hear from me. I want to be here more. I want to share. I want to interact. I just don't feel it anymore. I feel the need and desire for LJ time, I just don't feel like typing anything, or like anything I have to say is important to anyone except myself. And even to myself, I sound... boring and pretentious.
10. And of course... anything on my Amazon wishlist
If you don't have my address, and would like it (for any reason... wishlist... Christmas cards... etc), you can email me at lessthanthree 13 at gmail dot com.