Seven Lists of 7

I enjoyed making my Lists of 3 post last week. I mean, who doesn’t like making lists?

I find lists are a great way to help me focus on things that make me happy, figure out my priorities, and center my chaotic brain.

So I thought I’d create a few more lists, this time making seven lists of 7.

Why 7?

A prime number, seven plays a significant role in culture and psychology, and is considered lucky in Western culture. Take for example:

  • Seven Wonders of the World
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Seven days of the week
  • Seven digits in your phone number
  • Seven continents

Besides, what’s life without a little whimsy. So without further ado, my seven lists of 7.

1. Books That Have Stayed With Me

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  2. Lost Horizon by James Hilton 
  3. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell 
  4. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  5. The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis 
  6. Pawn of the Prophecy by David Eddings
  7. Sleeping on the Wing (anthology) by Kenneth Koch and Kate Farrell 

2. Bucket List

  1. Visit all 50 states (only 7 left to go!)
  2. Try windsurfing
  3. Live abroad for at least a year
  4. See Yo-Yo Ma in concert
  5. Learn to play the ukulele
  6. Read War and Peace
  7. Earn a PhD

3. National Parks

Olympic National Park
  1. Olympic
  2. Great Smoky Mountains
  3. Badlands
  4. Yellowstone
  5. Cascades
  6. Yosemite
  7. Grand Teton


4. Songs I Like to Sing

  1. Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell
  2. Magic, Coldplay
  3. Wonderwall, Oasis
  4. How Far I’ll Go, Auli’i Cravalho
  5. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  6. Tell Me On A Sunday, Andrew Lloyd Webber
  7. Malibu, Hole

Listen to my selection on Spotify:

5. Podcasts

  1. Marlon and Jake Read Dead People
  2. Ask the Bards
  3. Welcome To the Night Vale
  4. The Allusionist
  5. Radiolab
  6. The Guardian Books Podcast
  7. Another Round

6. Words

  1. apricity – the warmth of the sun in the winter
  2. hiraeth –a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, yearning, grief for the lost places of your past
  3. ailurophile – a person who likes cats, a cat lover
  4. inoubliable – unforgettable
  5. philomath – a lover of learning
  6. petrichor – the earthy smell that follows a rainfall
  7. serendipity – the chance occurrence of events in a beneficial way

7. Simple Pleasures

  1. Walking barefoot in the grass
  2. Sitting by the ocean
  3. Reading a good book
  4. Smelling rain
  5. Being in nature
  6. Taking a nap
  7. Watching a Sunrises

What’s on your list of seven? Share yours in the comments below.

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