The List

Every Sunday night,
before I go to bed,
I sit down and I make a list
of all the things I hope to accomplish in the upcoming week.

This list literally has over a hundred “to-do’s”.
And no, I don’t get to all of them.
Not even close.

Even the simplest things make the list.
Things like wash my hair, buy toothpaste,
bring sippy cups in from the car.

And then I have my “loftier” goals listed.
Things like start that diet, jog at least 3 times,
no hair pulling, organize my closet.

You see, I’m the kinda girl who likes to put it all down on paper,
and then I get this sort of sick satisfaction from taking a pen
and crossing off the items I have completed.
It’s like a drug.

Hello, I am Ashley
and I am addicted to lists.

What’s on your list this week? top three.

Psst. Did you notice my new heart stack rings care of Olive Bungalow?
They’re my new favorite. Especially the B&A ring.
Cheesy and romantic–just how I like it.

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Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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  1. ~*~Renee~*~ says:

    i did exactly the same thing last night…i sat down and wrote a blog about making lists! so ironic lol hope you have a successful week and a happy first day of august!

  2. Haha! I totally just posted a picture of my massive amounts of Sunday night lists on my blog.. no joke! I knew there was a reason I was so ridiculously drawn to your blog! Maybe soon baby W will start enjoying the experience of "lists!" (My post explains it a bit better… Baby W could start taking after his momma!)

  3. I do the same sometimes.. But most of the time never get around to do all of the things I've planned to do! hehe But I still love making to-do-lists!

    I hope you have a nice day!
    xoxo, Sarah

  4. Michelle says:

    Pretty sure I do the same thing – and my hubs totally thinks it's hilarious. I have to write it down to actually REMEMBER it though! But I do get that "high" when I get to cross it off. {I was the list queen when i taught elementary school too!}

  5. I *should* make lists. It might make my life easier lol. Love the rings! 🙂

  6. Noas' Libellule says:

    Love making lists, and love crossing thing out even better! The rings are gorgeous.

  7. Arm Candy For You says:

    I used to make lists & used to be super organized,off late I stopped doing that & every single thing is a mess now!………….have to start making lists again:)
    P.S………… your chunky watch ,I have a similar one in white leather from French Connection:)

  8. i love lists but even more so, i LOVE the ring. in fact, i'm ordering right now!

  9. I love lists too! Especially grocery lists and weekly menu lists. On my list this week: resume diet, not inhale ALL the Krispy Kreme donuts sitting in my kitchen, and make a list of the things I need to do for my little man's 1st birthday party. The list is more fun than the actual planning:)

  10. Victoria @ One Crafty Momma says:

    I'm a crazy list person too. Makes me crazy sometimes, but keeps completly organized! My three year old now walks around with a crayon and a notebook 🙂

  11. fuzzysmom says:

    Lists are my life!!
    I always make mine on Sunday as well..and this week we have two big trips planned. That caused me to be aWake at 3 AM revising my dang list 🙂

  12. I LOVE lists too. Sometimes if I do something that wasn't on my list I'll write it down just so I can cross it off =)

  13. My list: Enjoy my beach vacation!

  14. Sue @Sue's Sweet Shop says:

    I make lists of the lists I need to write!!

  15. Meagan1252 says:

    The top three things on my list this week are: pack, pack and pack. We're moving in two weeks and I need to get things in boxes.

  16. Home as Hobby says:

    1. Whitewash my fireplace
    2. Get the checkbook balanced…for once
    3. Have quiet time EVERY morning
    Confession: sometimes I put things I have already done on my list so that I can cross them off.
    Oh, and those rings are precious!
    Happy Monday!

  17. Too funny…. I just did that same thing last night and your night. crossing things off is an accomplishment 🙂 Happy Monday 🙂

  18. Im a total LIST nerd too 😉 It makes me feel good….even though most of the time after I write it down I never look at it again 🙂

  19. Jessabells says:

    I am a total list junkie. I make lists for everything. My lists even give me anxiety because I can't get half of what I want to get done because there is only so many hours in a day. lol.

    Love the ring! Super cute.


  20. I am a complete list maker too, only problem is I LOSE ALL OF THEM! 🙂 Even my grocery list!
    I'm trying to convert to making them on the iPhone instead but your right there is a true satisfaction of physicaly checking something off your list.
    "Yes I am an accomplished person today".
    Keep listing, keep checking!

  21. TheBlissfullyBlessedWife says:

    List Addict right here! I LOVE my lists and I absolutely adore your new rings from Olive Bungalow. I've been dreaming of being able to purchase a set of stacking rings from her for a loooonng time!

    Top Three on my List:
    -Clean the bathroom
    -Week 3 of Couch to 5K
    -Clean up Porch

  22. Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan says:

    1-3. Spend as much time cuddling with hubs as possible before he starts his new job and I will have to miss him all day.

  23. Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House says:

    My top three: finish painting the rug in the garage, finish painting the garage door, and spend some time with the new puppy so she doesn't think her mom is always ignoring her.

  24. Brooke- OfWindandWaves says:

    I'm addicted to lists as well. There's just something about having a piece of paper in my hands with my goals written on it.
    Top three of the week: register my car (so I don't get pulled over again…oops), change my oil (needed to be done 1,000 miles ago), and fix my air conditioning in my car. Obviously I haven't been very good to my car lately.

  25. ,,,unpack from vaca,,,
    ,,,do wash,,,
    ,,,catch up on good rest,,,

    (my word verification is "bless",,,love it)

    2. Come back from the Hillel conference with one big idea and one nugget of wisdom
    3. Have at least one meaningful conversation with a Hillel colleague I only see in person once a year

  27. Jennifer says:

    I am the same way! I love crossing things off. The top three things on my list are 1. make cake pops 2. clean my bathroom 3. take my 2 year old to the splash park. :0)

  28. We have a big white board in our kitchen. The top has the menu for the week and the bottom is divided (by an imaginary line)into a home to do and shop to do lists. I LOVE to wipe them off. I also have a notebook for my shop that has my to do's with due dates that I cross off with a green highlighter (my dad's idea).

  29. ilene @ muchloveilly says:

    no wonder you can get so many things done!! 😉 i do my lists in the morning cuz then if i write mine up at night, i think about the things i need to do and would never go to bed!

    p.s. cute stackable rings! need to check that shop out.

  30. ilene @ muchloveilly says:

    no wonder you can get so many things done!! 😉 i do my lists in the morning cuz then if i write mine up at night, i think about the things i need to do and would never go to bed!

    p.s. cute stackable rings! need to check that shop out.

  31. Alaina Teuscher says:

    I make lists for EVERYTHING. Grocery, to do's, to pack, crafts to complete, blog entries, etc. I feel like if it's written on paper it's easier to keep track of. Like you, I LOVE the feeling of scratching off something on my list. Gives this sense of accomplishment and pride!

  32. I love lists. Sometimes, if I do something that wasn't on the list, I add it just so I can cross it off.

    These week I'm on vacay, so it's the basics.

    Inhale cupcakes and yogurt whenever possible.
    Shower whenever I feel like it. Scrap that.
    Baths. Long. Hot. Baths.
    Hold my baby for really long periods of time. He will screm and try to escape. My list says not to let him.

  33. I do the EXACT same thing! I even have put things like "empty the dish washer" or else I will forget.

  34. Amanda M. says:

    I am the same way. Every Sunday night, the big list. And I also get a satisfaction that is like a crazy high when I cross things off.
    This week: optometrist appt. (I really need to pick up new contacts!), meal planning for the week (um, that has to be done this morning), and more blogging (I am the world's most erratic blogger ever). Have a fantabulous week, LMM!

  35. heather a says:

    Thanks for sharing the ring link, I have never seen them before!! I can't wait to order some!! BTW I love your blog, you are inspiring!!

  36. jamie @ [kreyv] says:

    I'm a list maker, myself…love to check things off. I even keep it in a notebook, so I can go back and see all of my check marks! This week, I have one VERY daunting task: potty training. I'm not excited. AT. ALL.

  37. Cute ring! I have to say, I just found your blog and am loving it! I just started a little while ago and am ironing.out.the.logistics all the time. Love gaining inspiration from others like yourself 🙂

    Top three things (today): 1)Clean house 2)Clean house 3)Clean house. I think that about covers it…b/c holy cow, it needs it.

    Have a great day!

  38. I love your blog – you are such an inspiration to me. I'm writing my own and find great comfort in your tales 🙂 Thanks!

  39. i do the same thing! except its every day… multiple times a day!! in fact, i have a list sitting right beside me at my desk right now.

    every night, i may two lists on my iphone note app… one is "to do- work" the other "to do-personal". i write simple things on all my lists too, i get that same sick satisfaction over crossing it off/deleting it. my top three (personal)today are: work out, work on my resume to apply for new jobs (we're hopefully moving if my hubby gets a new job he applied for!), and watch the bachelorette finale (i know, cuz thats SO important. hah!)

  40. Yep — big list maker! Usually every night, but I like the Sunday idea. Hmmm.
    This week The Big Three:
    1- Put clean laundry away
    2- Plan meals and grocery shop for hubs and kids for when I am gone this weekend.
    3- Clean off dining room table

  41. I am the same way… I am LOST without my book of lists! I sit down on Sunday and make to-do lists, grocery lists, daily meal lists, etc! I definitely cheat and put down things I've done already so I can cross them off! This week I need to:
    1- Clean the WHOLE house
    2- Go for a run every day!
    3- Make/list new Etsy shop items!

    Nice to know I'm not the only crazy list lady! 🙂

  42. Anto Gillies says:

    I do the same thing! if I write it down I won't forget and that helps me sleep at night.. there is my crazy side for ya 🙂

  43. cute new ring!

    i too, like to make lists lotsa them! and crossing things off you're right is almost drug like! 🙂

    have a great week Little Miss Momma!!!

  44. your wishcake. says:

    Oh, I am SO addicted to lists, too. Since I left my job, I've made one every single day. Sometimes I even put things like:

    – Eat a grilled cheese
    – Be happy
    – Try not to freak out

    Make it much more entertaining, in my opinion. Heehee.

    As for today, here are the top three on my current list:

    1. Organize baby clothes
    2. Write thank-you notes
    3. Try not to freak out


  45. I make most of my lists when I am nursing my baby to sleep. Unfortunately, I forget most of what I wanted to do!

  46. Megan @ Meg's Craft Creations says:

    Oh man I am a list junkie as well! I feel that if I can't get everything down in one place, it will be forgotten…it's a curse! The top three on my list this week are: 1. have dinner ready when the hubby comes home 2. be more thankful for the things I have been blessed with 3. help someone have a better day at least once this week. Thank you for the amazing inspiration Ashley! Love the rings by the way;]

  47. Melissa Kaye says:

    I make daily lists, overall lists, lists specific to certain areas of my life. I get that same wonderful satisfaction from crossing something off any of those lists.

    My top three things for this week are:
    1. Maintain house as clean (daughter just got diagnosed with severe dust mite allergies and now I have to become a "cleaner"….not going to be easy.)
    2. Finish projects for job application
    3. Finish marketing mailings for job.

  48. I love lists! Sometimes I will add something to the list that I've already done, JUST so I can cross it off! 🙂 On my list this week: clean up the backyard, finish a big craft project and take my boys on a fun play date!

  49. Lil Mama Stuart says:

    I am a TOTAL list maker. A write it down even if you did it already just so you can cross it off right away kind of list maker. A lose all my post its because I have so many lists and I can't remember what was on those lists kind of list maker.

    1. Make business cards for BlogHer11. JUST found out I was going this weekend – will you be there? I'd LOVE to meet you Ashley!
    2. Make gifts for my husband's god son's baptism…that I will be attending a few hours after I arrive home from San Diego at 4:45am.
    3. Plan my Blogher11 outfits!

  50. Munchie's Mama says:

    Such a great idea. I do this at work all the time, but never thought to use a list at home. Here I go:
    1. Clean out my car- both mine and my kids entire wardrobe is in there…I hate to bring things in when I am lugging kids in and out of the car
    2. Take my car in for service- I hate to be without my car for the day…hate, hate, hate!
    3. Decorate my kitchen- Right now it's decorated with diaper bags, odds N ends that need to find a really home, my purse, my cannon camera…aka It's pretty much a catch all for anything in our hands when we walk into the house.

  51. I'm SO glad that you write the little things on your list too!! My husband always gets a laugh when I have shower on my list, as if I would forget to shower if I didn't write it down! ha. But there really is just something so satisfying about being able to cross things off lists! I'm a die hard list girl through and through!

  52. My Sunday night is always full of list making and week planning.

    Top three things to accomplish this week :

    1. Wrap the wreath I've been working on for weeks
    2. Attempt making cake pops for the first time
    3. Win the lottery

    🙂 Wish me luck!

  53. I love the ring!!!

    And how funnyyy just today I started this list thing…

    these were my August TOP 3:
    1.I am on a new venture to get a daily routine and schedule going!
    2.To get more organized!
    3.And, to start preparing for my sons 2ND Birthday Party!!! {!!}

    Full post @:

    Bringing in sippy cups is also on my mental list tho! 😀 I'm a beginner…

    Thanks for sharing!

  54. I need to start a list! This baby sucks my brain cells dry:) Like how currently while he is napping I should be folding laundry…instead I am blogging…hmmmmm priorities 🙂

  55. Maureen Polderman says:

    I love making lists too! It feels so good to not have all those things bopping around in my brain while I'm trying to sleep =)

    The rings are so pretty, and I LOVE the hammered finish they have. So cute!


  56. I do the same thing! Mine is so bad that if I do something that isn't on my to do list, I'll write it on just so I can immediately cross it off! Haha!

  57. I am totally a list maker too… I get that same "sick" satisfaction from crossing things off my list… I used to get soooo excited if my family was going on a trip cause then that meant I got to make a packing list… LOVE IT!!!!

  58. Rachel @ My Happily Ever After says:

    I am exactly the same way! I take it one step further and write my lists and then reorganize them into other lists…Hubby makes fun of me all the time 🙂

  59. B's Mommy says:

    My list:
    1-Read and be inspired by your blog
    2-Plan my little ones birthday party
    4-Never ending laundry…
    5-Lend a hand

    happy week! enjoy!

  60. Siobhan aka Kiwivandal says:

    I think getting one of those rings may have just made my list!. I have a TON of pictures to edit, and some school shopping to get done.

  61. my list for today is: leave work, go home and unpack from Seattle, clean up the apartment with my fiance, go on our weekly Monday night date night, go to best buy and check out new laptops (because mine decided to be a jerk), go in our communities jacuzzi and play with our kitten, Maebel!

    Libby on the Label

  62. Dana Michelle says:

    I completely identify with the whole addiction to lists. I literally feel like I just conquered the world when I get to cross off something from the to-do list. Especially when I get to cross off an item that has been sitting on the list for oh…months. My top 3 to-do items are:
    1. answer all my emails in inbox (never gonna happen)
    2. finish writing thank-you notes (I have over 50 left)
    3. Birthday present shop for my niece's birthday this weekend. (MUST happened or I will be disowned)
    There you have it. My top 3. Love your blog. And love the new ring. Have a great Monday and good luck in all your "to-do" list endeavors.


  63. 1. I love making list!
    2. I make them at work, at home, when I pack, when I craft, when I clean etc
    3. This week's list includes (top 3): finish the wreaths I have been working on for a charity auction (that closes Wednesday!! eek), empty out the room that is soon to become my CRAFT ROOM!! and lastly clip coupons and do coupon shopping

  64. I love the idea of making a list for the week on Sunday. I might have to start it. I also love that you, like me, have on your list "bring sippy cups in from the car" b/c that has been on my mental list for a week. Other things on my list? Vacuum carpet (I won't tell you how long it's been) and finish my husband's gift for our anniversary this weekend.

  65. Sydney Robertson says:

    Thats wonderful! its so true though that our subconscious brain LOVES checking things off the list one by one! If it works go for it!!

  66. My list for the week, 1 clean house (did today!!) 2 take a nap, 3 make a really cool craft, 4. sell my 1st headband that I just started making!!!!

  67. SarahLouise says:

    I adore those rings <3 Ordering my own asap!

  68. OMG you could be my new BFF. I love lists also. They are everywhere in my house and yes there is some sort of satification in crossing things off.

  69. Love the ring!!! My top three? Do my blog posts, get groceries and take the kids to the waterpark! 🙂

  70. Jim and Kensley says:

    I love list's! I have the same problem with crossing things off, it just feels so good!! I'm just lucky if I even get it written down!

    Blog, cook a meal 4 times this week, clean… The first two are gonna be the hardest!

  71. Meagan and Nic says:

    I LOVE your new ring!!

  72. Meredith MacRitchie says:

    1) I LOVE your ring… when I finish here, I am going to go spy the store…

    2) Have you ever made a list of the lists you need/want to make? The only way I can think clearly is when I make a list.

    This week's list (and I am WAY ahead of things, because I am actually done one and two)

    1) Do all the laundry that I have let build up the last 2 weeks
    2) Iron everything that has piled up
    3) Groceries
    4) Clean wood floors and vacuum the rest
    5) Tidy bedroom (ours gets the least amount of attention)
    6) Tidy the random piles of stuff that built up last week.

    And this is the really small to-do list for the week. It doesn't include all the dr's appointments we have to fit in, nor does it include the craft projects I hope to tackle, or the bigger things I have on my major to-do list.

    Can we talk about how no one else is allowed to write on my lists (that would mean mismatched writing, and heaven forbid you even think of committing the crime with a different pen)! Or how much I love to buy different notepads to write my lists down on?

    You're preachin' to the choir sista'!! 😉

  73. Bonjour,
    Je suis française et j'écris donc en français, mais avec un bon traducteur, je pense que vous n'aurez pas de mal à me comprendre. Je suis tombée en admiration devant votre blog et votre personnalité. Vous m'avez l'air pleine d'entrain et de dynamisme ! Tout ce que j'aime. Votre blog est frais et donne vraiment envie d'être lu et suivi. Je viens de traduire votre dernier article et il se trouve que je comprends tout à fait votre phrase quand vous dites être "accro aux listes", car je suis pareille ! Le plus dur pour moi, c'est de la suivre, cette liste ! Les journées passent beaucoup trop vite. J'ai un petit garçon de 3 ans, quel âge a le vôtre ? Encore félicitations pour ce superbe blog et merci à vous de me donner le sourire chaque jour.
    Corinne Mouneyres

  74. I think I have a problem too.. I went to Target last night and bought a fancy notebook and some colored pens so I could be motivated to start some "new" lists.. I love love crossing out things I get done.. and I find my mommy brain has to write down the dumbest things like.. Brush Hair.. or it simply wont get done! I'd love to see your lists someday!

    [email protected]

  75. OMG I just read this and it totally sounds like my nightly ritual. I literally have a notebook in every area of my house…and work…I have one in my purse, car, etc. I frequently use the "notes" app on my phone as well. It's a sick obsession that never ends ha. My top three are to clean out my closet, buy new checks {with my married name :)}, and paint my toenails. I'm pretty sure all three of those have been on my list for a good month or two.

  76. I love lists. I have to schedule when I relax to get myself to do it and therefore it always makes it on to my list. My love for lists grew with the 30 Days of Lists project earlier this year when it was artsy and more fun than just a long list of my to-dos. It's coming back in September if you're interested! :] No intention to spam your blog.. just a really fun project I'm super excited about. :]

  77. I do this daily and I love it! Today's Top 3 from the list are as follows: 1)Write letter of intent for grad school application 2)Sweep dining and living room floors 3)Iron tablecloth for kitchen table – The list goes on and on. And like you, I take an immense amount of joy in crossing each item off. Such a great feeling.

  78. Norwegian Phoenix says:

    I do this as well, and I'm happy to see that I'm clearly not the only list-nerd around.

    Like you, mine has big things and little things (the car cleaning pretty much never happens), but eventually I do get around to doing it all. It's nice to have goals and i get satisfaction of crossing stuff off as well.

    Have a great week!

  79. ME TOO! I have a SUPER addiction to listing everything out – and have even been known to make lists of what I need to make lists of. Say what? True.

    This week's musts: Bring it with P90X workouts, get the house spotless before a weekend camping adventure, and finally tackling the mountain of clean laundry needing attention. Hello, favorite jeans! Where are you?????!

  80. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too says:

    I'm a list maker too! Number 1 on my list this week is HAVE THIS BABY!

  81. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too says:

    I'm a list maker too! Number 1 on my list this week is HAVE THIS BABY!

  82. Pamela S. says:

    I know how you feel. And, we are going on vacation this week so I have an extra 'Vacation' spreadsheet with 3 lists of things to buy, to do, & to bring. I have to sit down each morning & do my normal list. If I did it on Sunday I would surely be disappointed that I couldn't get to everything.

  83. Ashley, you don't know me but I follow your blog and LOVE reading it. I too am a mormon mommy blogger who writes about REAL life, my trial of not being able to get pregnant, the ups and downs, etc… I find your blog inspirational and real. I know you get a million comments/e-mails a day but I just wanted to thank you for being so awesome. I actually mentioned your "Sisterhood of secrets" site on my blog today. My blog is if you ever want to check it out.

  84. Mee tooo! I love lists! As a matter of fact, I've gotten upset with my daughter for crossing things off my list for me! LOL! I get "Geesh mom, it's not that big o deal"…..they just don't get it!

  85. Megan {Splendid Design} says:

    I love lists! Just like you I love crossing off the "to-do" item on that list. I wish I could get everything done on my lists, and yes I have lists: regular to-do; house to-do; errands to-do; blogs to-do; etc. My top to-do item on my list: write my blog posts before I leave for my 3week vacation when week.

    Also wanted to say your new ring is cute too.

  86. Bridgette says:

    Hello Ashley! I have been reading your blog for about 4 months now… and I'm just now introducing myself… kinda creepy, I know. Sorry about that! I'm really not creepy! I'm a new mom too, my daughter is 2.5 yrs old and she's my first. I've enjoyed all your honesty and adventures! Thanks for sharing!

  87. 1. Tidy house
    2. Sew tutu for girlfriend's little girl's 2nd birthday…somehow make it look like Princess Belle:)
    3. Paint side table…with chalkboard paint!

  88. Anonymous says:

    So is Olive Bungalow not going to offer us a discount code??

  89. says:

    I'm a list maker too! I make one every day. I think I'd get overwhelmed and not accomplish everything if I tried to list it all at once.

    1. Fold laundry before I'm crushed under its weight.
    2. Pack attic (we're in the midst of moving).
    3. Blog about something!

  90. I love making lists! It makes me feel so good to be able to check something off once I complete it!
    Hmm…my list for this week:
    1. Write at least one post on my blog
    2. Take pictures for the things I want to list on my Etsy shop
    3. Finish and list at least 2 new items on Etsy
    Then of course I have housework and laundry to do! 🙂

  91. I LOVE lists! It is nice to know we’re not alone. Being able to cross things off really helps me see that I have accomplished something today or this week, instead of getting down for not being productive.

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