I was talking to a friend and I rambled on a story from my past that seemed to shock me as I heard the words coming out of my own mouth.

“I was in Guatemala once … but only for the day! I was actually visiting El Salvador with friends through Christmas and New Year’s one year and we took a bus to Guatemala to visit this beautiful historic church. ... Scary because the bus broke down along the way! We stood in line for hours to kneel and pray before a gold statue of Jesus that the parishioners had painted black so thieves would not steal it years ago.”

Whoa! I did that?

Yeah, I did! It’s all in there … somewhere.

It’s easy for me to forget the all of the things that I have done in my life when the most exciting thing that I did this week was to buy a new iPhone.

Life goes on. Priorities shift … and things change. For me, one thing is for sure — every bit of life is a blessing.

For a long time, I have been thinking about writing my life down on paper. Not in the form of a book, but more of a timeline. A written account of happenings in my life — milestones, past jobs, places that I have lived … This would be strictly for my benefit.

So, being the self-professed year of “doing, not saying” — I sat down and did it!

My second grade teacher had a colorful poster on our classroom wall depicting the year. I have no clue what her name was, but I remember that visual vividly. It is how I see our placement on the calendar when I close my eyes.

It was a circle, broken into quarters which represented the four seasons. That is how I chose to create my life’s timeline. Each year is written on one page. Since we are talking about quite a few pages, I copied several sheets. I made this into a divided oval shape. (The oval allows more room for writing and it's more interesting to look at then a line!) I keep these sheets in a small three ring binder, so if I goof on a year, I can shift the pages around. (I am including the template that I used below.)

Through the process of completing this timeline, I laughed, I cried, I re-learned what I did and did not do.

Coming upon the big 4-0 hard and fast, it was a nice life review to put everything in perspective.

Forward ... march!

Click to download the life timeline template that I used.