Forget about April Fools Day. (Never loved the made-up holiday anyway.) Let’s make today … Project Life Resolution Day!
For anyone who might be new around here (hello, hello!), Project Life is all about keeping a photo + story documentation of your life … without stressing over what a lot of folks don’t love about scrapbooking. It’s simplicity at its finest. Learn more here.
Note: Yes, we sold out. Yes, we’re making more. More kits should be available next month. The digital version is available to anyone, any time, anywhere … and completely free to create a book online. You only pay if/when you’re ready to have us print a book for you.
Now. For all of you who are already doing Project Life … let’s assess where we are, shall we? In the spirit of motivation, let’s talk about it. I’m going to guess that some of you are not skipping a beat. Perhaps you’re totally on top of taking a picture and jotting a note or two of journaling every single day. Kudos to you! Or maybe you’re doing a different version instead of the picture-a-day concept. You’re doing a handful of favorite photos of your baby each month and you’re able to stay on top of those layouts. Or you’re taking a different approach and doing a topic at a time for each layout. Like snow adventures. Family dinners. Spring Break. Around our home. Neighbors. School. Whatever you’re doing. GOOD FOR YOU. Keep it up!
My focus today, is really more for those of you who are doing Project Life but perhaps you’ve fallen a little behind where you’d like to be with your project. Welcome to my club. That’s me too. (Feel better?)
I don’t want anyone feeling like this has become a chore at all. After all, the whole point of Project Life (besides the documentation) is to have fun with it! And while you’re capturing slices of your life, a little here and a little there, no matter what your frequency … you should be more aware of the blessings in your life. More aware of how cool your life is. How much you love your family. How unique and truly wonderful you are.
I want to share something with you. Kerrin in Ontario, Canada emailed me recently because she had an a-ha moment. With her permission, here is part of her email:
Kerrin writes: I decided to do this POTD thing for the same reasons other people take on this project. I wanted to capture my family’s day to day life and I was ready for a break from traditional scrapbooking. So I have been faithfully taking a picture and journaling its significance daily. It had become another chore on my list each day. Until today. I realized that this isn’t just about completing a task. This is about appreciating our life and all it has to offer. It is about really seeing the beauty and joy in each and every day. It is about sharing these joys with my family. And it is about teaching my 4 year old daughter that every day is full of gifts and it is important to honour those gifts. Funny, I think that she “got it” before I did. She has been suggesting ideas for POTD and even taking a few herself. Another gift that this project has given me. So thank you Becky! Thank you for creating this kit. For making it so easy that I don’t need to spend tones of time on it. Instead I can use that time to live in the moments we are capturing each and every day.
Okay. Hello. Kerrin gets it completely. I love that.
So let’s move on to a plan of action. A Project Life Resolution. If you’ve fallen a little behind with the pace you want to keep with your own project, how do you catch up? I’ll share what I’m doing. And then, as always, I invite you to share your own input in the Comments.
I’m taking a picture a day. Zero problems with that. I keep all the daily images in a folder on my desktop labeled 2010 POTD. I am doing the digital version. Ideally I’d be going online and spending 5 quick minutes to sign into my account, upload the new picture, and write my quick journaling blurb. But since I’ve fallen several weeks behind, this is what I’m doing:
Most days lately, I am adding my POTD and writing my journaling … plus … I spend an extra 20 minutes or so going back and doing a full week that I still need to do. So every day I’m not only staying current (so as to not fall further behind) but I’m catching up on a full week because really, it’s only like 20-30 minutes a day. I can do that. I want to do that. I want to get back on track so that I’m back to a daily 5-minute routine. And now, because I’ve been prioritizing and doing this, I’m just about caught up again. Feels so good. Feels so good telling my family’s story and keeping these snippets of our life in a book.
Okay. Your turn. What are you doing to stay caught up? What tips do you have to share with others?
PS: Don’t forget that we have a new Project Life Gallery up & running now. Check out others’ photography & full layouts for Project Life inspiration at your fingertips.