Happy Wednesday! It’s another edition of my 2014 Project Life Album: Catch-up edition along with a little discussion on accomplishing goals.
If you missed the previous weeks, you’ll want to check them out. Here are a list of links:
- How I documented life in 2014: Part I
- Project Life 2014 | July: A Catch-Up Post with Lots of Fun Pictures
- Project Life 2014 | August: Another Catch-Up Post with Lots of Fun Pictures
I talk about goal setting a lot. And that’s because I do it – A LOT. Truly, I live by my to-do lists. My goals. My intentions and wishes. It’s how I balance the acts of blogging, parenting, healthy living, and still have time for my relationships with family and friends and – oh, right – my husband.
But I know there has to be a better way. And lately – through my #minimize project and some other home organization projects (more to share later), I’m really starting to get there. It’s a pressing need, as my blog – and the opportunities that are coming from it – continue to grow.
It’s a great problem to have, but with great problems comes the need to get really good at the balance.
So when I have a moment of inspiration, I take it. I run, full speed, with that inspiration. In some ways I have to – because those are the moments where I get the most done. Last night I tweeted a MAJOR success from my ongoing to-do lists: yesterday I completed TWO digital albums that have been on my “to do” list, and nearly complete, for 4 months. It doesn’t sound like a long time, but when you do the amount of creative work that I do, it’s an eternity. And, believe me, I’ve spent far too many hours on both projects to justify the end result.
Finishing those books was truly weighing on me – more than I realized – because as soon as I was done I wanted to kick off my shoes (okay, fine, slippers – it was midnight and I was in my office and everyone was asleep) and dance like crazy to some Taylor Swift.
This is becoming a less-than-ideal pattern in my life: this roller coaster of determination and exhaustion. I’m either completely committed to seeing my goals through (like this week with yet another edition of last year’s project life album), or I’m in this hopeless circle of utter failure and hopelessness. Okay, fine, that was a little exaggeration, but I think you know what I’m getting at: it’s one, or the other, and nothing in between.
And when I’m in these super-productive modes of thinking, it’s amazing what I can get done. And with a little push, I can do everything that has been on my mind – all in one afternoon. And I do it. And then I’m exhausted for days. And then the hopelessness sets in.
I need to work on that.
But the more I embrace my creative side, the worse it gets. I have these moments of inspiration and I love how I am in those moments. But they are the exception, not the rule. And I just really want them to be the rule.
That’s just not how life works.
If I had to pick one action I could take to change the course of this difficult pattern, it would be to get better at celebrating my successes. And I think we could all stand to get better at that, right? I have this tendency to see a major success and say “oh, good, that turned out the way I wanted it to” and move on to worrying about the next thing.
And that’s the wrong move.
If you have a major success, celebrate the heck out of it. Live it up. Have that dance party. Drink that celebratory glass of wine. Smile at yourself.
I’m working on it.
In the meantime, let’s enjoy some awesome Project Life pictures from September 2014.
- Project Life Jade Edition
- Project Life Road Trip Mini Kit
- Studio Calico past Project Life Kits
- Project Life 4×6 Ledger Cards
- Sharpie Pens
- Photos printed at Persnickety Prints
- Page Protector Variety Pack 3
- Page Protector Design A
Project Life 2014 | Week 33
Week 33 was an awesome week, filled with a lot of travel and adventure. The boys and I adventured between museums, the beach, ferry boats, and a few nights at the ocean with my sister – their auntie Abbie. And, in between, Chris worked really hard repainting the house before enjoying a much-deserved fishing beach vacation with all of us. That summer set a new standard for fun in this family, let’s hope this coming year can compare!
Project Life 2014 | Week 34
This summer I took SO many photos. So many that, even with our entire 10-day road trip missing from the album, I still barely had enough room in the album to keep it to one binder. It’s the next photobook on my list of things to do (after the two I completed yesterday). So stayed tuned for that in the weeks to come!
Project Life 2014 | Week 35
This week’s spread includes a few techniques that I were experiments-turned-awesome. Check out the descriptions at the bottom of each photo.
For More Awesome Physical Project Life Inspiration
I pull a lot of inspiration from Instagram (search #projectlife and #projectlifeCT) and from other members of the Creative Team. Here is a list of all the amazing Physical Project Life Creative Team members with their blogs:
- Awbree Caton | BunkhouseCreative.com
- Brianna Marshall | BriannaMarshall.com
- Brooke Petermann | BrookePetermann.com
- Donna Mueli | InspirationStoryboard.blogspot.co.nz
- Els Brigé | BeStamped.wordpress.com
- Gabby Robinson | Sweet–Nonsense.Blogspot.com
- Jen Lake | SunlightAndAir.com
- Julia Reichert | JayJayMakes.com
- Lynley Johnson | LynleyJohnson.blogspot.com
- Mindi Niebuhr | NiebuhrChicks.blogspot.com
- Rhonda Steed | RhondaSteed.com
- Rianne Alonte | Make-Ideas-Happen.blogspot.com
- Toni Harris | MyMoMama.blogspot.com
- Tully Reynolds | Tully_R on Instagram