3 Things I Learned Last Year about How I Use Project Life

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Oh my growing love/hate relationship with Project Life. Well, more a love/hate about how I am with Project Life I suppose.

Just before I got married I decided that I wanted to use Project Life to document our first five years of marriage. Our first anniversary (September 30) has come and gone and I am just finishing up year one. Initially I was very frustrated. I couldn’t keep up and then forgot to write out cards and struggled to remember things that happened. I made a decision to stop after year one and then use a new kit to do a massive road trip book for our three big trips instead. Something less time sensitive I said, that will be easier.

Then two things happened. First, I showed my husband what I had done so far and he loved it. He asked me if I was going to keep going. And a small part of me wanted to say no. But the truth was, I loved it too. I loved capturing the small memories along with the large.

Then, when shopping for a a kit for my Road Trip book, I couldn’t decide between two sets. I eventually chose the Kraft edition and a small package of Road Trip themed cards (!!!). But my mom knew I liked the Midnight edition as well and surprised me with it for Christmas. So now I have two separate sets of Project Life cards and had only planned on doing the Road Trip book. Obviously, these two events changed my mind and I’m going to keep going.

So, I’ve narrowed down my problems and some solutions –

1. I take a lot of photos. A lot. Not every day, but at the big events and on hikes and things. It’s hard for me to narrow down those photos into two page spreads.

Solution: Don’t restrict myself to two page spreads if more are necessary. Also, remember that I can have a regular photo album too if there really are too many photos.

2. I can’t keep up. I am crafty and creative and (as mentioned above) take a ton of photos. For me, project life is more time consuming than I expected it to be.

Possible Solution: choose a day each week or one every two weeks to devote to Project Life. Once I am finally caught up, stay on top of it and try to be no more than two months behind at any given point.

3. My clippings and movie tickets and things are totally disorganized and in a pile on the floor. I forget they are there and then have to re-organize spreads when I remember them.

Possible Solution: Buy something small and cheap with four or five drawers that I can put clippings in to organized by month. If I stay on top of things, I’ll be able to store four or five months worth of things and never need more.

All in all, I’m excited about continuing Project Life. The Midnight Edition is GORGEOUS and I think suits me better than the first set I bought (Turquoise). I already found the perfect card to start off Year 2 of Marriage. As for the road trip book, I’ve sorted two out of three sets of photos for it and hope to get them all ready and printed by March or April so that I can start putting it together in late Spring/Early Summer. I want to have it ready for Thanksgiving or Christmas to show family. See? already giving myself broad goals!

Do you use Project Life? Do you have Problems/Solutions like I do? Share in the comments, I’d love to hear!

Have you Heard Of : Roadtrip Nation ?

Last week or so I had a moment of “if they can do it why can’t I”. These moments are often bittersweet for me; especially since I get the winter blues really bad.  This winter has been particularly hard on me and I needed inspiration.

Through twitter I found out about Roadtrip Nation and spent an entire weekend watching Season 10 (the only one available for free), totally involved in the idea and inspired by what was going on.

Roadtrip Nation is a public television series, a reality TV show and an awesome movement all in one. Three strangers are chosen to drive the country in a big green RV and interview professionals in their field who are unique or have taken a different route than what was expected of them. The season I watched was focused on scientists and education, but still held my interest. One of the first people they interviewed is a gentleman who uses science to predict the weather and what waves will be like for a surfing website. How awesome is that?

The travelers were “just getting out of college age”, which I suppose makes sense, but I was still able to relate since I seem to be in Generation Stuck. Any other 30-somethings feeling that way? I also related because I want to travel more. And I love road trips. But it was also interesting to hear advice from folks who took a different path than what was expected and turned out okay. It gave me hope.

The interesting thing is that they are casting for a season based around designers right now. I’m not interested in being on TV at all and I’m not really in a place where I could even apply, but I can’t wait to watch the season when it airs. It will probably hit home even more for me and maybe it will fill me with awesome ideas and inspiration. I hope it’s available to watch online since we don’t have a TV.

I haven’t really had time to explore the website fully, but I’m intrigued by the fact that there are independent road trips too. Next time I need inspiration, I’m sure I’ll explore the site more and see what it has to offer.

Have you seen Roadtrip Nation? What do you think about it?

January 2014 Round Up

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January did not go by too fast. It actually moved at a nice pace for me and I’m proud of the things I’ve accomplished. In addition to my regular monthly goals, I have projects scheduled for the first five months of the year and as I type I’ve completed all but two things off of my January Projects list! In my Meetup post next week I’ll talk about the goals, but for the round up let’s talk about those projects.

I’m actually two months ahead on my graphic design company goals. Not only did we come up with a name, but the logo is complete and I’ve started initial work on getting social media names and website set up. This makes me really happy. Although we still have quite a bit to get done before we can launch, I love that this is moving smoothly and faster than planned.

January was my first month using an editorial calendar and I have to say, I love it. I’m still stuck on post ideas a lot of the time, but having the posts I do know I’m going to write planned ahead of time helps a lot. I’ve written an editorial calendar up for February and I’m hoping it goes as smoothly as January did. Putting aside time on the weekends to focus on blog writing is also helping.

AND – In case you haven’t noticed yet – I did some sprucing up on the blog! Our About page is all new, the sidebar is mostly new and the photo of us is new as well! I also changed my personal photo on twitter, etsy and google + so that they all match.

Projects I did not complete – mission statement for fallenpeach and a newsletter schedule for 2014. I’ll push these in to February and see how it goes!

Do you schedule projects for yourself each month ? How much did you get done in January?

Choose Your Adventure: 90’s Road Trips, Route 66 and Disappearing

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delicious candy corn cupcakes we found at the grocery store!

October has been a very very busy month for me. I’m torn between not believing November is almost here and wondering why my Halloween costume isn’t done yet if November is almost here… like I said, busy. I have a lot of plans and ideas floating around in my head and (I’ll talk about this more in my Meetup post) November will really be for focusing and re-setting my priorities. I’m really excited about it, actually.

Here are some adventures I’ve stumbled upon recently:

Jena Coray talks about why Disappearing was the best thing for her business

Best Western reminisces on a Retro 90’s Road Trip

I just found out about this Giant Route 66 Tag Sale (90 miles!) and wish I had the money and time to go. Maybe someday…

Great short film  – Route 66 – Ten Years Later the Movie

 

How has your October been?

30 Days of Lists: #’s 24 and 26 – 29

Almost done with my first 30 Days of Lists! I have to say, I’m proud of myself for making it all the way through with very few misses/stumpers. I loved doing this and keeping it simple really was key for me. If I had tried to make it more complicated I never would have made it through. 🙂

List #24 How to Have a Better Day

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List 26 : Rules for Being My Friend

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List 27: Favorite Classes/ Courses/ Workshops

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List 28 : In My Fridge
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List 29: Next Month’s Plans

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30 Days of Lists: Day 30 – A Special Day, an Anniversary

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It works out beautifully that the final day of 30 Days of Lists lands on September 30th. Last year, on this day, I married my best friend. To celebrate I’m doing two different lists for today – the one below, and then another after the day is done that I will  post on Friday. The above photo was taken by our wonderful, wonderful photographer Stefanie Kapra.

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