This 2012 Thing

So my working year officially starts this week. School starts on Wednesday and for a change I will be there on the first day. I’ve decided this week I will also be refining our admin procedures at the office. You can imagine how excited Stephen is about this.

So as I’m starting the year I thought it would be a good idea to revive my blog too. I will be, once again, attempting to write a few times a week. I actually have a number of plans and projects for 2012 and should probably use my blog as a method of public accountability. Many of the projects are scrapbook related but all of them are related to a life well lived and then, by extension, documenting it.

My first project is an Album or Photobook dedicated to my BOM (book of me) and the 2012 title is: This is my Story. I want to document my life as it stands right now. I don’t want re-hash troubled little girl stories but rather tell the story of a rather confident woman. My OLW (one little word) for 2012 is ‘EXPERIENCE.’ The idea is to incorporate the story of who I am in 2012 with that of all the things I experience this year.

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Next is PROJECT ME! I’ve decided that I am worth it. I will be taking better care of myself and, to use my quote of the day, dress with intention. I will look after my body, my mind and still follow my heart. So far the major step has been signing up at the gym. Of course the minor steps are also important, like removing the laptop from the bedroom and eating breakfast.

Project 52: The P365 idea never appealed to me. The idea of taking a photo a day seemed like more of a chore than a hobby. I pick up the camera a few times a week and usually take more photos than is necessary. So the idea of documenting my week seemed a lot more appealing. Not to mention, a whole lot less intimidating.

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I will be continuing my ‘Notes to my daughter’ series this year. My daughter will 13 this year and perfectly capable of documenting her story, her way. She has no interest in scrapbooking but loves taking photos and she does journal. The Project Life Kits would be ideally suited for her. I figured though, her life story from her perspective would mean so much more to her than my stories about her. So I am focusing on all the things I want her to know. Pearls of wisdom which might not all come up in conversation, if you like. I want her to have something useful for when she eventually leaves home.

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The 2012 Time Capsule. I am so in love with this idea and so thrilled to be on the Design Team for this project. I am in awe of all the work gone into it and will be following all year. If you have purchased the book you may notice that I have 4 layouts in it. I am so honoured to be a part of this project.

DE-CLUTTERING!!!! I’ve joined a group on FB called ‘27 Gone’ this year. The idea is to get rid of 27 things every day. It could be anything from taking the recycling away to losing some emotional baggage. The way I see it if you cannot get rid of 27 things try getting rid of just one. Even at a minimum of one thing a day, your life will 365 things lighter by the end of the year.

Last but not least I WILL write more. And I don’t mean just blogging. I will put actual effort into my, as yet Untitled, novel. I will have it ready to be proofed by the end of the year. I will write more fan fiction and actually finish them. I will blog more and make an effort to get into editorial writing.

I have to admit, that if I was reading this list as a 3rd party, my first thought would be “How does she intend to manage it?” The simple answer is that I don’t. Besides being, a wife, mom and general homemaker, I also have two jobs, one that fills my pocket (slightly) and one that feeds my soul (completely). Everything listed above is what I intend to do with my free time and I will not put any pressure or rules on that. So if it does not get done on time so be it, there’s always tomorrow. A case in point, this week I have felt more inclined to scrapbook than write so that’s what I did. Next week I might want to write and I know once I find that zone I could write for days without coming up for air. Then the laptop might actually find it’s in the bedroom all week. This is my time, I will enjoy every minute of it.