{Do Something} Guest Post

Happy Monday guys!
Today’s post is going to be such a TREAT for you and a great way to start off your week.

This month’s Happy Bundle sponsor, Erica of crashnotes, is here with a fabulous guest post. I have followed Erica’s talent since my days of scrapbooking {so in other words … for a LONG TIME}. I think I was first struck by her mad skillz {honestly, I don’t really talk like that} with an exacto knife and paper. You might recognize her name and designs from that ‘little’ website, twopeasinabucket.com where Erica has had quite the presence over the years.  Aside from all of our her creative talent {paper art, graphic design, scrapbooking … did I mention she knits too!?!} … I distinctly remember her blogging about her new approach to resolutions FOUR years ago. I loved her idea … it just resonated with me and has stuck in my mind each year as I approach the new year.  I’m delighted that she said yes to sharing a bit more of herself and her ‘do something’ philosophy with us. Enjoy!!


Hi there! I’m Erica and I’m thrilled to share a bit of myself here on Andrea’s blog.

I’ve never been a big resolution maker. Each new year definitely feels like a fresh slate – an obvious opportunity to tackle something you’ve been putting off until The Right Time. I always feel like I’m setting myself up for failure when I set a singular life-changing goal though. And once you start to slip, it’s so easy to simply give up and not look back. January 1 will always roll around again in a few months, right?

Like I said, I love the idea of a new start though. A few years ago, I decided I wanted to exploit that first day newness by adopting a “do something” philosophy. Rather than a New Year’s resolution though, I would do something new each month of the year. Essentially, I gave myself twelve chances to succeed. Twelve chances to make a difference in my life or the lives of those around me. Twelve chances to adopt a new habit or nix an old one. And if I failed one month, it was ok. Because in just 30 days, I had a chance to claim victory.

Fast forward four years to this newly turned 2013 calendar. The past few months I’ve been feeling a little bit aimless…stuck in a rut and directionless. So much has contributed to this feeling but 2013 felt kind of momentous. I knew I needed to make some changes and begin some really thoughtful reflection on what direction I want my life to take (much of this has to do with the fact that my youngest will start kindergarten in the fall and I’ll have some time to fill.) Now is the time to figure out what I want to be when I grow up (kind of late for this but the career I had pre-kids is no longer an attractive prospect) and how I’m going to get there.

So I’m embracing that do something philosophy again this year. This year though, I’ll be digging a little deeper. Some months will still be fallbacks like purging and organizing my home and life because *that* will go a long way towards my ultimate plan of figuring things out. Less external clutter = less internal clutter, right? Incorporating some self-reflection and future planning is critical though. How to go about that? I don’t know yet but the beauty of a monthly goal means the ability to assess yourself and your surroundings as each month approaches to figure out what is going to work for you over the course of the next 30 days.

I’m a documenter though so naturally, I needed to identify a way to track my goals and accomplishments. I’ll be incorporating my monthly goals, progress and ultimate results in my project Life album. To get me going, I’ve created a handful of journaling cards. If you would like to use them for your own goal tracking (or any other project you think they may work for!) grab them from my blog. I’m sure I’ll be sharing many more files during the course of the year for this project, as well as others so I hope you’ll stop by at some point.

And if the do something project sounds like something you’d like to attempt, I’d love to follow your progress and cheer you on. Please leave a comment so I can check it out!


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Thank you so much Erica!  I haven’t told anyone this yet, but I’m going to attempt a very modified monthly version of Project Life {PL} this year and a big part of it is going to be using online digital resources like Erica’s for my PL cards. Erica is so generous in sharing her designs both on her website and at Two Peas in a Bucket. I hope that you’ll take a few minutes to get to know Erica better and come away with fresh inspiration for your days!

Comments

  1. Very cool… And fun etsy shop, too. I’m a Michigander myself (still a newbie, tho!)

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