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“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”

It was such a natural moment, the way it came together. I turned the corner and there they were, reading together. I was thankful to have my camera nearby so that I could snap the photo before DJ even realized what I was doing. These days, if he sees the camera, he comes running for it.

Things I’m Working On

I’m working on preparing for Week in the Life beginning next Monday by gathering supplies and compiling a list of photos I might like to capture, and things I want to be sure to record during the week.
I’m working on not sweating the small stuff, which is actually turning out to be quite difficult.
I’m working on being more patient with DJ and remembering that he’s still so little and doesn’t understand a lot of what he does and why he cannot do it.
I’m working on getting myself back into the habit of writing every day as Nanowrimo approaches. This will be my eleventh year writing, and coming off of my win last year, I’m hopeful that I can give it a good shot again next month.
I’m working on organizing my scrapbooking stash, and using up what I have before purchasing anything new (with the exception of the binder and page protectors for Week in the Life). I have so much stuff, some of which I won’t ever use, so I have been organizing everything into piles and will be mailing some out to friends around the States to use. I love that nothing will go to waste.
I’m working on keeping the kitchen table clean. It seems to be the dumping ground for everything and I really can’t stand how cluttered it makes the room look.
I’m working on my knitted blanket, mitered square by mitered square.

Project Life 2014 | Week 41

Week 41! (Oct 6 – 12) 
A lot of cool stuff happened this week, most notably my husband’s 20th high school reunion bar night, and the start of my (I really need a better name for this) happiness project.

Left side is design c.

This past week I looked through my 2013 and 2014 albums and realized that my favorite spreads were the ones laid out like this with just photos and journaling on card stock, so I’m really going to embrace that a lot in 2015 (but many more thoughts on that later!)
Right side is a WRMK 9 square page.


* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2014, I’m creating spreads throughout the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

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“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”

I love catching these glimpses of what he’ll be like as a young boy. Moments like these: him on his couch with a snack, watching his favorite show, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Project Life 2014 | Weeks 39 – 40

I’ve fallen behind with sharing my spreads, mostly because I complete one and move on, only to look back later and think: something just isn’t right. So, I’ve been making adjustments here and there until I’m happier with the spread. This is something I am really trying to avoid, actually. Go figure.
Anyways, here’s the completed September Four spread.

The right page is design A.

I wrote up a description of my week and slipped it into an 8.5 x 11 page protector. Simple, and documented.

Very minimal embellishments this time.

products used: design a, midnight edition, 8.5×11 page protector, studio calico printable, heidi swapp date stamp, studio calico wood veneers
project life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by becky higgins. in 2014, i’m creating spreads throughout the year. here are all of my pages from 2013 + 2014.

I have to laugh when I realize that I completed five spreads during September, because honestly, it wasn’t a great month, not at all. I guess it goes to show how much I really do love this project.

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“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”

He’s a climber these days. On the chairs, couches, stroller, stairs, fireplace ledge, everything and anything he can reach.

Reverse Reader Q & A

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, or even for only a short time, you may have noticed that I talk a lot about my life, myself and my family. This means that you might know a fair amount about me, much more than I know about any of you. Let’s change that a little bit ok?

Kelsey came up with the awesome idea to do a reverse Q&A where you the readers answer some questions, instead of me always spilling the beans. She also took that adorable photo up there, that I blatantly stole to use today (love you, girl! don’t hate me!) Here’s how this works.
Below I’m posing five (what I hope to be) non-standard “get to know you” questions so that I can get to know you a little better (and to hopefully encourage a little creative conversation). You don’t have to answer them all, but I would love if you did! Without further adieu, the questions!

1. Describe the soundtrack to your life; list specific songs if you can.

2. Have you ever heard any outstanding rumors about yourself? What was it?

3. Knowing what you know now, what one thing, if anything, would you go back in time and change about your life if you could? What effect would it have on your everyday life?

4. If you could steal one thing without consequence what would it be?

5. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?

Check out these other amazing bloggers taking part in the Reverse Reader Q&A this week: Kelsey, Caylee, Olya, and Andrea

Project Life 2014 | Week 38

Week 38!

I tried something new again with this spread and I love how it turned out. I was short on photos for the week, but I also knew I didn’t have a lot to say, so I opted to use an 8.5×11 insert as the right side of my spread. I kept the colors muted and simple and went without any embellishments.

* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2014, I’m creating spreads throughout the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

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“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014”

Every so often we are given a glimpse of the young boy you will soon become, the things you will enjoy doing, the things that will both excite you and frustrate you. You’re growing so quickly before our eyes, dear DJ. Slow down a little, okay? 

21 Days to a Happier Me

September was a tough month.  While there was plenty to perpetuate that, I came to realize that my outlook on life was making it worse. So. I’m trying something new this month.

Based on theories and guidance by Shawn Achor, I’m going to spend the next 21 days training myself to be happier, by doing the following:

  1. List 3 things I’m grateful for 
  2. Journal one positive experience that I had each day 
  3. Meditate 
  4. Exercise
  5. Perform random acts of kindness – write one positive email thanking or praising someone
At the end of the 21 days I’m going to come back and tell you how I feel, but what I’m really hoping for, is that you will be able to see a difference even without me having to tell you.
Happy October everyone.