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project updates

  • 365 project – still chugging away.  Occasionally I’ll miss a day (or three) and backfill with pictures from another date.  I’m aiming for completion, not perfection.  A friend and I were discussing how it makes you see your surroundings differently.  Maintaining that is more important than maintaining a perfect project.

  • one sentence journal – I totally don’t do this daily.  If I’m lucky, I remember to fill it in once every week or two.  (Speaking of which, I’m pretty behind right now.  Oops.)  That’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing.  I’m still motivated to keep doing it, so hopefully I’ll get better as the habit sets in.
  • crafty things in progress – Some friends and I made plarn the other night.  I didn’t do anything with it after, I just helped make it.  It was fun!  I’ll definitely make my own sometime.
  • home improvement projects – I got rid of my dead computer, but left any working peripherals that the new laptop could plug into.  Then I overhauled my whole home office area, and got a modular drawer thingy from Target (for storage and a work surface).  Still in progress, but both of us already think it’s a much more appealing place to sit down and work.

new office

modular drawer

  • What I’m readingGeneration Earn by Kimberly Palmer.  I’ve only just started, so I’m still in introductory territory.  It looks pretty interesting though, so stay tuned.

one-sentence journal

I started doing this at the new year, but I swear the timing was a coincidence.  Also, I’m not exactly sure how I heard about it, but it was at least third-hand and not from The Happiness Project (which I have never read, but I’ve browsed the website a bit since).

I happened to have an awesome journal laying around.  It’s a full 8 1/2 by 11, red leather-bound journal from a mall bookstore.  Of course, after passing a pile of these on sale I couldn’t resist buying one.  But for the last several years, I’ve been unable to write much in a journal, and this book has languished.

fancy journal

Until now!

Lists!  Bullets!  It’s so easy, I now have an entry for every day of this year except one.  I got behind a little, and when I went back to catch up, it turns out I have no memories of last Thursday whatsoever.  I left a space for it though, just in case something comes to me.  I also left a few pages at the beginning blank, and have been back-filling with highlights from 2010 as they occur.

This is a whole week’s worth of entries –

This is a whole week's worth of entries

I’ve already noticed that some of my earlier entries feel like a million years ago.  I probably would have forgotten that stuff by now.  I also realized that by regularly crocheting on my Monday lunch break, I was participating in something awesome without realizing it (more on what in a future post).

I am also recording my own personal history in a pain-free way, so I can remember it later and/or for future generations.  And even if it’s not a full and profound journal experience, it’s showing me a lot about myself and my habits.

If you are even remotely interested in this kind of a journal, there is no reason not to start right now.  You probably already own some kind of blank book that appeals to you, and a good pen.  Stash them somewhere handy and visible, and try to make a ritual out of grabbing the book and filling it out.   Or open an online account of some sort – one of the commenters on the Happiness Project page even suggested recording entries in a Google Calendar.  And you are completely allowed to do three or four (or more) days at a whack if you get behind – no guilt, as long as you’re getting it done.

Try it out for a month, and I bet you’ll want to keep doing it.