January 2005 | Digital Supply List
While I was on vacation a few weeks ago, I started reading the Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben which documents her year-long personal project to living a happier life. The book is filled with not only practical, but very doable, advice. I pretty much like everything she has to say so far, but her *Do It Now* commandment has resonated with me most and impacted my daily practices over the past few weeks. It's amazing how just doing a little more each day can amount to much over a period of time.
I lost a dear friend last week, who was a big advocate of telling stories. Hearing her voice again in this interview over the weekend, has made the *Do It Now* commandment a lot more compelling creating a level of urgency in wanting to check a few more scrapbooking projects off my list, primarily photos from 2005-2008. This was a very dark period of my life. A difficult baby in dark and very cold Alaska with an absent husband. For a long time, I couldn't face these photos. Then it was just a matter of where to start.
You've heard me talk about tandem scrapbooking. I'm going to make an attempt to make that happen with these photos. I emphasis the word, attempt, because it's a little unprecedented for me to embark on a project not knowing if I'm actually going to be able to do it. I'm a bit of a *sure thing* type of girl. I don't gamble. If I take on a project I'm usually pretty confident I can see it through. Not the case with this one. We will see how it goes, but if I don't try I'll never know.
The plan is to combine this project with my Project 365/Life. Every time I create a Project Life spread, I will aim to use this layout as a template to create a month-in-review spread for those darker years in which I had no desire to document my life. There may not be a tandem layout every week, but the ones I do create will be posted alongside my Project 365/Life layouts. It might fun to see the comparison.
Little by little, this approach might just work.