projects, new and old…

Anyone who knows me, knows I love my projects. Anything I can turn into a “project” inevitably becomes more fun to me. And I have some wonderful ongoing projects that I utterly adore. But…they seem to be among the first things to take a back seat when life gets too busy. And frankly when doesn’t life get too busy. So my projects tend to get neglected for vast periods of time.

In this year of “taking my life back” (god, that still sounds so ridiculously melodramatic), I’m going to make a concerted effort not to let that happen. I love my Happiness Project and my 50×50 and Rich’s and my Million and One. And oh how happy it would make me to complete item after item after item from each of those.

I’m still interested in all of my personal reading challenges, especially Read the World, but for 2016 I’d like to focus on reading what is calling to me in the moment rather than putting any “obligations” on my reading. (Homeschooling adds more than enough obligatory reading to my plate.) So I’ll try to continue to record any reading that works for my reading challenges, but won’t go out of my way to find books that do.

And I have a couple of new projects I’m excited to start. First of all, I’m jumping on the bullet journal bandwagon. Something I never thought I’d do…until I stumbled upon this blog post at Boho Berry. I can’t for the life of me recall what I was googling that day, but I assure you it was not bullet journaling. But wow–I was sucked right into her post and was fascinated by the way she approached it. It was the first time I had even an inkling that it might be something I’d enjoy. But, as I think everyone needs to do, I’m doing it in a way that appeals to me. And part of that means I’m combining it with my fauxbonichi style of journaling. (I’ll probably do a post and share some pictures in a few days.)

I’m also starting a scrapbook/life storytelling project. I absolutely love the idea behind Ali Edward’s December Daily project (despite the fact that I’ve failed to follow through with it umpteen years now). And it dawned on me what a wonderful thing it would be to do that for an entire year. One story of our lives every single day. I know that I won’t be able to make time to scrapbook every day, but I can make the time to jot down a few sentences about what story I want to tell from each day and note any relevant photos I took. And then when I have an hour or two, I can actually document those stories. A whole year of itty bitty stories will likely add up to a wonderful record of what our life looks like overall.

My older projects are tried and true, so I can’t see ditching them. But if my new projects don’t bring me the satisfaction and contentment that I’m hoping for, out the window they go. This year is about making *smarter* choices for a fulfilling life.

I also have a few shorter projects in mind for February, my most favorite month of the year. It would no longer be February without Comics February (and thank you leap year for providing an extra day of comics love this year). I also have a completely decadent birthday project in mind (I’ll share more about that later).

So here’s to happiness-inducing projects and living a more intentional life!

projects progress…since the last update…

50×50:

#37 (Read 50 books I’d never heard of before buying/borrowing from library)–A Bitter Brew: Faith, Power, and Poison in a Small New England Town by Christine Ellen Young and Shutter, Volume One: Wonderlost by Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca. (33-34/50)

#38. (Read 50 books borrowed from someone else)–Sex Criminals, Volume One: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (from Rich) (38/50)

#50. (Have sex in 50 different places)–hot tub, living room, and backyard at our anniversary getaway cabin

104×4 reading challenge:

#14. (true crime)–A Bitter Brew: Faith, Power, and Poison in a Small New England Town by Christine Ellen Young (3/4)

#18. (sex)–Sex Criminals, Volume One: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (2/4)

#60. (water)–Low, Volume One: The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini (1/4)

Our million and one:

#20. Drink champagne under the stars.

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#35. Rewatch The Stand.

#261. Have a 48-hour readathon. All the better because we did it with Ana and Chris. 🙂

#264. Stay at South Hill Lodge for at least a few days. 😀 😀 😀  We totally splurged and went for a getaway to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was worth every last cent! And then some.

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361. Visit 50 used book stores.

–The Paperback Place in Canandaigua, NY. (2/50)

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Read a million pages before I die:

As of this morning, I am down to 945,267 pages left to read.