I'm an organizer at heart so as we enter a new year, I can't help but want to set some goals for 2015. I don't do resolutions anymore but thinking about the previous year and assessing what worked and what didn't is always helpful - both in terms of scrapbooking and in my personal life.
Here are a few that I'm working on for 2015:
- Finish Project Life 2014. I want to finish this before the end of year but preferably before the end of the summer. Once school starts in the fall, I'll have two kids in high school and activities will ramp way up, not to mention I know I'll want to participate in other scrapping projects during the fall and winter.
- Work on Project Life 2015 consistently. I don't worry about being behind very much at all but the organizer in me likes to stay more on top of it than I did last year.
- I want to purge old paper scrapbooking supplies. I have at least three Project Life kits plus other paper supplies and I want to simplify that area of my life now that I'm committed to doing digital albums for 2014 and 2015. I'm thinking of giving away the kits I have and getting a new kit for other projects - I love fresh ideas and a new kit or two will keep me motivated.
- Participate in A Week in the Life again. I really loved doing this album and want to do it consistently every year instead of every 3rd or 4th year as I've done before.
- Start Emily's senior year album. To be fair, I've already pulled her school photos (and can't find 6th grade - what the heck?) and have a few ideas but I'd like to get a bit more organized so it's not a panicky kind of thing for next year.
- Make a plan for about four years worth of unprinted photos. Back in 2005, when Andrew was a toddler, he walked on my laptop and we lost almost two years worth of photos. I've accumulated some from those years from emails and family members but I've never organized or printed them. And I didn't start scrapbooking until 2004 so there's quite a few years worth of photos that I have no idea where they are. I'm thinking that I'll use a Project Life kit or two to get these into albums.
- I've completely run out of room to store all of my scrapbooks in the bookcase that they're in. I'm ashamed to admit that we have 5 or 6 albums that just lean up against the wall and/or get moved all over the tables as we try to get around in that room. I need to find a new home for them.
- I need to decide on a word for this year. Last year, my One Little Word was "finish" and I loved it! I completed a lot of projects around the house that I had neglected for years and it felt really good. I have a couple of words bouncing around in my head but haven't settled on one yet.
- Make sure that I'm supporting Emily and Andrew enough. Elizabeth's medicals issues cause me to spend a lot of time with her and I think she gets plenty of emotional support from me. But I want to make sure that I'm doing the same for the other two kids. I feel pretty good about how I parent them but there's always room for improvement.
- Continue to deal with Elizabeth's epilepsy as pro-actively as possible.
- Spend more time with my husband. It sounds so simple but the reality is that it's hard to put into practice and it's too important to neglect.
- Take Emily on college trips before fall.
- Work on ongoing health issues that I have, in particular the severe arthritis in both of my thumbs and my shoulder pain. Chronic pain has changed my entire daily routine and it's time to feel better.
- Have more fun and relax more as a family. 2014 was a rough year for us and the one thing that I know we need is more fun time together as a family. Finding time and resources for more vacations, even just weekends away, has to happen.
- Find a balance between adding in more time away with saving as much as possible to pay off debt before Emily starts college.
- Be more tolerant of some people in my life. I struggle with this so much and I need to learn to breathe more and react less when I'm around them.
None of these goals are overwhelming and they're all very doable but achieving them requires awareness on my part. Having them written down helps. :)
What are your goals for the upcoming year? Scrapbooking or otherwise?