back in action.

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I created again. Which makes me feel like summer is actually a thing in my life (now that it’s August). And it’s wonderful.

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I’ve exercised consistently since the school year ended. Which is even more wonderful.

Life is good.

one. week. left.

This is the last weekend of the school year. Which is crazy. But also kind of fantastic. Because even though I’m teaching summer school, I’ll truly have “me time” for the first time in nine months. This means I’ll blog again. It also means that I’ll do about three months of Project Life to make up for not once play rehearsals started taking over my life (oops).

But I just saw this quote during my Pinterest break from grading (I’ve already been grading long enough at 8am on a Saturday that I’m taking a break). I felt the need to post it because a year and change ago, I did this. And everyone was more than willing to tell me they thought it was a bad idea. But holy smokes I am so unbelievably happy because of that one choice. So many amazing things have happened because of that one choice. I’ve gained experiences and people and memories that I couldn’t imagine not having, and I am so, so, so grateful that I went with my gut instead of my logic for the first time.

So, cheers, friends. To an unbelievably challenging and rewarding nine months of teaching: round one. To what will be a completely fantastic three months of summer. And to all of the things worth celebrating that I haven’t even yet imagined.

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project life : week 5.

This whole project has started to really grow on me…

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Nothing terribly special about this week, but I can say that one of my favorite things it lets me see is how much time J and I actually spend together. During the week it seems like we’re living totally separate lives, but when I put together this layout every Sunday, it makes me realize how “together” we really were.

project life : week 4.

Once again, nothing terribly exciting in week 4.

DSCN2490It’s kind of fun to see what ends up being in here, because usually I don’t think of what will make the cut as I take photos throughout the week. I’ve tried to keep some consistency from week to week, though. There are a couple basketball recaps each layout, and I feel like if I do the same things on those cards it will tie the album together  a bit. That might just be me… 🙂

 

project life : week 3.

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Nothing too special about this week. A lot of journaling. Not many photos. It’s interesting to see how the weeks switch between which is more prominent. I’m not sure which I prefer. I really like the look of photos more than journal cards, but I think down the road I might be more grateful for all the writing.

We’ll see, I suppose!

project life : week 2.

Week 2’s layout obviously tied together much more clearly than week 1.

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I was actually really glad to have something like Project Life for this week. The loss of a loved one and everything ceremonial that comes with that is certainly not something most people would think to put in a scrapbook format. I actually really liked being able to put my grandpa’s obituary and the program that was out at the services in a place like this album. It turned the whole thing into more of a tribute than anything.

I also really liked being able to write out how the week went and what my initial feelings were (the cards on the left that are blurred). It was real. And it seemed so much more appropriate than putting a newspaper and program into a drawer or box in the basement.

As far as the rest of the blurring goes in this picture, the last names of J’s players on the roster and the details about my employment are removed. Not much journaling this week, but there were enough details without doing so I think.

project life : week 1.

I’ve read a lot about how people do their Project Life albums, and have been totally inspired to one day have great things happening in my own. What I like most in terms of layout is going through the week (Monday-Sunday) left to right. I included Sunday as the last day of the week because I figured that would be the day when I did each week’s page. We also tend to think of our weeks starting on Monday with the work-week, so it just seemed fitting.

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The picture in the top left corner is from NYE. The fantastic thing that has already come from this experience is that J has started to take selfies with me. I’m not sure if it’s because he knows they won’t be put on Twitter, or if he just has decided it’s not worth the hassle anymore, but we’re getting a lot of good, real pictures for this album. I love it.

One big thing this project has started to teach me is how to use a different photo editing program than iPhoto. I’ve never done anything more than crop, straighten, and enhance photos, and they’ve never been any other size than 4×6. After doing some research, I decided to download a program called Gimp. I’m not quite ready to invest the cash into photoshop yet, but maybe someday I’ll make that happen too.

This entire Project Life situation is going to be quite the learning curve, but I’m excited about the things that it’s forced me to do already. A lot of the pictures in week 1 are blurry. I thought about going back to change them when I figured out better how to crop/print the photos I wanted. But, I also kind of like how awful the whole thing looks. Ideally, I’ll get to week 52 and laugh at the change that’s happened over the course of the year. If nothing else, the whole album will at least be a good recap of how I’ve grown in terms of my taking pictures (and condensing everything I have to say about an experience to a small journaling card!).