Be open: lern & share

March 2015: be open - lern & share | momentstolivefor.com

February went well thanks to my little word „try“. Although I didn’t do everything on my list like carving my own stamps or fill in Project Life 2014, I tried a whole lot of other things, like knitting for example. And like you maybe saw on Instagram, it was a success. I knitted five whole scarfs in February. The first two for myself to test my capability of knitting. One for my dad, one for my boyfriend and a small one for my goddaughter within three hours of a car ride. I think, I’m already addicted.

Beside that I tried some new art journaling techniques, new cooking recipes and a lot of new blogs to read. So I’m really up for March and what my new motto ‚lern & share‘ will bring:

Lern more about photography.

Lern JavaScript.

Lern to knit two-sided patterns.

Lern to shoot and cut videos – Perfect timing, I just won a place in the course „A Year of Creating Time Capsules“ from the always inspiring Xanthe Berkeley. I’m so excited about this news. I’m following her for over two years now and love her magical videos of everyday life.

Lern, how to make a writing routine work for me.

Lern to cook better.

Lern to set a new focus in my photography.

Lern to make the photo editing and archiving process more effective.

Lern to do some yoga at home.

Lern to take time for me.

be open – lern & share

plans for Project Life in 2015

box for the Project Life cards 2015 | momentstolivefor.com

2015 will be my third year with Project Life and I love it. My usual routine until now was to wait 3-4 months and then order all photos of this time at once. It’s super to save money, because you get a discount ordering bulks of photos, but not good for the creativity. There are so many unfinished pages in the two albums of 2013 and 2014. I don’t do the weekly style. It’s just not for me. I have several big occasions, that I give a whole page or even a spread, because there are just too many beautiful photos not to show. For example photo walks or sightseeing visits are perfect for a whole page spread. In between I fill in spreads with single photos from our everyday life. I do one to two spreads per month. This pattern works very well for me and I will keep going in this style. But there are some things I like to change up a little bit this year. First of all to make the process simpler and faster and second to create a little structure inside the album. Therefore these are my goals for my Project Life album 2015:

  • no rounded corners – saves simply a lot of time to put the photos in the pockets the way they are.
  • only filler & journaling cards in black, grey, white and gold. Even my album is black & white. Reducing the colors to these four will make the process a lot easier and I just love this color combination, like everyone else it seems at the moment. The internet and especially Project Life pages are full with these colors. I think their beauty is, that they look great next to every photo. Colorful cards are always a little problematic, because they should fit the colors in the photos.
  • more filler & journaling cards – few photos and more filler cards, that’s the layouts I always pin on Pinterest. But I always fill my own pages completely with photos and leave at most one or two pockets for journaling cards.
  • more journaling – up to now I almost never journal, I let the photos speak for themselves. But I missed a lot of moments, where I just hadn’t my camera at hand or the background story isn’t clear from the photo and I will probably forget about it in time. I simply don’t like to journal, because I don’t have the words. It always sounds so simple and uninteresting. But maybe this little course by Stacy Julian will help me to get better at journaling.

my own designed Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

  • my own design – I will try and make my own cards with help of painting, stamping, washi tape and Photoshop. I already started and made a whole bunch of cards and even a little box to collect the cards for this year, seperated from my usual PL cards. I still have some of the black & white cards I made some time ago, they fit the new album perfectly.
  • start every month with an intro page – with my one little word cards, a card with the name of the month, journaling cards like “doing, seeing, eating“ and „big happenings this month“ and my favorite photos from this month. This way I want to seperate the pages of every month more clearly and take a little look at what happened this month.

handmade Project Life cards 2015 | momentstolivefor.com

Beside the new 2015 album, I will try to finish the other two of 2013 and 2014, before I forget everything about the events documented there. And above that maybe do even some further pages for my old albums from before 2013. But that’s just a dream. We will see, how it goes.

Manda Townsend, Annette Haring and Vanessa Documented shared their Project Life plans for 2015 too. And if you are interested to see, where my inspiration came from, here’s my Pinterest Board with lots of beautiful Project Life layouts and cards.

Do you have any plans for Project Life 2015?

goals in october

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These were my goals for September and how they turned out:

1. Get our family gallery up in the corridor.
√/- Most of the photos are framed and stand on the floor, waiting to be put up on the wall.

2. Decorate our office.
– Totally forgot this was on the list. Maybe next month.

3. Simplify my musical files. Keep only the really good songs and sheet music.
√ Done.

4. Get my photo archive organized with Lightroom.
√ Bit by bit I keep moving forward. But there’s still a lot to do.

5. Take dance lessons with my boyfriend.
– Didn’t find the time. Maybe next month, but rather in November, since he’s traveling a lot in October.

6. Redesign the blog – new layout, feature buttons.
√/- Layout? Check. Feature buttons? No, didn’t.

7. Make biketours.
√ Made one. That counts.

8. Get an overview of our next big project and start planning (sorry, can’t tell you what at the moment).
√ Check.

9. Do sport regularly again.
√/- Started, but didn’t reached the regular part yet.

10. Make a fall minialbum.
– Nope, too many other little crafty things on my table. Another one for October.

September wasn’t really a success goal-wise. The two big parties took a lot of time for preparations and traveling. Maybe October will bring more time for those goals, I didn’t finished last month:

1. Enjoy my favorite season fall with some photo walks, hot chocolate and other beautiful fall stuff.

2. Keep moving forward with my Project Life 2014 pages, which are at the moment only filled with photos.

3. Make three additional pictures for the living room wall (black & white).

4. Catch up with some good friends.

5. Make a fall minialbum.

6. Do sport at least twice a week.

7. Save money.

8. Decorate our office.

9. Create at least three content-heavy posts.

10. Simplify my wardrobe and get rid of old, no longer fitting clothes.

 

hello fall, here I come.

 

 

 

goals in september

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Since the August was dominated by our vacation, my goals were very simple. Here they are and how they turned out:

1. Enjoy our vacation to the fullest.
√ Oh yes, we did this. We were both so relaxed, when we started working again. It was exactly what we needed.

2. Decorate the living room.
√ Check. Finally. At least two walls are filled with beautiful pictures.

3. Decorate the kitchen.
√ Check 🙂

4. Sort through my new photos from our vacation and delete most of the photos.
√ Done, even while on vacation.

5. Get my printer up and running, so I can work with it on craft projects.
√ Not mine, but we have one from my boyfriend, which is working perfectly now.

6. Celebrate our birthdays in our own way.
√ At least my boyfriends birthday was perfect, mine not so much, but the evening on the beach with a bottle of wine and one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen, compensated me for everything.

7. Prepare enough blog posts for the vacation time.
√ Yeah, did it.

8. Finish the PL pages I filled only with photos.
√/- not really, did only a few.

Another month already gone. The year is running ahead. I can’t believe I’m already over 8 months in Berlin. This is one of the reasons, why I like this post. It makes me accountable and I can look back, what I achieved in the last months. Since September is one of my most productive month, my goals are a little bigger:

1. Get our family gallery up in the corridor.

2. Decorate our office.

3. Simplify my musical files. Keep only the really good songs and sheet music.

4. Get my photo archive organized with Lightroom.

5. Take dance lessons with my boyfriend.

6. Redesign the blog – new layout, feature buttons.

7. Make biketours & photo walks.

8. Get an overview of our next big project and start planning (sorry, can’t tell you what at the moment).

9. Do sport regularly again.

10. Make a fall minialbum.

 

let’s do this. this will be a wonderful month.

 

 

 

less is more

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Every birthday it’s my ritual to create a list with goals or this year with guidelines for the new year of my life. Less is more – not a new slogan, I know, but one that came up again and again, while I was writing my guidelines for the next year. I want to do less this and instead more of that. It’s the ‘get better’ mindset I try to concentrate on, to make the changes work and into new routines. If you don’t know, what a ‘get better’ mindset is, watch this video. It’s the most realistic and helpful way to make changes stick. And here are my guidelines for my 33th year on this lovely planet:

Less

… less thoughts about past & future.

… less spending on unnecessary stuff.

… less meat.

… less sugar, especially cake.

… less down to no Amazon.

… less plastic.

… less stress I make myself at work.

… less TV, down to almost no TV.

… less comparing to others.

… less thinking about what others think of me.

More

… more regional food, especially meat & fish.

… more simplifying.

… more being in the moment.

… more playtime with the cats.

… more content heavy posts.

… more saving money for our future.

… more helping others.

… more time outside.

… more time for friends.

… more crafting just for fun.

… more games with friends.

And what are your guidelines at the moment?

 

goals in august

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Goals, goals, goals. Not only on the football World Cup ;), but on my list for July:

1. Enjoy the summer.
√ Done. Made a picknick in the park, drank cocktails and ate a lot of melons.

2. Make plans for a wonderful, enjoyable vacation.
√ Check. Still in planning mode, but its in process and not too far away.

3. Post at least one or two crafty projects.
√ Did one. That counts.

4. Work on my Project Life.
√ Yes, ordered a big bunch of photos from 2014 and 2013 to fill my pages. Finally.

5. Decorate the living room.
– Didn’t found the time to concentrate on this. Maybe next month.

6. Decorate the kitchen.
– Dito.

7. Paint the workroom white.
√ Yeah, did this. Had to paint it three times till the white paint finally covered the old green tapestry. Really hard work, but now it looks so great and light.

8. Update the blog.
√ Updated the pages (like wanderlust) and several little widgets.

I think, I did pretty good. Fast forward to August, the month of our vacation. Two weeks on a bike. I’m so excited about it. So time to enjoy this summer to the fullest and not do too much. There will come a time again, maybe next month, when there’s enough room to fill the list with more goals, but not now. These will be enough:

1. Enjoy our vacation to the fullest.

2. Decorate the living room.

3. Decorate the kitchen.

4. Sort through my new photos from our vacation and delete most of the photos.

5. Get my printer up and running, so I can work with it on craft projects.

6. Celebrate our birthdays in our own way.

7. Prepare enough blog posts for the vacation time.

8. Finish most of the Project Life pages I filled only with photos.

enjoy this amazing month with all your senses

 

goals in july

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These were my goals for June and how they turned out:

1. Enjoy the summer.
-/+ more or less. When the weather was summerly, I had to work and the other way round – time but rainy & grey weather. But now it’s July and there is so much more free time in sight.

2. Make a summer bucket list.
√ Wrote a list. Check.

3. Celebrate the birthdays of my two godchildren.
√ Check. And it was fun, seeing their eyes shine, while unpacking the gifts and spending some quality time with them.

4. Paint the workroom white.
– absolutely no time, but hope to do this soon, maybe next week.

5. Create more Project Life pages (before 2013 and 2014).
– sadly not, but I did lots of art journal pages instead. I think, that counts too in some way.

6. Keep my craft challenge going.
√ Check. Used up lots of favorite papers, stickers and at least two washi tapes.

7. Do yoga at least once a week (even at home).
√ Yes, did this a few times and it felt very good. It helped so much calm my mind in these stressful weeks.

8. Decorate the kitchen.
– nope.

9. Decorate the living room and hang some pictures.
– nopity nope.

10. Update the blog.
√ just some very small things. Will definitely go on my July list again.

June was dominated by three huge, time consuming projects at work with long hours – on the other hand enjoyable weekends with family and friends. In summary there was not much time for anything else, but this changed a few days ago, so here we go again:

1. Enjoy the summer.

2. Make plans for a wonderful, enjoyable vacation.

3. Post at least one or two crafty projects.

4. Work on my Project Life.

5. Decorate the living room.

6. Decorate the kitchen.

7. Paint the workroom white.

8. Update the blog.

That’s definitely enough for July. I want to enjoy this summer to the fullest. Or like Elise said: “This summer is about diving deep into life.”

 

goals in june

pretty #dandelion popping up all along the way | momentstolivefor

I must confess, I’ve totally forgotten about those goals I set at the begin of May. But I did most of them anyway, because they were in my head, thankfully.

My goals for May were:

1. Get my work flow back and update my blog and website.
√ I got my work flow back and did a lot of crafting and I started to update my blog but didn’t find the time to finish it. So this goal will go on my June list.

2. Make progress at Project Life 2013. I still have to catch up with half of November and December.
√ I’ve done some layouts, not much, but at least a few pages.

3. Do further Project Life pages of before 2013. I bought an album just for those old photos.
√ done. And I’m so happy, I’ve got these photos out of my backlog and in my Project Life album with a pretty design. It feels good, to get some stuff done.

4. Paint our home office white.
√ no, but instead we painted the living room. so this counts too. The home office will be next.

5. Organize my work space. There are still some small boxes, that don’t have their own space on the shelves.
√ done.

6. Get at least one new blog series up and running.
√ not the one I had in mind, but even better: Get Messy – an art journal challenge.

7. Decorate the kitchen. Now that it’s painted white, I finally can start.

– not nearly done. will go on my June list.

8. Go to the sport center regularly (at least 3 times a week).
√ yay, did this.

9. Make a timetable for blogging, social media etc. that really works for me.
√ not really a timetable, but a little routine that works.

10. Collect my ideas with Todoist (this is already half done).
√ not done yet, but in progress.

11. Make at least one photo walk.
√ photo walk: leaves.

12. Discover new places in Berlin.
√ oh yes, we took some walks along new streets and visited several new museums.

13. Use most of my craft stash up with help of my craft challenge.
√ I’m in the thick of it. Now, that I have only craft stuff, that I really, really like I’m using it. I’m no longer considering the not so fancy stuff, to hold on to the beautiful things. So grateful for the “Use your stash” ecourse.

Now, that I see this list written, I’m amazed, that I can check off almost any goal. In June I will write my goals down on my memory board or somewhere I have them in front of me anytime, so I can follow along more deliberate. Since we are traveling most of the weekends in June, my goals are more enjoyable guidelines than actual goals:

1. enjoy the summer

2. make a summer bucket list

3. celebrate the birthdays of my two godchildren

4. paint the workroom white

5. create more Project Life pages (before 2013 and 2014)

6. keep my craft challenge going

7. do yoga at least once a week (even at home)

8. decorate the kitchen

9. decorate the living room and hang some pictures

10. update the blog

have a fun and enjoy the month of June

 

goals for May

finally mounted all of my favorite #clearstamps for easier use. let's stamp away. #stamps | momentstolivefor

It’s been a long time, since I’ve set monthly goals. Maybe because there were so many things I had to lern and do at the new job and in our new life, that all others were left behind. Two weeks ago I finally started with my old morning routine: getting up right after the alarm goes off and beginning to work. That’s step one. Now I have to organize myself and priorities my tasks.

I don’t know why, but I’m still struggling with the simplest of tasks like updating the blog and my website. Since I’m in Berlin, I have problems sitting down at my old PC and editing photos or creating design elements. I still haven’t figured out why. Maybe I haven’t my work flow back yet. So this will be my biggest goal this month, aside from some other, crafty ones.

My goals for May:

1. Get my work flow back and update my blog and website.

2. Make progress at Project Life 2013. I still have to catch up with half of November and December.

3. Do further Project Life pages of before 2013. I bought an album just for those old photos.

4. Paint our home office white.

5. Organize my work space. There are still some small boxes, that don’t have their own space on the shelves.

6. Get at least one new blog series up and running.

7. Decorate the kitchen. Now that it’s painted white, I finally can start.

8. Go to the sport center regularly (at least 3 times a week).

9. Make a timetable for blogging, social media etc. that really works for me.

10. Collect my ideas with Todoist (this is already half done).

11. Make at least one photo walk.

12. Discover new places in Berlin.

13. Use most of my craft stash up with help of my craft challenge.

have a good start into the new week

PS: This post was inspired by Kellie, Caylee and Elise.

goal setting for 2013

I love to plan. I love to set goals. So every year around Christmas and my birthday in August I sit down, think about the last year, what I’ve accomplished, what I’ve really missed and what I’ve disliked. Then I start to figure out, what  I want to achieve the upcoming year, what’s really possible, what dreams I have, are my dreams for my future still the same as last year or do I have to rearrange them? What do I want to get rid off and what do I want to keep in my life and concentrate even more on?

Sometimes I even do it in between like you can read here. It helps me to focus on the really important things in my life and to set the right priorities. Otherwise I’m just doing something of this, and something of that, but never really accomplish anything.

So this year these really helped me to set my goals for 2013:
The free (!) workbook “Unravelling the year ahead 2013” by Susannah Conway
– review 2012 and set your goals for 2013 –
The self-paced project “I choose” by Elise Blaha (15$)
– how to set your goals and follow along –
If you want to organize your goals Mighty Girl has some very helpful tipps
for you on “An Easy System for Organizing Goals“.