Hubby woke me up way too early this morning so I’m posting early too. I guess he has your back. 😉 I’ll take it though because it gives me an opportunity to share with you some projects and link ups I am/will be taking part in.

First up, we have The Scintilla Project. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be receiving and responding to blog prompts for the next two weeks. It’ll hopefully be a way to let you get to know me in all my flawed glory. (Glory…ha! I crack myself up.) The purpose of the project is to grow as a writer and share my story with my readers while exploring my true voice as a writer. Want to know more? Click on the button above.

cultivate a good life by Becky Higgins

Next, we have Project Life 2012. I’m a scrapbooker – this is no secret. What you may not know is that I’m horribly backlogged. I scrap hoard even. You don’t really want to see all that I have. Really. It’s not pretty. So when several of my friends jumped in to Project Life, I immediately thought “No way. Just one more thing to hold on to and feel guilty about not completing.”

If you’re not familiar with Project Life by Becky Higgins, it’s a more simple, day to day version of scrapbooking. There aren’t really any rules, but the vast majority of participants do layouts each week to chronicle day to day life. It’s purpose is to get the pictures off of the camera memory card and into an album where they can be enjoyed while also journaling the snapshot of your week.

My friends Eva @ Tales of the Scotts, Sarah @ Sunny Side Up and Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki were all participating and kept encouraging me to try it. I’m not going to lie to you, I looked for every possible reason not to participate. It went something like this “A snapshot of our lives each week? Really? You have to be kidding. We’re so…boring. No really, it’s a lot of lather, rinse, repeat over here. We don’t really do anything worth documenting, so why on Earth would I document it? Also, hey, everyone else started on January 1. It’s already March…I couldn’t possibly start now. We don’t have kids. You all have kids! That makes it easier for all of you! You have something that keeps you busy and it’s never a dull moment. No one really wants to look back at pictures of us sitting on the couch for the 15th night in a row. No really.”

But the seed was planted and soon I couldn’t get it out of my head. So, in honor of our anniversary, I took the plunge and bought the cobalt edition of Becky Higgins’ Project Life kit, some page protectors and her black Project Life album. I figure I’ll try to do it once a week between now and our next anniversary. Or I may just run through the end of this year like everyone else and start on January 1 next year.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m still really concerned that this is just a waste of my time and money. We are boring. But I saw something over at Sunny Side Up this morning (as Sarah so kindly ratted me out to her readers 😉 I’m totally honored though. She’s pretty amazing. ). In her weekly update on Project Life she quoted Becky in her layout. “Cultivate (emphasis mine) a good life and record it.” Cultivate. It doesn’t just happen, we have to make it happen – shape it. Maybe Project Life will help me see the every day things as extraordinary and help me find ways to make the everyday more exciting. We could all use a reason to get off the couch right? Maybe this is mine.

Lastly, I’ll be sharing with you my blogroll as I participate in Simply Kelly’s blogroll mixer. I saw this over at her blog yesterday and thought, what a wonderful way to share what I’m reading with all of you! We’re always looking for new blogs to read and new friends to make right? Also – gives me a reason to purge my Google Reader. 1000+ unread posts? What?!? Yep. I’m ashamed to admit that. It doesn’t mean I haven’t read the posts (generally I do so when I see a link pop up on Fb or Twitter) it just means I’m horrible about using the reader. Some of the blogs I follow don’t even blog anymore! Insane. 
As for Scrappy projects, I’ll be sharing with you a spring wreath, the way I organize my hobbies (of which there are many) AND there may be a giveaway coming up here soon…just sayin’. Hint, hint. 😉 Stay tuned!
Are you participating in any of the above? I’d love to know so that we can cheer each other on! Leave me a comment below. 🙂  


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