2014 Goals: Scrapbooking with Freckled Fawn

One of my 2014 goals is to catch up on all my scrapbooking. I like to scrapbook in one-year chunks, creating chronological albums that serve as a yearbook or visual journal of my life. I think I was 12 years old when I made my first scrapbook (it’s pretty ghetto). When I began, I created books based on the school year (because apparently nothing scrapbook-worthy happens in the summer?!). Then when I graduated high school I decided to switch to the calendar year and actually purchase real scrapbook albums, pretty paper, and other supplies.

Lately (like for the past 5 years), I have been majorly slacking in the life-journaling department. I think it’s partially because I picked up a series of other crafty hobbies such as crochet, sewing, and general crafts within the past few years, and maybe partially because I got burned out after nearly 10 years of constantly cutting, pasting, and archiving. Nevertheless, I still find myself thinking about events as they happen, and what my page layout would look like if I were to scrapbook it the following week. But because I’m so far behind (I’m just now scrapbooking 2011), I just let those thoughts and ideas disappear into thin air because it’s easier to simply not think about things than it is to deal with them – first world problems, eh?

Okay! So. Since 2014 is going to be the most productive year ever, I’ve decided to take strategic approaches to reaching my goals. Thanks to instagram, I found an adorable company called Freckled Fawn. They design and produce their own papercrafting supplies that you can either order on an individual item bases, or subscribe to a monthly kit called OHDEERME. I was a little hesitant because it’s $30 plus shipping per month, but after doing some quick math on how much I usually spend at Jo-Ann on supplies, I decided it was well worth it. My strategic approach is that if I’m paying $30 per month for super cute supplies (that totally get delivered right to my door!!!), I better actually use them.

My first OHDEERME kit was way too much cuteness packed into one snailmail package.

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And now you can see why I’ll likely be a life-long customer. Oy. Cheers to 2014: The Year of Scrapbooks! I hope to share some outcomes of this year-long-scrapbooking-binge with you soon. In the meantime, go ogle over all the adorableness that is Freckled Fawn!

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Happy New Year! Past and Present Goal Lists

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a happy celebration of the New Year. 2013 was quite the year for me. Pretty much all my time and energy went into planning our wedding and spending time with family and friends who helped us become the couple we are today. I’m looking forward to using 2014 to relax and reflect on all the fun we had in 2013. I’m also looking forward to getting back to all my pre-wedding hobbies such as reading, making ice cream, crocheting, scrapbooking, and camping.

I don’t know if I’m the odd one out, but new year resolutions never work for me. I can’t seem to stay focused on one or two long-term goals for an entire year. Eventually (like about two months in) the excitement of a new resolution fades into oblivion and I’m off gallivanting the world as if I never made one. I’m much more motivated by lists, goals, and things that I can “check off.” The satisfaction of checking something off a list is extremely rewarding to me for some reason. A few years ago, I came across this post and was so inspired by all the greatness of it that I decided to make my own.

23Before24Although I didn’t check off all of my goals, I’m pretty proud of how many I did check off. My vintage Schwinn bike has a super cute teal paint job; I taught myself how to crochet (actually hundreds of great crochet bloggers and youtube videos taught me); I went snowboarding exactly two times; created some DIY pillows; and went to visit a friend across the state. And those are just the ones I took pictures of.

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In 2013, I decided if I kept going with the “(insert age here) before (insert following age here)”style goal list, it would eventually get too big to handle. So I went with 13 (plus a 14th and 15th just for fun) goals for 2013 list instead.

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Sadly, I did so poorly on my goal list last year. In retrospect, I should have made all the goals wedding related and I would have been much more successful. It’s okay, the good thing about goals is they’re almost indefinite. You can always keep reaching for them. Even though I only checked a few off my list last year, I’m still feeling pretty satisfied. If you saw the amount of handmade wedding related things I did, you’d agree… maybe I’ll blog about it someday.

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When writing my 2014 goals, I did a lot of reflecting on my past lists. Here’s a few tips I found while reflecting:

  1. Choose goals that are realistic.
  2. Choose goals that are measurable. By doing these first two, you avoid setting yourself up for failure or uncertainty of actually reaching a goal.
  3. Keep a healthy balance between goals that cost money and goals that don’t.¬†Let’s face it: we’re not all as rich as we would like to be.
  4. Keep the list in a place where you’ll always see it. I have been keeping mine on the refrigerator so not only do I see it every day, but I also found that friends and family ask about it when they see it. So I’m constantly aware of it, and sometimes get the instant gratification of talking about my completed items before the end of the year.
  5. Celebrate reaching a goal! Tell your friends. Post it on social media. Be happy and proud!

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Do you make yearly goal lists for yourself? Or do you prefer resolutions? I’d love to hear what your 2014 plans are!