I was going to do a huge long post on Project Life today, but it kind of got out of hand, so I’m splitting it up into more manageable chunks. So this week I’m going to do shorter posts on the products I’m using, how I’m making 8×8 work for me, the digital products I’m using (and not using), wrapping up 2012, and where I’m going in 2013.
But first of all I want to address all the Project Life “failures” out there…
I’ve seen many blogs over the past week that mention “Project Life Failure” in the title. This makes me So Sad. And a little cranky. People say they “fail” because they didn’t take a photo every day or they “failed” because they only got a few months in, or they “failed” because they only did four layouts.
Come on people! Let go of your perfectionism already!
So you didn’t take a photo every single day. Neither did I. Make a monthly spread instead. No big deal. You’re not a failure!
So you only made it through March then quit. Who cares? You have three months of documentation that you would not have had otherwise. This is wonderful. This is not a failure!
So you did less than a month and lost steam/ got overwhelmed/ life happened/ etc. That’s ok! You tried. You either found that it wasn’t for you, or you used that as motivation to try again. Either way… not a failure!
I would call all of these “learning experiences”, not failures. This is supposed to be fun, not guilt inducing. And if it’s not fun for you anymore, try to figure out why and do something about it. Simplify. Or change things up. Or take a break. We all need a break sometimes. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
I will be perfectly honest here. I could easily call myself a Project Life Failure. I have several weeks in 2013 that I haven’t finished. Maybe even 15, I’m not sure. But I see this as a process, not a race to keep up. This is my project, it’s supposed to make me happy.
I will get off my soapbox now, because I can go on and on and on about this.