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The Life Captured Project

I spent a lot of last year trying to figure out what my true passions are. Sometimes it is so obvious, yet I am often oblivious.

So I started paying attention to the things that excited me. One thing that I kept coming back to was journaling.

For the past several years I’ve used this blog as my digital journal. You may have noticed that I use this blog as a place for storytelling vs. a place for promotion or expertise.

And while I love doing that, I wanted to get more introspective with my entries. And I wasn’t comfortable sharing some of my deeper thoughts on the blog.

So I decided to go back to journaling analog-style. (I will have a post on this!)

At first it was hard. I would sit down to write and was stumped about what to write about. I found myself just recapping my day, which is pretty routine and boring.

Then one day, as I perused my feed of random Instagram photos I came across the #lifecapturedproject. It sounded intriging, so I clicked on it to see what it was about. I started combing through all the photos hash-tagged with it.

I learned that it was a project started by two women in Australia. They posted a month of journaling prompts to encourage people to write more.

I got excited! Here was something that provided me a topic to write about every day! The list of prompts varied. Some days they were deep and introspective, and other days they were light-hearted. It was a nice balance and I couldn’t wait to get started!

I’m happy to report that I wrote for all 31 days in December!

At the end of every evening I’d turned off the television and other electronics. I’d sit down and spend 30-45 minutes writing my response to the prompt and letting my thoughts flow.

It was therapeutic and the perfect way to wind down my day. It cleared my mind and gave me perspective on things I usually struggle with during the holidays.

When December was over, I wasn’t sure if the project would continue. But yesterday they posted a new list of prompts for January! I’m so thrilled about this! Its become the part of my day that I look forward to the most!

Won’t you join the fun?

Begin Again

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2014 was my most inconsistent year of blogging. My desire to blog was there, but my motivation waned because many of the blogs I read ended or just stopped blogging altogether. That and because blogging can be hard work and I got super lazy. After being on a computer all day for work, the last thing I found myself wanting to do was be to on one in the evenings.

But then something exciting happened. I had signed up for a 28-Day Group Health program that I learned about from Sarah’s (one of the organizers) blog. Last night was the kickoff for it. We had a Google Hangout where we introduced ourselves and shared what our goals for the program and what we hoped to get out of it.

All of a sudden I found myself uplifted and inspired. I was with a group of like-minded people who spoke the same “talk” that I did. I felt a sense of community again – people that I could connect with, who I could learn, share and even commiserate with.

Some people might say, “Isn’t that what your friends are for?” Yes, they are, but truth be told my friends don’t always relate to some of my passions, challenges or experiences. They have been there to support and encourage me, but they don’t “get” it.

This is why I love blogging. Because through blogging you can find “your” people and connect with them.

It was so nice to feel that again. So this year, I will try to work on getting back into the business of blogging consistently.

Along with blogging I’ve also written down a few other habits that I want to work on:

1. Frugality
2. Minimalism
3. Random Acts of Kindness

The first two goals are in preparation for the inevitable fact that I’ll likely be making a big move at the end of this year (more on that later).

And the third goal because it makes others feel good, and makes me feel good in return. And we all want to feel joy and happiness, right?

Like the past few years, I’ll again be setting smaller monthly goals that align to these to help me stay focused throughout the year.

Thoughts on Blogging…

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I’ve taken an unintentional hiatus from blogging lately. In fact, this year has been my most inconsistent year of blogging since I started this blog seven years ago.

With many of my blog friends now retired, my motivation waned. And it seemed like many of the remaining active blogs that I read wrote posts that regularly started with “I’ve partnered with…” or “This post is sponsored by…”

No offense to those bloggers, but I feel like they lost authenticity when they wrote “those” kinds of posts too often. And after reading one too many of them, I lost interest blogging altogether. For awhile I even contemplated entering blog retirement myself.

But I recently came across this article that lists 10 reasons why one should blog. And except for number seven, they all apply to me. After reading this post, I found a desire to start blogging again.

So this post is (hopefully) my return to the blogging community. If you’re been reading for a while, thanks for sticking around. While I can’t commit to daily posts, I hope to write at least once a week.

Please hold me to it.