We’re almost 3/4 of the way through The 100 Day Project. I thought it was a good time to check back in with how my Project is going. Realistically, I planned to check in at the half way point but then 22 days went by in a blink. In some ways I can’t believe I’m already 3/4 of the way through and in other ways I can’t believe I’m only 3/4 of the way through.

What I’ve learned from the project so far is that what drives me is the challenge. Most days I enjoy it & I look forward to it but there are days when I need extra motivation and the challenge of completing the 100 days on time, works. I’ve also learned I’m probably always going to have too many things and that I’m striving for a more purposeful life in terms of what I own rather than a minimalist life.

Other people’s interest in my project has been fascinating. Some people comment or send me messages of encouragement. I love when people say that it has pushed them to clear out things in their own lives. I’m also sure it’s driving some people mad to see it popping up every day, but as Jill (@jhives) on Instagram said “it’s easy enough to scroll on by” or in my own, less tactful words, feel free to unfollow. What I have found most interesting is people’s ownership of my project. The 100 Day Project is a fairly flexible concept in itself but the basic rules are to attempt to do something every day for 100 days. My project of 100 Days of Less has no rules besides that. I think it’s great that people are interested enough to comment and say they don’t think certain things really count, etc. At first I was mildly irritated by it but then I thought of a TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In it, she said that she spoke to a woman who read one of her books and came to tell her what she wanted her to write about in the sequel. Chimamanda, when speaking about the woman said that “she had not only read the book, but she had taken ownership of it and felt justified in telling me what to write in the sequel.” She went on to say that she was charmed by the reaction. So for the last 27 days of my project, I’m going to take the same approach. For every person who tells me I’m running out of ideas, I’m going to remain charmed. Believe me?! No, I’m not sure I do either.

On that note, I’ll sign off. See you at the finish line.

Reading… ‘The Year of Less’ by Cait Flanders. I heard a bit about this book on Instagram so decided to give it a go & it hasn’t disappointed. I’m amazed by how much of her possessions Cait has managed to get rid of.

Watching… Dexter. I’ve only 1 episode to go and it got a bit silly in the last season but I’ve enjoyed it over all. I also watched season 1 & 2 of Divorce and loved it. Sarah Jessica Parker is fashion goals in everything she does.

Listening to… ‘There Are Other Ways’ podcast with Fiona Barrows. Oh my god, I could talk about it for ever. It’s soooo good. Fiona talks to different women in each episode who are living life a little differently to the “norm”. It’s thought provoking and entertaining and as a woman, it’s so inspiring.

Focussing on… The 100 Day Project. 28 days in & loving it.

Pinning… healthy food recipes & calligraphy fonts.

Eating… lots of cauliflower rice & trying a new oat, banana & peanut butter cookie recipe. Although, we were at a wedding this weekend and ate & drank all of the wrong things.

Scrapping… nothing right now. I have January & February done. I was hoping to get a start on my March spread before April was over, but no such luck.

Looking forward to… a trip to Madrid next weekend!

Yay, week 1 of The 100 Day Project is complete! 7 days down, 93 to go. A week in and I’m still really excited about this project. I wake up each day and I think about what I’m going to do, how I’m going to do it and also how I’m going to document it. I’m also really enjoying checking out other people’s project on Instagram. I was getting this creativity FOMO (even though there was kind of a certain level of creativity to some of my photographs) before the Project even started so on day 1, I decided I was going to draw a little picture to represent my project each day. I might not actually draw it on the day and I haven’t decided if I’m going to share them all but the plan is to have 100 mini drawings by the end of the project. Drawings 1 to 7 are above.

My favourite projects include the two wonderful hosts. Elle Luna’s animations are amazing. Did you see Day 4? Wow! Lindsay Jean Thompson’s project is great because it seems so doable and then you read her lovely words and realise, not so doable because she’s an amazing writer. Her day 5 was my favourite and her day 7 is so inspiring. Like she even needs to be mentioned because I’m obsessed with her project every year but Elise Cripe’s project is so good. I love love love her unicorn print from Day 7. I can’t wait to see it finished and find out what she does with it. Allie Lehman’s project is another 1 I’m really enjoying. She’s blogging everyday for 100 days. My favourite post so far was Day 2 Anticipation. My absolute favourite project so far this year is my dad’s. I’m really loving checking in each day to see what he’s doing and I’m really excited he’s taking part. His bookmark on Day 5 is my favourite so far.He’s going to be getting a lot of bookmark and jewellery requests from me. I’m really excited that barbells.and.baking decided to join me in 100 Days of Less. The girl is putting me to shame with her clear outs. She went very big on Day 1 and hasn’t slowed down. You can follow her Project on her Instagram stories. Finally, I’m enjoying checking out anyone who is doing any sort of calligraphy, typography or hand lettering because I’m really interested in learning more about that.

Things I’ve learned 7 days into this project:

  • I will never ever be a minimalist.
  • I have serious anxiety at the thoughts of getting rid of certain things including books and notebooks.
  • There are things I’ve kept because I like them or think they look nice and to justify it, I’m holding on for dear life to the William Morris quote “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.
  • I am very far from an artist and I’m “drawing” (or colouring in) with pens for goodness sake but I’m enjoying those tiny pictures so much.
  • Even though my project is not creative, it is making me want to create things which is a great outcome.

How’s your 100 Day Project going? What have you learned after the first 7 days?

the100dayproject.org

I’m taking part in The 100 Day Project for the second year running this year and my project is going to link in with my 2018 One Little Word. For my 2018 project, I plan to do ‘100 Days of Less’.

I kind of felt a little bit like I was cheating because the project is generally supposed to be 100 days of creative habit and where last year’s project was kind of creative with blogging, this year’s isn’t at all but it’s what feels right for me and I’m sure the creativity will come with trying to photograph my project (hey, I guess it’s 100 days of really bad iPhone photography too!) After listening to Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thompson’s interview with Michael Beirut where he said that your 100 day project can be anything really once you do it for 100 days (yes, even brushing your teeth!), I felt much better about my 2018 project.

For 100 consecutive days, I’m going to try to create a more minimalistic life. The things I intend on having less of by the end of this project include makeup, clothes, books, shoes, unnecessary plastic objects, handbags, craft supplies and photographs. I also plan to clear out my emails, phone storage, work files, social media “friends” and hard drives. Finally, I plan to worry less, stress less, think less negative thoughts, eat less unhealthy food and spend less time doing things I don’t want to do.

Now, the difficult part is how I’m going to share my project. I haven’t fully decided and there isn’t always a pretty way to share photos of this kind of thing but I think I’ll post as many Instagram pictures as I can and share some parts of my project (most likely process pics and videos) to Instagram Stories. I’m also going to create a video using the 1 Second Everyday App and most likely blog a few times throughout the 100 days with some progress updates.

I love this project and I have been looking forward to it starting again for ages. Sure it’s not always easy and I tend to hit some road blocks but I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t want it to end last year.

If you are interested in learning more about The 100 Day Project, check out Elle Luna  and Lindsay Jean Thompson on Instagram.You should also check out Elise Blaha Cripe on Instagram because if you’re having thoughts about giving up, her enthusiasm is amazing! Also check out her podcast on her previous experiences and plans for The 100 Day Project here and here and here and here.

If you want, you can read my posts from last year’s project here and here and here and here! Okay, I’ve said the word here waaaay too many times now.

This year’s The 100 Day Project starts on Tuesday 3rd of April but if you don’t see this on time, you can join in and start your 100 days anytime.

What are you doing for the 100 day project?

I’m going to talk about my new favourite app but I want to start off by saying this post is not an Ad. What? You didn’t think it was anyway? Oh, ok.

I went to Bratislava last August & while I was there I made a 1 Second Everyday video. I ‘mashed’ it and attempted to upload it here, to no success. I decided it was too big so I bought an app that made it smaller (or maybe I used iMovie, I really don’t remember, it was 6 months ago!). Anyway, I tried to upload it again & it didn’t work. I asked my dad to change the upload limit on the site so that I could upload larger files, and he did. That still didn’t work, so I gave up.

Then ‘snowmageddon’ happened and I got bored so I went back to it, but of course, still no luck. Finally, I did what I should have done months ago. I asked my dad for more help. I left it with him for a few hours and TA-DA!!! I’m going to take this opportunity to say it seriously sucks that I’m not a really successful blogger because if I was, my dad could work for the blog & sit at home doing it. A job that you can do from home with limited interaction with real people. Hello fellow introverts!! The dream right?! So eh…sorry about that, Dad! (And for anyone who wants to know what he did to fix it, you’d have to ask him!)

Anyway, back to 1 Second Everyday. I decided I was going to record my year starting on the day of my 30th birthday. I thought it would be a good idea to get some practice using the app first and so I decided to record our week in Bratislava using the 1SE app. I did that and I’ll share it in another post soon.

The idea behind the 1SE app is that you record 1 second of your life every day for an entire year and the result is a short movie to remind you what you did with your year. You can do it two different ways. Either a Timeline or a Freestyle.

A Timeline allows you to use 1 video everyday and it keeps track for you using a calendar template so you can see at a glance if you’ve taken a video for each day. If you miss a day, it allows you to add a picture instead or even choose a video from a different day. They’ve since updated this feature so you can now choose 2 seconds from each day.

The Freestyle option allows you to add as many 1 second video clips as you like to your accumulated movie. Freestyle is much more suited to shorter projects such as holidays or trip because you most likely want more than just 1 second for each day.

The purpose of the 1 Second Everyday app is to record a second of your life for an entire year but it can be used for so much more than that. As I said previously, my intention was to record my year, 1 Second Everyday, from the day I turned 30. I did that from 24th August – 31st December. Some days for me it felt like a bit of a chore or I’d forget until last thing at night & my videos would have bad lighting or they would clearly be something thrown together. I decided, on January 1st 2018, I was going to switch from a Timeline video,where I was disappointed in myself if I missed a day, to a Freestyle video. Using the Freestyle option meant I could record the moments that really mattered to me & skip out on the days that were dull & didn’t include much worth recording. So my video at the end of 2018 might not have 365 seconds (roughly 6 minutes) but it will include the things that mattered to me. Sometimes that might be several seconds in a day and sometimes it will skip a few days here and there. I’m enjoying the project much more now and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

That’s not where it ends for this great app. Recording your life for a year is just 1 way to use it. You can also use it to record trips, holidays, projects you’re working on, the growth of your children or your pet’s daily activities. Pretty much anything that you want to be able to look back on with a short movie once it’s over.

I’m currently using the app to record my own year and a year in the life of my dogs. I’ve been sharing Chief & Lady’s 1SE projects month by month over on Instagram. My handle is @Paparali if you want to check them out.

I plan to take part in The 100 Day Challenge for the second year in a row, starting April 3rd and it’s my intention to create a 1SE movie of that too. The options are endless & I love thinking of other ways to use this great app.

As you might have heard (or experienced) we’ve recently had our first heavy snowfall in about 8 years in Ireland and it’s been dubbed ‘Snowmageddon’ as well as ‘The Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’. I decided to make a 1SE video over the last few days of fun in the snow and I’ll share it over on my Instagram account as an example of how this great app works.

I’ll be sharing some of my 1 Second Everyday videos here soon. Keep an eye out for them.

If you want to purchase the 1 Second Everyday app, you can do so in your App Store on iPhone for the small fee of €5.49 (or something close to that) and I think it’s possibly free on Android. To find out more about 1 Second Everyday, check out their website here.

I hope you try this app & enjoy it as much as I do. Happy memory keeping!!!!

I’m late posting my Project Life cover page for 2018 but it has actually been done since the middle of February. I went for a simple approach this year. The colours are not coming up properly in the photo but they’re more of a purple-pink than pink. The kit I used for this spread is the Prismatic Edition. The gold alpha stickers are Sentiment Thickers. Unfortunately I’m not sure where the small ‘#OLW’ stickers are from. As with the past couple of years, I have included my One Little Word for the year and what I plan to do with it into my spread to remind me to check in with it regularly.

12×12 albums with monthly spreads have worked for me the past couple of years so I’m doing the same this year. If I have anything out of the ordinary in a month, like a trip or a wedding, I’ll create a separate spread for that.

Are you working on Project Life in 2018? How do you use this scrapbooking technique?

 


Reading… ‘Fully Functioning Human (Almost): Living in an Online/Offline World’ by the Irish YouTuber Melanie Murphy. I’m only a couple of chapters in but so far so good.

Watching… Suits. I’m on season 2 and it’s fun and easy-watching. And before you ask, I’m completely guilty of watching it to get a look at Meghan Markle before she gave it all up for Harry. I’m also excited that Grey’s Anatomy is back after it’s winter break and I’ve just watched Big Little Lies and loved loved loved it.

Listening to… Pink’s new album ‘Beautiful Trauma’. It’s great and I didn’t expect any less. I’ve loved all her albums.

Focussing on… My one little word for 2018 – LESS.

Pinning… quotes and ideas for my One Little Word for 2018.

Eating… A lot of Weight Watchers recipes so lots of chicken, eggs & fish.

Totally over… Winter! It’s long, miserable & grey.

Scrapping… My 2017 Project Life album. All of the photos are printed. I’m just working through my PL cards and embellishments now.

Planning… My 100 Day Project for 2018! Yes, I’m aware it doesn’t start until April but the idea came to me this week and now I’m excited about it.

Enjoying… making the most of weekends with less alcohol intake.

Looking forward to… a couple of days away in Donegal next month

My One Little Word for 2018 is LESS.

I went back and forward between a few different words this year and I decided to keep hold of them as supporting or accompanying words. When I really thought about it, they all led to different elements of my goals for LESS. So my supporting words are: simplify, clarity and intentional.

As you can see from the image below, the things I plan to do less of in 2018 are:

  • Have less negative thoughts (and yes, the fact that Less is a negative word, hasn’t escaped my attention!) I also aim to worry less. One of the things that creates negative thoughts and worry for me is internalising things that bother me. I plan to communicate in a more clear and open manner and hopefully that will help with the worry and negativity.
  • Spend less money, on unnecessary material things, in particular. As a result of spending less, I obviously hope to save more money.
  • I also plan to clear out on a lot of the material things I already have including clothes, shoes and beauty products. Nobody needs the amount I have.
  • Drink less alcohol and eat less unhealthy foods. In return, I plan to exercise more, get more fresh air and lose more weight. Easy right?!
  • Spend less time doing things I don’t want to do. I hope to have less things and more experiences. Some that cost money and some that don’t. I definitely want to spend less of my time during the day, when I’m not in work, watching TV.
  • Finally, I am the queen of procrastinating, so in 2018, I want to do less of that and make better use of my time. That doesn’t mean there won’t be time spent doing nothing but when I do, I want it to be intentional.

So that’s my plan for 2018. Let’s see how it goes.

I’m not sure how I’m going to document my OLW this year but I’ll be sure to share it when it comes to me. I’ve always decided at the start of the year and it never really works out so I’m going to see how I get on with my word for a few weeks first. As always, the thing I love most about OLW is that you can use it and document it however you like.

Are you taking part in One Little Word this year? What’s your word for 2018?

If you would like to check out Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop, you can here. You can also find out more information about One Little Word here. The link is also in my side bar. Finally, if you want to check out my previous posts on this topic, click on One Little Word here or under the Series tab in the menu bar.

OLW - Focus

I may not have been great at posting about my 2017 One Little Word but I still exercised it a bit more than I did my 2016 Word. My word for 2017 was Focus. I wanted to focus on my own life & career. Decide what I wanted to do with myself a bit more. This time last year I was pretty miserable in my work but now I’m a lot happier. It’s partly changes that were made & partly settling into changes that had been made the previous September.

Another thing that I focussed on was saving more money. Or as I said last year, any money at all. I’m happy with it but I plan to up the ante this year. I also cut my hair up pretty short and stopped dying it in September in an attempt to get it back to a healthy condition so with a bit of luck that won’t take too much longer. Before I go any further, hair, I know! First world problem but hey!!

One of the things that didn’t really change was how much I worry about things out of my control. That’s getting added to my list for this year’s Word. Another thing I planned to do in 2017 was build on the progress I made losing weight in 2016 & lose more. That did not happen. I spent the year losing & gaining the same half stone. This year, I vow to get back on track with that.

There’s plenty of other things I plan to do with my Word for 2018 & I’ll share my word along with what I plan to do with it in my next post.

Are you taking part in One Little Word this year? What’s your word for 2018?

If you would like to check out Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop, you can here. You can also find out more information about One Little Word here. The link is also in my side bar. Finally, if you want to check out my previous posts on this topic, click on One Little Word here or under the Series tab in the menu bar.

2017 was wonderful and these were my highlights:

January

January:

1. Lots of walks in the fresh Irish air to shake off the cobwebs of the late nights & alcohol of December.

2. A trip to Liverpool for a match with Mam & Stephen. The result was disappointing but the weekend was great.

3. A hen weekend in Carrick-On- Shannon with the girls.

February

February:

4. A weekend visit fromScott & Viv.

March - BudapestMarch - Budapest

March

March:

5. A trip to Budapest with Dave. Our first trip out of the country together.

6. A friend’s wedding. How pretty is that flower wall?

April - Fethard On Sea

April:

7. A girl’s night away at the Osprey Hotel.

8. Another hen weekend in Carrick-On Shannon.

9. Dinner with Dave to mark 1 year (kind of!)

10. A trip to Fethard-On-Sea.

June - Jennie’s 30th

June:

11. Celebrating Jennie’s 30th birthday.

JulyJuly -VentryJuly -Ventry

July:

12. Another wedding. This time it was friends of Dave’s and it was a very beautiful summer one in Dublin City.

13. A few days away in Ventry, Kerry. 

August:

14. Our summer holiday in Bratislava.

15. Followed by a week travelling the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.

16. My 30th birthday celebrations.

September:

17. Electric Picnic for the 3rd year in a row.

18. The Repeal the 8th March for Choice.

November:

19. A weekend in Paris. A present from Dave for my 30th birthday.

20. Galway to celebrate Jade’s 30th and her & Owen’s engagement.

December:

21. Christmas drinks in town with friends.

22. A night away in Kilkenny with the girl’s from work.

23. The girl’s Kris Kindle night out.

24. Christmas Day with family.

25. And finally, New Years Eve drinks & games with friends in Jade & Owen’s house.

You were good to me 2017. Here’s to a great 2018…