Project Life: Week 2

Is it really already the end of January? I feel like my “New Year inspiration” is still going as strong as it was only a week into 2014! I’ve never been all that good at keeping traditional New Year’s resolutions, but like many, I am still drawn to the appeal of newness, a fresh start, a clean slate, and I always try to use that inspiration to spark a little self-improvement, even if it only lasts a week or two. It’s been said that it takes about 30 days to turn a behavior into a habit, so I’m more confident here on day 31 of 365 that I can actually continue to fulfill my photo-a-day goal!

Even more impressive is that I’m completely up to date on my Project Life layouts. So up-to-date, in fact, that I have to play catch-up to share them all here! Until I get caught up with the first few weeks, I’ll be sharing one layout each day, but after that, you should count on seeing the previous week’s layout from me each Wednesday evening (A little snippet about me: I work from home on Wednesdays, so the hour-plus that I would normally spend commuting home on the bus can instead be spent here with all of you!)

Here’s Week 2!

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I have to start by saying how much I love love LOVE our new Tassimo single-cup brewer (thanks, future in-laws!). This little thing is amazing. I know the other Brand-that-Shall-Not-be-Named is much more common and popular, but if you’ve been considering getting a single-cup machine, do yourself a favor and check out the Tassimo. Sure, it makes a decent cup of coffee like all the other machines, but it can also use milk discs and flavored syrup discs to create the closest-to-Starbucks replications of lattes, peppermint mochas, etc that you could ever hope for from home without shelling out several hundred dollars for a fancy espresso machine.  I originally wanted a single-cup brewer because I get up earlier than Jeff on the weekends, and didn’t want to make a pot of coffee that would sit for hours before he got up just so I could have a cup right away. But we both love it so much, we often end up having mid-day lattes even after the full pot of coffee is gone.

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Whew! Enough about coffee! Let’s talk about productivity. After spending two wonderful weeks back home with family and friends in week 1, it was time to return to work. I was so glad I had taken a few minutes prior to leaving for vacation to tidy up my office so I could return to a completely clean slate. It made it so much easier to dive straight in to the tasks ahead, which I had planned out on several to-do lists that earned a swift good-spirited mocking from my teammates (doesn’t everyone bring an iPad, planner, and notebook full of sticky notes covered in to-do lists to even their most informal staff meetings? No? Just me?) Yeah, I’m kind of a list addict…

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Other photos captured this week include our typical weekday evening TV lineup (Colbert & Stewart re-runs from the night before, always good for a laugh), a photo of the Goonies mug and Doctor Who necklace I got from my friends for Christmas, Saturday night dinner (beef stroganoff using this delicious recipe from Heather’s Bytes), and a… *shudder*… “selfie” (sorry, I hate that word!) of me reflecting on this article I had just finished reading at DailyWorth about women with “Slash Careers” that got the wheels in my mind spinning about getting my careers-on-the-side up and running. Project manager/child care professional/digital scrapbook designer. Makes total sense, right?! The article gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “Don’t quit your day job;” why quit one when you can do both (or all 3)?

As the primary memory-preserver in your household, it can be difficult to include photos of yourself in your scrapbooks or Project Life books. How do you get around this? Do you use a camera timer? Hand the camera off to someone else and ask them to snap away? “Selfies” in a bathroom mirror? Share your thoughts on overcoming this barrier below!

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Credit where credit is due:

Products used:
Becky Higgins Page Template A ,  Becky Higgins Page Template K, Becky Higgins Free Grid CardBecky Higgins Free Lined CardsBecky Higgins Days & Arrows, self-designed Week Title Card (teal version available here), self-designed quote cards (similar version available here), Lace doilies from Digital Vintage Dreams on Etsy, Lace Border brush from starsunflowerstudio on Etsy, Shape frames brush from BucketScrap23 on Etsy.
Fonts used:
Top SecretArchisticoScriptinaOstrich SansKosal Says HySegoe Print, Kraft Nine, EraserQuigley WigglyQuicksandCinnamon Cake.