Actually, I did not want to start with Project Life…but I couldn’t resist after Frau Bergmolch started to write more and more about it last fall. Hence, I am also into Project Life now, at least to some extend.
Project Life means, that one is documenting his events weekly, mostly in 12×12 albums with pocket pages. This weekly documentation is nothing for me, too much stress and too uneventful. Why should it matter in a year what I had eaten this week, how my desk at work looked like or how my way to work was? There not so many special things happening during my weeks, which I would like to document. But why do I want to start with it then?
I loved my one little word project from last year that much, that I want to do it again…just slightly different. Inbetween the tasks from Ali I had written down some notes of what has happened or what I was thinking etc. This was already a bit like Project Life, just without photos. My idea now is to combine and extend these two: I take the one little word tasks from Ali and a planner for documentation. And all the moments and thoughts I enter as I feel like: either in written text only, or in the classical Project Life sense with the pocket pages, but also drawing or as art journal pages. In short, there will be a wild mixture of techniques.
This wild mixture perfectly fits to my motto of the year: create. You might think, create is easy for a creative person and doesn’t make sense, as creatives are creating all the time. Well, that is correct on one hand, I want to make sure that in my currently relatively stressful live, I I had shortly written about my time management and scrapping recently) I have enough time to be creative. On the other hand, I also want to create my life as I want it to be. A little bit defiant like Pippi Longstocking but also more in-depth.
At creative live, I found an inspiring video about “design the life you love” from Ayse Birsel. Her idea is, that one has to deconstruct one’s life and sort it, before you can design it. Well, let’s start. From the middle of the page, one creates something similar to a mind-map, with groups and connections inbetween. I didn’t expected my life to fit on one sheet of paper as Ayse said…but it did. The starting point is made and I am curious what I will create in 2017.
Are you documenting your year? And if so, how?