It’s here. January 1. My new favorite project.
I am so excited to invite you to reflect along with me throughout the month of January….
January is a time for fresh starts, new eyes, recalibration.
Join me each January for a RESET project.
Throughout the month I will post different journaling prompts and topics to help you review the year behind and RESET for the year ahead.
I will be using the brand new RESET digital kit designed by Alexandra Rae Design (with some input from me). It includes lovely word art, prompts and elements, as well as pre-made quick pages to get you started right away.
This kit can be used any time, but throughout January, Allie and I will be leading the way through reflecting on the past year and resetting for the year ahead using this kit as a base.
(the kit is on sale right now and kind of a crazy steal, so if you are at all considering this project I would grab it)
(above are some journaling cards I created with the elements of the kit)
Each Monday in January here at Lemon and Raspberry, I will post about how I am using the kit to journal about the following topics.
Week 1: Reflection (January 4)
Week 2: Right Now (January 11)
Week 3: Goals (January 18)
Week 4: Action Steps (January 25)
Throughout the month, my primary goal is to encourage journaling and reflection. I mean, this kit and playing with paper and stamps are fun and lovely, but I believe it is our words and individual stories that really give these projects their worth.
We’ll go over what is working and what is not, give you reminders to just start and mini-celebrations when you’ve finished. We’ll reiterate goals and give you the easy check-off pages to establish those new habits.
The first week of the year is for Reflection on the year behind us.
**insert manic laughter**
Oh. Yea. Thinking long and hard about what happened in 2015 is going to be so fuuuuuunnnnnn.
I almost skipped this step altogether. Because obviously I KNOW what went wrong in 2015. Nearly everything negative last year stems back to one single thing that I had no control over. One single thing that will obviously not be a factor in 2016.
How much can I possibly get out of Reflection this week?
But I did it anyway. Because (shocker) I don’t actually know everything and self-examination is always useful.
I love my title page. I love the simplicity. That ‘OKAY, let’s try that again’ journaling card is from Studio Calico. I’m not exactly sure when or how it came into my possession but it is SO perfect, right?
I love that photo of me with the flag. I realize it makes me look more patriotic than I probably am, but I love it. I was happy that day. I was doing something that I love (vacation in Washington DC) and I was moving forward from the heartbreak of earlier in the year. My only disappointment is it is a cell phone photo, so the image file isn’t terribly large. I’ll survive.
Turn the page … and a bit more introductory pages …
I have left the ‘This is my WHY’ page blank for these photos. Only because that is super super personal journaling, and it was easier to take the photo first, rather than blur it all out for the blog post. You will likely see a lot of that kind of thing in my pages throughout January. This is a very personal, and at time private project. Yes, I would love you all to join me throughout the month, but this album is my own little space and I will be writing things that are just for me.
That mirror selfie is from my trip to Austin in September. When I saw some of my closest friends, met new people in my industry and let myself be talked into moving there. I felt super cute that day. I love this photo of me.
The THIS IS MY WHY printable page is included in the RESET digital kit, and I’ve backed it with just white cardstock. I have a lot to say on the topic
Turn the page …
More cards from Ali, Studio Calico, and that RESET kit.
More reminding myself 2016 is a new beginning. Some More / Less journaling. Basically it comes down to more things that I love and find MAGIC …. less things that I do just because I’ve always done them.
More being intentional with how I spend my time and money. Less being lazy about how I spend my time and money.
Turn the page … more digital kit and Studio Calico journaling cards. A photo of me on a trip to Alexandria. In front of an enormous statue of George Washington!
I debated with what photo I wanted to put there. Again, wanted it to be something I loved in 2015 … but in this case, Washington will actually figure in my 2016 as well. It’s not a great photo if you want to see ME, but it’s a great photo for my life right now.
In designing the kit, Allie and I didn’t really specify which pages or elements go where. There’s no rules for how to use this kit, and if you want to save this quick page for next October or not use it at all, that works well too.
You’ll notice I didn’t bother to list out all the ways my 2015 was absolutely the worst year of my life. No reason for that. There are some smaller things from last year that I can work on, though. The WORKING card lists good parts I want to carry forward, the NOT WORKING card lists what I want to put behind me.
This week’s focus is to look back at the last year. With honest eyes. What went right and what went wrong. What do you want more of and what do you need to say no to?
That’s it for now!
And, actually … I realized as I was putting this blog post together that I have more wins from 2015 that I didn’t document. I should. I’ve just been operating under the “2015 sucked, let’s move on” mentality, but actually some good things happened.
Like, I lost 30 pounds! Granted it was all anxiety-and-grief-driven lack of appetite. But still. I’ve kept it off so that’s something.
So, yes, I’m publishing this post as-is, but I will likely change around and add to these pages. Because the WINS are definitely worth recording.
So my REFLECTION section will get a bit bigger …. and then move into the RIGHT NOW section that I’ll show you next week.
(spoiler: It’s not actually done yet, because my intention is to complete these pages and this challenge along with you. I’ll record my RIGHT NOW sometime in the next week to share next Monday)
Are you RESETting this January? How was your process of looking back over the past year?
Supplies so far:
- 6×8 Snap album and various pocket pages
- Ali Edwards Story kit
- Renaissance Stamp Pad (no label to tell me the color name, but you know. bright blue)
- Brilliance Graphite ink from rukristin papercrafts
- Seafoam Project Life kit
- Sunshine Project Life kit
- quick page, filler card and journaling cards with elements from the RESET digital kit
Let me clarify, that the digital kit is in no way required to join in the project. As you can see I created some journaling cards on my own (the practice card, for example, didn’t use any kit elements). I would still love if you joined me in journaling and reflecting each week throughout January when you do it all your own way.
That said …. This is the kind of digital kit that you can use all year – not just for a holiday. You’ll find 3-month, 6-month and 9-month check-in pages to encourage you to move forward all year. You’ll find journaling prompts that remind you why you are doing this and what you don’t want to do in the future.
The quick pages will get you started right away. No excuses.
This kit pairs perfectly with a small 6×8” scrapbooking album, or even your favorite planner. You’ll be inspired to be ambitious and to let go of the old, when you dive into the RESET project.
I want to make this project an annual one, and I’m very proud of how this kit will help.
My intention is to do this project every year. I think it is the perfect companion to choosing a One Little Word, mantra or 1 big goal, especially for those of us who have a tendency to maybe think too much about mistakes and should-haves in the past.
Happy January! Will you be joining Allie and me in the RESET project?