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Let’s talk about format

December 20, 2009

Before we begin talking about format, we want to thank everyone for commenting your enthusiasm, linking to us and spreading the word. The general reception seems to be a good one and we are really excited about that. If you are still on the fence, let us assure you we are planning to make this project very doable. There will be focus with themes and prompts for those of us who need that. That is part of the overall structure of the project that we will roll out the week of the 27th. We, also, want to assure you there will be support and sharing.

On to the format. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you pick a format that is doable. Pick something you know you can keep up with, something you can easily turn to when the inspiration hits. Are you most alert in the mornings or evenings? When you are at your most alert, what are you doing? Try to think about a way to make your gratitude journaling as easy a possible to do when you are most alert. Here are some ideas:

Blogging – if you are a consistent blogger, then consider creating a separate page dedicated to this project. Pick a specific day of each week to post. If something inspires you before your specific day, blog it early and schedule it to post on  your specific day.

Writer – maybe you love to take notes, doodle, keep lists. If so, you may want to consider keeping a gratitude journal. If you are at your best in the evenings, keep your journal by your bed. If you are at your best during the mornings, keep your journal next to your coffee or tea maker. Maybe you are at your best when you are out and about. If so, find a smaller journal you can keep in your purse to pull out at your whim.

Photographer – maybe you love to take photos every day or most days. Maybe a single photo says more to you than all the journaling in the world. If so, consider taking a photo to represent your gratitude for the week. You can post it on your blog or post it in our gallery. You can journal about it or not.

Artist – maybe you can’t go through an entire day without overwhelming yourself with all the projects you want to create. If so, consider building an art journal, an altered book, digital template or a scrapbook before the project begins, so you have it ready to go from week one. Try to keep your book flexible enough, so you can experiment when the inspiration strikes.

It is important to allow yourself flexibility. If you miss a week, it’s ok. Just pick up where you left off and keep going. Feeling and thinking about gratitude is what is important, so when you have stopped and are ready to get back to it, then that is what is right for you and perfectly ok. If you start off wanting to blog about your gratitude and decide down the line that you suddenly want it all in an art journal, that is GREAT. Go for it. Don’t be afraid to change your format or practice several formats. Again, the idea is to be thinking about gratitude and, therefore, whatever you need to do to keep yourself inspired is a good thing.

This week we will share our formats with you and we will post some wonderful insight from a very special guest.

Stay tuned.

Karen and Lori

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Gab permalink
    December 21, 2009 2:14 am

    Getting excited to start!

  2. December 21, 2009 7:19 am

    I’m looking forward to this. I will probably keep a gratitude journal and then if or when I have time I’ll make some scrapbook pages too. I like to keep journals so this is very doable for me if I choose this medium.

  3. December 21, 2009 8:55 am

    I got a really fabulous template last year and plan on using it in an 8×8 scrapbook album. Excited to get started!

  4. Susan Williams permalink
    December 21, 2009 6:13 pm

    This sounds great! Would love to participate!

  5. Kodi S. permalink
    December 22, 2009 7:00 am

    I would love to be a part of this! And I would love it even more if I could complete an entire year’s project. So I think I’ll keep it simple with a dedicated journal, always leaving my options open for creativeness. Thank you!

  6. December 22, 2009 7:58 am

    I’ve decided by a mini album, with double 4×6 pages. I think this format is easy to keep on track. I’ll work in my structure just after Christmas!

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