Good Intentions

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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Back around the new year I had really great intentions for starting the 365 project. I was quite excited about it in fact. Excited to get back to that place where I am strapped to my camera and I wonder how everything would look through its lens, but alas, I am calling a fail. Now before anyone tells me to not feel like a failure, don't worry, I don't. I am always failing in most of my first attempts at everything I try. I like to look at more as trial runs. I also mentioned back during the new year that I don't much like new years resolutions, well that is why. If you "fail" at a resolution it feels so final, like you have to wait all through the year to try again. On top of that I am in such a fog after the holidays I usually have no idea what I need/want to do to for the new year, my only goal on January first is usually to get my holiday decorations put away and stop eating so many cookies. 

I have every intention of trying the 365 again well before the new-new year rolls 'round but with the week spent on my sofa with the flu I missed days and days of photographs and truth be told by about day three of the project my heart just wasn't in it anymore. But now I know what to expect so next time I can call it a success. I have hope anyway. Right now I am thinking that my heart is more aimed at committing to the 40 bags in 40 days challenge, this is where you get rid of 40 bags of stuff in 40 days (I have at least half that many bags packed in my closet ready to go). That I can do and I need to do and I am actually really, really excited to put that plan in action. Have any of your new years intentions taken a new direction or a nose-dive? 

12 comments:

  1. Definitely don't push yourself! It's supposed to be fun, and the moment it doesn't feel fun, stop! Seriously, life is too short. I've taken a ton of pressure off myself by uploading my 365 once or twice a week in batches, rather than daily. But if I burn out in a week or a month or 3 months from now? No biggie. There's always next year! And besides, your 40 bags in 40 days challenge sounds way more noble. I have about 5 humongous bags ready to go to Goodwill, just need 35 more!

    Also I think you e-infected me because I totally am coming down with the flu, haha. xoxo

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    1. oh, no! i hope it doesn't get as bad as ours did here. it was a sneaky one that lasted way too long.

      yes, i do want to challenge myself at some point with the 365, but i think that was the thing, i wasn't in the mood to be challenged by it . . . but with that new camera i may be setting a re-start date pretty soon. xoxo

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  2. Ha! We loaded a TON of stuff (I mean, you saw that room in my Monday post) out onto our front path for the AMVETS to pick up yesterday, and my neighbor called and said somewhat sheepishly, "We took all your stuff." You can have it! More power to you!

    I agree with Erin. If it stops being fun, or at least a positive challenge, then stop doing it. And don't call it a "fail." I hate that word. You've selectively resolved to stop doing something that wasn't working for you anymore. I will miss your photos and your insights on mine, but go easy girl. We're all too hard on ourselves.

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    1. it feels soooo good to declutter and how great that your trash was treasure for someone else. i love that. i have been known to pick up someone else's discarded items a time or two. the great thing about that system is you don't feel bad passing them on to someone else down the road.

      don't worry, i am really not beating myself up. i know it sounds weird but i don't see the word fail as a negative as at all. to me, it means i tried something new. i definitely believe failure is just the first step towards success. next time, there's always next time and i will still be following you, mama!

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  3. Oh, yes I have failed miserably at my new years resolution of not buying any clothes this year but those after Christmas sales were just too good. But on the upside I didn't buy that much and only bought what items I can wear almost year round. Need to weed through my closet and get rid of the things I don't wear anymore...I am with everybody else if it doesn't work for you anymore don't beat yourself up about stopping the 365 project. xx

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    1. that's a great way to shop. i do the same thing . . . the only consequence of that is that i end up wearing leggings, a lot ; )

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  4. I skipped the resolutions all together this year Christine. I do always give my self a second New Year start, for my birthday in March. But the 40 bags sounds like quite a challenge and I commend you for that!

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    1. i agree, santa. i think my bday (which is at the end of jan) is when i feel ready to take inventory and make some changes. it's a more personal marker for a new year to me, i think. xo

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  5. I totally agree with you, how do you know how you feel about anything when you are in a daze of sugar cookies and spiked egg nog? I am still working on my 365 gratitude photo project but I don't feel like my heart is in it anymore. But I am hoping to get my zeal back soon. I hope you enjoy your new decluttering project, can't wait to hear how it goes!

    Cheers.

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    1. i hope it goes good! i already have so much packed up ready to go. i am just stuck on whether i should have a . . . duhn duhn duhn, garage sale. i hate having garage sales but i like the idea of getting rid of a lot of stuff and using the funds to buy a couple nicer items.

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  6. Whoa - 40 bags in 40 days? I don't think I have 40 bags worth of stuff but I'm all about making room for new things :)

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