Last year, like this year, I took Ali Edward’s workshop One Little Word. My 2014 word was savor and, though I dropped off in sharing here halfway through the year as things started to get rough, I still found a lot of comfort in checking in with myself by doing the prompts for class.
For most of these, I watched the content as it was released, took notes / wrote a bit, and then made actual pages a month (or several) later. I also swapped the order of the prompts a bit to suit my needs.
In August, I did an action driven prompt to do a thing in each of three categories: self care, give something, and celebrate. I included photos that represented each of these three areas and then wrote about them in a bi-fold card.
For September, I wrote about the “real” story with my word. I focused on the ups and downs: when I did well with savoring and when I didn’t, the importance of having fun with my family even when I feel like I have no time, and my need to take the time fully feel and process my feelings when very stressful things happen in my life.
This page is also an example of one way to document the hard things when they relate to other people: I focused on my feelings, so I “kept it real” and recorded something that was (is) a big part of my life, but I’m not going into telling someone else’s story or immortalizing someone else’s hardships.
Supplies: Freckled Fawn heart washi from the August Oh Deer Me kit // Project Life Cut and Paste Mini kit, Lovely mini kit journaling pens, Design F pocket pages, and Project Life corner rounder // Ali Edwards Get Real Story Stamp.
October was so very hard, as you can tell from my painted title up there. I taped two pieces of 6×8 patterned paper together so I could write myself a letter inside. It’s something I’ll want to reflect on, but not something I’d want to read every time I’m flipping through my album, so hidden journaling is a great solution.
Supplies: Studio Calico Project Life kit and paper add-on // Pink Paislee Color Wash letter stickers.
In November, I included ways I was savoring and ways I was thankful. I really focused on the end of the month here. Savoring helped me to feel better, at least in the moment. The beginning of the month was just me sad in pajamas eating Halloween candy. And teaching Catch Up with Project Life.
For December, I reflected on my intentions for Savor and evaluated where I succeeded and where I fell short. I actually just completed this prompt, and it was very helpful to me to review last year’s intentions, as a lot of my intentions for this year with weave will be continuations or expansions.