I’m using my own January 2014 experiences to illustrate different approaches to documenting my life one month at a time. I used my Roundup Your Month prompts for a framework to help me know what to record. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to document your month, I would just encourage you to pick a method that works for you and get your memories recorded soon before you forget the details!
THE ONLINE APPROACH
- Write out a recap of the month that has just ended. Don’t wait too long or you won’t get it done and you’re bound to forget a lot of great details.
- Post your recap somewhere online (public or private) where you can easily access it. It’s fun to share on a blog or your Facebook profile if you want to include others. If you just want to store the information somewhere for your own records, you might find Google Drive or Evernote to be useful so you can go back and read them at any time.
- Keep it simple, or include tons of details – it’s completely up to you! You can even include pictures if you want to illustrate your month.
- When you post online, it’s easy to link to related material
- Consider making a backup for your own files in case the online source ever goes away.
- Even if you plan to do something more in the future with this information (like a scrapbook page or album), I would encourage you to post your recap somewhere online and/or in your own files to access later on.
- You can download the free web graphic (and a print version) right here. Feel free to use the graphics on your own posts. I would love it if you mention that the prompts can be found at scrapbookladypages.com
Here’s how I documented my January 2014 using the online approach
List of what I’ve watched, read, and/or listened to in the past month
- BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice (I loved this so much!)
- Walt Disney’s Robin Hood
- Jim Gaffigan’s Mr. Universe (hilarious!)
- Once Upon a Time Season 3 – I’m all caught up now and I think Season 3 has been really good!
- The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. Super interesting!
- I completed an Evernote course from lynda.com
- I participated in and completed the Start Fresh workshop from Simple Scrapper
- I started the Inspired Scrapbooking year-long course with Stacey Julian at Big Picture Classes and I went through all of the lesson 1 materials. I haven’t done my assignment yet, but I plan to.
- I also started the Capture Your 365 Exposure class and I have gone through most of lesson one and some of lesson two. I’ve fallen behind now and plan to catch up in the coming week.
What fun things did you do with friends and/or family?
- Played board games with my kids (Disney Scrabble, Big Bang Theory Clue) and Oz Fluxx with Jeff and the kids
- Played Animal Crossing New Leaf on the DS with my kids
- Went out to dinner at Pei Wei, Wild Rose, Toscano, Zupas, and Costa Vida
- Made chocolate frogs and broomsticks with Riley for a school presentation
- Made a 20s style headband with Riley for her to wear to a dance
- Helped Riley make pizza crusts and prep for a pizza party date night
- Went to Barnes and Noble with Alex a few times
- Attended a breakfast with some ladies in my neighborhood
- Took breakfast to a friend who is on bed rest with a difficult pregnancy
- Watched my son play LEGO City Undercover (he loves to have an appreciative audience)
- Went to a church dinner with my husband
- Made pies in our mini pie maker. It’s a total uni-tasker, but we love it!
- Filmed silly slow-motion videos on my iPhone with my kids
What milestones occurred? Any holidays or celebrations? How about special events?
- New Year’s Day was a holiday, but we really didn’t do anything to celebrate it. Riley went to a small party on New Year’s Eve
- My nieces turned 8 and we went to a birthday gathering for them. We gave them some cute stuffed animal owls and some twirly flower pens
- My Mom had a birthday and I sent her a gift certificate to Digital Project Life
- My daughter finished all of her required driving needed before taking the driver’s test, which she will do next month
The everyday and routine bits of life in the past month
- Riley finished off her 1st semester of the school year and started a few new classes with her new semester.
- Alex started a new semester of online college
- I worked on adjusting to a change in work schedule now that I’m not writing for The Daily Digi anymore. I have been spending more time with my family and especially doing more to help Alex meet his goals. It felt a little strange for a few weeks, but I have to say that I’m enjoying the change of pace and it has been very good for all of us.
- Steph and I have still been emailing a few times a week. I’m so grateful for her friendship!
- I talked to my Mom on the phone about 4 times a week during the month
- I visited with my Mom, Dad, and Mike every Sunday and I texted/emailed with Zach a few times
- I uploaded all of my photos to Flickr each week throughout the month (yay me!)
- I worked really hard on organizing all of my digi supplies and backing them up to my external hard drive + an online backup service (I use hightail)
- I finally gave the fridge, freezer, and pantry a deep cleaning this month after they got out of hand over the holidays
What good stuff happened? What were the hard things? Anything unusual?
- My husband celebrated a milestone and a big success at work so we all went out to dinner together
- Alex started working with a counselor and we both go see her every week. She has given us some good ideas and a list of books to read. I’m so proud of him for working hard to be the best he can be! It’s been both good and hard which is to be expected in something that requires effort and growth.
- My husband’s uncle has been very sick and in the hospital. We have been very worried about him.
- I upgraded both my iPad and my iPhone so that’s pretty unusual for one month. I traded in my full size iPad 2 and bought an iPad mini. I love it! I passed my iPhone 5 down to my son and got the new iPhone 5s. Loving that as well. Big technology boost this month, but there’s nothing I would rather spend my Christmas money on. I also figured it was a good time to spend some of the money I’ve been saving for a while now.
Report on the progress you’ve made toward your goals or list any new goals you have set
- One of my goals this year is to have 4 green smoothies a week so I can get enough fruits and veggies in my diet. I met this goal almost every week in the month of January. I did fall off the wagon about mid-month and had a week where I only drank 2 smoothies. I’ve actually been doing this since the beginning of December so I’m feeling good about my progress in this area. I’ve also been able avoid getting sick, even when my husband spent the first 2 weeks of January with a nasty cold. Maybe it’s the green smoothies?
- My other health-related goal is to track my steps and have at least 3 days a week where I get 10,000 steps or more. I spent a good part of January building up to this and then I ran into a problem with my FitBit force (nickel allergy) and I haven’t been able to track my steps. I’ve still been getting a lot of steps in each day, but it’s not as motivating when I can’t track my progress.
- I created 3 digital scrapbook layouts and 1 digital card. I also designed 1 template set.
January was generally a good month for our family. It felt like a really long month, but we had a lot of good things happen and made some wonderful memories!
Here are some other ways to Document Your Month:
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Have fun documenting your month!