30 Days of Lists Journaling Challenge - Campfire Chic

I finally finished my December Daily™ / 30 Days of Lists album!

I lost of a few of my Instax photos during our move, so I “recreated” them so I can fill in the empty spaces. It’s not that I’m against having the empty spaces, I just really wanted to document this crazy month. I was stressed all month (heck, I’ve been stressed since before Thanksgiving!) as we tried to find a place to live, were in limbo for a few days, and finally moved into our new place.

While most people would’ve told me to hold off on doing #30Lists AND December Daily™ this year so I could focus on other things, my friends (and MANY Listers!) encouraged me to stick with the projects so I could have control over something.

Here are the photos of my layouts:

December Daily 2014 - Campfire Chic

Snap Album for December Daily Album - Campfire Chic

December 2013 30 Days of Lists - Holiday Edition - Campfire Chic

30 Days of Lists Album for December 2013 - Campfire Chic

#30Lists December 2013 - Campfire Chic

 

Like I mentioned earlier, I had to “recreate” some of the photos in the album because I lost a few during our move. Because I finished putting the whole thing together yesterday (Sunday), I’m going to be adding this to the things I’m “finishing” this month! I am happy that my one little word for the year is already a part of my life.

A few things:

  • If you’re still considering getting an Instax camera, I say do it! I think I’ve had mine for 3 years now and I’m in love with it
  • The Simple Stories Snap Album I used is seriously so perfect. I’m already thinking of how I can use it for future travel albums
  • This was our first “December” edition of 30 Days of Lists and it went SO SO SO well. If you participated, I hope you had a great time, too!

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Top Posts from 2013 - Campfire Chic

This exercise is really helping me look back on the year and realize what a freaking-awesome time I had! I went to a few National Parks, camped a bit (I need to spend more time in a tent in 2014), and while I wasn’t as creative as in past years, it’s showing me where I focused my efforts this year. Things will change in 2014, I think. I’m already working on my editorial calendar and brainstorming some cool things. I’m thankful to have this space to share these things and to have Campfire Chic to keep me sane during the workweek.

Outdoors / Health

Creative

Social Media / Small Business

Other fun posts

Thanks for an awesome year.

 

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2013 Top Posts on Campfire Chic

If you’re a fairly new Campfire Chic reader, today’s post is a fantastic place to see what kinds of posts can be found here — a mix of outdoors-y, creative, and social media posts. It’s a fun mix! The posts linked below were published on Campfire Chic between January and June of this year. I was posting about 5 days a week during this period, so there are many, many more posts that you can read, but I wanted to take today to highlight some of my (and your!) favorites.

Outdoors and Health

Creative

Social Media/Small Business

Other fun posts

 

It’s so nice to go back through my editorial calendar to see the posts that went up this year — some of them seem like they were posted so long ago! This was a big year for Campfire Chic – including a migration from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress, and I’m still working on some of the basics, like formatting and getting the site navigation to do what I want. Thanks for hanging out with me this year.

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One Little Word - Brave via Campfire Chic

You know what I have a hard time doing? Staying in the moment. Really sitting still and enjoying the experience that is happening around me. My mind swirls with ideas for blog posts, worries about unanswered emails, and fixates on something that doesn’t matter at that moment…so I made sure to set this month’s intention as a personal challenge to myself: Grow brave by reflection.

First off: I hated doing “reflections” in grad school at the end of lectures or in response to a theory. Hated it. It’s over and done with, can’t I take a quick multiple choice quiz about it instead? Don’t worry, I learned the value of reflecting and taking time to slow down and think about what is happening around me (or what happened around me a short time ago) instead always focusing on what’s next. It’s December, so I figure it’s a good time to take inventory on the year and celebrate our little and big victories, forgive things we let slip or the mistakes we made…and we’ll hold off on making plans until next month.

Reflecting on the year really goes along with last month’s email about forgiving ourselves and creating what one subscriber called her “hell yeah!” list. I’m inviting you to create your own “hell yeah!” list this month…and a “lesson learned” list, if you feel inclined to reflect on things that didn’t go so well this year. I’ll be adding things like waiting until the last minute to create 6 Lego-minifig Halloween costumes to that list!

Why last month’s exercise had me thinking it would be good for this month: Kristinresponded to the email with: “It’s amazing how many of these things I forgot. And how many didn’t seem like huge deals at the time, but I look back and go “Wow. Go me”. Even something as simple as putting oil in my car.”

Some of the things other readers said they accomplished this year:
·        I traveled to NYC by myself.
·        Learning to “leg go”
·        Completing a 5K
·        I realized I’m good at things other than what I’m doing right now

What is one thing you discovered about yourself this year?

What is one thing you would like to try next year?

If you aren’t sure how to answer that, let’s take a look at what we chatted about this year:
·        Set brave goals
·        Be brave enough
·        Make brave plans
·        Make a brave choice
·        Take a brave step
·        Make a brave attempt
·        Honor a brave decision
·        Make a brave push
·        Reach for brave limits
·        Go to brave heights
·        Be brave enough to forgive

If any of those emails really spoke to you, take a second to think about why you feel that way. Was it because it arrived in your mailbox at the exact moment you really needed it? Were you making big choices this year and taking leaps of faith? Consider those goals and choices you made…they probably had a big impact on your year. Let’s add these things to our knowledge bank and prepare to move forward into 2014 a little wiser, a little taller, and a little more confident in ourselves. Hit reply and lay it on me…what are you adding to your list(s) and what plans you have for the rest of the month.
 

My OLW for 2014

I think Brave will always be a big part of my life, to be honest, but thinking back to my 2012 word (Focus) I think I need a word that is about action and following through with things. Thanks to Megan of The Nerd Nest for the idea, my 2014 One Little Word is FINISH. I’ll continue to post about ‘brave’ things, but you will also see some posts about the new word – It’ll work, I promise.
2014 One Little Word - FINISH by Campfire Chic
I love to brainstorm, plan, and start projects, but sometimes (most of the time) I don’t actually follow through and finish things. I’ll be working throughout 2014 to keep things simple blog/business-wise, creatively, and in my personal life so I am more likely to finish what I start. That means that damn quilt will finally be finished this year, I’ll finish some resources I have planned for the monthly email subscribers, and things like that. I’ll be doing Ali Edwards’ One Little Word workshop again this year, more to keep my word at the front of my mind than for the monthly activities, and I have the feeling some Campfire Chic readers will be playing along, too.

 

So here’s a big thank you to BRAVE and a warm welcome to FINISH.

 

Do you have a “One Little Word” for 2014?

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30 Days of Lists Holiday Edition - Campfire Chic

As if I needed another project to add to my Operation: Finish Projects list, here is my 30 Days of Lists PLUS December Daily™ binder for 2013.

I love love love the December Daily™ project by Ali Edwards. This will be my third time participating and I plan on sticking with my tried-and-true “Instax a Day” method of documenting my month. You can see my previous projects here.

Now, it’s no secret that I obviously work on my lists a little ahead of time considering the posts are published on the private blog at 1:00 a.m. Pacific time…when I’m (hopefully) asleep. With that, the lists I’m sharing on the private blog don’t have my Instax photos in them. It bums me out a bit, but I think I like that it separates the two projects! What’ I’m doing for the images on the private blog is including a backward Instax as a place holder. So far, so good!

For this project, I used:

Foundation Pages 2 D13 Foundation Pages 1 D13

The papers are super old and I’m not convinced the company is still around, but if you are participating in the 30 Days of Lists challenge, I linked to them the best I could. Using this album is very different than what I’ve done in the past, but I need a little bit of structure in my life right now. Also: Amy is using the same album. It wasn’t planned. You should’ve seen my face as I Skyped with Amy and she broke the news that I obviously wasn’t paying attention to her a few months ago when she declared she would be using the Snap album (in Red!) for her #30Lists project. Oops!

I will probably share several of my daily Instax photos on Instagram, so if you would like to see those, follow me @CampfireChic. And I’ll be sure to share all the pages in a future post. I really do love this project.

If you haven’t already, you can register for the 30 Days of Lists challenge for December – we usually only host it in March and September, but due to popular demand, we decided this year would be the year we bring a December edition to life! To find out  more about 30 Days of Lists, visit our website.

Are you doing December Daily™?

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One Little Word - Brave via Campfire Chic
The thing about the newsletter today’s blog post came from: I had it scheduled for mid-October but I kept moving it back a few days each week and thought to myself, “I’ll get to it then…when things slow down”. It took me being suck at home with a wicked cold to get my ass in front of my computer to send it to my mailing list. I promised myself I could rest once I got the email out.
Why? Because I realized that I could keep putting it off, keep making excuses, and it would never get out. You’re probably thinking that I’m crazy to hold a nap hostage as I typed this out to my mailing list, how I’m totally irresponsible and probably prolonged my sickness because I wasn’t properly resting. And maybe you’re right.But I viewed it is a 10 minute break from sipping tea and marathoning Covert Affairs (thanks, Amazon Prime). Breaks like this remind me that while I can’t sit in front of the computer for hours and plug away at my ever-growing to-do list, I can do something.

And that’s what I want to talk about today…my secret to getting things done: 10-minute tasks (similar to the 2 minute rule Kristin blogged about a while back).

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
– Thomas A. Edison (click to tweet)

October’s brave intention was to go to brave heights. Sounds pretty lofty, huh? But I’m framing it in a way that will hopefully sound a little more attainable…keep moving and you’ll get to your destination. My 10-minute breaks help me wear away the giant pile of to-dos so I can keep moving, even if that means I’m moving kind of slowly.My 10-minute tasks from this past week (November 11 to today):

  • Contacted 2 people for interviews on Campfire Chic
  • Folded the towels and put them away
  • Wrote a testimonial for a blogger/coach I greatly admire
  • Updated my notes for the media kit that’s been on the back burner for months
It may not seem like a lot, but to me, it’s a great amount. It helps me keep things moving and helps get me closer to more naps! My challenge for you this month is to take 10 minutes to do something you’ve been putting off. Get it off of your list and move on.

What 10-minute tasks could you do today?

 

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One Little Word - Brave via Campfire Chic

As my BRAVE year comes to a close, I’m already throwing around ideas for 2014’s One Little Word. I love putting these emails together and the response that comes from them — I really appreciate when readers hit reply and tell me about their goals and how they plan on making those plans happen. While the following post isn’t exactly the same as the email I sent in September, it has the same bones.

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Can we chat really quickly about this whole being brave thing?

It’s awesome.

That probably sounds very toot-my-own-horn right about now, but I’m talking about the responses I get from readers. It’s pretty awesome. You’re being brave in amazing ways. You’re taking on challenges like nobody’s business. You’re changing the way you view the world and how you deal with difficult situations. You’re freaking awesome.

This month’s intention is “reach for brave limits” and I want to talk about trying new things.

Sure, I write about trying new things in my “from a beginner” series, but those blog posts are specific to certain activities. I want to focus on smaller opportunities to try new things, because sometimes jumping into a new hobby is overwhelming or can be expensive. Starting small may lead to bigger things…

I’ve always heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit. That number turns me off right away! Twenty-one days seems like such a long time that I don’t want to even start whatever it is, let alone finish it! So instead of thinking about creating habits I like to just try new things – if it’s something I dig and it clicks, it will probably turn into a habit down the line. I’m eating kale regularly and can’t remember the last time I had an orange soda from McDonald’s so I think I’m doing something right. But let’s be real, we’re probably going to try things that are way more fun than eating kale…things like a new workout, a new video game, trying new painting techniques, and wearing galaxy leggings sound way more fun than eating kale…because they are.

Small things to try this month:

  • make a recipe you pinned on Pinterest
  • take a different route home from work
  • buy a domain for that project/blog/shop you’ve been dreaming of starting
  • change your direct deposit to send a small percentage directly to your savings account
  • purchase that mystery fruit from the grocery store and research what to do with it
  • introduce yourself to the new neighbor

What did I do in September to push my limits and try new things? I did the Pinterest recipe thing! So here’s the thing: I pin all these recipes and I don’t do anything with them. One day, I decided to pull up a couple of recipes from my Pinterest board and buy all the ingredients I would need for them. I’m not known for my cooking prowess. In fact, Alex does all of the cooking and if it is up to me, I’d rather just go out and buy something to eat. It’s terrible, I know. So I tried something new and made this one-pot wonder tomato basil pasta (substituting whole wheat noodles and adding mushrooms) and this quinoa & sweet potato stuffed portobello mushroom recipe. They’re not particularly difficult, but they inspired me to make a big pot of chili to have ready for dinner when I get home tonight – let’s be honest, chili is better the next day, right? I’m working to get over my uncomfortable feelings about cooking and trying new things.

This week, I plan on cashing in the CorePower Yoga voucher I bought online to get back into the game. I quit my last studio for reasons and my home practice is getting a little stale after being sick twice in as many months. I need a change and while I’m terrified to go near the tall goddesses I see going into the studio on my way to REI, I’m going to do it.

What are you going to try this month? What is holding you back?

 

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