good life with leigh odynski
Part of cultivating a good life is recording the everyday moments.
In completing the past three years of Project Life®, I have seen how much it positively influences my outlook. Project Life has taught me to cherish the many blessings in my life that are so abundantly clear when I take the time to record them. One of my main goals for my family albums is to include more meaningful journaling. This is how I accomplish that in five minutes per day.
Project Life Journaling Planner Goals:
*document my kids’ lives
*easily add more meaningful journaling to my weekly PL layouts
*record more of our everyday lives with words and photos
*be more organized and purposeful with the photos I take
Make your own simple list of goals for however often you choose to document. The beauty of Project Life is that it can work for you, in any way you want it to: weekly, monthly, special occasion, or vacation memories. ANYTHING.
How it works:
I keep an 8.5×11 planner with lots of room for journaling (shown above), specifically for Project Life only. It is simply a place for me to record the photos I’ve taken and the journaling each day. In five minutes per day, it is easy to jot down thoughts and memories each night at bedtime. But if life happens to get busy, you can easily write down the whole week’s worth of journaling while you wait for your kids at a weekend practice. I go through my phone/camera to help jog my memory.
The key to this system is finding what works for you. For me, I note the photos taken at the top of each day as shown above. Mark the camera photos with a © and the phone photos with a “P”. This helps me when I go to print the photos so I know which device they are located on. If you happen to get months behind, the journaling is then no problem. Some weeks fly by and I end up with lots of photos on one day, like Saturday, when we get together as a family. Then I simply use the photos I have and still have the daily journaling to round out the story.
So you might be thinking, “My life is hard, mundane, a struggle, or [insert whatever adjective fits your life] right now.” It’s not all unicorns and rainbows. I had three littles, and surprisingly, I remember most of it! I completely understand! You see, I found Project Life in the darkest time of my life. My 20-year-old son, Jonathon, walked out the door that rushed school day morning in 2009 and never returned. He passed away in a car crash after dropping off my middle son at school. That tremendous pain has taught me that we are never promised a tomorrow, that each day with loved ones is a day to be cherished, even the seemingly mundane stay-at-home days because when you lose someone you love, you would do anything to have those days back. A day to be near each other, have a chat, give a hug, or share a meal together.
My Lord and Savior, Project Life, documenting and journaling about even just one good thing per day, and our photos have all been essential in the past six years. They have allowed me to focus on the everyday blessings, what I have instead of what I lost, hope instead of despair, joy that lies not in my circumstances, and peace that surpasses all understanding. We all have struggles, they just take different forms. They could be physical, emotional, financial, loss, trials, relational, and many more, but the act of acknowledging, journaling, and recording even just one positive thing each day can help.
Some ideas to ponder when you sit down to record your day:
*What moment did I cherish today?
*When my kids are grown, what would I want them to remember about today? (If you don’t have children, simply replace “When my kids are grown”, with “When I am old…”)
*What story does this photo tell? In other words, why is this photo important and what does it mean to me/my family?
*What can I be thankful for today?
*My three G’s [grace, goals, and gratitude]
*This was fun and I want to remember this!
Thank you for allowing me the honor of posting here, where so many eloquent and real life “Good Life” posts have been shared before. I hope I have given you at least one actionable item to help you tell your story and journal about your everyday moments. As Becky’s motto says, “Cultivate a good life and record it!”
Leigh Odynski is a member of our 2016 Creative Team using the physical products. She currently resides in Nevada with her husband, 2 children, 3 cats, and 2 dogs!