project life 2014: week 04.

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it’s week four of project life 2014!

wow, this was a long time ago. i have, surprisingly, stayed very up to date with my second project life album through this year! i have photos printed through last week, and sticky notes for the journaling i want to include. it feels awesome to stick it out with such a gigantic (and rewarding) project.

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week 04: january 20 - january 26.

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this week: the majority of my time was prepping for, and driving several hours to, a big work meeting. looking back with this much time passed, it was overall uneventful. i remember the icy, scary car ride. i remember missing e.p. i remember being stressed but not overwhelmed. i remember one very nice hibachi dinner out, and one great black top i picked up at loft. then i remember having a movie date when i got back, which included lousy hot tea, but was absolutely perfect.

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nothing, at all, remarkable about this layout. i used one button, and some extra jade filler cards, since i didn’t have much to say. the beauty in this project is definitely just sticking with it. it’s all the small pieces of life that i love having documented. and sometimes, that includes sort of lackluster, work-filled weeks.

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there are always a few things i leave unfinished in my layouts for a few weeks, and i like to wait until they feel finished to photograph the spreads. so here i am looking back through week 04 for the blog. i guess the fun in this project is just that: looking back and having this impressive photo journal of my extraordinary ordinary life. (i’m not that much of a sap… but that’s a quote from a recent favorite movie.)

to give you a timeline, i’ve currently got week 13 in the book, waiting for some words.

happy 2014.

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about project life | project life is a memory-keeping system created by becky higgins. i choose to document life weekly. you can see all the posts from 2013 here and 2014 here, and details about my album here.

{loving} april

here’s what i’m digging this month.

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1 instagram // maybelline elixir in mandarin // 3 about time // 4 canon pixma pro-100 // burt’s bees almond milk hand cream // clairefontaine notebook

so this is the stuff of this month. they’re all pretty obvious, but i’ll comment on a few.

this hand cream is my new favorite. i wash my hands all day long. and in the winter, they are dry and cracked and painful. this stuff is awesome. it’s a little oily, but eventually gets rubbed in. and i love the smell.

my other new “health & beauty” section love: orange lip gloss. maybelline elixir is the best lip gloss i’ve used. and i have no idea why i so desperately wanted orange lips (except that zoella made it look so amazing), but i haven’t looked back.

i still adore my fancy, ridiculously heavy printer. i’m thinking up all sorts of random photo projects and things to print with it.

and this movie: about time. see it. i know, it’s hokey: it’s about time travel. but it is beautiful. the images and the characters and the words. i may have cried. and wrote down some of the best quotes. like this: “i try to live every day as if i’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”

humans in a digital environment

this article i read today, coming to terms with humanity’s inevitable union with machines, got me thinking. it says “it’s time to come to grips with what it means to be human in a digital environment.”

it got me thinking about blogging.

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why do we blog? it’s for the sharing, for the interaction. there are plenty of blogs about blogging. but i don’t read them. i read lifestyle blogs, personal blogs. absolutely random blogs with people behind them that i think are rad. and honestly, they’re the best.

that’s why i struggled so much with defining and labeling my own blog. it doesn’t work as just a food blog, or a healthy living blog, or any other one niche type. my favorites don’t stick to one specific label, either. they share themselves, or at least a piece of themselves, with me online. i love that.

the beauty of living in a digital environment, for me, right now, is sharing things that aren’t the digital environment. (i mean sure, i love photoshop elements bad, and sometimes i share that. but you get my point.)

the writer also says at one point, “my current behaviors mirror addiction more than enlightenment.” now that’s something to keep in mind. i’ve read a lot of posts from bloggers that had to start making a conscious effort to unplug, to not let the digital world take precedence over her personal life, her 3d relationships, to not check twitter and instagram every few minutes. that’s a great point. it’s easy to get sucked in.

like the article says, the digital world we live in is changing everything about interacting, definitely. but the non-digital, personal element is what makes it worth it.

i hope you all have great weekends. i can’t wait to read about some of them.