I am horrible at writing a journal for many reasons:
- I am a perfectionist and once a mistake is made, I typically lose interest or want to start from scratch, and
- I hate doing anything in my own handwriting because . . . . well, see #1 right above this. If I make a mistake, I lose interest! So that has been my first real challenge . . . not to care about mistakes and to just keep going!
So before I talk about some cool and not-so-cool moments, here is is a look at my Smash Book. It is coming along.
I journaled "my best" and "my worst" for each day. I incorporated some little items into the book. I used the top of a receipt from New England Scrapbook Co. where I found a pink Smash Book pen for journaling . . . happy moment on Day 2. Then on Day 6 I included a little black and white print of the cover of a holiday album my nephew Joe made to surprise his mom and lift her spirits for the holidays! Super cool! And then finally, the cardboard cozy from my latte today!
My bests for the week . . . nothing huge, unless you count the "Joe to the World" music collection, which was a big surprise. It brightened my evening tremendously the night I saw it, and it is brightening my evening this very moment as I type this. I realized I could download the songs by making a donation which will go to Connecticut Cat Connection, which was my brother's favorite charity. A win-win! So I made a $30.00 donation for one song (erroneously hit the wrong pick), and then a $10.00 donation for the entire track. I am loving it! And the money will go to a great cause.
Another highlight . . . an evening watching a new video I recently bought, "Becoming Chaz." It was a great documentary about Chaz Bono's transformation from woman to man. Odd that two of my bests also included Starbucks lattes, which is interesting, because I usually am lucky to make it there once every two or three weeks.
Some of my worsts . . . getting caught in the rain while searching for my lost iPhone. Bright sides: 1) I found the phone; 2) it was dark and the UPS man (who showed 10 minutes later) did not see me in my PJ's searching the car.
Stressful times at work this week. Really stressful times! BUT, while at Starbucks, they had these cool bracelets and for a $5.00 donation, the proceeds would go to Create Jobs for USA. So how do you turn your stress at work around . . . buy a bracelet and be thankful that you have a job. Now it is highly likely that had I not been journaling about my stress at work, I would not have made the connection on the bracelet and made the donation. I bought two and put them with mugs/tea and will give them as grab bag gifts.
My goal this holiday season is to make donations to organizations so this week was perfect. I managed to make $50.00 in donations, and it was all connected to my project.
And so I will carry on and check in next week.