T is for Thoughts
The internet is full of all sorts of year-long crafty ideas. Things like the 365 Photo Challenge. (Which I have failed at twice because some days I just don’t feel like taking pictures…)
I love the concept of these projects. Something fairly simple that, at the end of the year and beyond, you can look back on. Celebrating the small things in life that might be appreciated in the moment, but just as quickly are forgotten.
The key is finding a project you can stick to. If it causes you more stress to keep up with it than the joy you find in doing it, it no longer remains worth doing.
My memory jar
I present… the memory jar.
THIS is a project I can keep up with.
I suppose it falls back a bit on my love of journaling, but the difficulty I always have in keeping up with a blank notebook properly. I’ve already talked about my 5-year journal being brilliant at catching my ideas and beliefs from day-to-day. This, however, is a memory jar. The theory is that you take the time to put little thoughts in it throughout the year. Moments you may not remember in the big scheme of things. Then, at the end of the year or on the first day of the new year (depending on preference) you empty out the jar and read back through the year. That’s right… once something goes in the jar NO PEEKING until the year is done.
I’ve put in bits of writing, silly conversations with my husband, observations with my dog, outings with friends and family, and all sorts of things in there. It’s taken some practice to remember to write things down for the jar, but after 3 months it’s a habit I’m starting to get into. The jar itself doesn’t look very full right now, but there are multiple little slips of paper on the other side and tucked in between the ones you see too.
The only other rule beyond ‘no peeking’? Only happy things go in the jar. Only good things.
As you can see I’m using colored bits of scrapbook paper to make things a bit more fun and I’ve decorated the jar too. The full quote on the jar says “It’s the small stuff in life that really matters most.” I found it appropriate.
Next January I hope to assemble all of these thoughts into a very small scrapbook of sorts, but I know me and those projects. I always have the ideas and rarely get around to finishing them. Maybe that will be changing soon too!
I’m a crafter at heart, I just have to let myself have the time!