Perhaps staring an album with "to be continued" is wrong, but this year has been one of intention and purpose. Not more than others, but just in a different way. It's hard to explain. I talked a little bit about it here, at the beginning of the year, but it's been fun to explore and create these last few months.
I am using a 12x12 album (bought it here) and cut it down to 9x12. LOVE THIS SIZE!!!! Cutting the chipboard was not as difficult as I thought. It's been really fun to wrote in a rectangle size again. Feels like coming home. I purchased a red album that I cut down for my December Daily which I will start this week.
I have also been adding different size page protectors. I'm not at all concerned with style or color, just adding what inspires me. I don't mind the different brands or if I have to punch holes. On a few where I punched the holes I added some clear reinforcers on some of the holes that tore a little, but again... totally fine with imperfection.
When I started the year one of the synonyms for become was metamorphous and I immediately thought about a butterfly. Now I have never had any affinity towards butterflies, but when my aunt passed away a few months ago I learned that the butterfly was a favorite for her. I asked my cousin about it and this is what she said:
In one quick moment a butterfly has come to mean so much more to me as I undertake this journey.
I have recently started to really work on taking better care of my body and I have decided this is my year to transform my body back to greater health. It's been a slow start, but I have a great support system. Most of the product I have used thus far is from Elise's new messy box kit. I used nearly the entire kit, which is definitely a first for me.
There were not enough numbers so I just made my own. Messy and imperfect.
I am including a glimpse of something significant from the month or rather adding the prompt from Ali's One Little Word class. The prompt doesn't always work with my album, but they are easily modified. The "first" is from her "firsts" story prompt kit.
I create the monthly layouts, etc at the end of the month. So at the end of February I had lost 14 pounds (I had actually started in August so it's been a slow process). I am going to try and take photos "after" photos each month in hopes that it will help motivate me to stay on track.
The monthly cards were from Ali's One Little Word class, but I modified them to fit a standard project life 3x4 size.
I just finished March's pages and I it was a month of focus on getting to the gym consistently. The winter was difficult with illness and no sleep. I have found that if I don't get up and go first thing in the morning I don't make time during the day with all the running I do. So I have readjusted my body from staying up very late to getting up at 4:30am. This one change took several months of adjustment, especially after 21+ years of staying up very, very late. It makes such a difference to my day to work out first thing in the morning.
I lost a couple more pounds in March bringing my total to 16 total lost. I also lost 1" off my shoulders, 1.5" off my chest, 5" from my waist, 1.5" off my hips, and 1" off my arms. I was also able to pitch some very large shirts and am down a pant size. When you have 130 more pounds to lose it's hard to see the results, but I determined to keep working. This is my year.
(The monthly titles are from my paper source calendar, I just cut them out when I'm done with the month.)