When the New Year was rung in, all those many months ago, one aspect of 2011 went away with it. The New52 project. I completely took to the idea of looking out for and making a record of new experiences, big or small and I had hoped I would find a way to continue with it throughout 2012. However, the idea, like many a resolution, became lost to the ether... that is, until now.
I've been missing the fun from focusing on new experiences and it's been quietly lurking furtively at the back of my mind. Then, this week I was listening to a newly purchased recording of a teleclass given by one of my favourite business authors, Barbara Winter. I am a complete devotee since I picked up a copy of her book, a few years ago, How to Make a living Without a Job and lapped up all the advice on how to set yourself up with a portfolio career. In the teleclass, I was reminded of some advice which is contained within the book. The idea of keeping a Book of Firsts.
In the book, she mentions keeping one of these when setting up a new business. But in the recording, she broadened the idea out to inviting more adventure into your life. And as I was listening, I was thinking that it sounded remarkably similar to the New52 challenge. Then it clicked. Start looking for and recording all those firsts.
I didn't want to just add to a list in a book, I wanted something more visual. I also knew that to make an actual book, with photos and text would probably peter out during those weeks when I am too busy or away. And last year, I found it much easier to record each event on a digital page.
So I opened up Photoshop and with my newly acquired digital papers from Jodie Lee, The Art Journal Collection, I created a template. All that was left for me to do, was create a new experience for myself. And what could be easier, than following a new recipe.
From Kirsty Wiseman's post here, I went to the Gluten Free page here, printed out this recipe here (yup, I do a lot of blog hopping) and came back from the shops with these...
And within half an hour, I had my very first entry...
Hopefully, once I have created a few of these pages, I will print them out and turn into a book. Though it has only just occurred to me this very second, as I type, that I have forgotten to put a date on it. I'll amend that by the time of the next page. Ahh the joy of digital scrapbooking.
It's good to have a new NEW52 in my life. All feels well in the world again lol