Impromptu photo booth with Merryl
What do you do when you are a little melancholy because the holidays are over? You stand in the freezing cold outside and take a bunch of pictures with your best friend is what! Although I enjoyed all the holiday festivities with my family and friends over the past few weeks, it makes me sad knowing that the anticipation of the holidays has come to an end.
I am fighting through this feeling and just appreciating that it was an amazing few weeks and hoping to make this year a great one! It was difficult thinking about what has inspired me this week since the last six weeks has been all about holiday inspirations. Instead, I decided to share some of my favorite things that I am starting the new year with. I don’t love the idea of New Year’s Resolutions because for the most part they don’t stick and it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on yourself. I rather think of resolutions as more of a compass of what you plan your intentions to be throughout the year. Some of my intentions this year are to do more of the simple things i love; reading, writing, running more, gain more confidence, and find an organization method that works for me. What do you intend on doing for yourself this coming year?
Happier by Ben Tal-Shahar
Elizabeth and I decided to start reading more by supporting each other with choosing the same book each month. This will help us “show up” to reading but won’t be as scheduled or have a certain amount of time associated to each chapter read. We wanted to make this goal stick but also want ourselves to continue to enjoy it, therefore we are keeping it very laid back in order to not take the love of reading away from it.have to read each chapter. We chose Happier by Ben Tal-Shahar which is about learning the secrets to daily joy and how to gain more happiness in your life. What better way of starting the new year with a book like this!
Listography Journal: Your Life in Lists by Lisa Nola
I bought this journal while in Boston and every so often I have filled it in. I have set some time for myself each week to sit down and fill in these fun lists so I can look back at the entirety of the journal and see what I have and want to accomplish more of. Also, it will be a great excuse to buy the next Listography Journal, My Future Listography: All I Hope to Do in Lists!
I have tried many organizational apps for the iPhone and iPad and none have stuck with me unlike the Moleskin App. Did I also mention it is free? Moleskin happens to be my favorite journals so it was only natural to use moleskin’s digital app to organize my “social needs”. It is great because it allows you to share your thoughts through text, images and sketches just like a normal journal and you can catalog as many memories as you want with a full range of categories.
image via Beware of Lines
Photo A Day Challenge via Instagram
The Photo A Day challenge is such a fun and easy creative project that you can keep up with everyday. I highly suggest signing up to Instagram as it has become my favorite new online outlet. Even if you don’t want to post your your daily photos, you can still follow along with the below list. Let’s be friends on Instagram! @quotejulie
Photo A Day Challenge
I Believe via Pinterest
I love having quotes around that I relate to and this is one of them I am holding onto closely right now. The other day, I received such a wonderful gift from a fellow blogger, Amy of That Winsome Girl and she included some of inspirational quote prints in the gift. Amy knew how much quotes meant to me that she printed and laminated some of my favorite ones on little cards so I could keep them with me wherever I go. I can’t wait to share what else she sent me!