So in November I proposed an idea for an OWL with the Harry Potter Craftalong's Winter Semester. It was to be a 'zine. I got the paper cut, had the designs all planned, and then I started to draw and this is what happened...
It turned in to something completely different. With New Years rolling around, it really got me looking at my own life, my goals, and where I wanted to go. I worked through Chris Guillebeau's Annual Review and really enjoyed it. Looking back on the year past, I worked out areas of my life I wanted to improve, with big, general goals that are always so hard to achieve. Things like "accept my inner nerd" and "Make my blog awesome"...it needed a bit more defining. So! That zine turned in to a book of goals. Lovely, easy, do-able goals that I could look at and check off easily, or at least aspire towards.
I left some pages blank so I could add goals as the year goes on. Flexible is what I was aiming for, so the whole book isn't really...neat. I wanted to embrace imperfection and really just get a book made that could come along for the ride with me, without me worrying about it getting damaged and scrumpled.
The pages are sewn in signatures, with a sewing machine stitch down the middle of each set. I also added tabs to the sides of each book - there are 3 different colours, each one representing a daily, weekly, or monthly thing to do. I can flip to them fairly easily and keep on track.
But of course, I couldn't stop there. Each category had between 8 -15 goals (or a few more if I was feeling ambitious). I didn't want to simply tear out each page as I finished it, nor did I want to just leave a big check mark. I wanted to SEE my progress. So here's what I did: I leafed through magazines and cut out circles of interesting patterns and pictures. Each circle represents a 'medal' of sorts. An achievement I can display and proudly show (so far, the few that I've managed to complete have been going inside a mason jar I look at every morning.
It feels great). I made super big medals at the end of each 'section' so that if I complete all the goals, I get bragging rights and a righteous medal.
Channelling my inner third-grader this year. It seems to be working quite well.
So the zine took on a new form - a wonderful book that I can carry with me and keep track of my goals. It's not quite what I had planned (okay - it really, really wasn't what I had planned) but I'm quite proud of it! IF you want a bit more of a backstory, there's some more about it on my blog. I'm hopefully going to document working through them (tonight - I'm making yogurt. One of the goals in my "Health and Movement" section.) so stay tuned, and thanks for looking!