How am I “reading” more books?

When I first set my goal to read all the books on a 101 best books list I thought it wouldn’t be took hard. But life got busy and some of the books were quite wordy so I really wasn’t making a lot of progress. At the start of this year I still had 70 or so to go (and I had read around 18 before I started the challenge) there was no way it was gonna happen. 

At the end of April I listened to a podcast episode of Elise Gets Crafty where she discussed the notion of Fringe Hours.  Fringe Hours are the pockets of time within each day where you can accomplish something just for you, and the idea that identifying those pockets of time and not wasting them is a way to not feel guilty about doing something for yourself. During this episode, which I was listening to during my 45 minute commute to work, there was the brief mention of listening to podcast or audiobooks whilst commuting/waiting/errand running. This gave me the idea that instead of stressing about “reading” all these books, and I was really missing the joy of reading, I could find out a way to “listen” to these books whilst I’m driving to and from work. I spend around 10 hours a week commuting and usually listen to podcasts but I have been re-listening to past episodes so why not listen to something new. 
Since my list was alphabetical by author I started with Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, I was surprised that my local library has many of the titles there for me to borrow on CD (some old school technology) so I have been borrowing out a couple of titles at a time and listening each day. In the last 9 weeks I have listened to 7 audiobooks and also found the time to read 4 physical books. Crazy! 

I have 56 books left on my list, I may not get them all listened to/read by the end of the 1001 days but I will be a hell of a lot closer than if I hadn’t started to use my Fringe Hours. 


Project Life Weeks 11-20

So I have had a very busy last few weeks, this term at school has in some ways been easier and in others full on. I finally got a chance to catchup (and photograph) my most recent layouts last weekend when I was sick. I had been up-to-date whilst on Easter holidays but had 6 weeks to catch up on. 


As you can see, some weeks required a double page spread, others I managed to cover everything for 2 weeks on one page. I’m hoping that I can keep more up-to-date from now on. 

Additional memory inserts

 Two of my goals were to complete Day in the Life and Photo A Day challenges. Here are some inserts I made for my Project Life album to display the photos I took.    

Project Life 2015 Weeks 8 – 10

I finally had a little time last weekend I between meal prepping and assignment marking to catch up on my Project Life.  I realised that as my work schedule got busier I wasn’t taking as many photos and also not doing much apart from going to work. Solution – combine weeks. It worked last year so trying it again this year. 

I’m finding with the pre-printed week in review cards I’m using I’m not needing as many Project Life cards in my spreads which is hard because using them up means I can buy more cards from the newly release editions. Must stay away from craft stores until another solution is found. 

So here are my latest spreads, using labels and a few stickers to keep it simple. 


Project Life 2015 Weeks 5-7

This past weekend the weather was pretty terrible, Cyclone Marcia hit Queensland and on the Gold Coast we dealt with her aftermath. So I had some time on Saturday to “catchup” on a few spreads. I had printed some of the photos previously but hadn’t had a chance to sit down and finish them off, so here are my most recent weeks.

Week 5 started with Australia Day and my first week as a teacher. Cards are from the Honey edition, sticker are Amy Tangerine and labels Studio Calico printables.


During week 6 I didn’t take many photos (these photos are all from Friday and Saturday). The “I heart today” card is from the Honey edition. This page also includes my February 101 in 1001 goals and Currently card.


For week 7s spread I used cards from the Journal Theme pack along with MAMBI stickers. IMG_0025

And that’s a wrap. Pretty close to being up to date so jusy need to keep swimming. 

Project Life 2015 Weeks 1-4

Welcome to my Project Life sharing for 2015. As I mentioned in my previous post I’m continuing with my system of one 12×12 page per week using these Paislee Press Week in Review cards consistent across my pages.

For week 1 I used a free printable “Hello 2015” from Laurel Lane printed onto a Midnight edition card and a Currently card from rukristen. I kept the rest simple (for me) with some labels and stickers.

Week 2 cards come from the Aqua edition again with labels and a few stickers. I am already noticing that my spreads are less bulky than last year.

For week 3 I had a some bigger stories and more photos I wanted to include but not enough to warrant two 12×12 pages so I added an extra Design H page protector with 4 photos from my Saturday adventures, planning to use the other side for extra photos from week 4. The cards from this week are from the Journal Theme Kit.IMG_0020

I used Aqua edition cards for week 4s spread which included the back of the design H page protector from last week. IMG_0021 I have been finding that with the craziness of the new school year and my new job that I am having to wait until the next weekend to work on my spreads from the previous week. But when I get a chance I will fill out the week in review card and sort through my photos ready to print when I get a change.

How am I going to get my goals completed?

With less than a year to go, I am only around 1/4 of the the way through my 101 things in 1001 days goals. I was pretty stupid when I started as I made some of my goals to do/make 3, 5, 10 or even 101 of something, so they aren’t as easy to complete – they take time. Some of my goals I knew would not be completed right away and are only now this year even possible, e.g. finding a teaching job.

So with a large list of goals and an ever decreasing amount of time to complete them, I need to get my butt into gear this year. 

I have decided that the only way is to be more intentional with which goals I will work towards each month. It works out that I will need to be completing 5-6 goals each month in order to have them all done so I will be choosing a number of goals each month to focus on. Some times the goals I choose won’t be completed and other goals will but slowly they will start to get crossed off so by February 2016 I will have completed them all.

I started this in January using the “I choose…” method and seems to be working out so far. 

In March 2015, I choose to …

  • Work on C25K running program
  • Complete a Photo-a-day
  • Read 5 books
  • Finish green quilt
  • Back up photos onto harddrive and Flickr
  • Finish girls crochet Xmas presents

Here is how I went in February and January

In February 2015, I choose to 

  • Finish and order a photo book for my MeTAV album DONE
  • Complete and document a “Day in the LifeDONE
  • Read 5 books X
  • Cross out 2 food related goalsDONE recipe binder update and make 10 recipes from recipe books

In January 2015, I choose to

  • Cook 3 new recipes from my cookbooks DONE
  • Learn to crochet DONE
  • Read 5 books X 4
  • Find teaching job DONE
  • Finish green quilt X