For anyone who is interested in knowing a bit more about my ecourse that will launch on the 1st of September, below is a free sample! That’s right, below is a sneak peek at week 3 of Summer.
Within the full course you will discover 52 weeks of lessons (similar to the one below but with a different theme every week) on scrapbooking, photography for scrapbookers, not to mention writing prompts, writing inspiration, and 26 adventures for you to take.
This course celebrates everyday life and encourages you to create more memories worth sharing each and every day. Broken into 4 seasons this go-at-your-own-pace course is designed to help you build on your scrapbooking skills every single week.
We are passionate about the process of putting our memories onto the page and sharing our stories. If this is something you’d like to learn about read the sample below and then click here.
Without further ado!
Summer – Week 3
Summer has always made me feel happier. It’s something about the sunshine and thinking about all the possibilities that come with warmer weather. Road trips, beach days, ice cream, picnics, freshly cut grass, long sunny days…
In summer I want generally want to do more, see more places and experience new things. Finding fun in every day simply because the good weather makes me feel good.
The only reason we want more money, more freedom, more love, more friendships, is that we think these things will make us happier or bring us more joy. This week is about creating more joy in your everyday life through experiences. You don’t have to win the lottery to find real happiness and joy. Feeling happiness is about the little things; the experiences that make you smile, things that excite you, things that make you laugh.
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Joy is actually quite simple. Stop putting as much emphasis on what you think will make you happy and focus instead on being happy now. Think about the little things that make you happiest. Is it laughing with your friends? Having dinner with your family? Playing with your pet and seeing them happy? That feeling of accomplishment after finishing a tough job or a long run? Collecting photos during a trip and then arranging them in a scrapbook to share with your family?
As you work through your pages this week think about what makes you happy. What was it in each picture that captured your imagination and inspired you to capture that moment.
Joy can be more than adding new things into your life and taking more notice of the things you love. You can also remove things you don’t like or that make your day feel harder than it needs to. Think about things that annoy you and make you unhappy. Now make a list and try to figure out how you can change them. Does having a stack of dishes to wash get on your nerves? Get someone else to help get them done, or do them as you go so there is never a stack. Hate having socks with holes in them? Throw them away and get new ones. Do you stress about money and bills? Create a budget and cut back on luxuries. Never having time to work on your scrapbook? Get up before everyone else or stay up later. You could arrange a Sunday with like-minded scrapbookers once a month to keep things moving. Thinking up solutions and putting them into place will definitely increase your happiness.
“If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
We are all responsible for our own happiness after all. It’s easy to put your efforts into helping others find happiness and forgetting about what you need.
Adventure Challenge: This week’s challenge is for you to ask yourself “How can I bring more magic in my life today so that I can look forward to even more tomorrow?”.
Try one of these activities to create your own joy this week:
- Start an activity you have always wanted to master and commit to mastering it. Want to learn the Tango? Maybe you want to play Stairway to Heaven on guitar, or how to sew a skirt, or take portrait style photos – whatever you have always enjoyed but never mastered, get started this week.
- Engage in play. Not all joy involves accomplishing a task or goal. If playing with your kids, laughing with your friends, or getting active makes you smile then focus on the moment and find some time to play this week.
- Seek joy through inspiration. Take some time out of your busy day to be still and quiet. Use that time to think over what inspires you to do the best you can every day. You might like to visit a museum or gallery to find visual artistic inspiration. You might want to join a walking group to inspire you to get back into fitness.
- Contemplate what true joy means to you. Does it mean expressing more gratitude for the things you have and enjoy everyday? Is it a hot bubble bath after a long tiring day? Maybe its reading a message from someone you love…
Happiness is about focusing on what you have and not what you don’t. Don’t forget to take pictures and make notes about which Adventure challenge you choose so that you can document it in your scrapbook.
If you have enjoyed this sample you can also check out my free ecourse; 30 Days of Memories for Scrapbookers and List makers. If you pre-order the 52 Weeks of Adventure and Inspiration course before the 1st of September you will receive a 20% discount! Follow this link to pre-order your copy.