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teasel
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posted December 01, 2011 02:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you ever done something like this? I wanted to try last year, starting in March (and got into a huge argument with my mother, the first night - nice! ), and that didn't happen. I wanted to try again this year, but then January was "interesting" in a not-so-great way, February was more "interesting", and my bad attitude and depression was back in a big way.

I don't know if I should try again, or get the message that seems to scream at me to leave it alone. I seem to go in the opposite direction of instincts, when I feel determined to do something right, and do the wrong things instead, at least some of the time.

I'm reading, intermittently, The Year of Living Biblically, and the author of that book has two more books out about year-long experiments. I know about Creative Every Day, Nanowrimo, and nablopomo - year-long and month-long group goals/projects, but I never seem to stick with anything. i wanted to give something a try next year - one person, in 2008, wanted to do everything that scared her (from what I remember). Julie Powell cooked her way through Julia Childs' cookbook, and came out with Julie and Julia.

I was wondering what anyone here might be interested in doing all year (PG-rated ). My head is still stuck in january of this year, and March of last year, and I'm trying to break out of the denial that we're thisclose to another new year, another birthday, and everything just seeming to move quicker than ever.

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charmainec
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posted December 01, 2011 02:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for charmainec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Count me in.

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posted December 01, 2011 03:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Liking this one. I'll be back

Let the Merc Taurus do some thinking first..

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posted December 02, 2011 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for charmainec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted December 04, 2011 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pixelpixie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like positive thinking types of things? determining your goals and manifesting positive results based on that?

You had setbacks? Don't give up and wait a whole new year- make that year start at any time. POsitivity means no internal penalties for faltering, just lessons on how to continue.

I don't know if thats what you mean though- but here's this-

Someone said the other day-
"Today was a good day, makes me feel happy in spite of what's going on in my life" or something to that effect.... my advice was- Well, focus on the good thing, and then the 'despite what's going on" will be less of what's going on and more a passing thing.. if the focus is on the happy thing that happened, the emphasis is put on the good, and the scale rights itself.

Someone else today said " I find in my life, if something good happens, three bad things happen immediately following it"
I did not like that logic at all! So you can never enjoy the good,because you are waiting for the impending bad which you have pretty much preordained into existence.

Anyway, blah blah blah.. I truly believe that life is neutral with intense moments of happiness, and intense moments of non happiness. You give power to the focus, and that usually depends on many outside factors.. but ultimately, the internal environment that you feed with your actions and thoughts.

I just love you is all. Go be happy.

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posted December 09, 2011 01:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
emailed you.

i won't be posting here regularly & i told you why in the email.

ttus

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teasel
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posted December 18, 2011 03:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, I only just found these responses.

I was actually wondering what anyone here might want to focus on for an entire year (or six months, whatever). I'm intrigued by these people who take things on for a year, and loved the Happiness Project book.

Pixie I was referring to the fact that whenever I start one of these things, things seem to go downhill fast. It sort of feels like I'm asking for trouble, but I'm trying to get out of that mindset. I was just poking fun at myself.

T. I'll email you over the next few days. I've been dealing with a lot of anxiety, and it's throwing me off.

Charmaine. If you were talking about the Happiness project, the author has a website, and offers something to help you get started. i signed up for it this year, but didn't get back to it, with everything going on - I totally forgot about it. I'm thinking about things, and trying to decide if I want to dedicate a month to one thing (12 changes in 2012), or a few things each month. I just know that I need to make some changes; at the moment, I find myself waiting for the next smack, you know?

I'm really tired, but I'll be back.

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posted December 28, 2011 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What an Inspiring project; is it private or shared online?

Thanks teaselbaby

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posted December 28, 2011 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LEXX     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I shall continue to send letters and tokens of love to my son even though he ignores me.
I shall continue to give love in as many ways and to as many as possible.
I shall continue when out and about to influence perfect strangers to smile,
and if they wish, (as many often do)
to receive a hug, or linger and talk, as I listen to their woes, their joys, and sincerely give my attention and caring to them.
And when posible, buy them a cup of coffee, a sweet, and sit in the park, or by the lake or whatever. Even a sidewalk curb, show the love wherever, whenever, to any one always.
A kind word, a smile, can make a lonely or sad or in pain person's day.

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posted December 28, 2011 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Been wanting to try this for awhile now, but don't know if i could do it. Would really like to push myself to in 2012.

You might want to think about it too, Teasel.

A Painting a Day
http://www.squidoo.com/APAintingADay

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posted December 28, 2011 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Might be do-able if kept to a small scale.

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posted December 29, 2011 01:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was thinking about something like Creative Every Day.

I'm thinking about other things, too, in the hopes of keeping my spirits up, and maybe ending the year feeling more accomplished for a change. I've been sitting here thinking to myself, "I could have lost this 10lbs, if I'd just done this and this, and that might have been more easy for me to handle, if I hadn't spent so much time on that and that." I was just encouraging someone on another site, to write every day, and really, anyone who draws needs to do the same thing - so thank you for the idea!

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posted December 29, 2011 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lechien     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
since my birthday last week, i have decided to keep a journal, for a starter trying to keep it for 1 month. it's to pretend i am well and happy and live in abundance of love and wealth. to feel good and completely bask in that sensation.

in the journal, i can do anything i want. i can provide myself, i have infinite freedom, and i can share and give because i have enough for myself. when i share and give, i make other people happy too and i can multiply the love. it makes me happy that i am able to FEEL it, and i think that means it's possible to reach there in reality.

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posted December 29, 2011 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another year-long project:
http://mwfseekingbff.com/

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posted December 30, 2011 04:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RegardesPlatero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted December 30, 2011 04:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RegardesPlatero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted December 30, 2011 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I was just encouraging someone on another site, to write every day, and really, anyone who draws needs to do the same thing - so thank you for the idea!

& Thank you for the thread, me dear!

Might try a dream journal this year as I've had a few prophetic or psychic ones throughout this year. When someone dies, I dream of them within a day or two before or after passing, before knowing they died.

Maybe a drawing + random thought journal might be fun too...

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posted December 30, 2011 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
..in Tauren fashion, I come up with some good short poems or thoughts that might make for a neat journal, with some sketches alongside.....(?)

Thanks for the idea

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teasel
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posted January 13, 2012 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't even started on anything. Bah. I had that spark of excitement just before the New Year, but I haven't been feeling well - first crampy, then just tired.

I've started the Artist's Way (again), at least. How is everyone else doing?

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posted January 26, 2012 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't done anything this month, and am feeling twitchy over the fact that it's almost over already.

Creative Every Day prompt for February, is Night": http://creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2012/01/creative-every-day-theme-for-february-night.html

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posted December 31, 2012 01:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bump. Thinking about this again.

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Randall
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posted January 06, 2013 03:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted January 12, 2013 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another one: http://www.studiomme.com/365-portrait-challenge

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posted January 13, 2013 06:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome idea (i checked it out earlier).

Some people have so much discipline!!! argh!

.....wonder if she's still taking photos for portraits? ....

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posted January 13, 2013 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SunChild     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
She is definitely accepting photos, though has a huge response so far. Spoke to her on email a bit and she said that she will mail out the portrait too for a low price.


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