I totally need a t-shirt that reads “I Survived My First #ListersGottaList Challenge”.
If you are not familiar with this awesomeness it is a growing community of listers, planner-girls & stationery lovers that enjoy journaling or keeping a list of memorable moments. However, the twist is the host (the amazing Cori, The Reset Girl) creates a list of daily prompts that we use to write our lists. The daily prompts change each month and can range from the fun to the nostaliagic. Crafting these lists and, of course, decorating journal pages or planner pages is the most fun.
I learned so much about myself & my creative process while I participated in the April “ListersGottaList Challenge. As a Mom and a Wife I had forgotten what it was like to dive into a project and really enjoy the time and effort put into it. I am no guru nor professional lister, but I had such a wonderful experience that I wanted to share what I learned over the month of April during the #ListersGottaList.
Top 10 Lessons I Learned In #ListersGottaList
1. Supply Up!
Gather all your supplies & journal/planner pages early, so you don’t have to scramble around the house looking for your favorite washi tape or scrapbook pages. Pick out your fav lined or unlined journal, roll out your fav washi and scoop up those cute stickers & journaling cards and put them in a quiet place where you can enjoy creating.
2. Find Home Plate
It was important for me to have a central station in my home that I could work from everyday. For me this was the floor in our master bedroom. Does anyone else like to craft on the floor or is it just me? I always feel like if I spread all my supplies out on the floor I will have an easier time finding everything. Now, unfortunately, all my supplies were sprawled across our bedroom floor for an entire month. I wouldn’t recommend this. Have you ever tried to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night and find yourself tripping over scalloped edged scissors, pens & then washi tape stuck to the bottom of your foot!?! It ain’t pretty folks. I am hoping I can work harder this time to keep my stuff organized. Oh, wish me luck!
3. You will become a Night Owl.
Typically, I am an early riser and rarely stay up late during the week. Is it a problem when your bedtime is 30 minutes after your kids go to bed? Yikes! However, when doing the ListersGottaList challenge I found myself re-energized & I wanting to stay up late to either add finishing touches to my page or work ahead and start on another page. Now, folks this challenge not only made me a Night Owl it also made me less of a procrastinator!!!! If only I can translate this into other aspects of my life.
4. Enjoy the journey!
This was an opportunity I needed in my life to remind myself that it was okay to pull away from busy schedules and do something for me. I tried not to stress out on keeping up with my days; however I will share that I tried to do each list a day ahead so I wouldn’t fall behind. I did this more out of excitement to start a new list and a new layout.
I enjoyed this journey so much that at times I forgot to do the laundry & grocery shopping on a regular basis. I can’t tell you the number of times I heard from kids, “Mom, I need clean socks!” or “Mom, I need clean underwear”. So, lesson is enjoy the journey, but don’t jump ship on your other duties like I did. Yikes!
5. Make friends!
The ListersGottaList challenge has introduced me to SO many awesome listers, planner-girls, stationery lovers & all out creative folks through Instagram and FB. My favorite part of this entire journey was checking out other people’s lists & pages. I was always blown away with all the creative & fun pages I came across. Plus, I found the #listers & #plannercommunity to be so welcoming & supportive. You will make fast friends!
6. Now Look Away!
This is a hard one, but I had to trust my list & creative process so I wouldn’t compare my pages with anyone else’s. I learned that in order to bring my own authenticity to my lists & I could only check out other #listers after my lists were done. If not, I would be banging my head against the wall complaining that my page didn’t have enough color or I used the wrong washi with my list. Ain’t nobody got time for that! 🙂
7. Snap & Share!
This was very new to me, but I was glad I did it. I had to learn to be proud of my product (even if my list was too short or I’d forgotten to add one thing). There are so many forums (#ListersGottaList Instagram and The Reset Girl’s #ListersGottaList Group FB page) where you can share, like and love what you and others have created. You will laugh, sigh, cry & have many moments of nostalgia when you join these groups and see what others are posting.
8. Let it All Hang Out
Um, not really! My journal (picked it up from the TargetDollarSpot) fell apart so quickly. So, I had to be okay with it falling out of its cover or hanging on by a thread. In the end I just ripped out the pages and plan on finding a small keepsake box where I can save them.
9. Do Whatcha Like
I learned this very early in the #listers game. Anything goes & that’s ok. I was determined to not shop for a lot of embellishments, washis or scrapbook stuff at the beginning of this challenge. I wanted to use what I had so I can get rid of these drawers and drawers of stuff I had stashed away. However, in all honesty, I fell short a couple of times….it’s hard to walk past those Target Dollar Bins and not buy anything. Eeek! However, during the last month I have see some awesome embellishments from a variety of Etsy shops that I can’t wait to try for this month’s challenge.
Decorate the way you want, list the way you want & showcase the way you want. This was my favorite part
10. Pat Yourself on the Back
I had to learn that it was okay to celebrate my efforts & be proud of what I made. Loving what I did & pushing myself to move forward was very important to me. At times we can get in our own heads so much that we will talk ourselves out of things….yup, that’s me! With ListersGottaList I can finally say I completed something for myself & stuck with the process for an entire month. Man, the last time I did that was in graduate school trying to write & research like a maniac.
#ListersGottaList is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about yourself and fall into a community that celebrates creativity & individuality. I am so happy I came across The Reset Girl last month & took part in this challenge.
If you are reading this and you are new to #ListersGottaList then “Welcome to this awesomeness!”. If you are like me coming back to start May’s challenge then….whoop, whoop! Let’s get it started!
(Here is another post I did early on during April’s #ListersGottaList challenge just sharing some of my first lists.)
Happy #ListersGottaList & enjoy the journey!