Welcome blog hoppers! LOAD is almost here! Aren’t you excited? I know I am!
If you’re hopping around on the LOAD blog hop you should have come here from Cara’s blog.
(LOAD, for the uninitiated, is also known as Layout A Day, and is a month long event run by Lain Ehmann, where she challenges you to scrapbook a layout every day for a month. The next one starts February first.)
So many people I know, when I describe LOAD, immediately say “I could never do that,” and quit before they ever start. I’m so happy for those of you who have jumped in and said “I can do LOAD, or at the very least try.”
The thing about LOAD is that success is all about mindset.
There are two ways in which mindset determines how well you succeed at LOAD.
The first mindset is to stop making excuses. If you say you want to scrapbook a page everyday, then the only thing stopping you from doing it is yourself. I know there are things that can get in the way and keep you from completing a challenge like this, but regular everyday life? If you can squeeze in time for a TV show, or visiting with friends on FB, then you can find the time and energy to make a page. So that’s the first way you can change your mindset.
The other way you can change your mindset? Redefine the meaning of success. While the official-unofficial definition of a successful LOAD is completing a layout every day for a month, that doesn’t have to be your definition. Maybe it’s completing 28 layouts at some time during the month. Maybe it’s doing 10 during the month. Maybe it’s continuing to make layouts even after you’ve missed a day or three or ten.
The thing is, you are the only one who can determine if you have been successful. You can join the competitive side, and make yourself make a page every day, whether you’re feeling inspired or not, or you can decide to define your own version of success.
Anyway you do it, at the end of the day you will have rocked LOAD, because you will have gotten up off the couch, walked away from social media, and made SOMETHING. In my book, DOING trumps PLANNING every day of the week.
After all, if I hadn’t done LOAD last February, I wouldn’t have done this page:
So how are you going to define success for yourself during this LOAD?
Are you ready to hop along to the next blog? Check out Kim’s blog.
The full list of participants in case you want to hop and skip around:
Kelli — Use It Scrapbooking
Dani — Scrapper On The Street
Valerie — My Own Little Rainbow Coalition
Karen — Photos Kept Alive
Danielle — Ecoscrapbook
Connie — Clicky Chick Creates
Sherrie — A Little Bit of Everything Me
Cara — C’est la Vie (ours anyway)
Heather <<< That’s me!
Kim — I’m So Full of Scrap
Christy — My Scrapbook Evolution
Lisa E — Lisa E Design Blog
Lisa H — Recklinghausen Musings
And if you haven’t yet jumped feet first into LOAD, what are you waiting for? Go and sign up here! The only thing stopping you from being successful at LOAD is fear, and you’re not going to let a little fear get in the way of some creative fun, are you?
Need more convincing? Want to visit some old bloghops? Check out this post from last year.