Rocking LOAD (aka LOAD214 bloghop!)

Rocking LOAD (aka LOAD214 bloghop!)

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:

my perfect day || no excuse scrapbooking.com

My favorite page from LOAD 2/13

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.

19 Responses »

  1. Oh YES! Defining your own measure of success and changing your mindset – perfect! What great advice. Always a pleasure Heather – can’t wait to get going!

  2. Heather…your no nonsense approach to all things inspires me! I mean it. I do look forward to another LOAD with you and the crew. Great post.

  3. “the only thing stopping you from doing it is yourself” Well said. This bit of tough love wisdom is going on my whiteboard.

  4. Heather, love your words of wisdom. Mindset. Good word. I only completed 10 layouts during LOAD213, but they were 10 layouts I didn’t have before, and I was happy with each one. See you in a week! πŸ™‚

  5. “Doing trumps planning every day of the week” – love it Heather! Especially since my OLW this year is DO!!! Loving the older posts too – “live in the world of CAN instead of CAN’T”. You are very inspiring, thank you!

    and I adore my new necklace, thank you ever so much!!!!

    • Glad you liked the older posts Jodie. Some of my best soap box tirades are LOAD related. πŸ˜‰
      So happy you like your necklace!

  6. I agree…it is all about the mindset. There are so many different take aways from the LOAD experience. Not all of them involve having completed a layout each and every day.

    • That’s so true Christy! There’s so much more to LOAD than just doing a lot of pages. The people are pretty amazing too!

    • Thanks Lain! That’s one of my favorites, simply because kid#1 was willing to pose for pictures and supply me with journaling. LOVE when that happens!

  7. Loved the layout! LOAD is a you get out of it what you put into it event and your advice was spot on. See you around the Flickr gallery!

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