Project Reclaim: The Beginning!

Being one who likes to make resolutions I decided at the beginning of 2012 to take back my life.

The thing is, being in school for years to learn a career and then starting a job in said field takes up a LOT of time. And once school ends it’s a little hard to make sense of what to do with one’s free time outside of work. Admittedly I struggled a bit and was a wee bit depressed for a while. However, this project is emphatically NOT about being depressed. I’ve been feeling better and trying to get more joy in my life so in fact this project is about re-discovering all the things I really enjoy and finding new loves along the way. The other thing that happened this year is I turned 29. Uh, hello! I need to do some momentous things before I turn 30, right? Or at least have some fun!

Also, the economy tanking has been inspiring many people to cut back, start making things, buying less, and being more resourceful. Growing up we never really had much money and we always did things like making our own yogurt, growing food, and creating on a nearly daily basis. My parents encouraged creativity and craft supplies were never far from reach. We had political debates around the kitchen table, listened to protest music, and in general were pretty engaged in life.

SO. The project is as follows: Be more engaged in life. Make things. Grow things (plants not like, warts). Get out and explore where I live (that would be Beaverton but Oregon in general). Go out with my friends more often. Make new friends (this may be the most challenging. Introverts don’t really excel at this. We do things like, well, blog!). Engage in community whether volunteering, work, or politics. In general have a more fun with life and be the person I want to be.

This blog is a bit of accountability…Even if no one is really reading this at least it gives me a place to record what I’m doing, and keep a record of all the awesome stuff I aim to accomplish! : D

And to celebrate the innauguration of Project Reclaim here is a photo of some celery I’m growing. In a dish. With just water! Celery I bought and cut stalks off. How awesome is that?! Nerd, I know.

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2 thoughts on “Project Reclaim: The Beginning!

  1. Elisabeth, I love this! I’m close by now, so I’d love to tag along on an adventure or two! And I will probably read every word, so you’re now totally accountable!

  2. Whoa that’s so cool! I had no idea you could do that with celery. I actually just saw someone do that on a blog with a pineaPple top. You cut the top off a pineapple and root it in a bowl of water. Then I think you transplant it to a pot of dirt and eventually it grows it’s own little pineapple out of the top! Anyway, best of luck to you, reclaiming your free time and learning to enjoy life more. Let me know if you ever want to get together and craft or hike or bake 🙂

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