Camp Wanna Craft Week 2 Reflections

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I thought it would fun to write out a little reflection as each week passes. I’m not sure if what I write will make sense because it is a personal note to me but I wanted to share in case it touches anyone in any way.

See what happened was 😂😂 I gave up on camp. 💁‍♀️ Actually, I just became overwhelmed. There is SO much to camp with the lessons, the lives. the forums, the posting on IG, the actual crafting that I felt at a loss. I missed this weeks chapel which was my tipping point. I broke down crying. Yet, as the week came to a close, I realized that yet again *I* was putting on the overwhelm. There are no “rules” to Camp Wanna Craft. I had let myself get overwhelmed because I didn’t have what she had, I didn’t do what she did. I had let others take my joy. So after a few days of mellowing, I decided to focus on at least keeping up with the lessons. If I felt I had time or energy, I could work on other aspects of camp. This new philosophy helped me when I didn’t make it to movie night on Friday. James and I were having a rough sleeping schedule and I didn’t feel like renting the movie. That doesn’t mean I don’t plan on having my own movie night but now I feel like it’s okay that I didn’t make it. I can try for the next one or make it my own and that can apply to anything.
 

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Camp Wanna Craft Week 1 Reflections

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I thought it would fun to write out a little reflection as each week passes. I’m not sure if what I write will make sense because it is a personal note to me but I wanted to share in case it touches anyone in any way.

I was stressed out. Camp was officially underway but I still hadn’t decided on what I wanted to do for my handbook/junk journal. I also started feeling left out since so many people not only had their book set up but also already decorated. However, I went to the LIVE Q&A and Cori was super sweet in explaining camp. She set up camp for beginners. She set up camp for her. She set up camp for those ready to learn but weren’t sure what to do. After watching her explain camp and how Wanna Craft came to be I wrote to her:
“I’m a planner and organizer. I like to know what’s coming so I can prepare. That’s why I was confused by the junk journal/ handbook. However tonight you explained it really well and took a lot of my anxiety away. I realized I was trying to rush to the end, instead of enjoying each new lesson I learn. So thank you for being you and being so thoughtful.”
While I didn’t figure out my junk journal/handbook situation, I did feel more at ease and ready to go one lesson at a time.

New Year // Summer Goals

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I believe that summer as a time of possibilities. I feel the weather warming (or just plain hot), school is let out, academic planners come out (stationery nerd-alert), and fruit and vegetables are harvested. Summer just speaks of unexplored adventure to me. I think that’s why I am so drawn to the idea of making summer the actual start of my new year, or at least a reset, a clean slate. A time of year to gather my energy that has been stored and waited and use that electric energy. I’m ready for the possibilities that this summer holds. I’ve already written several blog posts about specific adventures awaiting June:

Yet, there is another part I love about summer, and that’s how my body feels. I’m not sure what it is about the cold weather but it makes my body hurt. My IBS acts up really bad in the cold. Then, of course, there are so many viruses being passed. However, in the summer, I feel better. I feel alive. That energy makes me want to explore. I want to get out of my tiny apartment and see what’s around me. (I’m not getting that crazy 😉 I know that I won’t be able to explore all the places I have planned (might have to write a whole other blog post for that) but I thought it would fun to pick my top five areas I want to see during the summer.

  • War Bird Museum
  • Rocket Garden at KSC
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Haulover Canal
  • Dinosaur Store

Midsummer Chronicles // Hopes

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This year Rhomany of Rhomany’s Realm has created Midsummer Chronicles. An online class to “explore your local area and find magic on your own doorstep”. While this is geared to another spiritual group, everyone is welcome.

My hope is that I will be inspired to get outside more during these warm months. With my health issues, I find it easy to make excuses to stay inside. Learning to journal or sketch the outside would be just the challenge I need to get me to step past my doorstep.

I hope by the end of the class, I will have at least gotten comfortable with the idea of sitting on the porch with my journal. For more adventure, I might even take a walk and gather a few leaves I find.

I haven’t done a class like this before, nor have I ever really nature journaled so I keeping my possibilities open.

 

100 Days of Less Hustle More Jesus // Hopes

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Shanna Noel of Illustrated Faith has come out with her third 100 Days journal devotional. This one is all about More Jesus Less Hustle.

I haven’t done all three but I work on the last 100 days (Grace and Gratitude). I did not use the devotional as a journal but instead tried to create art of all 100 days inside my Bible. When I looked back, I was able to only complete about half of the days. This time though, I am making a change.

I want to wake up each day ready to dive into the 100 days as my morning devotional. Just like Revival Camp Devotional, I hope to mark, highlight, create, underline, journal and more right inside the pages of my journal. I plan to have my devotional and a few pens right next to my bed so excuse for getting up in the morning to read.

I was very lucky that I was able to purchase a journal directly from Shanna who also had several them coiled bound. I think the coil will help with any bulk that might happen as I fill the insides with stickers.

Lastly, I would like to take a few of the entries from the devotional, after I have taken notes, and create prayer art inside my bible. I don’t feel I have to create all 100 days this time in the Bible though. I would just a few key entries that I meant something to me.

Revival Camp 2019 // Hopes

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Ever since 2016, Illustrated Faith has hosted Revival Camp. A fun online or physical product to excite Christians to get back into the word of God.

Every year I buy camp with all the bells and whistles (aka all the digital and physical add-ons), yet my good intentions seem to run from me the minute that the camp is set to start. However, this summer I want to try to set aside time to make Revival Camp a top priority. My hope is that I will turn the physical devotional into what Shanna calls a “used passport traveling around the word”. I want to write, highlight, decorate and fill my little devotional up over the summer. I don’t want this to sit on the shelf unused.

My other hope is that I will take what I have learned from the devotional and create prayer art inside my bible. I haven’t Bible Journaled since January so I’m a little rusty. I hope that Revival Camp will inspire me to Bible journal again.

Camp Wanna Craft 2019 // Hopes

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The Reset Girl is starting her annual summer camp soon. This year the name is Camp Wanna Craft and it is all about crafting. Which gets me really excited since I have declared that June is my new year. Winter is really hard on my health and so I feel like I ‘start the new year’ out on a dud. However, with summer, I can feel energy returning and I am excited about possibilities.  My hope for camp is that I find my spark again to create.

With the last two camps, I found reasons to go outside (scavenger hunts and bingo challenges). I hope with this year that I can get a little more then I did in Winter, even if I just go to the porch to journal or sketch.

Also, during ‘Week In the Life’ I found these cute travel journals. When I saw the supply list for camp mention a two ring journal, I knew these were perfect so I bought them. I am not 100% if I will use them for all of camp but they sure are cute. For those curious, I bought them at Target. From what I can tell they are an in-store purchase only.

Lastly, I remember how fun the camp facebook groups were. It was nice to see everyone sharing their ideas and journal pages. The community was real. With this year’s new site, forum and cabins, I hope that I can make a friend or two.

I feel those are kinda big goals but I think that’s what summer is about, opportunity.