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Little Summer Joy | Adventures in Serendipity

Annette Haring



Hey guys! Welcome to my new home!

I've been playing around with Square Space and am really happy with it so far. I hope you like it here too! Keep in mind things will be a work in progress as this is a "soft launch"; nothing big to reveal today (other than my new site! yay!)

I'm kind of liking the idea of just going for it. Making my home on the internet a bit more me. And letting it grow from there.

It's kind of fun!

I'm kind of liking the idea of blogging more and hoping to make it happen more often. After years of treating Instagram as my blog, I'm loving the idea of being able to go deeper and have a place to share more ideas and projects. Possibly grown into something more. Who knows.

I like it. hello adventure!



So on to my topic today. 

I wanted to share some ideas from my prompt(s) for the Little Summer Joy class. I was one of six contributors and they are all wonderful!! The prompts are so good. You will get so inspired to live with more joy this summer!

You can find that **FREE** class over at Little Paper Projects. You'll need to sign up *here* to see the full posts. 

I ended up dividing my prompt into three parts because once I put my content into blog form it was just too much for one post. 

Thankfully Jen and Julie are working with me on that.

The topic I was given was Adventure. My take on it was to be open to not just the grand adventures, but the everyday ones as well. To inspire more Microadventures in our lives. (Inspired by Alistair Humphreys. read more about him here.)  And then to be open to the fun little surprises that find us along the way. To follow those serendipitous little joys that make your summer magical.




I'm then encouraging participants to capture the moments (potentially in a new or not so often way--such as with an Instax or getting them printed differently) and to collect a treasure to take home. To reflect on their experiences and include the story and their feelings in their albums / projects. And finally, I share some techniques on incorporating adventure and serendipity in our albums as well as challenging participants to make creating their album an adventure as well.




I know it's a lot, but it's what was in my heart. And hey, it's free!! So enjoy!!

Here's another sneak peek at my little mini album:




I added little sequins into those 2x2 squares and created a confetti pocket with the Fuse Tool. I have a short video tutorial for it. (that I think will be on their site, but if not I will share it here.)

Here's an excerpt from my prompts:

"Adventure is more than going on a voyage somewhere. Make your own adventures and follow serendipity.  Your adventure can be simple or grand. At home or far away. It doesn't matter. What matters is your openness, spirit of adventure and the joy in your heart."

So much fun! I hope to see you there! 

I'm happy to report I took my own challenge and we went on our own Microadventure this week! I had stargazing on my Summer Manifesto and have had two late nights in a row of enjoying the Perseids! Something that brought back many memories of good times growing up and in my college years. It got us outside and the magical moment for me was that my daughter joined us one night. She was so excited to go and promptly fell asleep in the truck. We were about to go and we decided to wake her up as we were seeing one or two every 5-10 minutes or so. 

She's an adventurer at heart, but even for her being out in the dark when she was that tired was going to be tough. And we saw a shooting star!! Her first!

Hooray for serendipity and microadventures!

Have a wonderful summer and make many magical adventures!

If you check out the class I'd love some feedback as I'm percolating on the idea of doing more classes here or elsewhere.

Participation in Little Summer Joy was a free gift to you and an adventure for me. I say that's a win-win! Enjoy!

To find out more about Little Paper Projects, click here.