Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
MOVE - Although I did not keep up with regular exercise throughout the year, I did often add in bits of adventure and activity. This week I've made an effort to get on track and have exercised every day. I'm looking forward to new year and a new start!
LEARN - I completed and reviewed the FIT 2016 class materials this month. I also attended the DIY Santa's Workshop class at our local library, where I created five Christmas crafts (but forgot to take photographs before we packed up the decorations earlier today).
My goal for the year was to participate in more online classes, take a few in-person classes, and (as always) read lots of books in my quest to learn new things this year. Overall for the year, I don't think that I accomplished much toward this goal simply because I didn't do more than I have in past years and because I spent more time on other goals.
TEACH - Although I've chosen to take a break from teaching, I'm very happy with my accomplishments relating to this goal! Throughout the year, I taught over 30 classes, had lots of FUN, and met many wonderfully creative women.
SCRAP- I completed the second of the custom wedding scrapbook-for-hire projects this month. The 46-page album took a good bit of time to complete, but it was an enjoyable project. I'll be sharing a video of the album soon, but here's a peek at some of the pages.
I actually scrapped a lot this year, however, the 5 scrapbook-for-hire projects account for much of it. I'm looking forward to spending the beginning of 2017 catching up on my own projects - processing photos and working through my digital workflow plan, scrapping photos and stories for our chronological albums, and creating a few photo books.
CLEAN - I'm thrilled with the progress we made here at home, although I do still have lots of areas that need a deep cleaning and decluttering. I love my new craft room, and we are both enjoying the new recliners for reading in the front room. Robbie's still working on getting everything back on display in the new toy room, and the office needs a little cleaning out, but the rearranging of rooms this year has definitely been worth the work so far!
I've chosen a word to focus on in 2017, which I'll be sharing in the new year! Did you accomplish your goals for 2016? What are your plans for 2017?