Project Ideas for the New Year.

Most of us start the new year with projects we hope to keep for the next 365 days.  Here are some that I plan to do this year.

1. Five-Year One Sentence Journal

Because of this book I'm reading called 'The Happiness Project', I contemplated on getting a five-year journal but didn't have much to choose from except The Happiness Project's version.  Good thing I waited before buying it because my friend Dianne Lee gave me a prettier 5-year journal called 'Jane-a-Day' for Christmas. 
I don't have fixed rules on what to write because having and keeping a single journal every day for five years is challenging enough.  But if you want a theme, you can write about:

  • the best thing that happened to you that day
  • something you are thankful for (upon waking up)
  • daily resolutions you are able to keep
  • wish/want for the day
  • prayer for the day (before going to sleep)

2. GoodReads Reading Challenge

GoodReads is an app I have on my iPhone that lists the books I want to read or have already read.  It's perfect for me because if I'm in a bookstore, I can just scan the barcode of a book I want using the app and the title will be added to my list of books to buy.  It also gives me the option to enter the author or title of the book I want to read so I'll be reminded to buy it or download it on my Kindle at a later time.

Goodreads is also a social media platform for bookworms where we can interact, comment on each others' book choices, and see what our friends are currently reading.  There's also a Reading Challenge that starts in the beginning of the year where you can set as your goal, the number of books you intend to read the whole year.

My sister and I did the challenge last year but failed to reach our goal.  We're trying again this year and hopefully I can read 24 books in 2014.  To join this challenge, all you have to do is sign up at

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Joei has read 1 book toward a goal of 24 books.

 2. Project 365

One of my first few posts in this blog was about Project 365, wherein you take one photo a day for the entire year (read my previous blog post about Project 365) with the goal of seeing "your life in a whole new way".  It's been a couple of years but I never got to finish this project.   I was tempted to create another blog for this but decided to just revive my Tumblr, where my original Project 365 is housed at.

You can come up with your own name or just stick to "Project 365".  I named my project "365 Days of Joei" just so it's a little bit more personal. If you have a Tumblr account, follow and share your project as well.

3. New Year Wants

This is something I thought of on my own.

Instead of New Years resolutions (which means things that I need to accomplish), I made a list of New Years Wants (which means things I want to accomplish).   For this, I got a Smashbook Folio which is basically a journal with designed pages and a pen that has ink on one end and glue on the other (in case I want to paste stuff).

Then I got different-sized Post Its and just wrote random things from "go camping" to "climb a mountain".  I pasted them on the first few pages of the book and when I do get to accomplish any of my wants, I'll dedicate a page or two in my Smashbook Folio for photos or journal entries to describe the experience.

Smashbook Folios are available in Fully Booked and Powerbooks but Tiddlywinks is selling them at a much cheaper price.  Visit to see the available colors they have.

4. 52-Week Money Challenge (Philippine Version)

I saw this all over Facebook and it sounds like a great idea! All you need is a jar or a piggy bank and a print out of the table so you know how much you need to put in every week.  The original version requires saving money every week corresponding to the number of that week.  For week 1, you'll put in $1, for week 2, you'll put in $2, and so on.  And by the end of the year, you'll save a total of $1,378.00.

I really liked the idea so I tweaked it to our local currency.  Instead of a dollar, my starting point is 50 pesos and at the end of the year, I'll be able to save Php 68,900! Feel free to save, print and paste this to your money jar. 


5. Gratitude Jar/Box

I tried to keep a gratitude journal last year but failed to update it everyday.  So when I saw a photo of a gratitude jar on my friend Tippi Chavez's Facebook wall, it seemed like a better idea.  All you need is a box or jar and a few pieces of paper.

This is a nice project you can do with your family.  Leave a container and pieces of colored paper in a place where everyone has access to like the entrance or the living room.  And at the end of the year, you can all take turns reading about things you were thankful for in 2014.

Tippi said the jar helps keep things in perspective and provides a pleasant review of the year, that even if she lost her dad (no other than the great Frank Chavez), it made her realize that she received blessings that year.

So far, those are the projects that I plan to do this year.  How about you?  Care to share the projects you're starting this 2014?


  1. i see my favorite bottlecaps! :) journal for 5 years? wow challenging indeed! my goal is just for one year muna.. goodluck to the both of us hehe! Happy New Year Joei! :)

  2. Wow! I love your ideas! I have a journal as well and the things you can write in a journal as mentioned in #1 is helpful. I also love the Smashbook Folio but maybe my existing journal will suffice. I also like the gratitude jar/box. I'll definitely do that! As for the money challenge, I read that too but I have come up with my own last year though I also got it from other sites and just tweak it a bit. You might want to check it and share with your readers (I hope you don't mind posting the link).

  3. I started my own scheme of 52 week challenge! a good way to start 2014!

  4. I started my own scheme of 52 week challenge :) a good way to start 2014 :)

  5. Hi Joei!
    I started the 5-year journal last year using this Q&A journal I got here in SG. It's a really nice idea, I get to read back on my thoughts from last year.
    I plan to continue doing that this year.

    I also started a "photo-a-day challenge". I'm still thinking about how I'm going to collate them at the end, but right now, I'm just excited to take a picture everyday.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Hi Joei,

    I'm planning to try the 52-week money challenge as well. :)

  7. Hey, Joei. Happy new year 2014 for you!

    All of you project ideas are sooo interesting! I am gonna try out d money challenge and d gratitude jar. They are so positive things to do. Thank you soo much for sharing these all and I hope you have another great year. Stay awesome!


  8. The 52-Week Money Challenge is a good one! Even Mama was motivated to do that. ^_^

    I also have a project similar to Gratitude Jar/Box. In my case, since I have two planners, I use one as a gratitude journal. So I just put in the nice small stuff that happen to me day by day.

  9. Glad you all liked the ideas! Goodluck to us! Hope we can all stick to it until the year ends! :)


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