What’s Done Is NOT Done: Recovering from Success– Meredith Oldham, Bel Floratine Custom Designs

Hello Fellow Ad-VENTURA-ers!

One of the photos we selected for our ebook chapter!

One of the photos we selected for our ebook chapter!

Things are getting a bit crazy around here, as is often the case in May with finals, projects, and the AIRSTREAM! We’re so excited to finish VENTURA and present all our hard work to the judges. We’ve put so much time, effort, sweat, tears, and love into this project and the idea that we’re almost done with it is sort of mind-boggling. What will we do without the Airstream!?

But lets take a step back– we’re not quite at the end yet. We still have to actually finish the Airstream’s interior and present Project VENTURA on May 23rd! But when we are done: what are we going to do? And that’s why today’s blogpost is all about “recovering from success.”

Team Bel Floratine is nearing the end of VENTURA and the beginning of summer!

Team Bel Floratine is nearing the end of VENTURA and the beginning of summer!

The first step to take once you’ve completed a huge project like VENTURA, is rewarding yourself. You just accomplished something huge! A pat on the back is long overdo and so is your sanity that seemed to escape during the project period. Give yourself a little while to breathe and a little time to yourself. Don’t feel guilty about it either– everyone deserves a little break.

Once you’ve breathed, the second step to take is to reflect and debrief. What mistakes did I make? What went well? What would I do differently next time? How do I feel about this project? What did I learn? And the ultimate follow up question: WHY? Why do I feel this way? Why did this go awry? Why did this go well? These questions are essential to not only provide closure, but also can serve as a solid foundation for the next big project endeavor you choose to take on.

The next step is literally “what next?” Depression is common among those who’ve just completed a huge project. Everything has been building up to the project’s completion and once it’s done some people lose their raison d’être. In fact, especially in the novel-writing world, this feeling is referred to as “PPD” or Post Project Depression. Find a new raison d’être and try to get thinking about something new that excites you. Especially with Project-Based-Learning– get back to learning! Think about what you’ve just accomplished and what you want to do next. Remember, you already have a solid foundation to build off of from your last project! So get brainstorming!

We had some fun looking at old Airstream photos this week! Our little Airstream looks so much different now!

We had some fun looking at old Airstream photos this week! Our little Airstream looks so much different now!

The last step is to “move forward.” The project is finished, over, donezo. Build off of your solid foundation and pour your soul into something new. Don’t forget about your old project, but don’t let your ming wander in the past. It’s a new day! New projects to be completed! Embrace the present and the possibilities of the future!

As we finish up Project VENTURA, it’s important for us to keep these things in mind. Project VENTURA has been such an incredible experience for all of us, and saying that we’re sad to move on from POE would be an understatement. But at the same time, we’re also thrilled to finish and show off the Airstream to our peers as well as our community.

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