I’m feeling some Monday musings coming on — could be long.
So, a few weeks ago I missed an annual event that I’ve attended for several years. It’s the Crop Because You Care event that Karen Glenn organizes to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Utah. It was one of those times where I simply double-booked myself. Since I cancelled last minute, I sent a whole stack of these 8×10 headshots to replace my real self. Wendy and Angie from SS magazine were at the event and held a little decorate Stacy’s face to win something cool contest. Last week or so I got a package of my heads in the mail — delightfully adorned in a variety of unique and creative ways. Taft, who later reveiwed them with me, made it perfectly clear that he doesn’t like it when people mess with mom’s face. He asked me to throw away any that had actually drawn on or over my features [for example Masked Mom below.] He found it especially disturbing when my eyes were drawn on. I think that should say something to moms about children and they way they feel about looking into our eyes — it’s a connection for them, I think more than we may know. Our eyes are windows into our soul and I believe that while children come to us initially unable to speak, they are able to communicate with the light and life that is in our eyes, and they learn at a very early age who they can trust by looking into their eyes. Just found that interesting.
Anyway .. thought you might get a chuckle from some of these funny faces.
They didn’t scan very well — but you get the idea.
I’m feeling exceptionally optimistic for a Monday — have my weekly to-do list made up, my new RealSimple desk calendar from Target and my BPS checklist that helps me track the editing of upcoming classes. Wish me luck, because I’m going to get it all DONE!
Now, I would love to think out loud a bit about the amazing Donna Downey and her year-long class at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Many of you are commenting that you are falling behind [which, if you know Donna you know "falling behind" is considered scrapbook profanity] and I have to say I’m confused by this. I feel a need to remind you what this Big Picture Scrapbooking thing is about. It isn’t about completing the projects in order and on time. It is a unique opportunity for you to learn more of and connect to Donna. To hear motivating and inspiring messages each week, to see how she finds and uses inspiration — especially the monthly themes and quotes in the SS planner. Donna’s class is about Donna — who is in my estimation, one of the most prolific and inspiring women in scrapbooking today. She has helped us all think way outside the box when it comes to telling our stories in fun, accessible and totally hip ways. I read a message board post that someone forwarded to me, where a couple of participants commented that they had only completed 5 or 6 projects all year. I thought to myself — it’s only March and you’ve completed 5 or 6 scrapbooking projects?!! Who does that? I happen to think that anyone who can complete 1 or 2 projects a month is doing a fantastic job of lifestyle scrapbooking. Donna’s class in my mind is like a "live" idea book — an idea book that sends you an email every Wednesday night and says "Hey, here I am, open me up and come see what I’ve got in store this week, come see what new page or project or idea you might want to try."
I guess I just feel as creator of this BPS community that I need to remind you how different we are. How much its not important to us that you keep up, but that you keep connected. I don’t scrapbook half as often as I’d like to, but that’s because I’m living life, continually collecting more experiences to scrapbook — I make an effort to stay connected, inspired and motivated by eagerly seeking out those activities and people that inspire and motivate me. Does that make sense? Even if I follow through on only one of Donna’s ideas each month [my personal goal,] I’m going to be twelve ideas ahead at the end of the year! I will have completed twelve perspective altering pages/projects/activities that help me see my life in a different way! And … the best part, I’ll have a whole notebook full of other ideas to refer back to when I’m ready.
OK, got that off my chest. Just hoping that if you are in Donna’s class you will know how we intend for you to benefit by it and if you haven’t yet taken a month with Donna that you will jump at the chance.
NOW … one more thing. I’m so totally and competely Cafe imPressed with this! Just can’t believe how this hobby is truly turning into a lifestyle for so many and how it has the potential to help people live more consciously and gratefully.
Life artists unite — life is worth your art, whatever it is.
Have a fabulous week!!!!!