warning: this could be long — I could also get interrupted and this could be very short. we’ll see.
I can’t do it all (news flash) I have been struggling for a couple of months with projects I want to do and things I need to clear my plate of — have I mentioned that I have five kids? hello. it’s all good and really nothing more than that ongoing quest for balance, but some answers are finally coming and I’m thankful for that. Change is good you know. It is scary to let go of something you have done and do well, for
something that is unknown — but its that can’t sink or swim
until you let go of the edge deal.
I wish everyone could hear Heidi’s audio message this week in her Year to Remember Class, because the focus in June is change and I needed to hear what she had to say. Speaking of her class, I’m not "caught up" — which several people have asked me, btw. I’m not taking her class to make layouts or a calendar. I’m taking it to experience Heidi on a new level and I’m taking it so I can focus on "living" a year to remember (which I am.) I’m learning and growing and changing (and I’m still altogether too happy about it.) In the slightest chance that you care, I am going to do the actual calendar (the bottom portion) next year with layouts from this year. This will give me a chance to reflect back on my year to remember, and "remember" it.
Here’s my favorite picture from the whole weekend:
we got two other not-so-great pics of Niagara on the first day, before the batteries died. I always lug around my digital rebel and thought "this time I"ll just bring the little one" — didn’t realize you’ve got to have backup batteries too. Got a few more pics on the last day before the camera got wet (Cave of the Winds) and completely froze. Decided to buy myself some cool postcards — like I was going to capture the majesty of the falls anyway?? This one says it all. Mom and Trey and that is what I want to remember!!
Love that Nancy left my backstage party and took my challenge to create a "why" page. Thanks for sharing the pic Nancy!!
I was inspired to create my "why" page after a sneak peek at Rebecca’s new book (have you watched her cute videos yet?)
and then here’s my Glimpses girls — looking so good in their glasses.
They definitely didn’t come for the brownies this time! I am really enjoying seeing the albums that women are creating — wish I could describe the feeling.
" do you ever take a break from scrapbooking?" – now I don’t mean like when you go on vacation or a holiday, I mean like a break, like a sabbatical, like a complete break, but you know that you will come back to it. It’s a bit of a funny question to ask, seeing as you are "scrapbooking" – but heck, what does it hurt to ask?
I really like this question, from Jennifer. The answer is something I have been contemplating for several months and actually something that I hope we address soon in Simple. I took a big break after Trey was born (when I moved to Idaho.) Doing so, was really what allowed me to reinvent scrapbooking for me. I walked away. I packed up my stuff (which I thought was a LOT at the time) and I moved and I didn’t unpack it. I thought long and hard about scrapbooking and what I liked about it and what I didn’t like about it. I decided ultimately that I wasn’t going to let the stuff I didn’t like rob me of the stuff I did. If I hadn’t let myself walk away, I would have never realized the potential that sbing has to elevate your life. If I had taken a break, there would be no Simple Scrapbooks or Big Picture or Stacy Julian for that matter.
clarity comes when we are willing to question what we do and why we do it and sometimes we need to walk away, so we can get a different view. It’s all part of the ebb and flow.
Do I take breaks now? Not really. I have assignments. But kind of — and I can, b/c I don’t store my pages chronologically …
oops, gotta go. maybe more on this later!