on the Library of Memories message board, and when I went back to read it, I liked it.
here’s the original question:
My question is this; how do you balance living life and scrapbooking? I understand that the LOM system is huge in helping to be able to create at anytime. But with 5 children I get so caught up with the struggle of how to balance recording our story and the actual living of it. I don’t think there are any easy answers but I am open to any suggestions you might have.
Thanks for your time!!
this is what I said when I first read the question, last night:
Balance is an ongoing struggle. Right now, I’m pooped so I’m going to bed. I will respond with a more thoughtful answer in the morning!
and this is what I said this morning:
Ok, I think I’m ready.
First of all, living life and striving to live it
in the present is my top priority. The more I learn about my personal
creative process, the more I realize I have to protect and nurture it
– and my creative process by the way is NOT just expressed when
scrapbooking — my creative process is really how I engage with my life
or with any given moment. If I am too worried about tomorrow, or
regretting some action from yesterday I am almost completely blocked
from present living. I don’t mean to wax philosophical on you, but I
cannot be and feel creative or vibrant or happy if I am over-tired,
stressed out, or not spending enough time with the people I care most
for (ie family) so it really is all about balance.
Yes, I push myself to make a deadline, but I cannot do this day in and day out.
I am exceptionally good at delegating household tasks and letting go of
expectations or unrealistically long to-do lists. I am also very good
at getting up the next day and remaking the unrealistically long to-do
list, because I know that I will NOT get it all done, but that I will
get quite a bit done — certainly more than if my original list had
been more "realistic." I am very good at dedicating a limited amount of
time to one task and then moving on — knowing that a little here and a
little there is (for me) much more effective than working to completion
in one area while ignoring other vital tasks. Does that make sense?
I wish you could see how many pictures are in my cold storage boxes. I
wish you could see how many pictures I’ve taken that I’m not printing.
I wish you could see how many projects I’ve started and not (yet)
finished — and then I wish you could see my overflowing library of
layouts and all the adorable theme albums and mini-books and cool
projects I have done! No one cares what I don’t do — they never ask
about the unfinished stuff. They simply say "how do you do it all?" –
so see, it’s not that I do it all, it’s that I don’t give up and I keep
plugging along and I REMEMBER TO CELEBRATE WHAT I HAVE DONE — that I
think is the secret. Because outside of the context of what I could do
or what I have to do or what I want to do, what I have done is pretty
yeah, I think that’s it.
Just start. Get your system set up and going — and then commit to
doing something each day or each week and don’t worry about what you
are NOT going to be able to do, because what you are able to do is
going to make a huge and important difference.
You know, I learn so much about myself from
having to answer questions that I wonder if we could all do more
personal interviews and do more self-discovery. The more we open up
about who we really are and what we really can and can’t do, the more
satisfied we are going to be with life — it’s a matter of authenticity
Have great weekend …
be you and be happy where you are.
p.s. did you see what Donna is sending me? Watch the movie too and think about how *FREE* Donna is with her creations — I want to be more like Donna!
Also, ordered this …
Angela emailed me the link and I love it.
It’s called SuperNoots and it’s an adorable magnet board designed to help kids track their healthy eating.
I got one starter kit and one add on (for Trey and Taft)
I’m doing my "spring get into shape thing" in April and I’m going to
involve the whole family. It’s been a long, dark, cold winter and we
have got to get moving and eating better. More on all of that very soon.