cleaning out my inbox.

Today feels like the first day back at work for me, even though I started combing through emails on Friday. I woke up on time and enjoyed my morning routine plus yoga and after a hot shower, I started purging and cleaning and decided to dive into my inbox, where I found this note from Norway …

I received this little card (along with an assortment of blue Bobbie pins) from Siri last summer–I even took a photo last summer.
Anyway, this tells you a bit about the state of my inbox.

Nevermind that, as I read this note again today, I reflected on the joy of being connected. Seriously, how many people can dig through their inbox and find mail from Norway–other than those that live in say, Norway. As overwhelming and never-ending as my life and work are, I am struck now and again by the utter joy of it all.

This miraculous thing we call the Internet is a bit like a modern town square where we come and go and bump into friends new and old. It’s just that that our town is now the world.

Yes, life is crazy.
No, I will never be caught up.
Maybe I will see the bottom of my inbox every six months or so. Maybe not.

It’s all Ok, because life is extremely good and full of opportunities and I am blessed with more than I can do!
And those, my blog-reading friends are my thoughts on this Monday.

p.s. And now, back to the inbox and the strange desire to file things I know I don’t really want to keep.
p.s.s You can bump into Siri on her blog.


  1. aww this is so cute. I promised myself I would mail you yellow bobby pins I purchased just for you at a dollar store a few months ago. and then life got in the way… oh well! glad to know someone is on top of things. Your blog readers are the best! simply. truly.

  2. I love the internet. If it wasn’t for this, I wouldn’t get to talk or take classes all that often that are scrap based. I have one person who I scrap with right now. The other few don’t seem to have the time or the feeling that they want to scrap. Thank God for the internet and the online scrap world! :)

  3. Melanie K. says:

    LOL, I know I tend to hoard things on my computer just like I do in ‘real’ life. Except my obsession is clipart. I mean, you never know when you need that exact color of a blue bird holding a twig in JUST that way!

  4. Kimberly Ann says:

    I don’t have that problem at all at work, but my personal e-mail inbox is always full of store coupons, scrapbooking inspiration, recipes, etc. I know I will never get through them, but I like to have them there “just in case” I have that magical week of time where I only want to read e-mails.

  5. Love your analogy of the internet being our town square where we come and go and bump into each other. It is so true. Have a good day. xx

  6. I love that you also keep things that deep inside you know you don’t want to keep. I struggle with the same thing. Fortunately I try to purge every tax season as I go through the file box. And I have a DH that gets tired of the clutter and I purge to show him I love him. The hardest to part with however are the art projects – pictures just don’t always do them justice.

  7. If I’m ever caught completely up…I’ll know the world is officially coming to an end. Way to go trying to get organized and on top of things…forward momentum is the best kind!

  8. We move for my husband’s job promotions SO, wherever he goes, I follow. The internet has been MY FRIEND that never moves away; it keeps me connected to my friends & family. When moving to a new town where I know NOBODY, I still have the consistency of life to follow along with my “virtual friends” by following their blogs and by blogging about my own life – for my personal family & friends to follow along in our journey.

  9. Your right. I love being able to ‘bump’ into others in blog land. No matter where they live. Someday, I will start a blog, but until then, I have all my favorite corners of the town square to visit.

  10. Yay for morning yoga! And friends. And the connectedness of the Internet. :)

  11. Shelly Davis says:

    “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” – Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918); poet, playwright, art critic

  12. Oh my goodness Stacy- your inbox sounds exactly like mine-Why do we have the desire to file things we don’t want to keep? I don’t know, maybe fear that we will need it or want it someday, even though if I ever did need it I probably wouldn’t be able to find it anyway. Thanks for sharing your life with us. It helps to know I am not the only one.

  13. I love the blue bobby pins! Do you know where to get them and do they come in different colors? I’m a little jealous of your inbox. I don’t have one – don’t need one. I have very few things that come ‘in’. Most of mine stuff goes ‘out’ (bills, birthday cards, etc.).

  14. Stacy,

    I just wanted to say thank you – for everything you do and are. I especially appreciate you sharing your struggles with your adrenal problems, exhaustion and just plain ‘ole tired. If someone had told me 20 years ago that this would be my life, I would have laughed and told them to get real! Nothing would have prepared me for what has turned out to be a totally surprising, frustrating but amazing journey. But I am starting out this year behind, not just a stuffed Inbox but an overfull cupful of life. And following your wonderful example, I am learning that it is OK to say no I’m not doing that; I’m tired and I’m taking a nap. My word for the year is renew – mind, body and spirit. Thank you for helping me see that I need to check in with my mind and body to see if I can commit to a project – even if that is just grocery shopping!

    • Nancy,

      Man. I’m right there with you. In fact, I’m writing another blog post in my head today. The exhaustion that accompanies this adrenal thing is so hard some days. I really appreciate your comment — hang in there and know that I so get it!

  15. On your Febr. 4th blog regarding i.scrap and the letter from Cathy S., she refers to a New Year’s Eve blog assignment about selecting 12 photos from the year and referenced using “I” prompts. I have tried to locate this on your blog but am not finding it. Can you please tell me where this was posted on your blog? Thanks for all your inspiring ideas, Stacy!!! Thanks, Connie

  16. Where can I find those colored bobby pins?!! So gorgeous!

  17. I find it pretty amazing that I have friends all over the country and actually all over the world because of the internet. One of my very closest friends, a gal that is like a sister to me, is someone I met on a scrapbooking board on the net. I have it on my bucket list to meet at least two more of my cyber friends in my lifetime. Although, I’d love to meet them all, I’m sure that isn’t going to happen. Isn’t the net an amazing thing?!?!

  18. Ok Not only do I totally love the blue hair pins, I love the power and connection we can have through the intenet. I don’t utilize it enough! However it is nice to connect in that extra personal way when we reach out through snail mail. What better way to tell someone far away that they are important to you then by sending them something in the mail???


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