As I clear stuff out and strive for a fresh start in the New Year, inevitably I’ve found unfinished projects, ideas I meant to see through, and stories I meant to tell already. The way I see it, I could take two approaches to all of the things I want to do.
A) I could be unsatisfied, upset with myself, and generally negative about the fact that I didn’t do a LOT of things yet that I want/need/feel compelled to do.
B) I could focus on the things that I HAVE done, and feel good about those. Then pick one small new thing to add to my ‘done’ list.
If you haven’t guessed – I choose (always and forever) B. The thing is, I’m full of ideas whether it is for creating or organizing or activities or recipes to try or whatever. I am baffled by the idea of EVER being inside my own home and saying “I’m bored”. It is simply something I can’t fathom. How could I be bored? There’s so very much I want to do! The potential problem is that I am so very busy in my brain, that I could get very down on myself for things I haven’t done if I dwelled on those.
For example – no, I’ve not printed the photos and scrapbooked the girls meeting the AMAZING chef Tyler Florence yet. We had an amazing afternoon and the girls were SO excited – that Rebecca couldn’t even speak. That almost never happens. Elizabeth was a bit more cool – because as she said “I’ve also met Bobby Flay, I know how to do this.” Um, and no. I haven’t yet settled in and scrapbooked that story either. EGADS! I’m a failure!
Nah, just kidding. The thing is, unless I devote my life to scrapbooking and NEVER leave this room, there will always be untold stories. The only way to ever ‘catch up’ on scrapbooking for me would be to literally not live a life with my family but just tell stories. Uh, if I did that… there would be no stories to tell! Also while I love to tell the tales of my life, I don’t want to make it into a chore where I *HAVE* to sit down daily and record every detail so that it is documented.
So while I have encounters with celebrity chefs and funny words the girls made up and 931838 vacation photos I’d love to scrapbook, I’m not going to stress or get down on myself. Instead I’m going to enjoy the last layout I made, celebrate the fact that my studio is re-arranged again and clean, and go hang with the girls today. Maybe take them out to do something fun.
Because the stories will be here for me to tell, and odds are my brain will still be firing its usual 8474891482 ideas at me every minute. The key to my crafting happiness, is to celebrate that I am creating something (big or small) every single day in some way. And not get caught up in what anyone else is doing or how much I haven’t yet done.
I have found, not just in crafting but in all areas of life, it pays to look at the silver linings. To count your blessings. Somehow, when you do this instead of seeking out the negative it manages to makes everything better. Attitude, perception, and well, just life in general gets brighter. That negative stuff is always going to be around – but you don’t have to feed it with a lot of attenton or time. Give your energy to the good stuff, make that the focus. It always helps my creative process – and all areas of life!
Now I’m off – I have some new ideas (including goodie bags to give and hand out at CHA!), a trip to IKEA, and some crafty time to work into today’s schedule…