Friday, August 04, 2006

Priorities.

Priorities. As in, what is really important and focusing on those things and knowing what is extra. Knowing what you have to do as compared to what you want to do. Right now and always for me it is family. Raising my children to be responsible and happy, helping them make better choices. Teaching them that there is always a choice but all of those choices have consequences; some good, some bad. Being the best stay at home mom I can be is a priority. Three kids, one husband, one house… a recipe for lots to do. Cooking. Cleaning. Homework. Errands. Keeping the peace. It all takes balance. Let’s throw into that mix something I want to do, scrapbooking… memory keeping… being a life artist… creating… whatever...

See what I said though? It’s something I want to do. I don’t have to do. I choose to.

When I first started scrapbooking, I made my first album and I loved it. My deco scissors, my markers, my stickers everywhere… I loved it. You know what? I still love those pages. I enjoyed the process; I made it for me and for future generations. I put my heart and soul into it. Just because those things are not hip now doesn’t make it any less meaningful.

I know this... do what you love, love what you do. If you like it, then more power to you. So what is Scrapbook Sally got three pages of praise and you got none. That shouldn’t be what it is about. I, like everyone else, need a reminder of this occasionally. I preach it but you know what? I sometimes forget it. I get caught up in who is popular, who is getting published and noticed, who’s getting praise and what other people think about how I share my memories… all of that crap. It can eat you alive if you let it.

This is when I need a strong dose of scrapbooking self esteem. It’s just a simple reminder to me of why I started scrapbooking in the first place and what my end game is… that is, what I want to accomplish from all the time and effort (and money!) that I’ve put into this hobby that has become a lifestyle.

My reminder…
I want to capture memories and record them for my kids, grandkids, family, friends, and future generations to see so they know about us and our history because it is part of their history.

That is it. It’s that simple. Anything else is extra… it’s just gravy.

So, on that note, a few things are going to change. As well as family priorities I have some for scrapbooking… so I am making a choice. Do I know all the details yet? No. I’m going to take it one day at a time. Will it be the best thing for me and my family? Yes. Why? Because that is what it’s all about, family.