Hello Mid Life Crisis Scrapbookers:
That's fairly specific right? Without searching "demographics of scrapbookers," I can guess that the majority of scrapbookers are female. I can also guess that a fair share of scrapbookers are in the following age ranges: "35 and 44," or "35 to 55," or "40 to 60" - all age ranges that have been identified as prime time for a female midlife crisis. And, truth be told, a fair share of scrapbookers are, um, overweight - including me. We are what they call FFF: Fat, Female and 40. Oh, please can we be called something else?!
Welcome to my new blog series: Scrapbooking My Mid Life Crisis. I don't actually know what the agenda is here, but I thought that I should examine this time of my life and that scrapbooking it would be a good way to do it.
Hello, I'm Katie, and I'm 43 and I am 32% likely to be having a mid life crisis. Seriously, I took the quiz Free Mid Life Crisis Quiz and apparently I "might be exeriencing a mid life crisis." Which from my research , might not be a bad thing:
"Many view midlife as a negative, but in reality many hint to the experience being a positive. If looked at as a time of personal growth, the experience can be greatly beneficial and rewarding; ... an experience of self growth and self-realization." - Wikipedia on "Midlife Crisis"
Women are calling their midlife crisis a "Mid Life Renaissance" - a term used by Sue Shellenberger in an article titled "Midlife Crisis: How Women Cope" by Nancy M. Better in More for Women of Style and Subtance.
So what does this have to do with scrapbooking? Well, I observe life and interpret it in terms of 12x12 scrapbook pages so I am planning to do just that. This month, I am planning to make scrapbook layouts with the following themes: 1. Midlife Crisis Defined; 2. How Old?; 3. Got a Fast Car; 4. 43 Awesomethings about My Life Right Now; 5. On My Mind; 6. What's Next; 7. Tweens (or whatever age your kids are /or that you are kid-less); 8. Aging Parents; 9. Coping Mechanisms; 10. Learn Something New; 11. Bucket List; 12. "Brave" song; 13. Signs of Age; 14. Regrets; 15. Goals. I'll have 15 more mid month. So my plan for right now is to just observe and to learn about mid life and to share my process here. The quote I like best about mid life is this one by Shellenberg from her book "The Breaking Point" (Henry Holt and Co., 2005) which was quoted in the Nancy M. Better article:
"Now, she explains how midlife crises shake up our lives for better and worse, and why "the biggest mistake is not having one at all."
So, with my Grandma Grace's theory of "if you worry about it then it won't happen - its the things you don't worry about that will getcha." I am going to examine and embrace this midlife crisis thing and get it out of my system.
Today's Scrapbook Page Title was inspired by Emily Pitts and Masterful Scrapbook Design's "Tension" Issue:
Emily Pitts created a layout for Masterful Scrapbook Design's issue on Tension with the quote "Go Confidently In The Direction Of Your Dreams - Thoreau"; her page was about her daughter's graduation; I thought this quote could be used for this midlife time of life too. Emily's blog Here I Am, Here I Am also inspired the title for this page.
Supplies: Studio Calico's Snippets line; American Crafts Thickers; Glitz Design letter stickers and some very imperfect machine stitching - I wish I could call it intentional imperfection.
Journaling: Working on a Fabulous Mid Life Crisis. Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking at the Here and Now. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be good. Making the Most of the Time I Have. Doing More of What Makes Me Happy. Navel Gazing. Spinning Plates. Juggling Glass and Rubber Balls. Starting the Whole 30 Program Diet. Taking Belly Dancing Classes with Allison. Trying to Stop Hitting the Snooze Button. Back to the Mat: YOGA. Photographing, Remembering, Writing, Learning. Elevating the Everyday. Turning Up the Volume. Ready for the Next Chapter.
Want to play along? Please leave a comment to let me know what you think about female midlife crises - have you had one? And leave links to any scrapbook layouts you may have made about midlife. Thanks for stopping by.
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