Hello Midlife Crisis Scrapbookers:
Sometimes in my life now, I am just re-acting. This is so far from my normal method of being "proactive". Remember Steven Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"? I read this book when I was in college for a class and ultimately it was a book I re-read for life.
So Yesterday - which should have been Day #3 of my Scrapbooking My Midlife Crisis series (imagine something with a name that includes the words "midlife crisis" getting a bit off track); yesterday got consumed with me having to re-act to a variety of crisis situations. I didn't even get to wallow in my midlife crisis pity party - all of the crises were external: I had some pressing issues with our house and our son's school. And those two issues consumed our entire day.
I wish I could say that I could have been more proactive about these issues - that we could have fixed the problems before they became urgent and important, but facts of life, they both just came to a head yesterday and we had to deal with them then and there. I also wish I could say that we figured out a way to solve both of these issues, but alas, the house issue is still a problem and I don't think my son is going to magically begin loving homework.
So should I scrapbook all of this reactive crisis mode stuff? Um, maybe someday when I'm a bit further away from it. But not right now. When I did find a few minutes to do some scrapbooking yesterday, I worked on my Get It Scrapped Creative Team assignments which are due next week - so I was at least slightly pro-active - working a week and a half before deadline is good.
Here's a peek at what I did scrapbook for next month's Get It Scrapped blog:
This is part of a 2 page layout and the assignment was about adapting a one page sketch to a 2 pager - Get It Scrapped does an article like this every month. What I wanted to share here is the note to my son - this 2 page spread is all about how he is cool and the photos are of him at his happiest - he loves skiing. My note isn't about how he is having trouble at school or about homework or even about the ski trip (because I'm fairly sure I've made a page or two about the who, what, when where etc.) The note is all about how I think he is a cool kid. I want him to know this and remember this - that I love him and I think he is smart and funny and cool - especially during this struggling time we are having with his first year of middle school, a time when it seems like all I do is nag him from the moment I wake him up to the moment I tell him to go to bed already - and all the "have you done your homeworks? " in between. It is a difficult time for all of us. I want to make sure that he knows he is loved whether or not he is successful in school. I'm not worried about him learning - he is super smart - its just the time management and organization of stuff that is the challenge right now. He'll get it, although I mostly likely won't stop nagging him and hovering - so it is important that he knows all this over-mothering is coming from a place of love.
So my "Scrapbooking Your Midlife Crisis" Challenge / Tip for you right now? Scrapbook the positive about a person you may be having a current struggle with - don't even mention the struggle - just highlight the person's positive attributes and let them know that you love them.
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