This post is part of Light Your Fire, an August 2013 blog series to help you get unstuck and ignite your passion for scrapbooking. For even more fire-starting, download our free membership sampler.
“We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story.” – Mary McCarthy, American author
We’ve talked a lot about time as major challenge to creativity as well as paralysis of choice. I’ve shared some strategies that will help you focus and feel mentally and physically prepared to scrapbook.
However there is one element of stuckness that runs deeper and is even more resistant to change. It can run down even the most eager mojo-swaggering scrapbooker.
Friends, meet your self esteem.
She’s that little girl’s voice in your head that you try so hard to ignore. She reminds you of all your insecurities and flaws. She tells you stories that can lead you astray.
She’s not real. You are grown, tall and strong. You do amazing things every day for yourself and your family. You know why you scrapbook, but you must couple a positive inner voice with your creative drive. This is what will give you the confidence to scrap your heart out.
Empower yourself with this simple, reflective exercise:
Take a photo of your hands. Annotate your photo with “These hands…” and make sure at least one of your statements relates to memory keeping!
No photo? Just leave a comment below with a list based on this prompt. Honoring what your hands do every day is a basic act of self-care, one that will remind you it’s OK to take time for yourself.
Everyday my hands prepare meals, make beds, hug my husband (well, that’s more my arms!), connect with friends on the internet, and sometimes I even scrap!! Thanks for this Jennifer.