The Simplify Your New Year free mini course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path towards memory keeping that feels joyful and easy.
To preface this week’s series, I want to start by sharing why you might want to simplify scrapbooking in 2015.
How many times have you sat down to scrapbook but ended up not making progress? Maybe you got distracted or couldn’t figure out where to start. Maybe it was something else in your way.
When you’re bogged down in over-complication, it’s easy to become stuck and frustrated. The world we live in gives us so many messages of “buy this, do that” that we end up feeling overloaded and unclear.
Simplicity gets you where you want to go with less of the fuss in the middle. It helps you craft a unique path that feels effortless to travel.
Simplicity leaves space for thoughtfulness and creativity as well as time for making more of the memories you will treasure forever.
Your first step on this journey isn’t hard, but shouldn’t be missed. It lays an important foundation that will carry you into the new year.
Whenever I’m trying to grow, especially in a new year, I always look first to the past for victories to celebrate.
It can be tempting to begin a transition or shift by looking at everything that’s wrong. While those challenges may have brought you here, wallowing in them is not what will move you forward.
Instead I inventory all the good stuff, especially the baby steps and big leaps I’ve made. I celebrate every victory and give myself a high five for showing up and trying.
Simplifying your new year is not about fixing problems, but about embracing approaches and solutions that work best for you.
A victory can be as small as sharing a photo with your mom. It can be as large as finishing a retrospective album. No matter the size, when you itemize accomplishments you can re-live the joy of finishing and find momentum for what’s next. You might even pull out your projects to literally place your victories in view.
However, I’m not saying you should bury your head in the sand.
The companion to celebration is a genuine reflection. Conduct an honest assessment of where you are vs. where you want to be. Think about how you’re managing photos, telling stories, using supplies, and capturing your best memories in a creative way.
What’s working best? What could work even better?
When you shape this simpler and more effective path, everything that’s not working will fade away or get left behind. Approaching it from a place of positivity and gratitude, however, makes it much easier to see what you’re doing well and what you have to build upon.
Leave a comment sharing one approach that worked great for you this past year.