Do you know anyone with a tendency to make things … complicated?
Need to plan a menu? Not without making sure every single day for the next month has every food group represented in the appropriate portions AND includes several new and untested recipes just to make sure we don’t bore anyone with the same old (edible) food.
Time to get more exercise? Better make sure we have every piece of equipment that could possibly be necessary and wait until our schedule will permit a consistent one-hour block of uninterrupted time exactly every other day and only when the outside temperature falls within a designated range.
Want to get that home improvement project finished? First we must spend at least several days researching every possible design possibility to ensure we get the BEST one and then collect every single tool, material and snack needed to ensure completion of the task during the next available weekend, which must be child-free, obligation-free and preferably stress-free.
Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating just a little bit, but it’s only because I know a person like that … me. And if you share this amazing ability to complicate your life, you know what often happens … nothing. The result of all this over-planning, over-thinking and over-complicating is the tendency to make things so overwhelming that it’s easier just to avoid them altogether.
Unfortunately, that’s where many of us tend to get bogged down in our efforts at memory keeping. We create these huge expectations for ourselves… scrap every photo, journal every story, do it all chronologically and in a timely manner so we never, ever get behind. (HA!) We tend to create a lot of rules (AKA “barriers”) to what is generally supposed to be an enjoyable hobby and then we’re surprised when our mojo takes a hike. We insist on planning out our entire albums before we even start. Our worries about creating showpieces begin before we even choose our page topics. And journaling? Well, you probably already know all the hangups that come along with that…
In my own quest for simplification, I came across a little project that I just love … so much so that I turned it into a gift download for everyone who contributes to our Celebrating Real Life fund-raising project this week.
It’s called a Journal Jar and the concept is very, very simple.
All it requires is a jar or other container plus a handful of pieces of paper, each containing a journaling prompt. To use it, simply draw out a question whenever you need a topic to scrap or feel the urge to journal. It’s a simple tool for yourself and also makes a great gift for others with an interest in documenting their own real life stories.
Every person who makes a donation of any size this week will receive a free Journal Jar download, which includes 24 ready-to-print journaling prompts on the topic of “A Little Bit About Me” plus a set of instructions to help you pull it all together quickly and easily.
I hope you will consider making a small donation this week … we are less than two weeks away from our project deadline and getting very close to our $1,000 goal. To make a donation, simply click the button on the red “Celebrating Real Life” box in the top right corner of the blog. Your gift download will be delivered by email soon after your donation is received.
Every little bit helps … and as an added bonus, we have an extra special gift from one of my favorite scrappers next week to be shared with everyone who has contributed to this project. Stay tuned … and please help spread the word through your blogs and other social networks.
Two Simple Steps for Today…
1. Make a small donation to our Celebrating Real Life project and get the Journal Jar project download in return.
2. Answer this question through a comment below … What is one thing you could do to simplify your own memory-keeping efforts?
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