Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Ali Edwards Blog yesterday talked about "Getting Real."  This applied to me.  In writing, either in our scrapbooks or for publication, writing letters to people -- wait, do people still do that??? Okay, in emails.  How do we come across as "real?"  I strive to write real in my scrapbooks and on my blogs, but, you know, I'm not sure I really go all the way.  It's all about being accepted.  About being loved.  Or at least liked.
Today Ali presents Brene Brown's new  book, The Hustle for Worthiness.  I went to Brene's (don't you love this name?) page and I read:
Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone; I am enough.

It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.
Lord, I feel unworthy so often.  How I would love to wake up in the morning and not care what gets done and how much is left undone.  How I yearn to be able to say, "I am enough."

I also noticed on Brene's page that she has written a slew of books, and they all sound awesome.  You can see two of the links here.  The Hustle book isn'tt on Amazon yet.

I notice she gets into the "perfectionism" characteristic.  Now, that applies to us scrapbookers for sure.  I can't count how many otherwise sane ladies I've tried to help get their kids' photos in albums, and they ended up stashing all the products they invested in under the bed or in the hall closet because they couldn't get past the "it has to be perfect" idealism.  One even admitted it out loud in a group of scrapbookers.  "If it's not perfect, I can't do it." 


Her children are never going to have a legacy in photo albums. 

Now, of course, we can slip the photos into acrylic slots in albums, and I'd say that's far better than never doing anything, but that doesn't include the writing, which is necessary in my opinion.  Unless one uses journal cards and slips them into some of the pockets.  I love that technique myself, and I've done a few of those albums. 

Oh, and the digital picture frames!  Hey, how cool are those? 

Dital scrapbooks.  Those are so easy to do.  And quick. 

So we were talking about authenticity, weren't we?  Maybe that's one of the reasons people shy away from scrapbooking, or writing.  Some people do the scrapbooks for creativity's sake alone.  That's ok.  Most of us, it's about the kids and grandkids.  The moms, dads, uncles, aunts, cousins, sisters, brothers, pets. 

It's about making time stand still for just a little longer while we remember.

It's about showing our authentic self.  It's about getting real.

Or it should be.  Thanks, Ali.


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