for me project life is not about doing it perfectly or trying to impress anyone with my craftiness (which is not one of my strengths). it is about recording + documenting the memories of my family. the stories. the moments. the things i never want to forget. it is about the people in the photographs. it is about the people in the stories. and it's about the people that i love. there is no prize for the coolest and most inventive project life pages. it is not about comparison. it is not about feeling less than anyone else. it is simply about how you feel when you see your story documented.
as i shared my project life pages on my blog over this past year, i often wondered why i posted them every month. and the one thing i kept coming back to was that i hoped to inspire other people to start their own project life album. i don't know if i'll ever be able to find the right words to describe how i feel when i flip through the pages of this past year and relive the little bits + pieces of our life. it is a really, really good feeling. and not because i think i have the prettiest pages or the most unique designs. it is because the photos + stories just melt my heart. i could read them over and over again. they never get old.
for me, project life is not so much about the color or design on my pages. it is simply a method that has allowed me to do it my way. to do it however i want to. there are no rules. no design guidelines. no instruction manual to follow. project life helps me to accomplishes the main goal i have - which is to get our story written + our photos printed.
in light of what happened in Connecticut today, we should remember to keep the focus of our memory keeping on the people that are the most important part of our lives. allow yourself to tell the story of your family in your own words. let go of all the reasons why you have not done any documenting up until now. don't worry about the excuses for not being caught up on the pages that you have started this year.
be kind to yourself. keep it simple. write down the stories with a pen. use your iphone for photos if that is all you have to use.
project life is not a competition. but everyone does win. let go of the rules you have made up in your head and your life gets documented. and that is the best prize of all.
don't let the excuse of no time or fear of not doing it perfectly stop you from starting to document your family and your story today. begin anywhere. you don't have to wait until january 1st. you don't need to take perfect photos. you don't need to have a degree in graphic design or a flair for creativity + craftiness. you just need to have the desire to tell your story. that is it.
don't worry about trying to catch up to today. don't try to get all the past years organized and printed first and then focus on moving forward with 2013. just let go of what you have not done. or you will never be ready to start.
begin anywhere. start today.
say a prayer + hug your kids extra tight.