Is it actually just being in the mood?
At the beginning of the year (so much more eloquent than saying last week), my Facebook news feed featured quite a few 'motivational' quotes for the year ahead. One cropped up several times - "2015 is a journal filled with blank pages, it's up to you to write the story" - or words that meant that, at least. (Naturally, I can't find it now).
This prompted a friend to comment that she'd be really surprised if everyone who'd 'liked' or re-posted this image were to actually spend some/any time in 2015 writing in a Journal. So she and I had a little debate over the meaning.
She was really surprised that I thought it was a metaphor. I was really surprised that she'd taken it literally. There was no argument, but I've thought about my reasons now, and for me, it was metaphorical - daydreamy stuff, telling me to get out into 2015 and make myself some stories to tell.
- I had looked at the picture, smiled at the thought of all the great days that will make up my 2015 memories, relished my happy life and scrolled on.
- At this age, I know myself well enough to know that I rarely finish these sort of projects. It requires a discipline I simply do not have.
- I'm a scrapbooker so will be recording the year in the 12 x 12 format.
- I've tried Journal keeping and find myself writing in a very self conscious, contrived way, because you're meant to write something profound aren't you? Well OK, I know you aren't meant to, but that's how it feels to me.
- however happy I am with my life, it's not of daily interest to many. Any, really. Except me, and so a journal would be stultifying.
- The 'art' part of Journaling is fab. But not what I do.
Here we are at the 9th of January 2015 and I haven't started any papercrafting this year. I have no plans, no challenges, no kick-starter to go on. I don't feel unmotivated, but I do have other things that I want to do first, and I am a one job at a time gal, for sure! The irony is that whilst I'm busy elsewhere and stealing five minutes now and then to tidy and de-clutter in my workspace, I'm having ideas and looking forward to playing with my stash and making some fresh, non seasonally dictated cards and a bit of scrap booking.
And don't you just now that as soon as I make the time to do it, the empty desk, the tidied shelves, the tamed scraps box and the head full of ideas will stop speaking to me, the ideas will disappear in a whoosh and I shall be facing the eternal blank page. I almost relish it though, it means I'll be ready.
|Do you love my quilted book cover? Are you a bit jealous that I have a fab sister who designs and makes such lovely stuff? Am I being overly smug?!|