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Hello Again...Alive in Tucson

Annette Haring

Hello again! Believe it or not I’m still here.

First up, my apologies for just letting the blog go. Thank you if you are still here and reading this. I appreciate you more than you know!

After making a big effort to finish my Week in the Life in 2015, I in fact, did not finish. December Daily came along and then my real life work tripled which left no time to finish. —> enter shame spiral here —<

Needless to say, it was a stressful time and I just had to let some things go. I debated on whether or not to just delete the blog, etc and quit sharing online. When your time is limited to begin with, sharing your work via a blog or videos just triples that time commitment (or least for me it does) and I really do hope to have more finished than unfinished projects eventually. 

Thus a bit of creativity conflict commenced. 

Thankfully, I didn’t just retreat in a dark hole like I wanted to. I reached out on the One Little Word forum and shared some frustrations and received some good inspiration and advice. I read more in Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” where she talks about sharing for the sake of creativity. And once you share your work, you have no control of whether people will like it or not. Yours is the task to share because something inside of you just needs to create and share. Which then helps your own creativity to grow. (or something like that.)

Something clicked. 

I decided I would keep going and focus on creating and sharing when I was inspired. Create projects that filled me up and did not depend at all on the outcome. And to be aware of my time. Take on assignments only when I am inspired and have time to finish them. 

So enter 2016:

I let go of many of my assignments and design teams and focused more on my own creativity and projects. I also developed a Mobile Memory Keeping class over at Big Picture Classes. (again, not something I am doing for the outcome other than to hopefully help some others find ways to make mobile memory keeping work for them..)

It’s been a pretty good year so far. 

I’ve actually created quite a bit more than usual and even though I haven’t shared everything, I’m creating. I’m also reorganizing and rethinking my processes, projects and plans thanks to a recent big move.

So it’s a good thing. 

I’m sharing this because I know I’m not the only one in the memory keeping arena that has fallen down. And if I am, then that's okay. I own that I did. I know there are way bigger arenas and problems out there. But this is my arena and I felt I fell smack down on my face in it. I love this hobby. I really do. It’s a way of life for me. A way to notice the things I normally wouldn’t. A way to relish my life right now. As Ali Edwards says, “scrapbooking helps me make sense of my life.”

So I’m still here. Only not in Texas anymore. This current blog post is coming your way via the awesome city of Tucson, Arizona! 

Yep, within the past two months we found a new and different job opportunity for my husband and packed up and moved to Arizona. It’s been a wild year for sure as changing jobs or moving was nowhere on our list! (my One Little Word for 2016 is Wild…more on that to come.)

So here’s to getting back up after falling down. To  "owning our story" and “Rising Strong” as Brene Brown says. 

I’m excited to keep creating and sharing. 

Thank you for being here and for your support and understanding.