So between going to the gym and wanting to hang out with my friends, the time I used to have for scrapbooking has gotten more and more limited. Coming home from work and scrapping for a couple hours two or three nights out of the week was kind of my thing. Now I'm investing that time into my body and my health. It's kind of a heartbreaking choice to make, think Sophie's choice, to have to choose between your physical well being and your emotional/mental/spiritual well being. Scrapbooking makes me so happy, it decompresses me, it fulfills my creative urges, and helps me get to know myself. For me, there's a lot of value in it. But now, I realize I have to put more value on my health, and that has meant giving up some of the time I spend scrapping or hanging out with my friends. My sister and I usually go to the gym together, and we've managed to go about 4 times a week so far. We're shooting for 5 days, but it's surprisingly difficult when socializing and laziness are constant interference. So I'm learning how to adapt. This two-page layout took me a few days to finish, with 30 minutes here, 10 minutes there... but I finished it, and I'm so happy that I was able to do it. For me, it's kind of annoying to be mid-project and have to walk away for a day or two. It's a little sad to walk by and see it sitting on my desk yet unfinished, and having to walk right past out the door to go to work. It's hard to have to come back with different ideas each time you sit down to scrap, and try to adapt them to the project at hand. But I did it, and this just might have to be how it goes from now on.
For this page, I just grabbed papers and embellishments from out of my stash. It was a little different for me not to work out of a kit or with one specific collection in hand. The process all feels a little foreign to me, but I know that the sacrifice in the end will be worth it.