Life Reset Button?

Can I just let the whole world know I have NO CLUE what I want to be when I grow up.

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This empty-nest thing, (yes, it’s A THING!), is really tough.  If you are younger than 50, I know you are not interested in this subject, but you should be.  In the past, I NEVER listened to women who were of this age and what they were dealing with.  Darnit!  I was too busy to listen to them complain about all their FREE time.  I could only dream of all the fun things I wanted to do when I could finally be released from the trenches of the daily JOB.  As a teacher, my colleagues and I were counting the years to FREEDOM.  Freedom to pursue our interests on our own time.  Well, here I am.  Free.  Free to do whatever I want within my confines of a household and finite amount of money.

I’m not complaining by the way.  For me, it’s staying committed to a project that is so hard.  I have all the time in the world right now, but I lose my focus easily.  I bounce from one thing to the next.  At times I get very creative and so focused I can’t see the forest for the trees.  I look up and my entire creative room looks like it blew up.  I have such a mess I can hardly function.  It’s a vicious cycle.  Clean up, get organized, create, get buried in the mess, repeat.

Now this brings me to the feeling of needing a RESET button.  Several month ago, I launched a YouTube channel because I decided I could share my cardmaking to promote my independent business as a Stampin’ Up consultant.  It was fun and exhilarating to be on that path of learning something new.  But then Life happened and I lost my enthusiasm for it all.  I don’t identify myself as a Stampin’ Up consultant and I don’t want to work to be at the top of the heap in that company.  Sigh.

I like creating.  I like making cards and scrapbook pages. These photos are my latest creations.

I like working on digital scrapbook pages to be made into a hardbound book.  Oh, and if you need a great class to get you started with digital scrapbooking for a nice book, I highly recommend Cathy Zielske’s “Scrapbook Your Year” self-paced class. You can find her here. I like sorting photos.  I like sharing with other people how to get their photos organized and in a safe place for posterity. I want to encourage you to check out the only PERMANENT online storage for photos and other media.  It is the best thing since ice cream!  You can take a look here at the FOREVER site. I also enjoy other mixed media projects like art journals, and canvas work.  It all fascinates me.  I find great joy when I’ve completed a project.  Granted, those long-term projects are tough since I have a tendency to put them on a shelf for months at a time.

It’s hard not being on a schedule and so loosey-goosey with my projects.  Maybe a JOB would be easier?  Tell me your story of being an empty-nester and how you are handling your time.  Oh, and just for the record, I’m not one to go out and volunteer.  Yes, I’d rather stay home after all those years of being “on” a job. This last meme is how I feel.  Yeah, Retired.

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Pretty Paper and a Sketch

I love working with photos in my Forever storage account.  It makes my scrapbooking so easy!  I recently joined a scrapbooking kit club where once a month a box of goodies comes straight to my home.  Here are my goodies from HipKitClubJune kit  After looking through all the pretty papers my next step is to find a photo or two or three to work with for my scrapbook page.  I opened my Library in Forever and chose a recent photo of my husband and me at a baseball game in May.  Since I’ve become a member of Forever I have slowly been gathering all our photos and uploading them to my private Forever account.  If you would like to peruse Forever, go here: Forever 

The early years of our marriage I’m in very few of the photos unless it was a very special event.  I was behind the camera in the early years.  Can you relate?!  Now with the iPhone’s we take selfies so I’m getting more of the two of us together.  Technology is awesome!

I chose my photo, downloaded it, then printed it on my home printer.  The next step was to find inspiration.  I saw the most recent scrapbook pages on Instagram from  Stuck?!Sketches I wanted to give it a whirl.  I went to work on the sketch design by Laura Whitaker17498821_10154297868476039_3277204505362502742_n

As I continued to work I felt happier and happier.  It was coming together like a dream.  The papers from HipKitClub and the sketch from Stuck?!Sketches helped me produce this page. File Jun 18, 3 02 34 PM I’m very pleased with it.  Let me know what you think of it.

Thanks for looking.

Jeanette